New Mexico Travel Order under the states’ Public Health Order

Coronavirus Resources

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, individuals traveling to New Mexico, whether a visitor or residents returning from out of state, must self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter.

Q: What is the Travel order in New Mexico?

A: Anyone entering the state must self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their entry or for the duration of their stay in the state, whichever is shorter

Q: What type of travel does this apply to?

A: Any travel into the state such as, but not limited to, travel by air or vehicles.

Q: Who does this apply to?

A: Anyone, visitors or residents.

Q: Are New Mexico boarders closed?

A: No. The surrounding borders are not closed. State roads remain open.

Q: What about visiting State Parks?

A: As of the new amended order beginning July 13, no out-of-state visitors will be allowed in New Mexico State Parks. New Mexico residents will have to provide proof of residency or may face fines.

Visitors must show one of the following to demonstrate residency:

  • Valid New Mexico license plate,
  • New Mexico driver’s license or ID card,
  • New Mexico vehicle registration,
  • Federal document attesting to residency, or
  • Military identification

Q: Will travelers with out of state plates be stopped by law enforcement or turned away at the borders?

A: No. Unless law enforcement has reason to believe you are breaking the law or not adhering to the health advisory, you will not be stopped or forced to leave the state.

Q: What if travelers are simply passing through New Mexico to get to another destination in a different state?

A: This is not a time to shop for souvenirs, visit state parks or sightseeing. Please recognize that if you are traveling amid a global pandemic you are bringing the risk of a highly contagious and lethal virus with you and taking it with you as you go. You must wear a face-covering if you are in public while in the state. Please limit your activities to only the essentials.

Q: What if I’m a trucker and have to make deliveries in New Mexico?

A: Most trucking services fall under the logistical transporting functions incorporated in the essential businesses of the state’s operative emergency public health order and are exempt from the quarantine requirement. But all visitors in the state are still required to wear face-coverings and follow COVID-safe best practices.

Q: What if I take my family camping in a different state, do we all have to self-quarantine when we return?

A: Yes. Even if you spend time outdoors, wearing masks and social distancing in another state, you must self-quarantine when you return to New Mexico for 14 days.

Q: Do out of state visitors have to self-quarantine even if they own a home in New Mexico?

A: Yes. If visitors or part-time residents plan to stay in New Mexico longer than two weeks for any reason, you must self-quarantine for the first 14 days when coming in from another state.

If you are staying in New Mexico for fewer than two weeks, you also must self-quarantine for the duration of your stay or up to 14 days, whichever is shorter. (For example, if you plan to stay at a hotel for two nights before leaving the state, you must self-quarantine for the duration of your stay.)

Q: Does that apply to people in RV’s as well?

A: Yes. Travelers must self-quarantine wherever they are staying.

Q: Are their exemptions?

A: Yes. Essential employees traveling for essential work-related business. This includes:

  • Those Performing Public Safety or Public Health Functions
  • Persons Employed by Airlines
  • Military Personnel
  • Federal Employees
  • Those Employed by a Federal Agency or National Defense Contractor
  • Emergency First Responders
  • Health Care Workers
  • Those Arriving in the State Pursuant to a Court Order

This also includes persons who are employed or contracted by an “essential business”, as defined by the operative public health order addressing mass gathering restrictions and business closures, and who are traveling into New Mexico to conduct business activities.

Q: If I’m an essential employee, do I have to self-quarantine if I traveled for non-essential work?

A: Yes. If you traveled out of state for non-essential business, you are to quarantine for 14 days.

Q: What does “self-quarantine” or “self-isolate” mean?

The voluntary physical separation of person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging.

Q: Are their exemptions to “self-quarantine”?

Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care.

Q: Can you visit someone during quarantine?

A: Family or household members may visit an isolated or quarantined person, but those visitors are directed to then self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of no less than 14 days.

Q: If I have to quarantine at a hotel, can I get any sort of financial aid?

A: All persons self-isolating or self-quarantining shall be responsible for all costs associated with the isolation or quarantine.

Q: What happens if someone doesn’t self-isolate or self-quarantine?

A: The Governor under the New Mexico Public Health Order advises all executive agencies, to take all necessary steps to ensure the screening and appropriate isolation and quarantine of individuals who travel or return from travel into the state.

This will include making temporary holds of individuals or groups, obtaining court orders requiring isolation or quarantine in compliance with the provisions of the Public Health Emergency Response Act, and imposing any civil or criminal penalties warranted under the Public Health Emergency Response Act and the Public Health Act when individuals do not self-isolate or self-quarantine as required by this Order.

Q: When does this go into effect and for how long?

A: This Order supersedes any previous orders, proclamations, or directives in conflict. This Executive Order shall take effect on July 1, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.


New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Guide

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