Effective 11:59 pm June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
Travelers who spend 24 hours or longer in one of the listed states within 14 days of arriving in Connecticut are subject to the travel advisory.
Travelers entering Connecticut after 12:01 am July 24 from one of the impacted states also must complete and submit a Travel Health Form on arrival. Those who fail to submit the form or self-quarantine could be fined up to $1,000.
As of August 11, the list of impacted states includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are also impacted by the advisory.
Q: How is this going to be enforced?
A: Failure to self-quarantine or complete the Travel Health Form may result in a civil penalty of $1,000 for each violation.
Q: How are the impacted states chosen?
A: The advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher test positivity rate for COVID-19 tests over a seven-day rolling average. The list of states is fluid and will be updated weekly.
Q: Who does the advisory apply to?
A: The requirement to self-quarantine and complete the Travel Health Form is applicable to any traveler who has spent 24 hours or longer in an affected state within 14 days prior to arriving in Connecticut but does not include an individual remaining in Connecticut for less than 24 hours.
These requirements are also applicable to Connecticut residents who are returning from a visit to an affected state.
Q: What does self-quarantine mean?
A: Self-quarantine means to stay home or in your designated self-quarantine location, separate yourself from others, and monitoring your health.
You should not enter any public places, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, or gatherings, during the mandatory period of self-quarantine.
You can go for a walk if not around other people.
A self-quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.
The self-quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Q: If I am traveling from an affected state to Connecticut to seek or obtain medical treatment, am I required to self-quarantine when I arrive in Connecticut?
A: Yes, you are required to self-quarantine when you arrive in Connecticut from an affected state if you were in such affected state for 24 hours or longer within 14 days prior to arriving in Connecticut.
While you are required to self-quarantine, you may leave your designated self-quarantine location to go to your medical procedure or other medical appointment.
When you do leave your designated self-quarantine location and when in public after your mandatory self-quarantine period, you are required to wear a face covering when in public and when a six-foot distance from others is unavoidable, unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one.
Q: What if I am returning to Connecticut after visiting a state that was not on the list of affected states when I arrived, but was added to the list of affected states during my stay?
A: While Executive Order 7III and the Commissioner of Public Health’s Travel Advisory require an Affected Traveler to self-quarantine upon arrival in Connecticut, the Department of Public Health will not pursue or levy civil penalties against an affected traveler who arrives in Connecticut following a stay in a state that was not on the list of affected states when the traveler arrived (including instances in which the traveler arrived in a state prior to the effective date of Executive Order 7III) but became an affected state during the affected traveler’s stay, provided the affected traveler returns to Connecticut not more than seven days following the date such state was added to the list of affected states.
Although the Department of Public Health will not pursue civil penalties against such travelers, all such travelers are still strongly encouraged to make every effort to self-quarantine.
In addition, such affected travelers are still required to complete a Travel Health Form upon arrival in Connecticut and may be subjected to civil penalties by the Department of Public Health for failure to do so.
Q: Are there any exemptions for essential travel?
A: Yes. Workers traveling from affected states to Connecticut who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including students in exempt healthcare professions, are exempted from the quarantine advisory when such travel is related to their work in Connecticut.
This includes any state, local, and federal officials and employees traveling in their official capacities on government business.
If a worker was in an affected state for a reason other than Connecticut-related work (e.g., vacation), that worker must self-quarantine and complete the Travel Health Form.
Q: How long is the self-quarantine?
A: The advisory requires visitors to Connecticut from affected states to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time they were last in the affected state.
If you board a plane in an affected state today, and land in Connecticut today, your 14 days begins today.
If you are in the state of Connecticut for a period less than 14 days, you should plan to be in self-quarantine throughout your visit.
If you left an affected state and spent time in non-affected states prior to arriving in Connecticut, you start counting your 14 day period from the time you left the affected state and if only five of those 14 days are spent in Connecticut, you will need to quarantine in Connecticut for those five days.
Q: If I am coming to Connecticut to a hotel or bed and breakfast, can I do the quarantine there?
A: Yes. Travelers are required to self-quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging. Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are all asking hotels to communicate the 14-day self-quarantine requirements to guests who have traveled from one of the affected states.
