COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage, AK
As the State of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, travel safety guidelines and health mandates aim to keep visitors and residents safe and well. In Anchorage, face masks are required in indoor or communal outdoor public places. Gathering size limitations, requirements to minimize interactions, and other public health precautions remain in effect. Travelers are also subject to statewide testing requirements.
*Effective Dec. 1, 2020 through Jan. 1, 2021, Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Order EO-16 requires individuals limit outings and avoid physical contact with those outside their household. The order also closes bars and restaurants to dine-in service, closes theaters and other entertainment facilities entirely, places new capacity restrictions on other businesses, and caps indoor gatherings at six people and outdoor gatherings at 10 people (with exceptions). Click here to read more.*
All visitors arriving in Alaska must submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan, and then either 1) arrive with proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test, or 2) follow their employer’s work plan filed with the State of Alaska, or 3) purchase a COVID-19 test for $250 upon arrival in Alaska and self-quarantine at personal expense until results arrive.
All Alaska residents arriving from outside the state must submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan, and then either 1) arrive with proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test, or 2) follow their employer’s work plan filed with the State of Alaska, or 3) receive a free COVID-19 test upon arrival in Alaska and self-quarantine at personal expense until results arrive, or 4) self-quarantine at personal expense for 14 days or the duration of the trip, whichever is shorter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Traveling to Alaska
I'm a visitor planning a trip to Alaska. What are the current testing requirements for non-resident travelers?
Non-resident travelers are required to bring negative test results or proof of a test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travelers who arrive without either of these will be charged $250 per test at the airport. Travelers who purchase a test at the airport or arrive with pending test results must quarantine until results arrive.
The State of Alaska requires results from a molecular-based PCR swab test: no other tests will be accepted.
Travelers may use an FDA-approved at-home testing kit.
Children age 10 and younger are exempt from testing requirements.
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/2020/10/10152020-COVID-MANDATE-010-REVISED.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2XLA66roZqdkuEz0Y7p4kWT0KyCnLU_95v93pDtl9EYvkmgu3UTUF1k7U
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 requires travelers complete a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan via the Alaska Travel Portal.Alaska Travel Portal
Can I book a cruise or ferry to Alaska?
Large overnight cruise ship sailings in the US are tentatively suspended through Sept. 30, per an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Canada has prohibited cruise ship sailings in Canadian waters through Oct. 31. 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 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?
All individuals arriving in Anchorage within fourteen days of being outside Alaska are required to limit their risk of spreading COVID-19 under one of the following options:
- Arrive in Anchorage with negative results from a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel, then minimize in-person interactions for 14 days. Individuals under the requirement to minimize in-person interactions may not dine in at restaurants, visit indoor attractions like museums or theaters, or use indoor gyms. Individuals may use curbside delivery and take-out services.
- Arrive in Anchorage with pending SARS-CoV-2 PCR test results (or take a test upon arrival at the airport), quarantine at personal expense until negative results arrive, then minimize interactions.
To lift restrictions on in-person interactions prior to 14 days after arrival in Anchorage, individuals must receive negative test results from a second SARS-CoV-2 test taken at least 7 days after arrival in Alaska.
Out-of-state visitors in Anchorage are furthermore required to "inform their hotel, rental lodging host, and/or roommates of their quarantine status or whether they are required to minimize in-person interactions."
The Municipality of Anchorage also requires face masks be worn in communal public spaces around the city.https://www.muni.org/covid-19/documents/eo-11%20final.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.
Effective Dec. 1, 2020 through Jan. 1, 2021, Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Order EO-16 closes bars and restaurants to dine-in service, closes theaters and other entertainment facilities entirely, places new capacity restrictions on other businesses, and caps indoor gatherings at six people and outdoor gatherings at 10 people (with exceptions).
Many businesses have also adjusted opening hours, schedules, and other operating details: We recommend contacting businesses directly to confirm details.Read More
I need advice about traveling in Alaska: Where can I find it?
Visit Anchorage's Downtown Visitor Information Center, located behind the Log Cabin Visitor Center at the corner of 4th Avenue and G Street, is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., featuring new health precautions and operating procedures to protect both visitor and staff safety. For information about state health mandates, contact the Alaska DHSS. 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?
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.