Travel Information for Residents and Visitors

General Guidance for Travelers

Review the CDC’s guidance on US travel if you are thinking about traveling away from your local community.

Details about reopening guidelines and restrictions are provided on Reopeningri.com.

Fully vaccinated travelers: If you’ve recently arrived in Rhode Island from outside the United States (US) or US territories or from a hot spot within the US or US territories, you do not need to quarantine if:  

  • You’ve gotten a final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, that is authorized by either the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO), at least 14 days before your last exposure or out-of-state travel and 
  • You haven’t had symptoms of COVID-19 since your out-of-state travel. 

Unvaccinated international travelers: If you've come to Rhode Island from a location outside the US or US territories, you must quarantine for 10 days.

Unvaccinated domestic travelers: If you’ve come to Rhode Island from a hot spot within the US or US territories, you must quarantine for 10 days or provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken after arrival or within 72 hours before arrival. More information about quarantine requirements and exemptions for travelers arriving in Rhode Island is available below.

Rhode Islanders planning to travel to a state that requires a COVID-19 test to avoid extended quarantine can schedule a PCR test on portal.ri.gov. Test results are usually ready in two days.

  • Check with the health department in the state or country you are traveling to for quarantine guidance and testing requirements.

Anyone coming to Rhode Island from a country outside of the US or US territories or a hot spot within the US or US territories must quarantine for 10 days.

If you traveled from a hot spot within the US or US territories, you can end quarantine with a negative result from a test taken after you arrived or no more than 72 hours before you arrived.  

  • If you arrived from a hot spot within the US or US territories, you do not have to quarantine if:
    • You’re traveling for work.
    • You’re a public health, public safety, or healthcare worker.
    • You’re traveling for medical treatment; to attend a court hearing; to attend funeral or memorial services; to get necessities such as groceries, gas, or medication; to drop off or pick up children from care; or to work on a boat.

If you traveled from a country outside the US or US territories, RIDOH recommends testing on day 5 of quarantine or later. 

Rhode Islanders returning from out-of-state travel can schedule a free test online at portal.ri.gov.

People visiting Rhode Island can find a place for asymptomatic testing in the list at the bottom of this page.

It might take several days to receive your test results. You must quarantine while waiting for a negative test result.

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and completed your isolation period, RIDOH recommends that you carry proof of your positive COVID-19 test result when you travel. The 90-day period starts on the day of symptom onset or the day of your positive test if you were asymptomatic (Day 0). You do not need a negative test result to return or travel to Rhode Island. You are also not required to retest or quarantine unless you begin to have or still have symptoms

If you're fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine if:

  • You’ve gotten a final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, that is authorized by either the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO), at least 14 days before your last exposure or out-of-state travel and
  • You haven’t had symptoms of COVID-19 since your last exposure or out-of-state travel.

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

  • Vaccinated travelers are still encouraged to get a COVID-19 test between 5 and 10 days after travel.
  • You do not need to get tested before leaving the US unless your destination requires it.
  • You do not need to quarantine after arriving in the US.

Always watch for symptoms for a full 14 days after travel. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate at home and get tested

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Check with the health department in the state or country you are traveling to for quarantine guidance and testing requirements.

  • Rhode Islanders planning to travel out of state should be mindful of any testing or quarantine requirements that may be in place at their destination. Some states require that visitors provide proof of a negative test result taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival. 

Rhode Islanders planning to travel to a state that requires a COVID-19 test in order to avoid extended quarantine can schedule a test on portal.ri.gov.

  • Since some states and airlines require a lab report as proof of a negative result, RIDOH recommends travelers schedule a PCR test. The result of this test is usually ready in two days.
  • Rhode Islanders travelling to Hawaii should schedule a COVID-19 test at a Walgreens Pharmacy. Tests processed through Rhode Island's COVID-19 testing program will not qualify, according to Hawaii’s travel partner criteria

For guidance on how to integrate COVID-19 testing into your travel itinerary, review this TRAVEL TIP.

You will receive an email or text when your COVID-19 test results are ready. Access your results at portal.ri.gov/results. You will be asked to enter your personal information and the date you were tested. You will get an error message if you try to access this portal before your results are ready or if the information you enter does not match the record. You can print or screenshot your test result so you may easily access it during your travels.

Whether you are a returning Rhode Island resident, an out-of-state visitor, or moving to Rhode Island from a state with a COVID-19 positivity rate greater than 5%, it is very important that you quarantine upon arrival, monitor for symptoms, and schedule a test.

Testing is a crucial component of the Early Warning System for COVID-19 disease surveillance. The data that is gathered through testing helps the State further improve guidelines and preventative measures.

Most importantly, quarantining and scheduling a COVID-19 test upon your arrival to Rhode Island contributes to the safety of our community and helps prevent the spread of the virus.

The locations listed below offer testing for out-of-state travelers who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. You must call ahead to make an appointment.

Rhode Island is not offering free testing to out-of-state travelers at this time. The individual being tested or their insurance would be billed for the testing. You must quarantine while waiting for a negative test result. 

Testing Sites for Out-of-State Travelers who don't have COVID-19 Symptoms.