COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage, AK

As the State of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, statewide travel testing requirements and local health mandates aim to keep visitors and residents safe and well. The current testing requirement applies to all visitor travel to Alaska. In Anchorage, face masks are required in indoor or crowded outdoor public places, and gathering size limitations and other public health precautions remain in effect.

Explore the FAQ below to learn more.

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.

Visitors who will be in Alaska for longer than a week are asked to take a follow-up test 7-14 days after arrival. Travelers will receive a voucher for this test upon arrival. While this follow-up test is not necessary to depart Alaska, it is necessary to lift the requirement to minimize in-person interactions.

https://covid19.alaska.gov/faq/

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 drive to Alaska?

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

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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'm an Alaskan returning to the state after a trip Outside: What are the travel requirements?

Alaskan travelers returning to the state can choose one of three options:

  • Take a pre-trip test up to 72 hours prior to departure, and arrive in Anchorage with negative results (self-quarantining if results are still pending).
  • Taking a free test at the airport upon arrival, then quarantining until results arrive.
  • Foregoing testing altogether and choosing to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

All travelers, including Alaska residents, must fill out a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan via the Alaska Travel Portal.

Arriving in Anchorage

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

The State of Alaska asks that travelers minimize public interactions for 14 days, or until receiving negative results from a second test taken at least a week after arrival.

Minimizing interactions means avoiding gatherings and indoor public spaces, choosing takeout or delivery options instead of dining in, and wearing face masks when in close proximity with others outside your party. 

The Municipality of Anchorage requires face masks be worn in communal public spaces around the city.

Out-of-state visitors in Anchorage are also 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."

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

While most Anchorages businesses are currently open, Emergency Order 14v2 limits capacity at restaurants, bars, breweries, nightclubs, theaters, gyms, and similar entities.

Many businesses have adapted new outdoor dining and retail spaces to give patrons extra breathing room. Many businesses have also adjusted opening hours, schedules, and other operating details: We recommend contacting businesses directly to confirm details.

https://www.muni.org/Covid-19/Documents/EO-15_Signed.pdf

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?

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.

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.

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.