Wondering what rules to follow if you visit Vermont? Or, if you’re in Vermont and planning a trip out of state, what to do when you come home? Here is a quick summary from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and the Vermont Department of Health.
The State of Vermont has determined that any county with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents is now eligible for quarantine-free leisure travel. The State hopes more counties will be added over time as their active case counts improve and that the criteria may be expanded beyond 400 cases per million as circumstances allow.
Vermont Residents: Vermonters may travel outside of Vermont to counties across the Northeast that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont and return without quarantining, if they do so in a personal vehicle. Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit. If they travel to a quarantine county or outside of the Northeast, Vermonters will be required to quarantine in Vermont upon their return.
Non-Vermont Residents: Residents of other states who live in counties across the Northeast that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont, may enter the state for leisure travel without quarantining if they do so in a personal vehicle.
If non-residents live in a quarantine county or are from any other state outside of the Northeast, they must follow quarantine guidelines:
- If arriving to Vermont in a personal vehicle, non-residents may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions.
- If arriving via public transportation (plane, train, bus) or from further than a direct car ride would allow, non-residents may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in a Vermont lodging establishment or with friends/family (travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of their quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site).
- All out of state travelers utilizing lodging, camping and short-term rental properties in Vermont must sign and complete a Certificate of Compliance or affirm a compliance statement via a digital check box at the time of reservation and check-in to attest that they meet the quarantine requirement, have traveled from a county with similar active COVID-19 caseload per the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, or are an essential/authorized worker.
All out of state travelers are strongly encouraged to register with Sara Alert upon arrival, to Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT QUARANTINE
Quarantine is for people with no symptoms who are coming to Vermont from certain quarantined counties and out-of-state locations. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease before a person knows they are sick, or if they are infected with the virus and don’t have symptoms.
Quarantine means staying at a home or dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside of the home, like grocery shopping or getting together with friends or family. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others and check themselves for symptoms.
Anyone in quarantine is strongly encouraged to sign up for daily symptom check reminders.
The State of Vermont currently allows those traveling to or from Vermont for authorized work, whether they are a Vermonter or a non-resident traveler, to enter Vermont without quarantining when: Traveling to conduct authorized work; and If the individual has not been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, has not experienced COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours including a fever above 100.4 F, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache or new loss of taste or smell.
Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Vermont Department of Health