Travel Advisory: Find latest FERRY and COVID information here

San Juan Islands Travel Advisory

FERRY ALERTS: For the most part, the ferries are running on a normal schedule. However, due to unexpected staffing or mechanical problems, the ferries can sometimes run behind schedule or may need to be canceled. To be prepared and stay up to date for an upcoming trip, we recommend signing up with Washington State Ferries to get their latest service updates directly to your phone or email.  Sign up for ferry alerts at Or, access posted ferry alerts on the WSF page at

Our goal is to protect community residents, workers, and guests in San Juan County. Please partner with us to take the necessary precautions for all of us to stay safe by following public health guidelines.

Beginning August 23, Face Covering Health Order in Effect Statewide

Governor Inslee has expanded the statewide mask mandate to include vaccinated individuals in public indoor settings starting August 23rd. 

Masks will continue to be required inside ferry terminals and in the ferry passenger cabin. On ferry decks and other outdoor areas, masks will not be required. 

San Juan County's Health Officer has reinstated the mandatory face covering order for island businesses. This does not apply to a restaurant, tavern, or bar patron while eating or drinking. All residents and visitors must wear facial coverings when in indoor public settings. This step will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public, including customers and workers, help stem the increase in COVID-19 cases and decrease the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. 

There are distinct rules for businesses and their employees that are set by Washington State Labor & Industries, full details are here.  Businesses should carefully review the WA L&I guidance for full details.

Know Before You Go; Local Business and Restaurant Updates During Coronavirus

Check the following Chamber resource pages to see current hours, operations, and updates from local restaurants, wineries, accommodations, shops, and activities:

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce - Business updates

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce - Restaurant & general updates

Lopez Chamber of Commerce - Restaurant & business updates

**The Canadian border reopened to American citizens on August 9, 2021.  Requirements for entering Canada can be found HERE. 

Our Governor suggests visitors follow CDC travel guidelines while in Washington State. Good news: on June 30 the state opened up with most restrictions lifted. Our public lands, scenic vistas, and quiet surroundings remain open and as beautiful as ever. To help you make informed decisions about traveling, we encourage you to contact lodgings on our website about reservations. 

Find Governor's Latest Guidance for Business Re-openings, HERE.

Find the latest Washington State COVID-19 health guidance, statistics and resources, HERE.

County Resources

Please find additional guidelines, case count, latest Health Officer Order, and local information about COVID-19 on the San Juan County website, HERE.

County Business Resources for Reopening, HERE.

You can support businesses by buying gift cards or certificates for future travel or purchase of island-made items, visit our Gift Guide webpage, HERE.

We will continue to monitor the situation as we work together with town and county officials to protect the people and places we love.

We wish everyone health and wellness,

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Staff and Board

Contact Us:
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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