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Cross State Travel Frequently Asked Questions

The State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.

Vermont’s travel policies are in place to reduce the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19. For more information about the definition of quarantine, visit the Vermont Department of Health’s website.

  1. Can I travel to and from Vermont for leisure travel?
  2. I had COVID-19 or received a positive antibody test. Does that mean I am exempt from the travel quarantine or social gathering requirements?
  3. If I have received a COVID-19 vaccine, may I travel without quarantining before or after my trip?
  4. Can I travel to and from Vermont for work?
  5. If I am staying in Vermont for less than the minimum quarantine time, may I still come to Vermont?
  6. I plan to drop someone off at college, may I do so under Vermont’s Cross State Travel Guidance?
  7. Do I need to quarantine if out-of-state visitors are staying in my home?
  8. Do I need to quarantine alone?
  9. If I take a form of public transportation, including charter buses or airplanes, will it impact my quarantine status?
  10. If an employee travels on vacation or other leisure travel that requires quarantine upon their return, can they return to work immediately?
  11. If an employee travels on vacation and requires quarantine, is a company required to provide vacation or sick time to the employee to complete their quarantine upon their return?
  12. Do I need to quarantine if I’m traveling for an essential purpose (like work in a neighboring state or health care)?
  13. I have parental shared custody. Can my child and I travel without quarantining?
  14. I have a second home or a seasonal home in Vermont. Can I come to Vermont?
  15. May I travel to Vermont to view an apartment or home?
  16. May I move to Vermont during the State of Emergency?
  17. While traveling to or from Vermont, may I stop for food, fuel or rest?
  18. Are Vermont Welcome Centers (rest areas) open?
  19. Why are social gatherings prohibited right now?
  20. Are sports and outdoor activities allowed?
  21. Can I get together with friends and family?
  22. Can we have our wedding ceremony?
  23. What should returning and new college students do?
  24. Are there any travel restrictions if I am traveling through Vermont?
  25. Can I come to Vermont to ski or snowboard?
  26. Do I need documentation to certify that I completed my quarantine or received a negative test result before I travel to Vermont?
  27. Do I need to quarantine if I make a short trip (day trip)?
  28. Can I travel to or from Canada?
  29. I want to travel to Vermont from a foreign country. Is that allowed?

Persons should not travel to, from, or within Vermont if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they meet the criteria for needing to Isolate or Quarantine.


Can I travel to and from Vermont for leisure travel?

All travel to and from Vermont now requires quarantine. The only exception is essential travel. The Health Department and the CDC strongly recommend not traveling right now.

Additionally, as of November 14, 2020, you are not allowed to gather with people you don’t live with. This includes all inside and outside social and entertainment gatherings, and in public and private spaces. This means that visitors to Vermont can only socialize with the people they live with. They cannot gather with Vermonters or with people from another household. Learn more about what this means.

If you are visiting Vermont you must quarantine before engaging in any activities, like grocery shopping or recreational activities. Staying in and completing quarantine is extremely important to help keep people from spreading the virus when they may not know they have it. We strongly encourage you to sign up with Sara Alert once you arrive in Vermont to get two weeks of daily symptom check reminders. You must also follow the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Order.

You can either:

  • Quarantine in your home state for 14 days before coming to Vermont if you are driving in your personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane) OR
  • Quarantine at a Vermont lodging establishment or home for 14 days if you are traveling by plane, train, bus or other means of transportation.

If you have not had symptoms of COVID-19, you have the option to get a PCR test on day 7 and end your quarantine with a negative test result. You must remain in quarantine until you travel to Vermont.

Limit your stops when traveling to Vermont, and only stop when necessary (for example, for fuel, food or rest).

When you stop, follow the general prevention steps: stay at least 6 feet away from people you don't 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.

Find more travel and quarantine information.

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I had COVID-19 or received a positive antibody test. Does that mean I am exempt from the travel quarantine or social gathering requirements?

The Governor’s executive orders do not exempt people who had COVID-19 or received a positive antibody test. This means that even if you had COVID-19 or received a positive antibody test, you must quarantine when you travel or return to Vermont under the current travel guidelines. This also means that you are not allowed to gather with people you don’t live with under the current social gathering guidelines.

If you have received a positive antibody test, that does not mean you have “proof of immunity” from COVID-19.

Currently, we recommend that everyone, including people who had COVID-19, received a positive antibody test, or got the COVID-19 vaccine continue to follow the prevention steps to keep from getting or spreading COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep your social circle small. At this time, your social circle should only include the people you live with.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with.
  • Wear a mask anytime you are around people you don’t live with.

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If I have received a COVID-19 vaccine, may I travel without quarantining before or after my trip?

Effective February 23, 2021: If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine to travel to Vermont or return to Vermont, as long as at least 14 days have passed since you received your final vaccine dose.

Currently, we recommend that everyone, including people who had COVID-19, received a positive antibody test, or got the COVID-19 vaccine continue to follow the prevention steps to keep from getting or spreading COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep your social circle small. At this time, your social circle should only include the people you live with.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with.
  • Wear a mask anytime you are around people you don’t live with.

