Can I travel in PA?

What are the color phases and how does that impact my travel?

  • Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase approach to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor Wolf's phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania.
    • Red Phase: minimizes the spread of COVID-19 through strict social distancing, temporary closures of non-life sustaining businesses, school closures, and building safety protocols.
    • Yellow Phase: begins to power back up the economy, while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.
    • Green Phase: eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.
  • While some counties and regions are easing restrictions in accordance to Governor Wolf’s reopening plan, many non-essential businesses still remain closed temporarily and travelers are encouraged to contact all businesses before visiting.

If I’m planning to visit PA, do I need to quarantine ahead of time or once in the state? Do I need to wear a mask?

  • People who are planning on traveling to Pennsylvania or visiting Pennsylvania from one of the states listed below are recommended to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should stay in their quarantine location for the full 14 days prior to interacting with anyone outside their travel group or household.
    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Idaho
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Nevada
    • North Carolina
    • Oklahoma
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah

What precautions should I take when traveling to PA?

  • According to the CDC, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. There are several CDC considerations to take before traveling.
  • If you travel, protect yourself and others during your trip: 
    • Clean your hands often.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with others.
      • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
      • Avoiding close contact is especially important if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
    • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores. Do not dine in restaurants if that is prohibited by state or local guidance.

Are hotels, campgrounds, Airbnbs, and other rental properties currently open in PA?

  • Short-term rentals throughout PA remain closed temporarily in an effort to help stem the spread of COVID-19; however, this prohibition does not apply to the following:
    • Hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments, or time share projects; or
    • Rentals to persons performing military, emergency, governmental, health or infrastructure response, or travelers engaged in non-vacation commercial activities.

What outdoor activities are open in PA? What state parks are open?

  • As of May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately-owned campgrounds have reopened statewide, while still prioritizing public health and safety. All DCNR (PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) lands including trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas are also accessible statewide for recreation; however, the availability of facilities such as bathrooms, offices, and campgrounds varies. To learn what facilities are open or closed within state parks and forests, view the DCNR Reopening Facility Map.
  • State park and forest visitors are urged to do their part to make the experience healthy and enjoyable for themselves and others by following COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, including practicing physical distancing, avoiding crowds, and wearing a mask when they encounter other people. Read guidance on spending time outdoors

Are travel centers open? Where should I go to find out specific information about the attraction I’m visiting?

  • While tourism services such as reservation scheduling or personalized travel counseling will not be available at any Welcome Center until a later date, travelers can still receive information on regional attractions or travel advisories by emailing of calling Pennsylvania's Welcome Centers.

Are restaurants, breweries, and other food and beverage places open?

  • While all counties and regions are now in the green phase of the reopening plan, some businesses may still remain closed. Travelers are encouraged to contact all businesses before visiting.
  • As of July 15, all businesses in the retail food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery of sales of food, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating area so long as they adhere to the requirements of the Targeted Mitigation Order, including:
    • Occupancy is limited to 25 percent for indoor dining
    • Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons.
    • On-premises Alcohol Consumption Prohibited Unless Part of a Meal; Cocktails-to-go and Carryout Beverages are Allowed
    • All service must be at a table or booth; bar service is prohibited.
  • For a list of restaurants offering takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service, visit the CarryoutPA website

Can I shop at stores?

  • While all PA counties are in the green phase of reopening, travelers are encouraged to contact all businesses before visiting. All customers must wear a mask or face covering while in a business and keep a physical distance of six feet or more from other customers and employees.
    • In the Red Phase, a stay-at-home order is in place and only life-sustaining businesses can resume.
    • In the Yellow Phase, counties are allowed in-person retail, although curbside and delivery are still preferable.
    • In the Green Phase, all entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) can open at 50% occupancy.
  • For a list of counties and their phases, go to The Pennsylvania Department of Health - Coronavirus.

Who should not be traveling to PA right now?

  • If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, it is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days upon return:
    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Idaho
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Nevada
    • North Carolina
    • Oklahoma
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
  • Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick. For more healthy travel guidance, go to the Pennsylvania Department of Health - Travelers.