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Montana Aware

Visit Montana prioritizes the health and safety of our citizens and visitors. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 and the rapidly changing public health situation. Visit Montana wants to ensure that you have the resources needed to make informed travel decisions. We are taking precautions according to information and recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization and we encourage the traveling public to seek and heed the latest expert guidance.

What you need to know

The health and safety of our citizens and visitors is our top priority. While visiting our spectacular state please be prepared for the following protocols and safety precautions. 

  • Know before you go: Know the local public health guidelines before arriving at your destination.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Understand some services and destinations may be limited.

As of Friday, February 12, 2021 Governor Gianforte lifted the statewide mask mandate, but visitors should be aware that local regulations may differ across the state. For current information, check each region and know before you go. 

Many Montana ski areas have opted to continue requiring masks throughout the winter operating season, so be sure to check local regulations before you hit the slopes.

Visitors to Montana should be aware travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may vary on the seven Indian reservations in Montana. As tribal governments continue to assess public health risks, travel restrictions may change at any time depending on current conditions. Click here for detailed information on Indian Country. 

President Biden has issued several executive orders regarding COVID-19. The Executive Order Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing directs compliance with CDC guidance on masking and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors. The Executive Order Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel directs applicable agencies to take immediate action to require mask-wearing on many airplanes, trains, and certain other forms of public transportation in the United States.

The CDC recommends older adults or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions who are at risk for disease, should consider postponing nonessential travel.  For the latest international and national travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Illness Prevention

This is a rapidly changing public health situation and it’s important to stay informed by following reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The best way to prevent infection from COVID-19 and any respiratory virus is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The same preventative measures that are recommended during cold and flu season will also help to protect against coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Partner Toolkit

As part of this initiative, the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development has developed a toolkit of resources to help you educate residents and visitors on safe travel best practices. The toolkit includes posters, graphics and logos. Download it here.

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social distance and wash hands
avoid touching your face and cover coughs

Travel Resources

Mountain lake

Federal & State Resources

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Native American dancing in regalia at sunset

Tribal and Indian Country Resources

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Glacial lake in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park Resources

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bison running through a field

Yellowstone National Park Resources

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Regional Updates

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