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Health guidance for Alaska travelers

Travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country should follow protocols. Read the new rules at the COVID-19 Outbreak Health Advisories 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.

Travel Protocols in Effect

Health Advisory 2: International and Interstate Travel, which addresses requirements regarding travel into Alaska, and a new Health Advisory 3: Intrastate Travel, which addresses travel within Alaska, went into effect on February 14, 2021. 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 Advisory Information.

If I get vaccinated do I have to comply with Health Advisory 3, Intrastate Travel or Health Advisory 2, International and Interstate Travel?

 

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Wear a Mask While Traveling

All travelers into, within, or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares will be required to wear a mask. The mask requirement also applies to travelers in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation. Transportation operators must require individuals onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require individuals to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub.

From more information on President Biden’s Executive Order or to view frequently asked question, visit: Federal Register Notice: Wearing of face masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs.

Critical Infrastructure

Travel that is deemed essential or for critical personal needs, as previously defined in Health Advisories 2 and 3, 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 Advisory 2. Upon returning to Alaska, Alaska residents should 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

Health Advisory 3, governs travel between communities on and off the road system to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Part A states that local communities are permitted to enact travel restrictions to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Part B 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 advisory is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 between communities.

While traveling within Alaska you should 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

The Government of Canada has introduced further restrictions on international travel and new rules for international flights, COVID-19 testing and quarantine are in effect. You may only travel through Canada to or from Alaska if strict entry conditions are met:

Traveling from the UK

If you travel from the United Kingdom to the United States, make plans to get tested before travel:

Testing

You should 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 Advisories 2 and 3.

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 health advisories, can be sent to covidquestions@alaska.gov.

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