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Can I travel to and from Vermont for work?

Yes, with extreme caution. People traveling for essential purposes, including work, 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 to perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate. For more information about which businesses may operate and how they may operate, view the Work Safe Guidance. The current State of Emergency requires employers to use remote work and telework whenever possible to avoid unnecessary work travel. Businesses and employees must only travel for work related trips when absolutely necessary. Individuals engaged in a daily commute to and from their job are expressly exempt from the need to quarantine by Executive Order.

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If I am staying in Vermont for less than the minimum quarantine time, may I still come to Vermont?

Yes, but only if you are in full quarantine at the lodging establishment or private residence in which you are staying while in Vermont. Quarantine means you do not leave the room or house in which you are staying and make no trips to the grocery store, restaurants or any other places where you will come in contact with others. Using lodging property amenities such as pools, spas, gyms, recreation equipment or other general use facilities is also not permitted.

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I plan to drop someone off at college, may I do so under Vermont’s Cross State Travel Guidance?

Yes, but only if you meet the non-quarantine requirements contained in the Cross State Travel Guidance OR complete a contactless drop off and quarantine during the process.

The contactless drop off exemption from the travel guidance is only available to those traveling by personal vehicle to and from Vermont.

During a contactless drop off, do not enter any college facilities, limit activities outside your car to helping the student unload at the curb, and do not have contact (within 6 feet of any individual) with anyone outside your household.  If your travel plans do not allow you to make a day trip out of the process, you may stay at a lodging property only if you quarantine at that property for the duration of your stay.  Quarantine means you do not leave the room or house in which you are staying and make no trips to the grocery store, restaurants or any other places where you will come in contact with others.  Using lodging property amenities such as pools, spas, gyms, recreation equipment or other general use facilities is also not permitted.

It is strongly suggested you contact the school, so you are aware of move in restrictions and rules BEFORE arrival on campus. Vermont issued guidance to colleges on how to safely reopen. However, some Vermont colleges are exceeding these recommendations, and colleges outside of Vermont are not bound to this guidance.

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Do I need to quarantine if out-of-state visitors are staying in my home?

As of November 14, 2020, you are not allowed to gather with people you don’t live with. This includes all inside and outside social and entertainment gatherings, and in public and private spaces. This means that visitors to Vermont can only socialize with the people they live with. They cannot gather with Vermonters or with people from another household. Learn more about what this means.

Once gatherings are allowed again, 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.

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Do I need to quarantine alone?

No. A household can quarantine together, or an individual of the household may quarantine while other members of the household take care to respect that individual’s quarantine. For more information about quarantining, please visit the Department of Health website.

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If I take a form of public transportation, including charter buses or airplanes, will it impact my quarantine status?

Yes. Only travelers using a personal vehicle (private vehicle, rental vehicle, private plane) who travel directly to and from Vermont after they have quarantined in their home state may avoid quarantine. Travelers arriving to Vermont via public transportation (plane, train, bus) must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test upon arrival in Vermont (travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site).

If you are traveling by charter bus and all travelers have completed a quarantine before boarding the bus, you may be able to visit without quarantining.

Private charter buses and private large multi-passenger vans should only be used if density is reduced to allow for social distancing. This includes reducing capacity to 50 percent, leaving every other seat empty, and every other row open. Cloth face coverings must be worn.

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If an employee travels on vacation or other leisure travel that requires quarantine upon their return, can they return to work immediately?

No. An employee who travels on leisure must quarantine either before their arrival back to Vermont or upon their arrival in Vermont. This policy impacts those employees living in Vermont and those employees who live in adjoining states but commute to work in Vermont.

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If an employee travels on vacation and requires quarantine, is a company required to provide vacation or sick time to the employee to complete their quarantine upon their return?

No.

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act required covered employers to provide 80 hours of paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons, including quarantine when mandated by state orders, plus an additional 10 weeks of paid family and medical leave at 2/3 pay for employees needing to care for a child due to a school or child care provider closure.

These requirements expired on December 31, 2020.

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act (2021) did not extend the requirement that employers make paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave available to employees.
  • However, it did extend the tax credit available to employers for payments made to employees as paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave through March 31, 2021.

Thus, employers may voluntarily elect to provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to employees and will receive tax credits for doing so through March 31, 2021. There is no legal requirement that they do so.

Any paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave taken by employees up to December 31, 2020, must still be paid by employers despite the expiration of the FFCRA.

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Do I need to quarantine if I’m traveling for an essential purpose (like work in a neighboring state or health care)?

If you are traveling for essential purposes, you 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, for students who commute daily to attend preK-12 school or college or a school-sponsored activity, or for work.

If you live near a state border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state, you may make day trips to that state for work, health care, for students who commute daily to attend preK-12 school or college or a school-sponsored activity, and for other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody, without quarantining.

The exemption to quarantine only applies to the person under essential travel rules. It does not apply to anyone else who travels with you. For example, you travel for work and your child comes with you. Your child will need to quarantine for 14 days when you return to Vermont, but you won’t need to.

