COVID-19 US Travel Restrictions: Updated State-by-State Guide for April 2021

Updated: Apr 17, 2021


Spring has officially sprung, and the warmer weather and school breaks are bringing out U.S. travelers in pandemic-era record numbers. COVID-19 vaccination rollouts throughout the states have built up some real momentum and those that have already been inoculated impatient to take the vacations they’ve put off for the past year.


Luckily, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans in which the agency states that those who’ve received a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine can travel safely within the U.S.


That’s great news for the already-immunized, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that travel restrictions in individual states don’t still apply to everyone else.


The U.S. is actually seeing infection numbers rise again nationwide, and another surge could be imminent, despite the air of optimism that vaccine distribution has inspired.


Ahead, we take a look at which states have dropped their defenses against interstate visitors and which are maintaining certain requirements for out-of-state travelers as we head into April.

Alabama


As of April 4, Alabama had no statewide travel restrictions in place for U.S. visitors. *For further updates, and detailed information on local health and safety measures,


check Alabama's official website. *Alabama's current statewide mask requirement is set to expire April 9, but the wearing of masks in public is still recommended.

Alaska


Alaska’s former interstate travel restrictions have been downgraded to a Health Advisory (i.e., official guidance that visitors should observe voluntarily). Out-of-state travelers are still strongly encouraged to test within 72 hours of arrival in the state and airport testing remains available.

—A second test, to be taken between five and 14 days after arrival in Alaska, is also strongly recommended.

—All interstate travelers must still complete a Travel Declaration Form through the Alaska Travel Portal.

*For more detailed information on local health and safety measures, check Alaska’s official website.

Arizona


As of April 4, Arizona had no statewide travel restrictions in place for U.S. visitors.

—Native American tribal lands may have their own specific restrictions, so visit this link to see their various opening statuses.

—The statuses of tourism attractions, businesses and parks are listed here.

*For more detailed and local information, check Arizona's official website. *Masks and social distancing in alignment with CDC recommendations are encouraged, but not mandated.

Arkansas


As of April 4, Arkansas had no statewide travel restrictions in place for U.S. visitors.

*For more detailed and local information, check Arkansas' official website.

*A statewide mask mandate is in effect, requiring everyone to wear masks while in public spaces.

California


California no longer has statewide restrictions on inbound travelers and the California Department of Public Health lifted its 120-mile travel advisory on April 1.

—In Los Angeles County, travelers coming from out of state are still required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.


Those over the age of 16 must fill out this online form, acknowledging that they have read and understood the L.A. County Department of Public Health's travel requirement. Failure to submit this form prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport or Union Station is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

—Those who intend to visit California should continue to monitor the latest local restrictions for their destination city.

*For more detailed and local information, check California's official website.

Colorado


Colorado doesn’t have statewide travel restrictions, but Pitkin County (home to ski resort towns Aspen and Snowmass) has had formerly enforced its own entry requirements. As of March 5, however, the previous Pitkin County Traveler Affidavit Requirement changed to the Traveler Responsibility Code.

—Travelers ages 10 and up who are spending one or more nights