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).
From November 18 to December 2, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon.
The freeze will be re-evaluated after two weeks (December 2), but it is likely that more densely populated counties, like Multnomah County where Portland is located, will be in this freeze for at least four weeks. The following restrictions include but are not limited to:
- Limiting restaurants to take out only.
- Closing indoor recreational facilities, gyms and fitness organizations, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
- Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
- Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
- Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
- Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
- Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
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:
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.
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:
- 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.
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.