Generally, visitors to or from other states must get a recent negative COVID-19 test or maintain compliance with a 10-day quarantine (PDF) upon arrival in Maine. As of March 5, 2021, exemptions from testing or quarantine are available for:
Residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts
Individuals that have had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Workers that have not received a negative test result upon return to Maine must quarantine for 10 days when not performing essential work. And workers traveling to or from non-exempt states for purposes other than work (e.g., dropping off a child at college) are subject to the test or quarantine requirement.;
This policy applies to Maine residents who travel to non-exempt states as well as non-exempt states’ residents who travel to Maine. It also applies for day trips (e.g., a trip from Maine to New York for medical appointments or shopping) and seasonal home owners.
People who are not residents of Maine will be asked to sign a “Certificate of Compliance” if they seek lodging in Maine.
This certificate indicates either that they have received a recent negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 10 days (or the full duration of their stay if fewer than 10 days), or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine, or that they are exempt due to being fully vaccinated or having had COVID-19.
This compliance form must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, including but not limited to campgrounds, seasonal rentals, overnight camps, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative COVID-19 test result or vaccination upon request.
Workers continue to be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements if they are traveling to Maine to work, or are from Maine and are traveling out-of-state for work and returning home.
Workers that have not received a negative test result upon return to Maine must quarantine for 10 days when not performing work. And workers traveling to or from non-exempt states for purposes other than work (e.g., dropping off a child at college) are subject to the test or quarantine requirement.
Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine will shift its COVID-19 travel policy by May 1, 2021 to automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.
Maine is utilizing a “Certificate of Compliance” that adult visitors must submit the certificate prior to, or upon arrival, at their lodging establishment or rental.
The certificate requires each visiting adult to complete and sign an attestation that he or she has had a negative test for COVID-19 consistent with CDC guidance, has had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or agrees to comply with Maine’s quarantine. The visitor will also submit they are not currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The lodging establishment will retain a copy of the visitor’s “Certificate of Compliance.” They can also document the date of the guest’s first night of entry in Maine via a receipt, and any other guests in the party, in case they are traveling elsewhere and need to show verification of the first night of stay in Maine. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result or full vaccination.
Maine is exempting people traveling to and from certain states from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirements because, when adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar or better to Maine’s, as compared to other states, and they are within driving distance, limiting the risk of contracting COVID-19 due to travel.
Maine considers a number of quantitative measures in making this determination, which is designed to protect public health.
Yes. Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine will shift its COVID-19 travel policy by May 1, 2021 to automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.
No. The Governor’s executive order does not create a process for individuals to seek and receive an exemption to this policy.
In line with U.S. CDC guidelines, all people who arrive in Maine within 7 days of entering the U.S. must quarantine for 7 days from arrival in the U.S. AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after arrival in the U.S. Even if the COVID-19 test is negative, individuals must complete the 7-day quarantine after travel. If the test is positive, individuals must isolate. Individuals arriving from international travel who do not get a COVID-19 test should quarantine for 10 days after arrival in the U.S. Individuals who arrive in Maine more than 7 days after arrival in the U.S. should follow guidelines for domestic travelers arriving in Maine from non-exempt states.
Yes, with one exception. Testing for children under the age of 18 years is not required when travelling from a non-exempt state to Maine with adults who receive a recent negative COVID-19 test. This is because it is unlikely that children in households traveling for tourism are positive for COVID-19 if the adults are not.
Children who are Maine residents traveling to non-exempt states or children who live in non-exempt states traveling to Maine for other circumstances, such as those travelling to and from a non-exempt state for medical or behavioral health visits, educational purposes, or custody or visitation with parents, must follow the test or quarantine requirement unless they have had COVID-19 or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Testing is not recommended for children under the age of 12 months.
A non-exempt individual arriving in Maine should have a sample taken for a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Maine. If awaiting the test results upon arrival in Maine, the individual must quarantine until a result is available. The result must indicate the individual is COVID-19 negative. Alternatively, the individual may commit to quarantining upon arrival in Maine for 10 days.