If you are thinking about travel, you may need to quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our state. Follow the guidance on this page to find out what you need to do.
What to Know About Quarantine
Quarantine is for people with no symptoms who are coming to Vermont from certain out-of-state locations. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus and don’t have symptoms.
Quarantine means staying at a home or dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside of the home, like grocery shopping or getting together with friends or family. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others and check themselves for symptoms. We strongly encourage anyone in quarantine to sign up for daily symptom check reminders.
If you are visiting Vermont you must quarantine for 14 days once you arrive. Some travelers have the option to quarantine in their home state before coming to Vermont – read more about that option in the following “Quarantining at Home” section.
These are exceptions to the quarantine requirement:
- Travelers from select counties do not need to quarantine. Travelers from certain counties with low rates of active cases do not need to quarantine when they arrive in Vermont.
- People traveling for essential purposes do not need to quarantine. Essential travel includes travel for personal safety, medical care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medicine, or to perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate.
- People who live near the Vermont border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state may make day trips to Vermont for essential work, health care, and other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody without quarantining.
- Youth attending overnight camps can quarantine at camp or before coming to Vermont for 14 days. See the details concerning youth coming to overnight camps in the Update on New Work Safe Additions to the Be Smart, Stay Safe Order.
If one of these situations applies to you, travel to Vermont in a personal vehicle. During your travel, only stop when necessary. When you stop, follow the general precautions: wear a cloth face mask or covering, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and wash your hands often. Stay home and do not travel if you are sick.
If your stay in Vermont is shorter than 14 days and you do not fit any of the exceptions described above, you will need to quarantine throughout your visit.
More About Travel
Depending on how you travel to Vermont you may be able to quarantine in your home state before coming to Vermont. Here are your options:
- If you plan to travel to Vermont in a personal vehicle, you may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in your home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions. When you travel to Vermont, only stop when necessary. When you stop, follow the general precautions: wear a cloth face mask or covering, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and wash your hands often. Stay home and do not travel if you are sick
- If you plan to travel to Vermont by public transportation (plane, train, bus) or from further than a direct car ride, you must quarantine in Vermont. You may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test, in a Vermont lodging establishment or with friends and family. You must stay in your quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site.
- You may travel to certain counties with low rates of active cases. If you make your trip in a personal vehicle, you do not need to quarantine upon return to Vermont.
- If you travel out of state to a location other than those counties with low rates of active cases, you must quarantine in Vermont upon return. This includes day trips.
- Vermonters who live near a border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state may make day trips to that state for essential work, health care, and other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody, without quarantining.
- If you are hosting travelers under quarantine in your home or lodging, you do not also need to quarantine. If you are sharing space, stay at least six feet from the people under quarantine. People under quarantine should wear a mask in common spaces. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces and check for symptoms for 14 days.
- Vermonters must follow travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.
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.
If symptoms are reported, a member of our team 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 someone's movements or track their 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
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If you are under quarantine and have not had symptoms for the first 7 days of your quarantine, you can get tested. Talk to your health care provider to find out where to get tested. There are testing locations throughout Vermont. You should stay in quarantine until you get your results.
If you don't have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 for a referral to a clinic in your area.
For people who have come to Vermont from another state, 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 that you meet one of these conditions:
- Have traveled from a region with a low rate of active cases OR
- Have completed a 14-day quarantine in your home state and traveled directly to Vermont in a personal vehicle OR
- Have had a negative test result in your home state on or after 7 days of quarantine OR
- Are authorized to work in Vermont
And you must also meet both of these conditions:
- Not had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days AND
- Not had COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours.
Travelers also have the option to quarantine in a Vermont lodging site. Travelers may complete either a 14-day quarantine OR a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in Vermont. This applies regardless of where someone began their trip, or what type of transportation they used. Travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine, other than to travel to and from a test site.
Find more details on lodging and accommodations from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
At this point you may be eager to see your friends and family again. Guidance on how to safely reconnect will help you weigh the risks to prevent new cases and serious illness from quickly increasing in Vermont.
✔ Wash hands
✔ Stay 6 feet apart
✔ Wear a cloth face mask.
✔ Keep your social circle small and keep a list of your close contacts.
✔ Protect those at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19