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Coronavirus travel restrictions US: where can I go and where not

Memorial Day is a national holiday typically filled with out-of-state travel but many states have issued restrictions on travel. What are the current rules on travel in the US?

People walk along the beach after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were lifted at the beginning of May, at the start of the Memorial Day weekend in Galveston, Texas, U.S. May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

The US currently has over one million active cases of coronavirus. There are some states, however, that are re-opening with Donald Trump and Republicans keen to give the economy a kick-start before offering another stiumulus package to help citizens. Millions of Americans are out of work and the borders have been closed to the outside world for some time.

Americans will celebrate Memorial Day weekend this weekend, a national holidays typically filled with family trips and visits out of state. Given the fragile state of the country at the moment and the varying laws regarding lockdown, many Americans who had plans to travel will instead stay at home. But where exactly can they travel to this weekend?

Given how American is governed, it is done on a state by state basis with several states issuing travel restrictions. You can see them here.

Connecticut have urged out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine. Delware ordered an automatic two-week quarantine for anyone traveling to Delaware. Iowa urged Iowans returning from out-of-state to self-quarantine for 14-days. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment mandated residents who traveled to Colorado or Louisiana on or after March 27 to self-quarantine for two weeks. New Mexico signed an executive order requiring all travelers who entered New Mexico through an airport to self-quarantine for 14 days. The order directed the New Mexico Department of Health to work with other state agencies to ensure visitors who enter through an airport self-quarantine. The order did not apply to essential workers, including airport or airline personnel.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention say you should check out each state's official website as many of those restrictions and guidelines were issued earlier on during the panedmic and might have changed.

The CDC have also released guidelines on travelling

Air travel: Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Bus or train travel: Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others.

Car travel: Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces.

RV travel: You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel typically means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.

Are the US borders still closed?

The border to Canada will no re-open until at least 23 June. "We're going to be very, very careful about reopening any international travel, including in the United States, before we feel that it is time," said Justin Trudeau in April while announcing the previous extension.

The Mexican border will remain closed until at least 22 June. Mexico said they would start to list lockdown measrues on Monday and begin reopening the rest of the country June 1. On Saturday, however, the Ministry of Health recorded 2,500 new cases. That is the countries largest spike of cases in a day to date.

Travel from Europe will remain shut down until at least 15 June and possibly later than that for non-EU citizens. You can see a full list of countries and dates for when US plans to re-open borders here.


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