TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has amended its travel quarantine list to include the countries of the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Fiji, Jersey, The United Kingdom and Tunisia. The countries of Brazil, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Maldives, Oman, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Uruguay have been removed. These changes became effective July 15.

A comprehensive list of those individuals needing to quarantine includes visitors and Kansans who have:

> Traveled on or after July 15 to British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Fiji, Jersey, The United Kingdom or Tunisia.

> Traveled on or after July 1 to Namibia.

> Traveled on or after June 17 to Kuwait or Mongolia.

> Traveled on or after June 3 to

> Traveled on or after May 6 to Seychelles.

> Traveled on or after April 22 to Argentina.

> Traveled between July 1 and July 15 to Brazil, Oman or Saint Kitts and Nevis.

> Traveled between June 3 and July 15 to Suriname.

> Traveled between May 20 and July 15 to Costa Rica or French Guiana.

> Traveled between May 6 and July 15 to Maldives.

> Traveled between April 8 and July 15 to Uruguay.

> Attendance at any out-of-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) _and_ wear a mask.

> Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15, 2020.

The travel quarantine period is seven days with a negative test result or 10 days without testing, with release from quarantine on Day 8 and Day 11, respectively. Further information on quarantine periods can be found on KDHE’s website [ https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/zRNMCjRN4Zcn0rQ6TWHjtX?domain=coronavirus.kdheks.gov ].

For those traveling internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring testing within three days of flights into the U.S. *For further information on this and other requirements, visit *their website [ https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/acDjCkRN48cOvEzLSVuy7g?domain=cdc.gov ].

For those who are fully vaccinated, meaning it has been more than two weeks since they completed their vaccinations, they are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

> Are fully vaccinated more than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2- dose series, or more than two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine .

> Have remained asymptomatic since the travel.

Persons who do not meet the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

Additionally, people with previous COVID-19 disease are not required to quarantine following travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

> Have evidence of a previous infection supported by a positive PCR or antigen test

> Are within six months following infection. If an investigation was done documenting the date that symptoms resolved, or the date isolation measures were discontinued for asymptomatic patients, then the 6-month period can start from that end date. If those dates are not available, then the period will start from the date of the positive laboratory test. A serology or antibody test may not be substituted for a laboratory report of a viral diagnostic test.

> Have remained asymptomatic since the travel.

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

The travel quarantine list is determined using a formula to evaluate new cases over a two-week period, then 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. Locations with significantly higher rates -- approximately 3x higher -- are added to the list.

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