COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage
Frequently asked questions about Anchorage, Alaska. Updated May 21.
Domestic and international travelers are currently subject to a 14-day self-quarantine period upon arriving in Alaska. New arrivals must quarantine in their home or hotel room for two weeks or the duration of their visit, if it is shorter. This applies regardless of health. Passengers arriving in Alaska will be asked to fill out a brief form listing recent travel and the location in which they will be self-quarantining. Read the details in Mandate 10 from the state. Access the mandatory declaration form here.
The self-quarantine requirement has been extended through June 2.
A state health mandate effective May 12 allows intrastate travel between communities on the road system and the Alaska Marine Highway System, while prohibiting all but essential travel to communities off the road system or Alaska Marine Highway System. Read Mandate 18 here.
An April 27 emergency order issued by the Municipality of Anchorage eases a previous "hunker down" order but directs people in the city to limit outings, avoid close contact with those outside their households, and observe various health precautions when out in public, including wearing a cloth face mask and washing hands frequently. For more information, click here.
Large overnight cruise ship sailings are tentatively suspended through July 24, per an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Canada has also closed all ports to cruise calls through July 1. The Port of Seattle has also delayed the start of cruise season until after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Many cruise lines have cancelled 2020 Alaska sailings. Contact individual cruise lines for more information.
The State of Alaska has announced plans to open all businesses, houses of worship, libraries and museums, and sports and recreational activities effective May 22. Large public gatherings remain subject to consultation with public health officials, and the state encourages all to follow local, state, national, and industry guidelines on ways to conduct business and activities safely. People are asked to stay six feet or more away from non-family members, wash hands frequently, wear face coverings when in a public setting in close contact with others, stay home if feeling sick, and get tested for COVID-19 if experiencing symptoms. Read more.
In Anchorage, local emergency orders outline public health and safety requirements for business operations, and prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people. View Anchorage's Phase 2: Recovery plans here.
Health Tips for Travelers
For information on current Alaska case count, testing, and health resources, visit the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Travelers should take precautions no matter the destination. Follow steps outlined by the CDC:
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to a public space, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Maintain physical distance from others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Be aware of latest travel advisories from the CDC.
We encourage the traveling public to seek and listen to the latest expert guidance, and to make fact-based travel decisions. For more traveler information, follow the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Alaska DHSS, and Municipality of Anchorage.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
How are businesses combating the spread of illness?
Many businesses offer curbside pickup, delivery, or other touchless options to minimize contact. Keeping facilities clean is a part of day-to-day regimen for most businesses. Many companies have also stepped up cleaning practices further in light of coronavirus. Check with companies directly for specific practices.
Can I rebook, reschedule, or cancel elements of my trip if the situation changes?
Many companies have eased rules on cancellations, rescheduling, or rebooking. Many transportation companies are offering a “peace of mind” refund policy to allow travelers to shift their plans. Check with the company directly to confirm their policy, and whether you may be able to take advantage of eased restrictions.
Can I quarantine while traveling in an RV/camper?
No. Mandate 10 requires you to submit a declaration of your quarantine destination, where you must remain for 14 days. You may not leave quarantine except for medical care – traveling in an RV or other vehicle would require stops to refuel, etc. and involve interactions with the public.
Can I quarantine in an RV/camper in one place?
If you are able to provide the address of your RV, and you stay in one location for 14 days without interacting with anyone or leaving your quarantine residence for any reason other than medical, you can complete quarantine in your RV.
What should I do if I am traveling and get sick?
If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, particularly within 14 days of travel from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has traveled and is ill, contact your regular medical provider by phone. If you do not have a regular medical provider and are in Alaska, dial 2-1-1 or (800) 478-2221 for more information and referrals to additional resources.
I need Anchorage or Alaska travel advice. Where can I get it?
Visit Anchorage's Visitor Information Centers and offices are closed. You can get answers to travel-related questions by emailing Ask A Local or calling (907) 257-2363. For information about state health mandates, contact the Alaska DHSS.