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Coronavirus Travel Advice

The latest updates include new travel restrictions from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Kansas. Airlines have also updated their flexible cancellation and rebooking policy dates.

Coronavirus travel update

Information is changing every day which can make it hard to keep up with the facts that are most relevant to you.  

We’re continually keeping this page up-to-date regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark.

We strongly recommend reading the coronavirus travel advice from your local authorities and governments — such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of State — as well as the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), a reliable and trusted source of global news and information.

Government coronavirus travel advice

As of March 19, 2020, the State Department has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory that advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel.

If you do travel domestically, please be aware that numerous states have varying travel restrictions and guidelines around the types of businesses that will be open. For a complete list of the types of businesses open in each state, please visit the New York Times’ comprehensive state-by-state guidelines page here.

Coronavirus travel restrictions by state

Alabama: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Alabama.

Alaska: Travelers to Alaska are required to either take a coronavirus test before arriving in Alaska or self-quarantine for 14 days once arriving in Alaska. For more information on the tests required as well as test timing, click here.

Arizona: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Arizona.

Arkansas: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Arkansas.

California: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to California.

Colorado: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Colorado.

Connecticut: Anyone traveling into Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

Delaware: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Delaware.

District of Columbia: As of July 27, anyone coming into Washington, D.C. from a high-risk state who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travel to and from Maryland and Virginia is exempt. High-risk states that require 14 days of self-quarantine: Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. Click here for more information.

Florida: Individuals traveling to Florida from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey must self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

Georgia: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Georgia.

Hawaii: Until September 1, individuals traveling to Hawaii must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

Idaho: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Idaho.

Illinois: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to the state of Illinois, but the city of Chicago is requiring visitors from the following states to self-quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa,  Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Kansas will be added to the above list beginning July 24. For additional information, please click here.

Indiana: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Indiana.

Iowa: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Iowa.

Kansas: Individuals traveling to Kansas from Florida must self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

Kentucky: Those who traveled to states with an infection rate of 15% or higher are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information, click here.

Louisiana: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Louisiana.

Maine: Individuals traveling to Maine must self-quarantine for 14 days. Visitors from New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are exempt from the quarantine requirement. For more information on quarantine guidelines, please click here.

Maryland: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Maryland.

Massachusetts: Starting Aug. 1, 2020, most travelers and returning residents were required fill out a travel form and self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state or produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers from states classified as lower-risk were exempt from the test or quarantine requirements. For full details, click here.

Michigan: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Michigan.

Minnesota: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Minnesota.

Mississippi: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Mississippi.

Missouri: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Missouri.

Montana: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Montana, but Native American reservations throughout the state have put their own restrictions in place. To learn more, please click here.

Nebraska: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Nebraska.

Nevada: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Nevada.

New Hampshire: Individuals traveling to New Hampshire must self-quarantine for 14 days UNLESS they are from the following states: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. For more information on quarantine guidelines, please click here.

New Jersey: Anyone traveling into New Jersey from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

New Mexico: All individuals traveling to New Mexico must self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information, please click here.

New York: Anyone traveling into New York from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

North Carolina: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to North Carolina.

North Dakota: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to North Dakota.

Ohio: All individuals traveling to Ohio from states reporting positive coronavirus testing rates of 15% or higher are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. As of July 29, these states include: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

Oklahoma: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Oklahoma.

Oregon: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Oregon.

Pennsylvania: Anyone traveling to Pennsylvania from the following states are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

Rhode Island: Visitors from states with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5% are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state. Travelers can avoid the quarantine requirement by presenting a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. For more information on quarantine requirements, please click here.

South Carolina: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to South Carolina.

South Dakota: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to South Dakota.

Tennessee: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Tennessee.

Texas: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Texas.

Utah: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Utah.

Vermont: Individuals traveling to Vermont must self-quarantine for 14 days UNLESS they are from select counties in the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information on these counties, please click here.

Virginia: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Virginia.

Washington: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Washington.

West Virginia: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to West Virginia.

Wisconsin: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Wisconsin.

Wyoming: There are no travel restrictions for visitors to Wyoming.

Coronavirus travel restrictions for visitors to the US from outside the country

  • As of March 13, 2020, individuals who are not US citizens or permanent residents cannot travel to the United States from the following countries (with limited exceptions):
    • China
    • Iran
    • Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
    • United Kingdom
    • Ireland

The US government asks that all individuals traveling to the US from abroad self-isolate for 14 days.

Coronavirus travel restrictions by country

For additional information on coronavirus travel restrictions, including more information on countries not included in the above list, please see the US Department of State website here.

Coronavirus Flight Cancellation and Policy Updates

American Airlines

Updated Flight Schedule

  • American Airlines has reduced its domestic and international flight schedule due to decreased demand and coronavirus travel restrictions.
  • For the most up-to-date flight policies, click here.  

