COVID-19 Traveler Information
Planning a trip to Alaska? Keep reading. Both the State of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage have recommended a variety of health and safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines help protect the community, allowing travelers to plan with confidence knowing safety is a priority.
Face masks may be required in certain venues or private businesses. Physical distancing is still encouraged, and travelers are also asked to observe optional statewide testing recommendations.
Free COVID-19 vaccines are available to travelers at a variety of locations, including at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and other major airports around the state. Learn more.
Testing is available to incoming travelers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The State of Alaska will distribute free over-the-counter, take-home rapid antigen tests beginning in early December. Learn more.
Many businesses demonstrate their commitment to guest wellness by making the Healthy Anchorage Pledge. Those that take the pledge ensure they're following appropriate precautionary measures and implementing best practices from the CDC and other health authorities. Look for the Healthy Anchorage logo (pictured above) for an extra level of reassurance as you plan your trip to Alaska.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested when arriving in Alaska, according to the State of Alaska. Fully vaccinated travelers may also choose to get tested, and testing is free at participating airports. Read more here.
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.
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?
While tests are no longer required, travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested when arriving in Alaska, according to the State of Alaska. Fully vaccinated travelers may also choose to get tested, and testing is free at participating airports.
The State of Alaska encourages travelers who are not fully-vaccinated to practice social distancing until test results arrive. A second test, taken 5-7 days after arrival, is also recommended.Read More
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.
Can I drive to Alaska?
Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers meeting specific entry requirements are currently permitted to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel. Fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico will be allowed to enter Alaska via land and ferry ports of entry beginning in November 2021 (read more). Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries may enter via U.S. land and ferry ports of entry beginning January 2022. Click here for more information.Read More
Can I book a cruise or ferry to Alaska?
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.
Canada has prohibited cruise ship sailings in Canadian waters through Oct. 31. Contact individual cruise lines for more information.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?
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to get tested when arriving in Alaska, according to the State of Alaska. Fully vaccinated travelers may also choose to get tested, and testing is free at participating airports.
Face masks may be required by some private businesses. Physical distancing is still encouraged, and travelers are also asked to observe optional statewide testing recommendations. Anyone who gets sick or develops COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to get tested and self-isolate.
Traveling outside Anchorage? Different communities may have different health and safety requirements: Check with local health authorities or visitors bureaus for the latest information.Read More
I'm in Anchorage and need to take a COVID-19 test. Where can I go?
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. Many businesses have taken the Healthy Anchorage Pledge, an extra commitment to following best practices, safety mandates, and public health guidelines.
Some businesses have also adjusted opening hours, schedules, and other operating details: We recommend contacting businesses directly to confirm details.
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?
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. Some Anchorage businesses require masks for staff and customers, too.