Travel Alerts

Travel Oregon’s first priority is the safety of our residents and visitors. As we navigate life through a pandemic and historic wildfires, we always recommend consulting official resources prior to traveling to ensure access to your destination is safe.

Current Oregon Wildfire Conditions

COVID-19 Travel Information

Downtown Portland Demonstrations

Wildfire Conditions

Are there currently wildfires in Oregon?

Oct. 16 Update: According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, firefighters have made a lot of progress in containing the fires across Oregon and are currently focused on damage assessment and debris removal.  Fall rains may present risks of landslides so please check TripCheck and respect road closures.

For the latest updates on areas impacted please see the maps and resources below:

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For breaking news and information, follow the Twitter accounts and Facebook pages for Oregon State Parks, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Emergency Management.

There are multiple outdoor recreation sites that are currently closed. The list below is not comprehensive – please check with the site you are trying to visit for the most-up-to-date information.

  • Bureau of Land Management – All BLM developed campgrounds in northwestern Oregon are closed to the public, and dispersed camping is prohibited.
  • Oregon State Parks – There are multiple campfire restrictions and fire bans in place across the state: all state parks campgrounds, day-use areas and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have a shutoff valve are also prohibited.
  • U.S. Forest Service – The Mt. Hood, Willamette and Klamath National Forests are currently closed to public access, including all campgrounds, day use areas, trails, boat ramps, and more. Forest Service roads are closed to the public unless you are vacating the forest.

Thank you to all the firefighters and first responders who are working to keep Oregon’s residents and visitors safe.

COVID-19 Travel Information

These are extraordinary times and Travel Oregon strives to provide you up-to-date information. Your safety is our highest priority and we want you to have the resources you need to make informed travel decisions when it comes to COVID-19 (or coronavirus).

Current Restrictions:

  • It is required to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces in all counties. Face coverings are also required in outdoor public spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained. Children and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings.
  • Starting July 24, children 5 and older are required to wear face covers in public (small children were previously exempt from face cover requirements).
  • Indoor examples include (but are not limited to): restaurants, hotels, grocery/retail stores, museums, public restrooms, public transit.
  • Outdoor examples include (but are not limited to): trailheads, trails when passing other groups, boat ramps, outdoor dining/wine tasting, outdoor recreation groups.

On March 8, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency to address the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. An Executive Order issued March 23 directs Oregonians to stay home except for essential needs.

Your safety is our highest priority and we want you to have the resources you need to make informed travel decisions when it comes to COVID-19 (or coronavirus)

After several months of restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19, most Oregon counties are starting to gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions. But even as this process starts, it is not quite “business as usual.”

  • Across the state, counties are entering Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the governor’s framework for a phased reopening. Umatilla County is currently the only county in Baseline status (not open). Non-essential travel still is limited statewide.  Expect safety measures to be in place at businesses and public facilities to slow the spread of COVID-19and be prepared to mask up – face coverings are required. Read more about these counties and what it means for you.
  • Effective July 24, new regulations will be in place around capacity for venues (movie theaters, restaurants, etc.); additionally, restaurants and bars across the state will close at 10 p.m. 
  • Many county, state and federal public lands are beginning to reopen, while some sites and facilities remain closed. Read more about what public lands are open or closed right now.
  • Many retail locations are allowed to stay open if they can meet safety and physical distancing guidelines, according to the state’s coronavirus guidelines.
  • On June 3 the governor’s office released Executive Order 20-27 (“Safe and Strong Oregon Phase II”), which supersedes the Governor’s March 23 Executive Order 20-12(Stay Home, Save Lives). Stay at home orders are not in place but limiting non-essential travel is recommended.  

Additionally, several Oregon State Welcome Centers are closed until further notice. Visitors may call 1.800.547.7842 to request information or submit travel questions to Ask Oregon.

Travel to Bend is discouraged through October 26, 2020 to protect the health of the community during Oregon’s COVID-19 state of emergency.

These community mitigation efforts are considered the quickest and most effective means of containing COVID-19 transmissions. We urge all travelers to check in with businesses and event organizers before traveling and take protective measures against COVID-19 while you travel:

  • If you are ill, please stay home.
  • Wear a face covering. Homemade is fine.
  • Make sure you practice social distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Do not touch your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick, and avoid public places if you develop respiratory illness symptoms like fever and cough.

Finally, remember that viruses don’t discriminate. The coronavirus does not target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds.

For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:


Downtown Portland Demonstrations

While Portland’s nightly demonstrations are largely peaceful, violent confrontations have occurred. We are advising visitors to exercise caution in the area within three blocks of the federal courthouse on SW Third Ave. between Salmon and Madison, especially late at night. Flights in and out of Portland International Airport and transportation in and around the city have not been affected.


Recreation Closures

For closures related to COVID-19, please review the current openings and closures of  outdoor recreation sites and activities.


Oregon Welcome Centers

Services at Oregon Welcome Centers have been impacted, due to varying conditions caused by COVID-19 and wildfires. The Ashland, Brookings, Seaside and Portland International Airport (PDX) welcome centers are open to assist visitors in person. All other state welcome centers are closed until further notice.

Visitors may call 1.800.547.7842 to request information, submit travel questions to Ask Oregon or visit the PDX, Ashland, Brookings and Seaside Welcome Centers.


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