Travel Information for Residents and Visitors

General Guidance for Travelers

Phase III reopening guidelines and restrictions are in effect. More details are provided on Reopeningri.com.

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

International travelers: If you've come to Rhode Island from a location outside the 50 states or the District of Columbia (DC), you must quarantine for 10 days.

Domestics travelers: If you’ve come to Rhode Island from a hot spot within the 50 states or DC, 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.

Once you’ve gotten any COVID-19 vaccine, you must still follow quarantine guidance after travel to another state or country. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

If you traveled from a hot spot within the 50 states or DC, 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 50 states or DC, 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 50 states or DC, 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. 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.

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.

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. Anyone arriving to Rhode Island after international travel cannot test out of quarantine.

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