Your health and safety are our top priority, and we are committed to providing timely and accurate information surrounding COVID-19 to assist you with safe travel decisions for Idaho and beyond.
TRAVEL ALERT — Ada County, including the cities of Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Garden City, Star and Kuna, is in Reopening Stage 3 until all health and safety criteria and requirements addressed in the protocols have been met.
In Stage 3, a 14-day self-quarantine is encouraged for people entering Idaho from another country or from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho. Restaurants continue to offer take-out and indoor dining is offered where physical distancing and sanitary protocols are in place. Accommodations (hotels, campgrounds, vacation rental properties, etc.) utilizing enhanced cleaning and social distancing protocols are welcoming guests. Gatherings of up to 50 people may occur where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed. Bars, nightclubs, and large venues remain closed. Large gatherings, such as parades and festivals are prohibited. As you plan your travels, please contact destinations, event organizers, and businesses directly for information on access and any visitor safety protocols that might be in place.
Only Ada County is in Reopening Stage 3. The rest of Idaho is in Stage 4, as addressed below.
Idaho, with the exception of Ada County, is currently in Reopening Stage 4. In this stage, businesses opening their doors should have an operational plan in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 in compliance with the Governor’s Protocols for Stage 4 Opening. The state will remain in Stage 4 until all health and safety criteria and requirements addressed in the protocols have been met. For more information please review the Governor’s Guidelines for Opening Up Idaho.
While we understand and appreciate the desire to travel and enjoy Idaho’s great outdoors, we ask that all visitors maintain physical distancing, practice regular handwashing, and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. Travelers at greater risk of getting sick and those with people at greater risk of getting sick in the household should continue to use care and self-isolate to the best of their ability. In Stage 4, gatherings can occur where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed. Restaurants continue to offer take-out and indoor dining is available where social distancing and sanitary protocols are in place. Accommodations (hotels, campgrounds, vacation rental properties, etc.) utilizing enhanced cleaning and social distancing protocols are welcoming guests. As you plan your travels, please contact destinations, event organizers, and businesses directly for information on access and any visitor safety protocols that might be in place.
Some counties and communities across the state of Idaho are requiring residents and visitors to maintain physical distance and wear face coverings in public places and outside where physical distancing is not possible. City and county alerts across Idaho are included in the map below.
No city or county restrictions. Please wear a mask and call your destination with any questions before travelling.
Restrictions in place. Click to learn more.
Counties and Reopening Stage
- Bear Lake
- Nez Perce
- Twin Falls
Idaho Travel Resources
- Ready to Travel Again? Tips For Your Next Idaho Vacation
- Recreate Responsibly Idaho
- Protect Your Mountain Playground – McCall, Donnelly, Cascade, Yellow Pine and New Meadows
- Mindfulness in the Mountains – Ketchum/Sun Valley area
- Idaho State Parks – Campgrounds are open. Visitor centers have reopened with updated hours and social distancing procedures in place.
- Boise National Forest – Most recreation and campground facilities are open. Visit the website for any closures within the Boise National Forest.
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest – Most campground and recreation areas are open, with others opening early July.
- Salmon-Challis National Forest – Most campgrounds and recreation areas are open.
- Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest – Most campgrounds and recreation areas are open.
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest – Most campgrounds and recreation areas are open.
- Payette National Forest – Some campgrounds and recreation areas are open while others will open when seasonal conditions allow.
- Sawtooth National Forest – Please visit the website for information.
- Interactive Map of Idaho National Forest recreation sites. Please review the map to see open locations.
- Idaho Power Recreation Facilities – Parks, campgrounds, boat ramps and day-use areas are open, though access to some locations is limited to allow social distancing.
- Sawtooth National Recreation Area – Most campgrounds are open. Please contact the SNRA for information.
Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements
Individuals not residing within the same household shall maintain at least six-foot physical distancing from other individuals whenever possible.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands).
- Wear face coverings while in public, especially when six-foot distancing is not always possible (e.g., inside businesses).
- Stay home if sick.
Additionally, here are other resources to help you monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and how it relates to travel safety:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Situation Summary
- Latest information on travel alerts and restrictions from the CDC
This page is updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last update 9/23/2020.