MAP: Texans may face entry restrictions and mandatory quarantines while traveling in U.S., abroad

George Bush Intercontinental Airport experienced a 3.5 million drop in passengers in April compared to April 2019. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into order some travel restrictions for passengers from specific states, though those orders expired in May. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport experienced a 3.5 million drop in passengers in April compared to April 2019. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into order some travel restrictions for passengers from specific states, though those orders expired in May. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)

George Bush Intercontinental Airport experienced a 3.5 million drop in passengers in April compared to April 2019. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into order some travel restrictions for passengers from specific states, though those orders expired in May. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)

Editor's note: This article and its graphic have been updated to remove Utah from the list of states with travel restrictions. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in April signed an order mandating incoming travelers fill out COVID-19 documentation. That order was allowed to expire in May and is no longer in effect. The order can be found here.

Beginning June 24, Texans traveling to three states—New York, New Jersey and Connecticut—face a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a home or hotel room.

These announcements come as Texas is experiencing record numbers of coronavirus cases and ICU admissions.

Some states have enacted travel restrictions for incoming visitors since mid-March. Texas itself at one time mandated travelers from some specific states to self-quarantine for two weeks, though Gov. Greg Abbott let those requirements expire on May 21.

Listed below are a list of places in the U.S., according to each state's department of health, and internationally where Texas travelers will be required to self-quarantine or face other travel restrictions as of June 25.


ALASKA

At the beginning of June, Alaska asked travelers visiting the state to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure and provide documentation of a negative test. The state also allows travelers to receive testing on arrival and remain in quarantine until a negative test result comes back. Passengers may also elect to a 14-day self-quarantine instead of testing for COVID-19, according to the state.

CONNECTICUT

Beginning June 24, travelers from eight states, including Texas, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days in a home or hotel room upon entering Connecticut.

HAWAII

Visitors entering Hawaii are required to self-quarantine for 14 days in a home or hotel room upon entry to Hawaii. Travelers are advised to be prepared to complete COVID-19 testing documentation or provide consent to a temperature check.

MAINE

Maine in early April required travelers entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The state announced that beginning June 26, travelers can provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test conducted less than 72 hours prior to departure to avoid a mandatory two-week quarantine.

NEW JERSEY

Beginning June 24, travelers from eight states, including Texas, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days in a home or hotel room upon entering New Jersey.

NEW MEXICO

Travelers entering New Mexico are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a home or hotel room. On May 28, however, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham modified the state’s travel restrictions, and the mandatory quarantine no longer applies to people traveling to New Mexico to conduct business activities or for visitors entering the state on essential travel, as defined by the state.

NEW YORK

Beginning June 24, travelers from eight states, including Texas, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days in a home or hotel room upon entering New York.

VERMONT

Travelers into Vermont are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Some travelers may have the option to quarantine in their home state before arriving in Vermont, and some essential travel, as defined by the state, does not require any quarantine. For more information, visit the Vermont Department of Health website.

INTERNATIONAL RESTRICTIONS

U.S. travelers are subject to some form of screening or quarantine upon entry to most countries across the world. The U.S. Department of State on March 31 issued a Do Not Travel advisory, recommending U.S. citizens avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information on which countries have flight restrictions for U.S. passengers, visit the Department of State website or the International Air Transport Association website.

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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