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Health guidance for Alaska travelers

Travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country must follow protocols. Read the new rules at the COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders Information Page, Alaska Travel Portal, and frequently asked questions.

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Conditions across Alaska are dynamic and may change with little notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Always plan ahead and be prepared for changes. Enjoy your travels, but we ask that you stay home if you feel sick, even if you have mild symptoms.

New travel protocols in effect

Health Order 6: International and Interstate Travel, which addresses requirements regarding travel into Alaska, and a new Health Order 8: Interstate Travel, which addresses travel within Alaska, went into effect on November 16, 2020. The changes keep protective protocols in place but are aimed at making the rules simpler and easier to understand. Read the detailed requirements and information at Health Orders Information.

 
 

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Critical infrastructure travel

Travel that is deemed essential or for critical personal needs, as previously defined in Health Orders 6 and 8, will continue as it has under existing guidance. This includes, but is not limited to, child custody exchanges or visitation, and military families relocating under orders.

Traveling from Alaska

If you are an Alaska resident traveling out of state, you do not need to test before departure in order to comply with Health Order 6. Upon returning to Alaska, Alaska residents must follow the same rules as other visitors coming into the state. If you have had an extended stay outside of Alaska, we recommend you get tested before you travel. If your trip is very short, please know that you will receive a voucher to get tested in Alaska upon your return.

Traveling within Alaska

Outbreak Health Order 8, governs travel between communities on and off the road system to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Part A of that order took effect with the other orders on November 16; Part A states that local communities are permitted to enact travel restrictions to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Part B of the order takes effect Nov. 21, and will require that travelers within Alaska who travel off of the road system maintain social distancing until they produce a negative result from a recent COVID-19 test. The order is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 between communities.

While traveling within Alaska you must get tested and self-isolate if you get sick or develop COVID-19 symptoms. Be aware that local jurisdictions may have their own requirements for traveling into their communities. It’s the responsibility of every traveler to educate themselves and contact the communities they are traveling to ahead of time to understand local conditions.

Traveling through Canada to Alaska

Travelers going through Canada to Alaska for non-discretionary purposes must enter through one of five ports of entry. Those entering Canada from Alaska at the northern border are not subject to entry at one of those five ports, however, additional protective measures may be imposed at the time of entry by border officials.

Testing

You must receive a negative result from qualifying COVID-19 test. Alaska does not accept serology/antibody tests. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Testing webpage.

Where can I find a test site?

Alaska does not endorse or suggest any particular testing site or company, but the following information is provided to assist in your research:

What are at-home options for testing?

There are seven FDA-approved home-collection COVID tests:

Health considerations while traveling

Travelers are welcome to come to Alaska and don’t have to quarantine after they arrive – as long as they can show they have had a recent qualifying negative COVID-19 test. Alaska has some of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country, and we’d like to keep it that way.Keep COVID out of Alaska

Know before you go! Plan ahead and get tested before you travel

Advance planning is the best way to ensure a successful trip. Here are a few key steps you can take to protect yourself and avoid unnecessary quarantine upon arrival in Alaska:

  • Test for COVID-19 before you go
    Bring printed proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. Both the results and a completed travel declaration and self-isolation plan need to be submitted upon arrival in Alaska.

  • Protect your trip
    Unexpected events can cause conditions to quickly change. Medical, evacuation and travel insurance are recommended.

  • Prepare for your trip
    Minimize your exposure in public settings in the weeks before you travel.

  • Check local restrictions
    Different communities have different rules. Check with each community you are traveling to before you go.

  • Plan to minimize public interactions on your trip
    Take advantage of the space and great outdoors Alaska has to offer and plan to limit time in public indoor spaces.

  • Cloth face coverings, social distancing and good hygiene strongly encouraged
    Some places may require the use of a face covering. Stay six feet away from others and wash your hands often.

  • Stay home if you’re sick
    If you’re ill or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, postpone your trip.

Welcome to Alaska! When you arrive …

When you arrive, look for greeters who will assist you through the process and be prepared with the proper documentation:

  • Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan
    Submit your travel declaration and self-isolation plan on the Alaska Travel Portal. 

  • Provide proof of negative COVID-19 test
    Arrive with proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test.

  • In the event of a positive COVID-19 test
    If you test positive in Alaska, you must isolate at your own expense for 14 days or until a public health official clears you for traveling.

  • Lodging expenses
    Each traveler is responsible for their own expenses while in quarantine or isolation, including lodging.

  • If no one is there to greet you
    If no one is there to greet you when you arrive in Alaska, please email covidquestions@alaska.gov for directions on how to comply with the requirements of Health Orders 6 and 8.

Watch your window

While you’re here, watch your window!

Be a COVID-conscious traveler:

  • Limit exposure for 14 days
    A qualifying negative COVID-19 test isn’t the same as quarantine. A negative test doesn’t mean you won’t develop symptoms or test positive later, so we respectfully ask you to limit your social interactions during your trip to protect yourself and others.

  • Avoid indoor spaces
    Use take-out and delivery options for food. Enjoy the great outdoors and Alaska’s wide open spaces. Avoid unnecessary shopping.

  • Avoid large gatherings
    Now isn’t the time to be in a big crowd. If your travel or business in Alaska requires you to be part of a gathering, or anytime you are out in public, we ask that you stay at least 6 feet away from others.

  • Check local restrictions
    Different communities may have different rules. Check before you go.

  • Get a second test
    Get a second COVID-19 test 5-14 days after you arrive in Alaska. 

  • If you’re a critical infrastructure worker
    Follow your employer’s workforce protect plan on file with the State of Alaska.

Questions?

Please have a safe and healthy trip. If you need more information, please visit these sites:

Contact information

  • Test results and testing questions with health information included, and Declaration Forms, should be sent to traveler@alaska.gov
  • Questions related to upcoming travel and testing/quarantine requirements for coming into Alaska can be sent to: covidinfo@alaskatia.org or contact (907) 646-3322, staffed M-F 9am-5pm.
  • Questions regarding DHSS COVID-19 response, including orders and alerts, can be sent to covidquestions@alaska.gov.