Travel Advisory


Updated 11/30/2021
Based on data as of 11/29/2021

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed two states and Guam from its weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory today. No new states were added to the advisory, which now stands at 38 states. California, Guam, and North Carolina were removed from the advisory, as their daily COVID case rates have been below 15 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks.

As of Tuesday, every state or territory except for Alabama, California, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the Virgin Islands are on the Travel Advisory.

Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington, all with daily case rates under 15, could be removed from the travel advisory next week, if their daily COVID case rates remain below 15 per 100,000 residents for a second consecutive week.

CDPH reminds unvaccinated travelers that under the Advisory, they should be tested for COVID before and after travel from any state on the advisory list and should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. The quarantine and testing recommendations do not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.

The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 21.7, (down from 27.3 last week). Illinois’ daily case rate currently is 23.7 (31.9 last week). Chicago’s daily case rate is 18.2 (19.5 last week).

Though some states are coming off the Advisory this week – and possibly next week – most Midwest states remain firmly on it. The three states with the highest daily rates of COVID per 100,000 residents in the U.S. are Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

“The best protection you can have against COVID, no matter where you travel or what new variants emerge, is full vaccination, and booster shots for those who are fully vaccinated,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. “The Midwest is the current COVID hot spot as temperatures drop and people spend more time inside, so please protect yourself and get vaccinated.”

CDPH’s Travel Advisory guidance is aligned with the CDC’s traveler recommendations.

COVID Travel map

 

Before travel, unvaccinated individuals traveling to a high-risk ("orange") state should:
  • Get tested 1-3 days prior to departure.
While traveling:
  • ALL individuals regardless of vaccination status should wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Avoid crowds as much as you can and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
 After travel, unvaccinated individuals returning from a high-risk ("orange") state should:
  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • All travelers are advised after travel to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Advisory is updated every Tuesday on the City’s website, and through CDPH social media channels.

Chicago Travel Advisory State by State List

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

Yellow States

Daily Infections

Per 100K

Orange States

Daily Infections Per 100K

North Carolina 12.5 Minnesota 60.9
District of Columbia 9.8 Michigan 55.5
Guam 9.3 Wisconsin 55.4
Mississippi 9.0 North Dakota 52.8
California 8.2 New Hampshire 51.5
Tennessee 7.8 Arizona 45.1
Georgia 6.5 Pennsylvania 44.3
Hawaii 6.3 Ohio 42.6
Alabama  6.2 Colorado 42.5
Virgin Islands 5.9  New Mexico 41.9
Florida 5.9  Iowa 41.8
Louisiana 5.3  Utah 41.0
Texas  4.8  Nebraska 39.4
South Carolina  4.5  Massachusetts 39.3
Puerto Rico  2.3  Alaska 38.6
    Delaware 33.5
    New York 32.1
    Indiana 31.9
    South Dakota 31.0
    Rhode Island 29.3
    Vermont 29.0
    Maine 28.0
    Montana 27.5
    Kansas 26.4
    Missouri 25.2
    New Jersey 24.5
    Illinois 23.7
    Kentucky 23.7
    Wyoming 23.4
    Connecticut 22.3
    Idaho 19.7
    Virginia 16.4
    Arkansas 16.2
    West Virginia 15.5
    Nevada 14.6
    Maryland 14.5
    Oklahoma 12.9
    Oregon 11.6
    Washington 11.3
       
       
       

Given the volatility of the daily data reports and the disruption that adding a neighboring state to the travel advisory 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 recommendation.

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 Advisory effective Friday, 12:01AM of that week. If you arrive in Chicago before that date/time, the travel advisory does not apply. 

Unvaccinated children travelling with fully vaccinated people are not exempt from the travel advisory and must follow pre-arrival testing/quarantine requirements. 

Individuals who live in Chicago but regularly commute to an orange list state should monitor their temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distancing and clean and disinfect workspaces. 

Find information on COVID-19 testing in Chicago on our testing page.

If you are unvaccinated and traveling to or from an orange list state, you should be tested 1-3 days before starting your trip and again 3-5 days after returning to Chicago. 

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.

Before you travel with your student, check with your individual school for their policy. The CPS policy can be found here. The Archdiocese of Chicago's policy can be found here.

Those accompanying students to college from high-incidence states should follow the same guidelines as anyone else traveling inbound to Chicago from orange states. 

Students who commute regularly to Chicago for school from designated states should: 

  • Avoid any non-essential interactions. Limit activities to school-related activities and functions and avoid public spaces as much as possible.
  • Monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distance, and clean and disinfect school spaces.
  • Avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings.