Mandated Travel Requirements
MAINE HAS FOUR OPTIONS FOR OUT-OF-STATE VISITORS
- If you live in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont you are exempt from the 10-day quarantine or negative test requirement.
- All who are vaccinated may travel to Maine without restriction from any state within the U.S.
- Receive a negative COVID-19 test with a sample taken less than 72 hours from arrival in Maine.
- Self-quarantine for 10 days.
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BEGINNING MAY 1 – ALL states will be allowed to travel to Maine without quarantine or testing unless they have been determined by the CDC as a problematic state due to the amount of cases
COVID-19 VACCINATION – All who are vaccinated may travel to Maine without restriction from any state within the U.S. View the CDC’s public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people here.
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.
(April 27, 2021) Governor Janet Mills announced that Maine is updating its public health guidance to remove the requirement that people wear face coverings in outdoor settings. Read the full update here.
MOVING MAINE FORWARD
A new, multi-month plan reflects the stabilization of Maine’s COVID-19 metrics and progress in vaccinations, aims to provide clarity and predictability for Maine people and businesses to plan for the summer months and establish Maine as a safe place to visit.
The Moving Maine Forward Plan is composed of the following three tenets:
Maintaining Critical Public Health Protocols: The plan maintains the critical public health and safety protocols – like wearing face coverings, keeping physical distance, and conducting enhanced cleaning – implemented in part through COVID-19 Prevention Checklists and requirements for Maine schools. These industry-specific protocols, which are critical to keeping business and school operations safe for Maine people, will remain in effect throughout the summer.
Simplifying & Standardizing Capacity Limits and Establishing A Clear Timeframe: The plan transitions Maine’s capacity limits from hard caps in most situations to a straightforward percentage of capacity model consistent across all sectors. It also establishes a clear timeframe to increase these capacity limits, providing Maine businesses with predictability to plan. The timeframe and capacity adjustments are as follows:
- For indoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity will increase to 50 percent starting March 26 and 75 percent starting May 24.
- For outdoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity will increase to 75 percent starting March 26 and 100 percent starting May 24.
- Those businesses that have more capacity under the current policy (50 people for indoor gatherings; 100 people for outdoor gatherings; or 5 people per 1,000 square feet) are permitted to maintain that standard until May 24.
Further, these new capacity targets can be dialed down – for example, from 75 percent capacity to 50 percent capacity – if Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) determines hospital capacity is at risk or if a new variant strain poses a significant risk to public health in Maine.
The plan also establishes a target reopening date of March 26, 2021 for Maine bars and tasting rooms which will be required to operate under the Seated Food and Drink COVID-19 Checklist.
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.