Mandated Travel Requirements
MAINE HAS THREE OPTIONS FOR OUT-OF-STATE VISITORS
1. Receive a negative COVID-19 test with a sample taken less than 72 hours from arrival in Maine
(You must quarantine while awaiting test results)
2. Self-quarantine for 10 days
3. If you live in New Hampshire or Vermont you remain exempt from the 10-day quarantine or negative test requirement.
Exemptions for Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts have expired.
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UPON ARRIVAL – Your lodging facility will ask you to sign a “Certificate of Compliance” indicating either that you have received a negative COVID-19 test result or you have already quarantined in Maine for 10 days.(The lodging facility will not be asking to view test results, however, visitors may be asked by officials to furnish proof of the negative test result upon request)
SWAB AND SEND SITES – Any individual visiting the state with or without symptoms of COVID-19 can visit one of Maine’s multiple “Swab & Send” sites. These tests are PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and are considered a gold standard for the detection of COVID-19. Tests are paid for by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and are offered free of charge. Learn more.
RAPID TESTING SITES – Tests offered at these sites are antigen tests, which are most accurate within the first 7 days of symptom onset. Tests are free of charge and results are generally available in as little as one hour. Learn more.
COVID-19 VACCINATION – The rules requiring quarantine or a recent negative test for travelers from states other than New Hampshire and Vermont were established by an executive order from Gov. Mills and remain in place. They reflect an abundance of caution based on the discovery of COVID-19 variants in other states, the small percentage of potential travelers who have had both doses of the vaccine, the length of time required for the vaccine to become fully effective after the second dose, and other public health considerations. As more people become fully vaccinated and as scientists learn more about the variants and the effectiveness of vaccination against them, travel rules could be reviewed.
Effective November 5, a new Executive Order requires people in Maine to wear face coverings in public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance
Masks should now be worn in outdoor spaces, including but not limited to playgrounds, parking lots, sidewalks, athletic and sports venues, and other areas such as lines for takeout service where the public typically gathers in a smaller area — in addition to indoor spaces.
Indoor gatherings will return to a maximum of 50 people, regardless of capacity. The gathering limit on outdoor activities remains at 100 people under existing guidelines, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings. Occupancy limits for retail establishments will remain at 5 people per 1,000 square feet of shopping space.
Use our website to find accommodations in Greater Portland and throughout the state of Maine. Be sure to contact the businesses listed on this site for availability.
Outdoor dining and retail operations has been extended through winter. To read more about this program, click here.