However, if you travel out of Vermont for leisure, or travel by plane, train, bus or other means of public transportation for a non-essential purpose, you must quarantine for 14 days in Vermont when you return. This includes day trips.

Additionally, if you come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days, no matter where the contact occurred. Learn more about what to do if you’re a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

If you have not had symptoms of COVID-19, you have the option to get a PCR test on day 7 and end your quarantine with a negative test result.

Find more travel and quarantine information.

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I have parental shared custody. Can my child and I travel without quarantining?

Travel for parental shared custody is considered essential travel. This means that you and your child do not need to quarantine if:

  • You are returning to Vermont after visiting your child out of state.
  • Your child lives out of state and is visiting you in Vermont.
  • You live out of state and your child is returning to Vermont after visiting you.

You can travel by personal vehicle, plane, train, bus or other means of transportation. We encourage you to choose the form of travel with the lowest risk when you can (personal vehicle) and to follow the general precautions:

  • Stay home and do not travel if you are sick.
  • Keep a 6-foot distance from people you don't live with.
  • Wear a face mask or covering  anytime you are around people you don’t live with.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Limit your stops when traveling and only stop when necessary (for example, for fuel, food or rest).

However, if you and your child travel out of Vermont for leisure by plane, train, bus or other means of public transportation, you and your child must quarantine for 14 days in Vermont upon return. This includes day trips.

Additionally, anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days, including you or your child, no matter where the contact occurred. Learn more about what to do if you’re a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

If you have not had symptoms of COVID-19, you have the option to get a PCR test on day 7 and end your quarantine with a negative test result.

Children in shared custody that are in isolation because they have tested positive for COVD-19, or are in quarantine because they were identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, may isolate or quarantine in either household. It does not affect the shared custody schedule. However, this means that members of the household where the child is staying may need to quarantine. If the child is in isolation, household members will be required to quarantine. If the child is in quarantine, household members would not need to also quarantine, unless the child tests positive for COVID-19.

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I have a second home or a seasonal home in Vermont. Can I come to Vermont?

All travel to and from Vermont now requires quarantine. The only exception is essential travel. The Health Department and the CDC strongly recommend not traveling right now.

Additionally, as of November 14, 2020, you are not allowed to gather with people you don’t live with. This includes all inside and outside social and entertainment gatherings, and in public and private spaces. This means that visitors to Vermont can only socialize with the people they live with. They cannot gather with Vermonters or with people from another household. Learn more about what this means.

If you are returning to your second or seasonal home in Vermont, you are required to quarantine before engaging in any activities, like grocery shopping or recreational activities. Staying in and completing quarantine is extremely important to help keep people from spreading the virus when they may not know they have it. We strongly encourage you to sign up with Sara Alert once you arrive in Vermont to get two weeks of daily symptom check reminders. You must also follow the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Order.

You can either:

  • Quarantine in your home state for 14 days before coming to Vermont if you are driving in your personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane) OR
  • Quarantine at a Vermont lodging establishment or home for 14 days if you are traveling by plane, train, bus or other means of transportation.

If you have not had symptoms of COVID-19, you have the option to get a PCR test on day 7 and end your quarantine with a negative test result. You must remain in quarantine until you travel to Vermont.

Limit your stops when traveling to Vermont, and only stop when absolutely necessary (for example, for fuel, food or rest).

When you stop, follow the general prevention steps: stay at least 6 feet away from people you don't 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.

Find more travel and quarantine information.

Full list of FAQs


May I travel to Vermont to view an apartment or home?

Yes. But you must observe mandatory quarantine requirements before or upon per the most recent Cross State Travel Guidance.  If you have a legally signed and executed purchase and sales agreement or lease, you may travel to Vermont without quarantining to view the home, but only if you travel directly to and from the home.

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May I move to Vermont during the State of Emergency?

Yes. But you must observe mandatory quarantine requirements before or upon arrival per the most recent Cross State Travel Guidance.

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While traveling to or from Vermont, may I stop for food, fuel or rest?

Yes. If you are traveling by personal vehicle to or from Vermont, you are able to make short stops for food, fuel or rest without impacting your quarantine status. While stopping, you may not have prolonged close contact with anyone.

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Are Vermont Welcome Centers (rest areas) open?

Eight (8) of Vermont's Welcome Centers (sometimes referred to as "rest areas") are open with limited access to interior restrooms from 10:00am – 6:00pm, 7 days per week. Travelers are required to wear a mask when inside the building. Other rest areas that remain closed will have portable toilets available.

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Related FAQs from the Vermont Department of Health

  1. Why are social gatherings prohibited right now?
  2. Are sports and outdoor activities allowed?
  3. Can I get together with friends and family?
  4. Can we have our wedding ceremony?
  5. What should returning and new college students do?
  6. Are there any travel restrictions if I am traveling through Vermont?
  7. Can I come to Vermont to ski or snowboard?
  8. Do I need documentation to certify that I completed my quarantine or received a negative test result before I travel to Vermont?
  9. Do I need to quarantine if I make a short trip (day trip)?
  10. Can I travel to or from Canada?
  11. I want to travel to Vermont from a foreign country. Is that allowed?

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