Q: Does the quarantine recommendation also extend to passengers flying to Connecticut on connecting flights that stop in high infection states before arriving in Connecticut?
A: No. The requirement to self-quarantine does not apply to travelers who have a layover in an affected state, provided the layover is for less than 24 hours.
If you spend 24 hours or longer in the affected state, you must quarantine when you arrive in Connecticut.
Q: If I live in Connecticut and have a household member or guest returning from an impacted state, do I and other household members who have not traveled to an impacted state also need to self-quarantine?
A: Out-of-state visitors from impacted states are encouraged to postpone travel. If not possible to delay travel, individuals are encouraged to self-quarantine in the home they are returning to in Connecticut.
If it is not possible to self-quarantine from other household members, those other household members who did not travel from an impacted state are not required to self-quarantine.
Q: Can travelers be tested for COVID-19 instead of self-quarantine?
A: In general, no. The narrow exemption exists only for a traveler who is unable to self-quarantine for the required 14 day period.
In such a case, a traveler may be exempted from the self-quarantine requirement provided that the traveler has (1) had a negative test result for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to arriving in Connecticut and (2) provided written proof of such test result to the Commissioner of Public Health via email (DPH.COVID-Travel@ct.gov) or facsimile (860.326.0529).
If a test was obtained in the 72 hours prior to travel but the result is still pending at the time of arrival in Connecticut, such traveler shall remain in self-quarantine in Connecticut until the test result is received and, if such test result is negative, the result is submitted to the Commissioner of Public Health.
If the test result is positive and the traveler is asymptomatic, he or she shall self-isolate for 10)days from the date of the test; if symptomatic, he or she should seek medical assistance.
Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Connecticut should delay such travel and consult with a medical professional.
Q: What does “unable to self-quarantine” mean?
A: The term "unable to self-quarantine" applies in very rare circumstances (e.g., coming to Connecticut for a funeral, an end-of-life visit to a relative).
Returning to work is not a justification for being unable to self-quarantine.
Individuals who plan voluntary travel to affected states should have arrangements with their employers to be self-quarantined for the two weeks after they return.
Q: If I am not able to self-quarantine while in Connecticut, and I was not able to get a test for COVID-19 from my state of origin in the 72 hours prior to arriving in Connecticut, can I get a COVID-19 test up to 24 hours after arriving in Connecticut to substitute for the requirement to self-quarantine while here?
A: No. In order to fall under the testing exemption for the self-quarantine requirement, a traveler is required to have a test for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to arriving in Connecticut.
There is no option to avoid the self-quarantine requirement through getting a COVID-19 test after you arrive in Connecticut.
While testing in Connecticut after visiting from an affected state may provide a more recent measure of a traveler’s risk for developing COVID-19 from their entire trip, this additional testing does not eliminate the risk of spreading the virus to fellow travelers and to residents of Connecticut.
Since the COVID-19 incubation period ranges from two to 14 days, the 14 day self-quarantine period is the best method for preventing the spread of this virus from travelers visiting Connecticut from affected states.
Q: I am a foreign student arriving for college/university. Do I need to self-quarantine?
A: While there currently are no Connecticut restrictions on international travel, it is recommended that you self-quarantine, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
For additional guidance on international travel, please visit the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations section of the CDC's website.
Also, you should refer to your college or university’s requirements for returning to campus.
Q: Should non-essential travel to impacted states be avoided?
A: Yes. Because of the risk of contracting infection, and because of the need to self-quarantine on return, Connecticut residents are urged to avoid travel to the affected states whenever possible.
Q: If I know someone has traveled to Connecticut from an affected state and is in violation of the quarantine rule, is there a channel for reporting this?
A: Anyone wanting to report any violations of the quarantine order can either call 211 or email email@example.com.
Q: If I get fined, is there any way I can dispute or appeal the fine?
A: Any person who receives a notice of civil penalty may, within five business days of the date of the notice of civil penalty, request a hearing before the Department of Public Health to contest the penalty.
Such hearing, if requested, will be held within 15 business days of the department’s receipt of the request.