Is Traveling Safe?

Is Traveling Safe?

Ever since covid has started, people from all around the world have been quarantined. This virus has  In order to keep the coronavirus outbreak from spreading, many states have asked or required out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine upon arrival. Those restrictions are easing, beginning with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement last month of new quarantine guidelines for those who have been vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, the number of Americans vaccinated has been rising quickly in recent weeks, but states are responding differently to the changing pandemic situation when it comes to their quarantine policies for travelers. California is among the states yet to say whether COVID-19 vaccination can exempt travelers from its quarantine requirements. Massachusetts and New Hampshire websites now note that visitors who have been fully vaccinated can avoid quarantining. Pennsylvania has dropped its quarantine requirement for all visitors. Quarantine rules and enforcement of those rules already vary widely across the country. Some states allow visitors in without quarantining if they offer proof of a negative test for COVID-19 taken within three days of arrival. Unfortunately, because it takes longer than three days to get results at many testing sites around the country, officials may ask visitors to quarantine until they receive proof of a negative test. Other states say a test isn’t a reliable substitute for quarantining. Plus, a city might have its own quarantine rules, separate from its state’s. 

A few states are presenting their quarantine policies as recommendations, with no penalties for noncompliance, but other states are far more serious, some threatening fines of up to $25,000 for noncompliance. And states’ determinations of whether other states are “high risk” can be wildly different, depending on their criteria. For example, Massachusetts considers nearly the whole country to be high risk, whereas Maryland now considers no other state to be in that category.