FAQ: COVID-19 in Oregon

April 1, 2020 (Updated July 18, 2022)

COVID-19 restrictions have eased, but the virus is still a part of everyday life.

Face coverings are not required in indoor or outdoor settings, but some private businesses may ask that customers mask up, so it’s a good idea to carry one on hand. Please be respectful if asked.

It’s also it’s a good idea to have a face covering on hand for a crowded setting, especially for people at higher risk from the disease including those who are elderly, immunocompromised, or those who haven’t been vaccinated.

Some Oregon businesses require proof of vaccination, and many businesses such as wineries, restaurants and museums/attractions require reservations made in advance.

Please continue to be patient, flexible and kind to all residents and visitors.

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in Oregon.


What are Oregon’s current COVID-19 guidelines?

The U.S. has reopened its borders to vaccinated international travelers. Some countries may require negative PCR tests before re-entry. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for information about where to get tested.

Find the most up-to-date information at coronavirus.oregon.gov and weekly reports at Oregon Health Authority.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Following federal and state guidance, face coverings are strongly recommended but not required for individuals in outdoor or indoor spaces; on public transportation (airports, buses, trains, ride share, etc.) or in hospitals, correctional facilities and long-term care facilities.

Note that some private businesses may require customers to mask up, so it’s a good idea to have one on hand; please be respectful.

What travel advisories are in effect?

There are currently no travel advisories in effect. Please use your best judgment, practice good hygiene, and stay home if you don’t feel well.

COVID-19 restrictions have eased; can we travel?

Yes. Here are a few tips to make your trip the best it can be:

  • Be patient and kind. Some businesses may ask for proof of vaccinations, please be prepared to show your card if asked, or have a backup plan.
  • Do your research. Plan ahead, book a reservation in advance and have a Plan B if your destination is crowded.
  • Continue to practice good hygiene, and please, stay home if you feel sick.
A masked florist passes a bouquet to a masked customer.
Photo by Andrea Johnson

I’m planning a trip from out of state. Do I need to quarantine when I arrive?

Only if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 along the way.

I’m planning a trip from out of the country. Where can I find a PCR test in Oregon? 

Some countries may require negative PCR tests before re-entry. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for information about where to get tested.

Are COVID-19 tests being administered at the Oregon border?

No. COVID-19 tests are not being given at the Oregon border. 

I heard Oregon is requiring vaccine passports, is this true?

No. Though, some businesses or attractions may ask to see proof of your vaccination status. This is not a HIPAA violation. If showing your vaccine card makes you uncomfortable, please have a backup plan ready.

Masked friends enjoy the covered patio of Will Leather Goods.
Photo by Andrea Johnson

What should I know about booking hotels and vacation rentals?

Hotels and lodging properties are open. It’s always best to check directly with the property as some amenities and protocols have changed. Here’s what to expect at Oregon hotels during COVID-19

What should I know about restaurants, bars and attractions?

Oregon’s businesses large and small are welcoming visitors, but it’s best to confirm hours of operation directly with the business/attraction you’d like to visit, since staffing shortages are common. Also, plan ahead: Many more wineries, restaurants and attractions are requiring a reservation booked in advance. It’s wise to have a backup option. 

What else can I do to keep myself and others safe?

There aregeneral guidelines the public should follow regardless of where they live or their county’s risk level: 

  • Stay home if you are sick.  
  • If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately.   
  • Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing that lasts for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.   
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard it in the garbage and wash your hands.   
  • Avoid touching your face.   

What do I need to know about camping?

Most Oregon State Parks require advance reservations but some do not. Other campgrounds also tend to fill in the summer months but are less crowded in the spring, fall and winter. Make sure to check with the site you want to visit to confirm current rules and availabilities.   

Travel Oregon has compiled resources for outdoor recreation experiences here. Read specific FAQs from the governor’s office around outdoor recreation here. Carry a face covering for times you may feel more comfortable wearing one. Check out OPRD’s question/answer page here

Three friends appear to smile behind their face coverings.
Photo by Timothy Sofranko / Visit McMinnville

What do I need to know before visiting a state park or other outdoor recreation site?

  • Please be prepared and flexible with your plans. 
  • Stay home if you’re sick.  
  • Carry a face covering for times you may feel more comfortable wearing one.
  • Dispose of all trash in proper receptacles and follow other ways to Take Care Out There.
  • Watch for signs at the park for more information.  

About The

Jaime Eder
Jaime is on the Communications team at Travel Oregon. When she’s not spending time at home with her family and sweet pup, you can find her soaking up the sunshine in Central Oregon while sipping a local IPA.

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