Traveling to Vermont

Wondering what rules to follow if you visit Vermont? Or, if you’re in Vermont and planning a trip out of state, what to do when you come home? If you travel, you may need to quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our state. See guidance on this page to find out what you need to do.

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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 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. 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. 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.

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 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 for work.
  • 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.

If one of these situations applies to you, travel to Vermont in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane). During your travel, only stop when necessary (for example, for fuel, food or rest). When you stop, wear a face mask, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and wash your hands often. Stay home and do not travel if you are sick.

More About Travel

We all need to help stop the spread by following the Governor's Be Smart, Stay Safe Order.

Governor Scott’s Executive Order Addendum 14
Addendum 13
Addendum 7

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. Here are your options:

  • 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 from when you receive your test result 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.
     
  • 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. If you make your trip in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane), you do not need to quarantine when you return to Vermont. When you travel, only stop when necessary. 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.
  • If you travel out of state to a location other than those certain counties with low rates of active cases, 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, 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.
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 arriving on campus, 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!
Travel to Canada

Check the U.S. Customs Border Protection website and the Canadian Border Services Agency for current information about travel to Canada.

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