Travel Resources: COVID-19
The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority. The Maine Tourism Association will keep visitors up to date with current closures, travel precautions, and resources related to COVID-19.
UPDATES TO CHECKLISTS AND OPENING DATES ARE GENERALLY POSTED ON WEDNESDAYS BY 5 PM ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE.
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Out-of-state traveler information
Beginning Friday, June 12, residents of Vermont and New Hampshire may travel to Maine and stay in commercial lodging establishments with no quarantine requirement and no COVID testing required. Beginning Friday, July 3rd, residents of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey may also travel to Maine and stay in commercial lodging establishments with no quarantine requirement and no COVID testing required.
Beginning June 26th, visitors from all other states may come to Maine and stay in commercial lodging establishments if they EITHER:
- quarantine for 14 days in Maine at a commercial lodging establishment (or the length of the stay if less than 14 days)
- sign a Certificate of Compliance stating that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before arriving in Maine, that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine.
For those who do quarantine, those regulations remain the same:
- Beginning June 26th, out-of-state visitors (with the exception of residents of NH, VT, CT, NJ & NY) may quarantine in commercial lodging establishments for 14 days. During the quarantine, visitors cannot go to places with other people like restaurants, stores, and grocery stores, or pick up take-out. A lodging establishment may arrange for take-out, delivery, or grocery services for the visitors.
- Visitors can leave their hotel room or campsite during these 14 days but only for limited outdoor activities such as hiking as long as they are not around other people.
- Visitors can come to Maine and quarantine for the length of their stay if it is less than 14 days
Certificate of Compliance
Test Before You Arrive
Visitors are strongly encouraged test in their home state before traveling to Maine. However, the expanded testing capabilities of the state means that “safe and accessible testing will also extend to tourists, seasonal workers, and other visitors to Maine” without an order from a health care provider. Please visit https://get-tested-covid19.
Education and symptom checks
Maine college students in the health professions will be asking visitors in high-traffic places in tourist destinations, such as visitors’ centers and beach parking lot entrances, about symptoms and to offer advice on staying well. High-density private sector businesses, such as museums and retail stores, will be encouraged to use symptom checks as well.
The Department of Transportation will place signs at key sites – such as along major roadways entering Maine, State Parks, or State Ferries – instructing people to stay home or seek medical care if they have symptoms of COVID-19. These signs will also include the requirement that most out-of-state visitors quarantine or get tested for COVID-19.
Including information for both visitors and lodging establishments regarding testing and quarantine.
Travel Information from the Maine CDC
What do I do if I'm traveling or returning to Maine from out of state?
It is mandated that all out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, as well as Maine residents returning to Maine, complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. This means:
- You need to arrive with enough food for 14 days or arrange to have food delivered to you. You cannot go out to grocery stores.
- Stay at home. You cannot go out to public places.
- Avoid contact with others, especially those who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
The State will allow adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours to forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. Maine is strongly urging visitors to “Know Before You Go,” meaning they should get tested and receive their test results in their home state before traveling to Maine, which will allow them to take appropriate action depending on the result. Individuals may be tested upon arrival in Maine as well, but they must quarantine while awaiting the results.
Additionally, the State will exempt residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York from the testing and 14-day quarantine requirement altogether because, when adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar to that in Maine. This exemption is effective immediately for travel and effective June 12 for stays in lodging establishments.
People who are not residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey or New York and are visiting Maine will be asked to sign a Certificate of Compliance indicating either that they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine. This compliance form must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, campgrounds, seasonal rentals, overnight camps, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result upon request. It will become effective July 1 (Stage 3) when lodging establishments may begin serving residents outside of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
RESTAURANTS CHANGES FOR STAGE 2 (updated June 16th)
Dine-in restaurant service beginning June 1 is permitted in all counties EXCEPT: York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin. (restaurant checklist, updated May 27) Indoor dining in Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York counties can voluntarily resume on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Also effective Wednesday, June 17 in Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York counties, bars, breweries, and tasting rooms are permitted to open for outdoor, seated service while gyms, nail salons, and tattoo parlors may also reopen, all with added health and safety protocols.
ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS CHECKLISTS
Information below was updated on June 8th. For complete listings of checklists and businesses visit the DECD website.
Updates to golf courses and some other Stage 1 businesses can be found here.
Stage 2 Openings (June 1, All Counties)
- Large gatherings (released 6/17/20)
- Public and Community Buildings (released 6/17/20)
- Museums (updated 6/17/20)
- Town Meetings
- Restaurants (updated 6/19/20) Guidance in: Arabic (PDF), French (PDF), Somali (PDF), and Spanish (PDF)
- Bars and Tasting Rooms (seated outdoor service only). Follow the guidance for Restaurants. (Open for all counties as of June 17.)
- Lodging (Open to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont residents. Open to other out-of-state residents who meet the requirements of the Keep Maine Healthy plan.) (updated 6/12/20)
- Campgrounds/RV parks (Open to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont residents. Open to other out-of-state residents who meet the requirements of the Keep Maine Healthy plan.) (updated 6/12/20)
- Day Camps and Summer Recreation (updated 6/10/20)
- Community Sports (released 5/20/20)
- Guidance from DMR on Charter Boats
- Guidance from DACF on State Parks and Camping
Stage 3 Openings (July 1, All Counties)
- Bars and Tasting Rooms (indoor service)
- Overnight Summer Camps (updated 6/24/20)
- Indoor Amusement (released 6/24/2020)
- Movie Theaters (released 6/24/2020)
- Outdoor Amusement (released 6/24/2020)
- Performing Arts Venues (released 6/24/2020)
- Casinos (Guidance pending)
- Spas and Close-Contact Personal Services (updated 6/24/2020)
Other ways to enjoy Maine:
- Order your FREE Maine Travel Planners
- Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to help inspire your next trip
- Buy a gift certificate from a Maine business to use on your next vacation
- Purchase merchandise online from local businesses here in Maine
- Share your favorite Maine business or favorite photos of Maine on your social media and tag @Mainetourism
Healthy travel practices from the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Wear a face covering in public places
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Find the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention