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.

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Out-of-state Visitor Information

Quarantine and Testing Exemptions

Residents from the following states are exempt from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirement because, when adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar to Maine. Maine residents can also travel to these states and return without testing or completing a 10-day quarantine.

Exempt effective March 5, 2021:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Vaccination exemption: Individuals who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series and are 14 days beyond the completion of the series are exempt from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirement above, regardless of their state of origin.

Exemption for those who have had COVID-19: An individual who had a positive COVID-19 molecular or antigen test is exempt from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirement above for 90 days (3 months) after their first positive test, provided they remain asymptomatic.

Everyone else from non-exempt states should complete The Certificate of Compliance OR take the Pledge to Protect ME in order to visit safely.

Beginning May 1

Maine’s COVID-19 travel policy will automatically exempt all states, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If one or more states experiences a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, the Maine CDC will apply its test or quarantine requirements to travelers to and from that state.

Regardless of exemptions, all visitors should continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing and hand hygiene to further reduce risk of COVID-19 spread.

The Certificate of Compliance & Pledge to Protect ME

Visitors traveling to Maine from non-exempt states must complete a certificate of compliance indicating they have either received a negative COVID-19 test, agree to quarantine for 10 days (or the length of their visit, if less), have already had COVID-19, or have completed a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Pledge to Protect ME is a convenient online tool visitors can use to demonstrate their compliance with State COVID-19 guidelines. Or, visitors can use the PDF of the Certificate of Compliance.

Testing Protocols

The State of Maine urge visitors to "Know Before You Go.” That means visitors getting tested for COVID-19 and receiving results in their home state before traveling to Maine. If they cannot or choose not to get tested in their own state, they can get tested upon arrival. Maine now has Swab and Send PCR test sites available without physician referral in over 30 locations statewide, including the Portland Jetport—where HR Rapid Testing is available for only $25. Visitors should be sure to make an appointment in advance so they can travel with confidence.

Additional testing locations in Maine can be found at Keep Maine Healthy, and locations nationwide can be found at Get Tested COVID-19.

If visitors are tested in Maine or in their home state within 72 hours of their arrival, they must quarantine until their negative result is received.

 

Business Capacity

Indoor Gatherings

The limit on the number of persons for indoor gatherings is currently set at 50 people indoors. 

Effective March 26: the limit is set to 50% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.

Effective May 24 and thereafter: the limit is 75% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.

Outdoor Gatherings

The limit on the number of persons for outdoor gatherings is 5 people per 1,000 sq. ft. of occupiable outdoor space or not more than 100 persons, whichever is less.

Effective March 26: the limit is 75% of permitted occupancy for any outdoor gathering taking place at a facility or event subject to a permitted occupancy limit.

Effective May 24 and thereafter: the limit is 100% of permitted occupancy.

For all business checklists and capacity information, visit the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s website.

Information for lodging establishments and rentals.

People who are not residents of Maine or an exempted state must complete a Certificate of Compliance (PDF) form stating that they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, have already quarantined in Maine, or will quarantine in Maine for 10 days. This form must be provided and filled out either prior to or at the time of check-in. The visitor will also submit that they are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Lodging establishments, campgrounds, rentals, and other short-term rentals must inform guests of Maine’s quarantine or testing requirement and are encouraged to send copies of the Certificate of Compliance to guests prior to arrival. There must be printed copies for guests to fill out upon arrival, if they haven’t provided one in advance.

Lodging establishments will retain a copy of all Certificates of Compliance for 30 days. They can also document the date of the first night of entry in Maine for the guest, and any other guests in the party, in case they are traveling elsewhere for an additional stay and need to show verification of the first night of stay in Maine.

 

Other Ways to Enjoy Maine​:

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  • Buy a gift certificate from a Maine business to use on your next vacation
  • Purchase merchandise online from local businesses here in Maine
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Travel Information from the Maine CDC

 

Maine Business Information

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists can be found here.

Face Covering Executive Order FAQs

Guidance on Enforcing Face Covering Rules

State Grant Opportunities

NOTE: There are no open grant programs at this time.

For questions about any of the business regulations, contact DECD at business.answers@maine.gov or 1-800-872-3838

Communicating Quarantine and Testing Requirements to Guests

Lodging establishments or rental managers are required, at the time of reservation or prior to the guests stay, to inform visitors of Maine’s requirements for quarantine or testing and to provide the Certificate of Compliance in advance by phone or electronically, if email or online confirmation is possible, or via the mail if time allows. Reminders and links to Maine’s CDC resources, testing locations, and visitor information, such as this FAQ are encouraged.

Symptoms Checks for Staff
Maine’s COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for Lodging requires symptom checks for all staff daily for compliance. The US CDC has also released guidance for lodging and restaurant businesses which may be helpful in answering additional questions about employee and guest safety. The lodging establishment is not required to do daily symptom checks of all guests, but it may choose to require or request symptom checks for entrance into pools, gyms, bars or other public spaces on the premises.

Read the Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan here.

Tourism Alliance Open Letter to Governor Mills (May 2020)

 

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
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