COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage, AK

Planning a trip to Alaska? Keep reading. Both the State of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage have established a variety of health and safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. These measures help protect the community, allowing travelers to plan with confidence knowing safety is a priority.

In Anchorage, face masks are required in indoor or communal outdoor public places. Gathering size limitations, physical distancing requirements, and other public health precautions remain in effect. Travelers are also asked to observe statewide testing recommendations.

Click here to read COVID-19 Response and Recovery Health Advisory No. 2: International and Interstate Travel.

Domestic Arrivals

All visitors arriving in Alaska should submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan, and then either 1) arrive with proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test (molecular-based PCR swab test) taken within 72 hours of departure, or 2) follow their employer’s work plan filed with the State of Alaska, or 3) take a free COVID-19 test upon arrival in Alaska, then observe strict social distancing until results arrive.

International Arrivals

Beginning Jan. 26, 2021, all travelers arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country must get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs, then provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight, according to an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling to Alaska

I'm a visitor planning a trip to Alaska. What are the current testing requirements for travelers?

While tests are no longer required, a State of Alaska Health Advisory recommends all non-resident travelers arrive with negative test results or proof of a test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travelers who arrive without either of these may access free testing at the airport. Travelers who opt to test at the airport or arrive with pending test results should observe strict social distancing until results arrive.

The State of Alaska requests results from a molecular-based PCR swab test. Travelers may use an FDA-approved at-home testing kit.

Children age 10 and younger are exempt from testing recommendations.

State health authorities recommend visitors take a follow-up test 5-14 days after arrival; this follow-up test is not required. Travelers will receive a voucher for this second test.

https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-2-International-and-Interstate-Travel.pdf

Where can I access testing prior to traveling?

Click here to access a nationwide test locator and find a testing site near you. Alaska also accepts results from FDA-approved home self-test swab kits, which could be an option if in-person testing is not available in your area.

What forms will I need to fill out when traveling to Alaska?

The State of Alaska requests travelers complete a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan via the Alaska Travel Portal.

Alaska Travel Portal

Can I drive to Alaska?

Non-essential travel across the US-Canada land border is temporarily restricted through at least Feb. 21, 2021. Click here for more information.

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Can I book a cruise or ferry to Alaska?

Canada has prohibited cruise ship sailings in Canadian waters through Feb. 28, 2022. Contact individual cruise lines for more information.

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is still running, though services are occasionally subject to brief unscheduled interruptions as new cases of COVID-19 are identified. Confirm all sailings directly with AMHS.

See AMHS Schedule

I have more questions. Where can I find additional information about current travel requirements?

Find current travel mandates, FAQs, and other information via the State of Alaska's COVID-19 traveler information page.

Click here to see more.

Arriving in Anchorage

What public health and safety rules do I need to know about during my stay in Anchorage?

Under Anchorage Emergency Order 18, all individuals within the municipality shall limit outings, avoid indoor spaces "to the greatest extent possible," and maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from those outside their household. People are also required to wear face masks in communal public spaces around the city, and everyone is "strongly encouraged to practice recommended hygiene, including regular hand washing."

Traveling outside Anchorage? Different communities may have different health and safety requirements: Check with local health authorities or visitors bureaus for the latest information.

https://www.muni.org/covid-19/documents/eo18%20signed.pdf

 

I'm arriving in Anchorage soon. What businesses are currently open?

While many businesses are currently open, be prepared to be flexible, and look for curbside, takeout, online ordering, and other options where available.

Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Order EO-18 places capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants, entertainment facilities, fitness centers, retailers and other businesses, as well as various gatherings. Click here to read more.

Many businesses have also adjusted opening hours, schedules, and other operating details: We recommend contacting businesses directly to confirm details.

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I'm in Anchorage and need to take a COVID-19 test. Where can I go?

Free testing is available at numerous drive-up and walk-in sites throughout Anchorage. A website developed by the Anchorage Innovation Team lists current openings and other information: Click here to learn more.

Find testing sites.

I need advice about traveling in Alaska: Where can I find it?

For information about state health mandates, email the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services or visit the department's FAQ page here. You can also get answers to travel-related questions by emailing Ask A Local or calling (907) 257-2363.

Public Health & Other Information

Where can I find current public health information?

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.

What should I do if I am traveling and get sick?

If you feel ill or experience symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who 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.

How are businesses combating the spread of illness?

Anchorage businesses have ramped up sanitation procedures, adjusted operations to allow for increased physical distancing, and added new touchless or curbside options to minimize customer contact. In Anchorage, both employees and patrons are currently required to wear masks in public businesses.