Change and Cancellation Policy

  • American is waiving change fees on existing and new tickets for summer travel through September 30, 2020, including Basic Economy and AAdvantage® award tickets. For individuals who choose to rebook, their new flight must depart on or before December 31, 2021. Anyone with a ticket expiring between March 1 and September 30, 2020 can use the value of their unused ticket for travel through December 31, 2021.
  • For new tickets booked between now and September 8, 2020, American is expanding its offer to waive change fees for travel for October 1, 2020, and later. However, this only includes Basic Economy tickets.
  • To change or cancel an American Airlines flight, click here.

Frontier

Updated Flight Schedule

  • Frontier has significantly reduced its flight schedule for domestic flights and has suspended certain flights to Mexico and Canada due to the impact of coronavirus. For a list of all current flights, click here.

Change and Cancellation Policy

  • Individuals traveling to or from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., Wisconsin or Puerto Rico with original travel dates through September 8, 2020 will be permitted a one-time change to travel plans without a fee. For changed itineraries, travel must be completed by September 12, 2021
  • Individuals who purchased a ticket between March 10 and April 15, 2020 have the ability to make a one-time change without incurring change fees, as well. For changed flights, the flight must be completed by September 12, 2021. Individuals who wish to cancel their flights will also have their cancellation fee waived and will receive a credit for the value of the flight that must be used within 90 days of the cancellation to purchase a new flight.
  • For additional information on changing or cancelling Frontier flights, click here.

Delta

Updated Flight Schedule

  • Delta has significantly reduced its domestic schedule and has adjusted its schedule in Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of Europe and Asia.
  • For the most up-to-date flight schedule, please click here.

Change and Cancellation Policy

  • Delta has waived change fees for all flights departing between March and December 31, 2020 and all tickets purchased between March 1 and August 31, 2020.
  • For those who would like to change their ticket to a more expensive flight, the price typically charged for the fare difference will be waived for changes to existing travel between March and September 2020 if the original ticket was purchased before April 17, 2020 and the individual is traveling to the same destination before September 30, 2020.
  • For more information on rescheduling or cancelling Delta flights, click here.

Spirit

Updated Flight Schedule

  • Spirit has adjusted its domestic and international flight schedule due to the impact of coronavirus. To check their updated schedule, click here.

Change and Cancellation Policy

  • Spirit is waiving change and cancellation fees for individuals whose travel plans are impacted by COVID-19.
  • For those looking to cancel their flights, Spirit is providing a reservation credit and allowing individuals to rebook within 12 months (though the flight itself can take place after that time frame).
  • For more information on changing or cancelling a Spirit flight, please click here.

Turkish Airlines

Updated Flight Schedule

  • Due to the impact of coronavirus, Turkish Airlines has updated its domestic and international flight schedules.
  • For more information on current flights, please click here.

Change and Cancellation Policy

United

Updated Flight Schedule

  • For the most up-to-date flight schedule, visit United’s page here.

Change and Cancellation Policy

  • For tickets issued March 3-March 31, 2020, change fees are waived for a flight of equal or lesser value for travel up to 24 months from the original ticket issue date. For tickets issued between April 1-August 31, 2020, change fees are waived for a flight of equal or lesser value for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.
  • Customers may change or cancel the flight they booked between March 3-March 31, 2020 and retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without a change fee for travel up to 24 months from the original ticket issue date. Customers may change or cancel the flight they booked between April 1-August 31, 2020 and retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without a change fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.
  • To change or cancel your United flight, click here.  

Have you been impacted by coronavirus flight cancellations? Get more useful advice in our article on what to do if your flight is canceled or delayed.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

While this is a fast-developing situation, here are four coronavirus travel need-to-knows:

How can I stay safe when traveling?

There are a lot of practical steps you can take. Regularly wash your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel), avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and stay at least three feet away from someone who is coughing or sneezing. Read More.

I want to cancel my travel plans due to coronavirus. How do I do this and can I get a refund?

First of all, call the airline, hotel, or online travel agent who you booked with. Not sure which company you used? You’ll see their name on your bank or credit card statement as well as the email you received from them to confirm the booking.

My flight has been canceled due to coronavirus. How do I get a refund?

Call the airline or online travel agent you booked with. With so many travel plans changed, it may take longer than usual to speak to someone who can help, but keep trying. If the airline or online travel agent tells you that a refund isn’t available or they’ve stopped trading, it might be worth getting in touch with your credit card company if that’s how you booked. If you have travel insurance, get in touch with the provider as well.

Will my travel insurance cover coronavirus flight cancellations?

It all depends on your policy. Check their website or give them a call to find out more about your specific situation.

For more answers to commonly asked questions on coronavirus, click here. We have also responded to the top questions from our traveler community in a Q&A, which is available here.

This page was last updated on August 4, 2020. To our knowledge, the information on this page was correct at the time of publication. However, given the nature of the COVID-19 crisis, information will vary by location and change at short notice and over time.  We will do our best to keep this page up-to-date, however this cannot be guaranteed.  

This page has been created for general guidance only and has not been designed for you or any specific circumstances relevant to you. It is highly recommended that you check your government’s latest travel advice before travelling or making any decisions to travel.