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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 Health Mandate Information Page, Alaska Travel Portal, and frequently asked questions.

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.

Revised travel protocols in effect

Health Mandate 10, which addresses requirements regarding travel into Alaska, has been revised and went into effect on October 16, 2020. The changes keep protective protocols in place but are aimed at making the rules simpler and easier to understand. Key changes include: 
  • Changes to the Travel Portal now consolidate information for residents and nonresidents. As before, Alaska residents are eligible for a free COVID test when they return to Alaska, if they so choose, and may also opt to self-quarantine for 14 days rather than take a test. Nonresidents are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure but can test upon arrival into Alaska for $250.
  • Travelers into Alaska are now required to social distance for 5 days. A second test is optional but not required. Five days is the median incubation period. Strict social distancing allows travelers to visit outdoor public places, but asks that travelers remain six feet away from anyone not in your immediate household, wear a face covering and not enter restaurants, bars, gyms, community centers, sporting facilities, office buildings, and school or daycare facilities. Do not participate in any group activities, including sporting events and practices, weddings, funerals, or other gatherings.
  • A second test is optional and can be done 5-14 days after arrival
  • Residents leaving and returning to Alaska within a 72 hour window do not need to test or quarantine on return.
  • Critical infrastructure workers should follow their company’s protocols any time they travel.
  • Local restrictions still apply. Please check with local communities before you travel.

Read the detailed requirements and information at: Health Mandates Information

 

 Watch the Safe Travels video

 

Critical infrastructure travel

Travel that is deemed essential or for critical personal needs, as previously defined in Health Mandate 10, 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 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.

Where can I find a test site? What are my options for 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.

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

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

Keep COVID out of Alaska

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.

Watch your window

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 Mandate 10.

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.

Traveling from Alaska

If you are an Alaska resident traveling out of state, you do not need to test before departure. 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

All statewide restrictions have been removed for traveling to communities on the road system or marine highway system within the state. While traveling within Alaska you must get tested and self-isolate if you get sick or develop COVID-19 symptoms.

Travel only to communities located on the road system or marine highway system. Travel to remote communities is limited to essential travel only. Travel to or from remote communities off the road system is prohibited except for critical personal needs or to conduct critical infrastructure services. For definitions of the “road system” in Alaska and other details, please read Health Mandate 18 on Intrastate Travel and the frequently asked questions.  

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.

Questions?

Please have a safe and healthy trip. If you need more information, visit the sites below or contact covidquestions@alaska.gov.