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COVID-19 Travel Information for Residents and Visitors

Last updated on Thursday, Nov 12 2020, 09:43:16 AM

General Guidance for Travelers

  • Phase III reopening guidelines and restrictions are in effect as of June 30, 2020. More details are provided on Reopeningri.com
  • Review the CDC’s guidance on US travel if you are thinking about traveling away from your local community.
  • If you are planning to travel to a state that requires a COVID-19 test in order to avoid extended quarantine, you can schedule a test through portal.ri.gov. Individuals will receive their results in 48 hours. 
  • If you are coming to Rhode Island from outside the United States, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Rhode Island. MORE
  • States with Current RI Travel Restrictions

Rhode Islanders Planning to Travel

Rhode Islanders planning to travel out of state should be mindful of any testing/quarantine requirements that may be in place at their destination. Some states require that visitors provide proof of a negative test result taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival.  

If you are a Rhode Island resident who anticipates traveling out of state, you are eligible to schedule a traveler’s test through portal.ri.gov.

  • For guidance on how to integrate COVID-19 testing into your travel itinerary, review TRAVEL TIP

If you scheduled a traveler’s test on portal.ri.gov, you will receive an email or text when your COVID-19 test results are ready. Results can be accessed at portal.ri.gov/results. You will be asked to enter your personal information and the date you were tested. You will get an error message if you try to access this portal before your results are ready or if the information you enter does not match the record. You can print or screenshot your test result so you may easily access it during your travels.

Rhode Islanders Returning From Travel

If you are a Rhode Island resident who has been in one of these states with a COVID-19 positivity rate higher than 5%, you must quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms.

  • As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island.  Quarantining for 14 days is always preferred over relying on a negative test result as quarantining is the best way to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19.   
  • If you are a returning Rhode Island resident, you can self-schedule an asymptomatic test at a community-based testing location listed below or through portal.ri.gov. Returning residents who schedule an appointment through portal.ri.gov will not be billed for asymptomatic testing.
    • It might take several days to receive test results. You must quarantine while waiting for a negative test result.
  • If you receive a test during your quarantine in Rhode Island and get a negative result, you can stop quarantining. However, you still need to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, wear a mask any time you’re near people who don’t live with you, and follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • If you return to Rhode Island and begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care provider or a Respiratory Clinic to schedule a test.

Travelers Visiting Rhode Island

RIDOH requires out-of-state visitors to complete this certificate of compliance with out-of-state travel quarantine/testing requirements and out-of-state travel screening form upon arriving in Rhode Island. Travelers will be required to provide their completed certificate of compliance to their lodging and accommodations upon check-in.  
If you are traveling to Rhode Island from one of these states with a COVID-19 positivity rate of higher than 5%, you must quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms.

  • As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within the 72 hours prior to your arrival in Rhode Island.  
  • If you receive a test during your quarantine in Rhode Island and get a negative test result, you can stop quarantining. However, you still need to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, wear a mask any time you’re near people who don’t live with you, and follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • Quarantining for 14 days is always preferred over relying on a negative test result as quarantining is the best way to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19. 
  • RIDOH recommends that people get tested for COVID-19 in their home state, if possible. People visiting Rhode Island from out-of-state can find a place for asymptomatic testing in the list below.
    • The individual being tested or their insurance would be billed for the testing. Rhode Island is not offering free testing to out-of-state travelers at this time. 
    • You must quarantine while waiting for a negative test result.

Why Should I Quarantine/Get Tested When I Arrive In Rhode Island?

  • Whether you are a returning Rhode Island resident, an out-of-state visitor, or moving to Rhode Island from a state with a COVID-19 positivity rate greater than 5%, it is very important that you quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and schedule an asymptomatic test.
  • Testing is a crucial component of the Early Warning System for COVID-19 disease surveillance. The data that is gathered through testing helps the state further improve guidelines and preventative measures.
  • Most importantly, quarantining and scheduling an asymptomatic test upon your arrival to Rhode Island contributes to the safety of our community and helps prevent the spread of the virus.

Test Sites for Out-of-State Travelers who don't have COVID-19 Symptoms

Testing Sites for Out-of-State Travelers who don't have COVID-19 Symptoms.

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