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Can I travel out of state? Are airports, bridges, and tunnels open?

Last Updated: 06/01/2020

All New Jerseyans should stay home as much as possible to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC also recommends staying home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential, and practicing social distancing especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. Do not travel if you are sick or travel with someone who is sick.

If necessary, residents can travel out of state for essential reasons like providing medical care to others or for a job considered an essential service.

Some parts of the country may have different guidance on stay at home orders or travel restrictions. So if you must travel, check with the state or local authorities along your route and at your planned destination to learn about local circumstances and any restrictions that may be in place.

Before travelling, consult the CDC's guide on travelling during this public health crisis.

International Travel

The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential international travel due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
If you travelled internationally in the last 14 days, the CDC recommends you stay home, monitor your health, and practice social distancing for 14 days after you return from travel.

Learn more about what to do if you are sick after travel.

Airports

Airports remain open and air travel continues, however the situation remains fluid and Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice with few exceptions.

For flights, cancellations, or rerouting, please contact your airline directly for the latest information.

For additional domestic travel information, please visit the CDC, and for additional international travel information, please visit travel.state.gov

The situation is changing frequently, so please check the above resources often for the most up-to-date information.

All decisions regarding the screening of international passengers arriving at all airports in the United States are made by federal agencies including the CDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As it has since January, the Port Authority is providing all necessary support for the screening currently being carried out by the CDC and CBP of passengers at its airports and any ensuing referrals for quarantine are in cooperation with state and city health authorities.

Bridges and Tunnels

Bridges and tunnels remain open. As of Sunday, March 22, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will only collect tolls by electronic means and temporarily suspend cash toll collection at the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, and Holland Tunnel.

Motorists with E-ZPass will experience no change, using any open toll lane to have the toll debited from their prepaid E-ZPass account. For motorists without E-ZPass, an image of the vehicle's license plate will be captured and a notice seeking payment of the toll will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Motorists billed by mail will pay the amount of the standard cash toll; no additional fees will charged.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html; https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-107.pdf; https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-global; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html