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USA – Travel restrictions in all 6 New England States before Thanksgiving

by Victoria

The holiday season this year is just around the corner, but due to Covid-19’s influence, it will definitely be different from any year. While it is tempting to travel to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, health officials in most US states recommend that people stay at home and avoid gathering.

If you decide to travel to the US on vacation, it’s important to take the necessary precautions and be aware of each state’s travel restrictions. We have everything you need to know to travel around New England on Thanksgiving.


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Any person traveling to Connecticut from a state other than New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a positive rate on the test over the average 7 days average over 10% must self-quarantine within 14 days upon arrival. The authorization applies to travelers from countries where the CDC has issued a Level 3 health notice. The state also requires visitors to fill out a health form upon their arrival.


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Unless you are visitor from one of the four lower-risk states identified by the state’s Department of Public Health – Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont – all visitors to Massachusetts are not exempt have to complete a pre-arrival Massachusetts Travel Form and quarantine for 14 days or test negative for coronavirus from samples collected within 72 hours of prior visit.


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People traveling from other regions to Maine, including Maine residents returning to the state, must quarantine themselves for 14 days or present negative test results from a sample taken no more than 72 hours after arrival this state. New Hampshire and Vermont are still exempt from Maine’s inspection and quarantine requirements, but Governor Janet Mills is urging visitors from the two states to test before traveling.

New Hampshire

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Anyone traveling to New Hampshire from states around New England is no longer quarantined for two weeks. However, long-term visitors from outside New England were still required to be quarantined for 14 days.

Rhode Island

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People from regions with a positive rate of more than 5% had to quarantine themselves for 14 days or test negative for COVID-19 from a test done within 72 hours before traveling. Visitors coming from outside Rhode Island are required to fill out a certificate of compliance and a travel check form when they arrive in.


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People traveling for essential purposes, such as personal safety and healthcare, do not need to be isolated in Vermont. However, Vermont residents were asked to limit all non-essential travel, and anyone traveling to or back into Vermont was quarantined for two weeks. People who do not experience any coronavirus symptoms may have a PCR test on or after the seventh day of quarantine, which may end early with a negative test result.

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