COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage
Traveling to Alaska
All travelers (resident and nonresident) arriving in Alaska:
- Complete a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan in the Alaska Travel Portal.
- Follow strict social distancing guidelines for 14 days after arriving in Alaska (or until the traveler receives a second negative test result from a test taken 7-14 days after arrival).
For nonresident travelers:
- Take a qualifying COVID-19 test up to 72 hours before departure.
- Upload negative results into the Alaska Travel Portal or have results available to show screeners at the airport.
- Travelers who arrive while still awaiting test results will need to upload proof of testing via the Alaska Travel Portal (or present proof to an airport screener) then self-quarantine at personal expense until receiving test results.
- Travelers must upload test results into the portal once received.
- Nonresidents arriving without a test may access testing at the airport for $250. Travelers are required to quarantine while awaiting results.
For Alaska resident travelers:
- Take a qualifying COVID-19 test up to 72 hours before departure, then upload negative results into the Alaska Travel Portal or present results to screeners at the airport.
- Alaska residents arriving without prior testing can take a test for free upon arrival.
- Alaska residents can alternatively choose to forego testing and instead quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
- Alaska residents traveling within the state will also have the option of free testing at airport sites.
Arriving in Anchorage
NEW: A municipal emergency order issued July 31 mandates a "four-week reset," placing new limitations on individuals, gatherings, and certain types of business establishments. From Aug. 3 - 30, Anchorage restaurants and breweries are closed to indoor dining, theaters are closed, bars are closed to dine-in service, and individuals are required to limit outings and contact with those outside their households.
A separate municipal emergency order requires everyone in Anchorage "wear masks or cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are indoors in public settings or communal spaces outside the home." The order is subject to several conditions and exceptions: Find more information here.
Out-of-state travelers arriving in the Municipality of Anchorage must follow all statewide travel requirements, as well as "inform their hotel, rental lodging host, and/or roommates of their quarantine status or whether they are required to minimize in-person interactions."
Pending the results of a second test administered within 7-14 days of arrival, all out-of-state travelers arriving in Anchorage "may recreate outside, use curbside delivery and take-out, but may not dine in at restaurants, or visit indoor attractions like museums, theaters, and gyms that would involve heightened contact with other people."
Businesses may refuse to serve people who are in quarantine or minimal-interaction status. Any traveler who receives a positive COVID-19 test result must isolate at their own expense.
Ferries, Cruise Ships, and the Canadian Border
Non-essential travel across the US-Canada land border is temporarily restricted through at least August 21. Click here for more information.
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.
For information about travel via the Alaska Marine Highway System, click 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.
- Wear a cloth face mask in public settings, when around others outside your household.
- Maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet) 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.
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 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. You can also 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.