Utah travel declaration Q & A

Concerns & Questions

Utah (ABC4 News) – As Easter weekend approaches Governor Herbert has called for all Utahns to stay in the area they live in and cut out all non-essential travel.

Governor Herbert announced in his daily press conference Wednesday an executive order asking everyone who enters Utah by automobile or truck by a major roadway will be sent a travel declaration form to their phone to fill out a survey sent their phone.

All inbound passengers traveling through Salt Lake International airport will be asked to sign a declaration about their health. The passenger will be asked if they have experienced symptoms or been tested for COVID-19 in the last two weeks. People signing the declaration will also have to reveal where they have traveled in the last two weeks.

Related: Inbound passengers at Salt Lake International airport will now have to make travel declaration

We know this travel declaration has caused many questions for Utahns and we’re There 4 You to help with your Concerns and Questions.

Q: How is this possible?

A: According to the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force the technology used to ping your phone is called a Wireless Emergency Alert. A message goes to certain cell phone towers which send the message to phones in the geotargeted area. It’s the same system that distributes AMBER alerts.

Q: What areas are going to be alerted?

  1. I-15 at the Arizona border
  2. US-89 north of Kanab
  3. US-491/191 at Monticello
  4. I-70 at the Colorado border
  5. US-40 at the Colorado border 
  6. I-80 at the Wyoming border
  7. I-15 at the Idaho border
  8. I-84 at the Idaho border
  9. I-80 at the Nevada border 

Q: Who does the order apply to?

A: It applies to all drivers over 18 years of age whose final destination is Utah.

Q: What is considered essential travel?

A: Governor Herbert said essential travel includes grocery shopping, purchasing food, access to emergency services or travel to get gasoline or supplies needed to work from home or maintain a safe and clean home, business or vehicle. It also includes travel to work.

Q: Is anyone exempt from taking the survey?

A: Yes, the following are exempt:

  • Airline workers are exempt
  • Active military are exempt
  • Healthcare providers are exempt
  • Workers who routinely have to cross state lines are exempt
    • This Executive Order will not impact commerce or trucking shipments

Q: Is it mandatory to fill out the form?

A: No, it is not mandatory to fill out. It is suggested by Utah officials to help track the spread of COVID-19 and keep our state safe.

Q: What will the survey ask?

A: It will require basic information such as a name and where the driver traveled prior to entering Utah. “This travel declaration will ask travelers if they’ve been tested for COVDI-19, particularly in the last 14 days and what the test results are. It will ask if they are currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath or fever, and details of where they have traveled before they came to Utah,” said Governor Gary Herbert.

Q: What should I do if I receive the alert?

A: If you are a motorist, Governor Herbert asked you to please fill out the declaration form the next time you stop or within 3 hours.

Q: How long will the alert be active?

A: The alert will become active at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020, and will remain active until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020.

Q: What if the traveler isn’t stopping in Utah, just driving through?

A: The order states all Utah travelers please complete the survey.

Q: What happens if I don’t fill out the form?

A: If you are a motorist, you will not be stopped for failing to fill out the declaration form. Filling it out is strongly encouraged

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