Visitors to Vermont

Visitors to Vermont

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As part of Vermont's phased reopening plan, there is new travel guidance, effective April 9, 2021.

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Masks are required in public spaces in Vermont.


testing

Unvaccinated people must have a COVID-19 test within 3 days before arriving in Vermont.

  • The test you get must be for a current infection (like a PCR test), except it cannot be an antigen test (also known as a rapid test).
  • Please bring proof of your negative test result with you.
  • If the test is positive, do not come to Vermont.
  • Quarantining does not exempt you from the testing requirement. You may choose to quarantine, but are still required to get a negative test before coming to Vermont

Vaccinated people do not need to get tested.

People who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 3 months do not need to test unless they develop new symptoms.

Rules for visitors from other countries are different. Learn more.

Gathering

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, there are limits on gathering. An unvaccinated household may gather with one other unvaccinated household. You can gather with multiple unvaccinated households, as long as you are with only one other household at a time.

Learn how to gather with others safely

Overnight stays

Overnight stays in lodging, camping and short-term rental properties are allowed as described below.

When you arrive at the lodging site, you and anyone traveling with you must self-certify(link is external) that you meet one of these conditions:

  1. Have had a negative test result within three days before arriving in Vermont. The test must be for a current infection (like a PCR test), except it cannot be an antigen test (also known as rapid test). OR
  2. Are authorized to work in Vermont OR
  3. Are fully vaccinated OR
  4. Have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 3 months and do not currently have any symptoms.

And you must also meet both of these conditions:

  1. Not had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days AND
  2. Not had COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours.
Essential travel

People traveling for essential purposes do not need to get tested. However, if you travel the Health Department recommends that you get tested regularly.

Essential travel includes travel for personal safety, health care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medicine, for students to attend preK-12 school or college commuting daily, or a school-sponsored activity, or for work.

The testing exemption only applies to the person under essential travel rules. It does not apply to anyone else who travels with you, for non-essential reasons.

People near Vermont state border

People who live near the Vermont state border and regularly travel to and from Vermont may make day trips to Vermont for work, health care, for students who commute daily to attend preK-12 school or college if commuting daily, and for other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody, without testing. See details on essential purposes.

The testing exemption only applies to the person under essential travel rules. It does not apply to anyone else who travels with you, for non-essential reasons.

If you live within 5 miles of the Vermont border, you may make day trips for certain activities without getting a test if you travel 5 miles into the neighboring state. This includes going to worship, going to a gym, getting a haircut, and participating in place-based outdoor recreation. Find out more about travel to and from border towns.

Sign up for daily symptom check reminders
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Help us contain the spread of COVID-19 by signing up for symptom check reminders!

Sara Alert is a free, automated and secure reminder system to check for common symptoms of COVID-19. People visiting or returning to Vermont are strongly encouraged to sign up to get daily reminders by email, text or phone 
asking if they are experiencing any symptoms.

Sara Alert sends daily reminders until they automatically stop two weeks after the day you report arriving in Vermont.

If you report symptoms, the Health Department will reach out to provide guidance and next steps. Sara Alert is not a contact tracing system. It is not GPS-based, so it does not monitor your movements or track your location. 

Why sign up for Sara Alert?

✔ Fast, easy, and free reminders to check yourself for symptoms
✔ Quick access to the Health Department for guidance and information if you develop symptoms
✔ Helps our public health teams contain the spread of COVID-19

If you are enrolled in Sara Alert and have questions about your messages, email the Travel Team or call 802-863-7240 (option 6).

sign up Now

What do alerts look like?

Sample email reminder:    

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Sample emailed symptom list:

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Sample text reminder:
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