KDHE Updates Travel Guidelines

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will issue regular mandates on travel-related quarantines for international, domestic, and cruise-related travel. People in Kansas are asked to quarantine for a period of 14 days starting from the day they arrive in Kansas. Regularly check this list to stay up-to-date on travel-related guidance. Please refer to the KDHE Isolation and Quarantine FAQ for additional information. (Note: these mandates do not apply to critical infrastructures, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, including healthcare and public health, needed to continue operations during this pandemic.)

KDHE is mandating a 14-day home quarantine for anyone in Kansas if you have:

1. Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with known widespread community transmission:

On or after June 17

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas

On or after June 29

South Carolina
Florida

2. Traveled internationally on or after March 15.

3. Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

I have traveled recently and meet one of the mandatory quarantine criteria above. What should I do?

Those who are under a 14-day home quarantine should stay home and monitor their symptoms. They should not attend school, work or any other setting where they are not able to maintain about a 6-foot distance from other people. If you become ill and need to seek medical attention, let your provider know that you have traveled recently or have been otherwise exposed to COVID-19. See KDHE’s Isolation and Quarantine FAQ for more information.

How are these travel areas determined?

For locations within the United States, KDHE uses a number of sources of data including the number of cases each state has and whether the state is reporting widespread community transmission to make the determination.

For countries outside of the United States, KDHE refers to the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country which is maintained by the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

Currently, KDHE does not consider travel within Kansas as a criteria for travel-related quarantine. However, a local health officer may choose to include this as a criteria so you should be aware of your local isolation and quarantine criteria.

Check this page routinely for more the most up-to-date information regarding travel-related guidelines.