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Our Travel-Related Quarantine page provides details on when quarantine is required and how to do it. Quarantine applies to both Kansas residents and visitors, and it begins the day after you arrive in Kansas.
Home quarantine means staying home and not attending work or any other location where you might come within 6 feet of another individual.
The 14-day quarantine applies to those who are asymptomatic for the entire period. Individuals in home quarantine who develop symptoms of COVID-19 (which include a fever of at least 100.4 degrees F, cough and shortness of breath) should call your healthcare provider and let them know of your symptoms before going in to be evaluated.
No. If your travel was only to the airport (for example, a layover), you do not need to follow the quarantine orders. If you left the airport for any period of time, you would be subject to the 14-day quarantine
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) cannot tell you whether or not you should cancel your trip. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all people postpone or cancel non-essential travel and avoid prolonged exposure to large groups of people. You should be aware that individuals who travel outside the United States, or to certain states with the U.S., may be expected to home quarantine for at least 14 days after return to Kansas. Anyone who chooses to travel at this time may face delays or quarantines when trying to get back into the state and may not be able to return to their daily life immediately upon return.
If you simply drove through a state with minimal stops and no extended period of stay, you do not need to fulfill the quarantine period. It is always a good idea to monitor your symptoms for 14 days, just in case.
Only the individuals who have traveled are required to fulfill the quarantine period. Household members who live with them should practice social distancing from those quarantined individuals but are not quarantined themselves.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is constantly evaluating whether or not other locations need to be added to the list of travel-based quarantines. A variety of factors are used to determine this list, but is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance of community transmission. A formula is used to evaluate new cases in states over a two-week period, then it is adjusted for population size to provide a case rate per 100,000 population. This provides a number that can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates -- approximately 3x higher -- are added to the list.
The table on our Isolation & Quarantine page gives an overview of the difference between social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.
Our Travel-Related Quarantine page provides details on when travel-related quarantine is required and how long to quarantine yourself.
Visit our Countries / States Included in Quarantine page to learn how the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) determines what countries or states are included in the list of areas that require travel-related quarantine.
Our Travel-Related Quarantine List page contains information as to how often the list is maintained and how often it is updated.
To learn what to do if you are quarantine for travel-related exposure, visit our Quarantine for Travel-Related Exposure page.
A travel-related quarantine is 14 days, starting the day after you arrive in or return to Kansas. Learn more.
See what steps to take if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on our If You Develop Symptoms in Quarantine page.
Our Negative Test Results During Quarantine page provides guidance on what to do if you COVID-19 test comes back negative.
For information about when a quarantine would be recommended visit our Recommendations for Exposure to a Case page.
Learn what steps to take if you are in quarantine for exposure to a case on our What to Do if in Quarantine for Exposure page.
Learn how long to say in quarantine on our Exposure Case-Related Quarantine page.
Find information on what to do if you develop symptoms while in quarantine on our Developing Symptoms While in Quarantine page.
Learn how doctors and healthcare professionals determine if home-isolation is needed on our Determining Home-Isolation page.
Find information on what to do if you are in isolation due to being a lab-confirmed case on our Isolation for Lab-Confirmed Cases page.
See what action to take if you have a lab-confirmed case and you are a healthcare, public health, or law enforcement worker on our Confirmed Case for Healthcare Workers page.
Learn when you can come out of isolation if you are a lab-confirmed case on our Coming Out of Isolation page.
Learn who has the authority to issue and enforce isolation and quarantine orders on our Issuing & Enforcing Isolation & Quarantine page.