Travel Advisory


Updated 7/27/2021
Based on data as of 7/26/2021

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today added nine more states, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming to its weekly Travel Advisory. There are now 14 states and one territory on the City’s Travel Advisory. These states all have surpassed the mark of 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents.

Orange list: Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Virgin Islands, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, and Wyoming. 

Yellow list: Oregon, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Indiana, North Dakota, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, Utah, New York, Vermont, Ohio, Idaho, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Georgia, New Mexico, Iowa, Maryland, South Dakota, Virginia, Nebraska, South Carolina, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Michigan, West Virginia, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 

Any unvaccinated people traveling from these states and territories are advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test.

Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order was changed to an Advisory on June 29, after three consecutive reporting periods of no states crossing the threshold of 15 cases per 100,000 residents per day. That Emergency Travel Order could be reinstated by the City at any time, if surges in COVID cases continue and the number of states on the list continues to grow.

Travel Advisory Heat Map




Frequently Asked Questions

Download FAQ list English | Spanish

Chicago Travel Advisory State by State List

This list is updated every other Tuesday based on that Monday's data. It goes into effect the following Friday at 12:01 am.

Chicago Travel Advisory State by State List

The list is updated every other Tuesday and goes into effect the following Friday at 12:01 am.

Yellow States

Daily Infections

Per 100K

Orange States

Daily Infections Per 100K

Hawaii

12.9

Arkansas

52.4

Georgia

12.8

Louisiana

43.8

Utah

12.3

Missouri

39.2

Kentucky

11.7

Florida

38.0

South Carolina

10.5

Alabama

32.5

Puerto Rico

10.3

Virgin Islands

23.9

Washington

9.9

 Oklahoma

21.3 

North Carolina

9.7

 Nevada

21.2 

Idaho

9.6

 Mississippi

 20.2

Oregon

8.0

 Alaska

19.6 

New York

8.0

 Arizona

17.5 

New Jersey

7.7

Texas 

17.1 

Indiana

7.2

Kansas 

16.4 

Montana

7.2

Tennessee 

16.1 

New Mexico

7.1

Wyoming 

15.0 

Illinois

6.9

 

 

California

6.6

 

 

Delaware

6.0

   

Colorado

5.9

   

Ohio

5.8

   

Iowa

5.7

   

Virginia

5.5

   

Rhode Island

5.0

   

Massachusetts

5.0

   

West Virginia

4.9

   

Wisconsin

4.8

   

Nebraska

4.8

 

 

District of Columbia

4.6

 

 

Connecticut

4.4

 

 

Minnesota

4.3

 

 

Maryland

4.1

 

 

North Dakota

4.1

 

 

Pennsylvania

4.0

 

 

Maine

3.8

 

 

Michigan

3.5

 

 

New Hampshire

2.2

 

 

Vermont

1.9

 

 

South Dakota

1.3

 

 

Data as of 7/27/21

*Methodology: (cases over last 7 days / 7 days) / (state census population / 100,000) = Daily New Cases per 100K

Data Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker

Archive lists:

The Order will be communicated through messaging on highways, at airports and train stations, on the City’s website, and through social media. Hotels and short-term rentals will be asked to communicate the Order to guests.

Given the volatility of the daily data reports and the disruption that adding a neighboring state to the travel ordinance causes, neighboring states will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Those who are fully vaccinated and have not had symptoms are exempt from the orange tier quarantine / test requirement.

Fully vaccinated is defined as being at least two weeks after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or at least two weeks after receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Fully vaccinated travelers must monitor their health for 14 days after travel and if they experience symptoms potentially consistent with COVID-19, they must self-isolate until clinical evaluation and COVID testing. They should also continue to adhere to all recommended protective measures including wearing a mask while traveling on planes, buses, trains or other public transportation, practicing hand hygiene, and avoiding crowds.

Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

CDPH recommends that individuals follow the full CDC recommendations for international travel, which can be found here

 

If a state moves from the Yellow list to the Orange list (which would be announced on a Tuesday) that state will officially be added to the Order effective Friday, 12:01AM of that week. If you arrive in Chicago before that date/time, you have no quarantine or testing requirements. If you arrive after that date/time, you must either quarantine for 10-days or receive a negative test result no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or be fully vaccinated is defined as being at least two weeks after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or at least two weeks after receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Travelers from orange states who choose the testing option should receive a COVID-19 test no more than 72 prior to arrival in Chicago. Contact the local health department to learn more about testing options in each state. You can also be tested once you arrive in Chicago, however you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

If you are traveling to or from an orange list state, travelers must receive a negative test result no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago. You can also be tested once you arrive in Chicago, however you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result. If you are traveling to a Yellow list state, you do not need to have a test or quarantine.

Turnaround time for COVID-19 test results varies across the country. Research testing turnaround timelines prior to travel. If you arrive in Chicago and are still waiting for results, you must quarantine until you receive your results.

If you receive a positive test for COVID-19, you most likely DO currently have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others. Stay home and follow CDPH guidance on steps to protect yourself and others. Do not travel unless seeking medical care.

The test must be a diagnostic test. An antibody test does not qualify.