Updated on October 27

COVID-19 is still spreading across our Maine communities. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Mainers cancel or postpone all travel. For members of the College of the Atlantic community, all non-essential travel during the term is strongly discouraged. There will be no
college-sponsored or sanctioned travel permitted outside of the state

Quarantine or negative antigen or PCR test result
It is mandated that all out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, as well as Maine residents returning to Maine, complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival or demonstrate  a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test collected no more than 72 hours before arriving in Maine. An antibody test is not accepted to forgo quarantine for visitors and those returning to Maine. 

The State will exempt residents from the following states from the testing and 14-day quarantine requirement altogether because, when adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar. Maine residents can also travel to these states and return without testing or 14-day quarantine. 

  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

If you have not traveled, but have been in close contact with someone who has traveled outside of the state, please practice social distancing, wash your hands, and limit all unnecessary contact with others while at work. 

If you have any reason to believe you have been in contact with someone who has been exposed to Covid-19, contact our COVID-19 Coordinator and remain off campus for 14 days from the day you were in contact with that person.

Important note: As news about Covid-19 has become more widespread, there has been an increase in instances of xenophobia and micro-aggressions, especially toward people of Asian descent. The emergence of this virus must never be an excuse for discrimination or marginalization of anyone on the basis of nationality or ethnicity. Let’s make sure to exercise compassion, rationality, and understanding as we move through this situation, especially when considering a topic like travel restrictions. 


The COA campus is closed to the general public. Only vendors, admissions tours, contractors, or
pre-arranged personal visits from people outside the COA community are allowed on campus.