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.
COVID-19 Travel Information
It has been a long road, and though it feels like we’re slowly creeping out the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our visitors and residents remains our top priority in Oregon. Guidance (especially around wearing face covers) is continually evolving. Please be patient, flexible and kind – especially if asked to mask up, fully vaccinated or not.
Oregon is currently operating under a “Risk and Safety Framework” that is based on county-by-county risk levels. There are four levels of risk in this framework — Extreme, High, Moderate and Lower Risk — based on cases per 100,000 residents. There is no Zero Risk category. Here is a map of Oregon’s Risk Levels by county.
However, changes are coming. Beginning May 21, counties that have vaccinated at least 65% of residents can move to the lower risk category. Additionally, once the state reaches a collective 70% vaccination rate, Oregon will lift all risk level health and safety restrictions. Some restrictions based on CDC guidance may remain in place.
Oregon, California and Washington have issued a travel advisory which include the following recommendations:
- Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel. Quarantine recommendations do not apply to individuals arriving to Oregon from other states or countries or Oregon residents returning from other states or countries if:
- They have received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (or one dose of a single-dose vaccine if it becomes available), AND
- It has been at least 14 days since their final dose of COVID-19 vaccine, AND
- They have no COVID-19 symptoms
- Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
- Essential travel includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
- Oregonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.
As of mid-May, face covering and vaccination guidance continues to develop at the national, state and local level. Please continue to bring your face covering with you when you leave your home or lodging property as guidance is still new.
Face coverings are required for all individuals, vaccinated or not, at: public transportation (airports, buses, trains, ride share, etc.), hospitals, correctional facilities, and long-term care facilities.
- Businesses/attractions: Businesses and attractions have the choice to continue requiring everyone to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status. If a business or attraction permits fully vaccinated patrons to not wear a face cover or physically distance, they may request and review verification of vaccination status. Please be flexible and courteous if asked to wear a face covering. If you are asked by a business to show proof of your vaccine, that is not a HIPAA violation. Have your card ready, or have a mask ready if you’d rather not show your vaccine card.
Non-vaccinated people are still required to wear face coverings at all times in Oregon, including in all public indoor and outdoor spaces. The only exceptions are while eating and drinking; children 5 and younger and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings are exempt.
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:
- Oregon Health Authority
- Centers for Disease Control
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- Other Updates and Way to Help
The 2020 fire season had devastating impacts on our natural resources and outdoor recreation sites. Right now, state and federal land management agencies are working to assess the on-the-ground impacts. We are in the early stages of making plans on how to help communities recover and ways for Oregonians to reconnect with their favorite places when it is safe to do so. For now, we need your help by continuing to practice responsible recreation by respecting closures, which are there both for the safety of the public and to protect resources.
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.