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Posted on: July 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Travel Order Update - Effective August 1, 2020


Date of Record 07/24/20: Governor Charlie Baker announced that effective August 1, 2020, all travelers entering MA (both out of state residents and MA residents returning home), must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester.

COVID-19 Travel Order

The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to complete a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.


Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Traveler Form and do not need to quarantine. States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average.  Data is from as of July 21, 2020.

The current list (July 24, 2020) of COVID-19 lower-risk states includes: 

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

More details on this order are available at

MA Traveler
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