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Cross State Travel Frequently Asked Questions

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. What counties are non-quarantine counties?
  3. What if the travel map changes before or during my travel?
  4. Can I travel to and from Vermont for work?
  5. May I make a reservation if the county I am in is not green or I plan to travel to Vermont from an area not on the existing travel map?
  6. If I am staying in Vermont for less than the minimum quarantine time, may I still come to Vermont?
  7. I plan to drop someone off at college, may I do so under Vermont’s Cross State Travel Guidance?
  8. Do I need to quarantine if out-of-state visitors are staying in my home?
  9. Do I need to quarantine alone?
  10. If I take a form of public transportation, including charter buses or airplanes, will it impact my quarantine status?
  11. If an employee travels on vacation or other leisure travel to a county that requires quarantine upon their return, can they return to work immediately?
  12. If an employee travels on vacation to a county that requires quarantine, is a company required to provide vacation or sick time to the employee to complete their quarantine upon their return?
  13. Do I need to quarantine if I am traveling for personal health reasons or to care for others?
  14. Do I need to quarantine if I am visiting a minor child who I have parental custody rights to? Does my child need to quarantine if they travel to Vermont from a quarantine county if I have parental custody rights to that child?
  15. May I travel to Vermont to take care of my property?
  16. May I travel to Vermont to view an apartment or home?
  17. May I move to Vermont during the State of Emergency?
  18. While traveling between Vermont and non-quarantine counties, may I stop for food, fuel or rest?

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?

Yes, but you must follow Vermont’s Cross State Travel Guidance that requires you to quarantine either before arrival in Vermont if traveling by personal vehicle directly to Vermont or upon arrival in Vermont. Certain individuals that are from designated non-quarantine counties do not need to quarantine, and Vermonters traveling to non-quarantine counties do not need to quarantine upon return to Vermont either. 

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What counties are non-quarantine counties?

The State of Vermont updates its list of non-quarantine counties each Tuesday. The map is posted on the ACCD Cross State Travel Guidance page.

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What if the travel map changes before or during my travel?

The travel map is updated every Tuesday. If you are a visitor to Vermont, the day you travel to Vermont determines the status of your county of origin and whether you need to quarantine. If you are a Vermonter traveling to an out-of-state county, the day you leave Vermont determines the status of the county you are returning from and whether you need to quarantine when you return. For example, if a Vermonter travels on a Friday, and the county they visit is green on that Friday but changes to red before they return to Vermont, they do not need to quarantine upon return because it was green when they left Vermont.

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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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May I make a reservation if the county I am in is not green or I plan to travel to Vermont from an area not on the existing travel map?

Yes. You may plan to come to Vermont and lodging properties may take reservations from individuals from any location. You will need to cancel your reservation, or it will be cancelled by the lodging property, if on the date of arrival, a traveler is coming from a county that does not qualify for quarantine-free travel unless the traveler can attest to meeting the State’s quarantine requirements.

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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?

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 6 feet from the people under quarantine. People under quarantine should wear a mask in common spaces. Be sure to disinfect commonly touches surfaces, and check yourself for symptoms for 14 days.

Visitors from certain approved counties with low rates of active cases do not need to quarantine.

Check the Health Department’s webpage for information for travelers to Vermont. They can get the latest travel and quarantine guidance, sign up to get daily symptom check reminders by email, text or phone, learn about testing options during quarantine, and find out how to safely connect with friends and family.

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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.

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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 may avoid quarantine when traveling from non-quarantine counties. 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 are from the same non-quarantine county, and the bus travels directly to and from Vermont, 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 to a county that requires quarantine upon their return, can they return to work immediately?

No. An employee who travels on leisure to a quarantine county 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 to a county that requires quarantine, is a company required to provide vacation or sick time to the employee to complete their quarantine upon their return?

In most cases, yes.  Provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, as well as the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA) would apply to those returning to work after vacationing in a quarantine county.  Because of the Gubernatorial declared State of Emergency, which includes the quarantine requirement, the employer would be required to pay up to 80 hours of sick pay at the employee’s regular rate of pay during the quarantine. There are several things for employers to keep in mind:

  1. Unless the vacation is contractually required, an employer can choose to deny the vacation leave request.
  2. If the employer pays the leave, it can offset the cost by taking tax credits. More on that here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs
  3. If the employer has fewer than 50 employees, it can potentially claim a hardship exemption, and not pay sick leave during the quarantine, if they can show a hardship under the criteria linked to here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions#59
  4. The paid leave provisions of the FFCRA do not apply to health care providers. The definition of who is a health care provider is very expansive under the FFCRA. Definition here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions#56

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Do I need to quarantine if I am traveling for personal health reasons or to care for others?

People traveling for essential purposes do not need to quarantine.  These purposes include for personal safety, medical care, the care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage, or medicine.

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Do I need to quarantine if I am visiting a minor child who I have parental custody rights to? Does my child need to quarantine if they travel to Vermont from a quarantine county if I have parental custody rights to that child?

The State asks that you quarantine when you return to Vermont and for the child to quarantine when they visit Vermont if possible. However, if while visiting a child or while your child visits you, you decide to travel with that child to other quarantine required counties for leisure, you must quarantine upon return to Vermont. 

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May I travel to Vermont to take care of my property?

Yes. But you must observe mandatory quarantine requirements before or upon arrival unless you are from a non-quarantine county at the time of your trip per the most recent Cross State Travel Guidance

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

Yes. But you must observe mandatory quarantine requirements before or upon arrival unless you are from a non-quarantine county at the time of your trip 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 unless you are from a non-quarantine county at the time of your trip per the most recent Cross State Travel Guidance.

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While traveling between Vermont and non-quarantine counties, may I stop for food, fuel or rest?

Yes. If you are traveling by personal vehicle between Vermont and a non-quarantine county, you are able to stop for food, fuel or rest without impacting your quarantine status. While stopping, you may not have prolonged close contact with anyone. You should try to plan your stops in non-quarantine counties.

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