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
- COVID-19 Resources
- What Reopening Oregon Means for You
- Restrictions on Oregon Outdoor Recreation Sites and Activities
- How to Practice Social Distancing Outdoors
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).
Oregon will begin following a new framework of measures 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.
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
- 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.
It is 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. In addition, children 2 and younger and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings are exempt.
Oregon is currently under 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.
These community mitigation efforts are considered the quickest and most effective means of containing COVID-19 transmissions. We urge all travelers to 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:
- Oregon Health Authority
- Centers for Disease Control
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- Other Updates and Way to Help
Winter Travel Conditions
January 13, 2021: Flash floods created landslides, closing lanes on major roadways in the state. Look for updates at TripCheck.com.
Oregonians know that winter weather here can change in a minute, so always check road conditions on TripCheck.com before you go. If you know how to drive in the snow (you know who you are), make sure to carry chains and know how to use them. Or, invest in snow tires for the season. See our Winter Safety 101 story for tips before you head out or check out Oregon Department of Transportation’s tips on everything related to winter driving. (Don’t be that person caught on the TV news sliding down an icy hill.)
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.
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.
Recovery. Recovery efforts focus on repairing and rebuilding damaged and lost infrastructure, restoring ecosystems, and supporting economic recovery of local business and affected communities. Right now, many public lands that burned in 2020 are still closed to public access. This is necessary to protect natural and cultural resources, as well as to protect the public, staff, and first responders.
Reconnection. For areas that were damaged by the fires and have since reopened, visitors should expect a changed experience out on the landscape. This could include hard-to-navigate stands of burned trees or eroded slopes that lack signage or missing sections of trail. Plan ahead to ensure the area you want to go to is open. Play it safe by choosing activities that are within your comfort zone. As fire damaged areas reopen, they may have unmarked hazards and may be more challenging in rescue situations. Lastly, please be patient – recovery will take a long time. Keep an eye open for opportunities to volunteer on stewardship projects in recovering areas.
Resilience. Wildfires are a natural occurrence on the landscape, but natural areas impacted by the 2020 wildfires may take decades to recover due to severity and size. Agency partners are assessing the impacts and integrating long-term resilience into the recovery efforts.
Reimagining. We’ll have the opportunity to reimagine the connections between communities and their public lands and waterways in the months, weeks, and years to come. Some places may not come back exactly the way they were – either because rebuilding is not possible, or we can envision something better.
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Oregon Parks and Recreation
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- US Bureau of Land Management
- US Forest Service
- US Army Corp of Engineers
For the latest updates on areas impacted please see the maps and resources below:
- Wildfire Status and Maps: Check the location and status of large wildfires burning in Oregon at InciWeb, NW Interagency Coordination Center. or view the state’s real-time planning map below.
- Oregon Wildfire Resources: find statewide resources and news here.
- Road Conditions & Closures: Check tripcheck.com before you go (please respect road closures – resources are limited).
- Smoke Conditions: Check Oregon Smoke Blog for wildfire smoke; DEQ’s Air Quality Advisories and Travel Southern Oregon’s Air Quality Dashboard.
- How to Help: Check out these resources on how to help wildfire victims.
- Tips for preventing human-caused wildfires, visit Keep Oregon Green. or read our wildfire FAQ
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.
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.