Traveling to Vermont

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Can I come to Vermont?

Vermonters are pleased and proud to welcome visitors, but during the pandemic there is guidance you must follow if you decide to come to Vermont. Do not travel to Vermont if you are sick. See details about what's required if you are coming to, or returning to, Vermont.

What to Know About Quarantine

People who are coming to Vermont from many out-of-state locations will need to quarantine. Quarantine helps prevent the 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 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. Learn more about quarantine and see tips about quarantining when you share a home. We strongly encourage anyone in quarantine to sign up for daily symptom check reminders.

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Find Out if You Need to Quarantine

If you are visiting Vermont you must quarantine for 14 days, once you arrive. This includes students coming home to Vermont for a college break or holiday. You have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantine and end your quarantine with a negative test result.

Some travelers have the option to quarantine in their home state before coming to Vermont – read more about that option in the 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 ("green" counties) do not need to quarantine when they arrive in Vermont. Use the status, or color, of the county you’re coming from on the day you leave to travel to Vermont to determine if you need to quarantine. Travel to Vermont in a personal vehicle (which could be a rental vehicle or private plane).
     
  • People traveling for essential purposes do not need to quarantine. Essential travel includes travel for personal safety, health care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medicine, to attend preK-12 school or college, or for work.

    The quarantine 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 who live near the Vermont border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state may make day trips to Vermont for work, health care, and other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody without quarantining.

When you travel, limit your stops and only stop when necessary (for example, for food, fuel, or rest). Try to plan your stops in a "green" county. If you stay overnight in a "yellow" or "red" county, you are required to quarantine when you return to Vermont. Anytime you stop, follow the prevention steps: stay at least 6 feet away from people you do not live with, wear a face mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces, and wash your hands often. Stay home and do not travel if you are sick.

Quarantining at Home Before Coming to Vermont

Depending on how you travel to Vermont you may be able to quarantine in your home state before coming to Vermont.

Quarantining Before Coming IS an Option

If you plan to travel to Vermont in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane), you may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative PCR test in your home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions. Continue to quarantine until you travel to Vermont.

When you travel to Vermont, only stop when necessary (like for fuel, food or rest). When you stop, wear a 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.

Quarantining Before Coming is NOT an Option

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 PCR 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. 

Guidance for Vermonters
  • You may travel to certain counties with low rates of active cases ("green" counties). Use the status, or color, of the county on the day you leave Vermont to determine if you need to quarantine when you return. For example, if you travel on a Friday, and the county you visit is green on that Friday and changes to red before you return to Vermont, you do not need to quarantine upon return because it was green when you left Vermont. You also must make your trip in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane) to avoid quarantining when you return to Vermont.
  • If you travel out of Vermont for leisure to a location other than those certain counties with low rates of active cases ("yellow" or "red" counties), whether for a day trip or longer, there are quarantine requirements. You must either quarantine in Vermont when you return or, if you plan to travel to Vermont in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane), you may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative PCR test in the state where you are visiting, and then enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions. Continue to quarantine from when you receive your test result until you travel to Vermont.
  • If you plan to travel to Vermont by public transportation (plane, train, bus), you must quarantine in Vermont.
  • Vermonters who live near a border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state may make day trips to that state for work, health care, to commute to attend preK-12 school or college, and for other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody, without quarantining. The quarantine 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 are hosting travelers under quarantine in your home or lodging, you do not also need to quarantine. That means you can go to school, work, or the grocery store. However, you need to stay at least 6 feet from the people who are under quarantine. People under quarantine should wear a mask in common spaces, use a separate bathroom, eat separately, and otherwise not be in close contact with the people who are hosting them. Be sure to disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and check yourself for symptoms for 14 days.
  • Vermonters must follow travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.
  • When you travel, limit your stops and only stop when necessary (for example, for food, fuel, or rest). Try to plan your stops in a "green" county. If you stay overnight in a "yellow" or "red" county, you are required to quarantine when you return to Vermont. Anytime you stop, follow the prevention steps: stay at least 6 feet away from people you do not live with, wear a face mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces, and wash your hands often. Stay home and do not travel if you are sick.
Sign Up for Daily 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 are going to be in Vermont for at least two weeks, it’s important to stay enrolled for the entire monitoring period to help our public health response to COVID-19.

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

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

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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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Getting Tested

If you are under quarantine and have not had symptoms for the first 7 days of your quarantine, you can get tested. The test must be a PCR test. You should stay in quarantine until you get your results. If your test result is negative and you still haven't had any symptoms, you can end your quarantine.

Talk to your health care provider to find out where to get tested. There are testing locations throughout Vermont. If you don’t have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center or one of Vermont's free & referral clinics.

Overnight Stays

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:

  1. Have traveled from one of the counties with low rates of active cases OR
  2. Have completed a 14-day quarantine in your home state and traveled directly to Vermont in a personal vehicle OR
  3. Have had a negative PCR test result in your home state on or after 7 days of quarantine OR
  4. Are authorized to work in Vermont

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.

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 PCR 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, except to travel to and from a test site.

If travelers are staying less than 14 or 7 days, they must stay in quarantine for the duration of their time in Vermont. 

Find more details on lodging and accommodations from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

College Students
Please contact your college or university directly for information about testing and health guidance.
 
Find out how to safely drop a student off at college. 

The City of Burlington has a Supportive Quarantine Program. The program includes a move-in care package of fresh local goods, a mask, and hygiene supplies. Learn more and sign up!
 
If you are a college student coming home to Vermont for a break or holiday, you must quarantine for 14 days, once you arrive. If you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, the quarantine period may be shortened by having a test on or after day 7 of quarantine, though you must continue to quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
Travel to Canada

Check CDC’s travel notices for Canada. Read Canada’s entry restrictions.  

Follow the CDC’s after travel guidance when you return to the U.S. When you return to Vermont, you must quarantine for 14 days. You have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of your quarantine and end your quarantine early with a negative. Quarantining after international travel is the best practice. However, travelers to and from Canada for essential purposes are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

Other International Travel

If you are planning on traveling internationally, check the current list of Travel Advisories by country from the U.S. Department of State, and visit travel.state.gov for detailed information on safe international travel.

Visit the CDC’s travel page for travel recommendations by country and see the FAQs for Travelers.

The CDC recommends no one travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, especially people with an increased risk of serious illness. That’s because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is high. Learn more about cruise ships and river cruise voyages.

You must follow travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the countries you plan to visit.

Follow the CDC’s after travel guidance when you return to the U.S. When you return to Vermont, you must quarantine for 14 days. You have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of your quarantine and end your quarantine early with a negative. Quarantining after international travel is the best practice. However, people traveling internationally for essential purposes are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

Safely Reconnect with Friends and Family

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 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