Travel RECOMMENDATIONS for Individuals Returning from Out of State

Is this a recommendation or requirement?
At this time, quarantine related to travel is a recommendation, not a requirement. Quarantine is recommended because it is one of the most effective methods in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Quarantining helps keep you, your family, your friends, and your community safe.

Do I have to quarantine after I travel out of state?
Completing a 14-day quarantine after traveling to states with a high number of COVID-19 cases is recommended by the DOH. DOH will update the list of states with a high number of cases with frequency, so it should be consulted regularly by those traveling. Residents should stay in their quarantine location for the full 14 days and avoid interacting with anyone including those in their household.

COVID-19 Information for Travelers

If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return:

  • Alabama

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Idaho

  • Louisiana

  • Mississippi

  • Nevada

  • North Carolina

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah


Department of State Travel Notices


Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not TravelOpens In A New Window


The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe. Read the entire travel noticeOpens In A New Window.

Coronavirus and Travel in the United States

Cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been reported in all states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.

CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential, and practice social distancing especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. Don’t travel if you are sick or travel with someone who is sick.

Considerations if You Must Travel

CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. If you must travel, there are several things you should consider before you go.

Protect yourself and others during your trip:

  • Clean your hands often.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with others.

    • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.

    • Avoiding close contact is especially important if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores. Do not dine in restaurants if that is prohibited by state or local guidance.