COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage
Travel information and frequently asked questions about Anchorage, Alaska. Updated April 3 at 8:40 a.m.
Anchorage residents have been asked to stay home as much as possible. The emergency order makes exceptions only for work in certain critical jobs, to get groceries or other important goods, to receive or provide health care, and to get outside for exercise, provided that contact with others is limited. The emergency order took effect Sunday March 22 at 10 p.m. and runs through at least the end of April 14. The Municipality has also prepared answers for frequently asked questions about the order.
On March 20, the State of Alaska issued a health alert strongly advising people to cease non-essential in-state and interstate personal, business, and medical travel. Visitors are advised to return to their home communities. Read the full alert here. The state issued similar mandates for closing non-essential businesses, recommending limits to non-essential travel inside Alaska and limiting gatherings as part of mandate 11.
The state of Alaska has also mandated a 14-day self-quarantine period for domestic and international arrivals to Alaska. New arrivals must quarantine in their home or hotel room for 14 or the duration of their visit, if it is shorter. This applies regardless of health. The order took effect March 25 at 12:01 a.m. and remain in effect until at least April 21. 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 health mandate 10 from the state.
Details on Alaska cases, testing, and the health and public safety response are available through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Local and state officials have closed dine-in service for food or drink at bars, breweries, and restaurants statewide, and limited gatherings of large groups of people to mitigate the spread of the virus. Many businesses continue to offer take-out and delivery options: Click here to view a list.
Alaska's cruise season is likely to see a delayed start in 2020. Canada has 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. Several cruise lines of have paused sailings worldwide.
On March 12, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced a civil emergency in order to protect public safety and combat the spread of illness.
Mayor Berkowitz directed that all civic, cultural, and recreational facilities where large crowds can gather be closed in order to protect and preserve public health and safety. The closures include:
- The Anchorage Museum
- The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
- William A. Egan and Dena’ina Civic & Convention Centers
- George M. Sullivan Sports Arena
- All public library branches: Loussac, Chugiak-Eagle River, Mountain View, Muldoon, and Girdwood
- Eagle River Town Center
- Ben Boeke and Dempsey/Anderson Ice Arenas and Eagle River's MacDonald Center
- All recreation centers: Mountain View, Fairview, and Spenard
- Centennial Campground
- Kincaid Outdoor Center (bathrooms remain open to support outdoor recreation)
- Lidia Selkregg Chalet (bathrooms remain open to support outdoor recreation)
- Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse
- Municipal pools at Bartlett, Chugiak, Dimond, East, Service, and West high schools.
The closures are to ensure a safe and healthy community, which at present calls for minimizing gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible per the recommendations of local, state, and federal authorities.
Health Tips for Travelers
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, and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Municipality of Anchorage.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
How are businesses combating the spread of illness?
Keeping facilities clean is a part of day-to-day regimen for most businesses. Remember, even in an average day, no one wants to get sick. 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.
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.