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.
Testing is available. Many sites across the community offer drive-up, free testing without appointments needed. 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 multiple locations throughout the community. Read more here.
All travelers arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country must get tested no more than 1 day before travel by air into the U.S., 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 (CDC). Read more here.
Non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) are required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before travel by air to the U.S. from a foreign country. Some exceptions apply; read more from the CDC.
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 no more than three days prior to arriving in Alaska, according to the State of Alaska. Fully vaccinated travelers may also choose to get tested, and testing is available at numerous locations throughout the state.
The State of Alaska encourages travelers who are not fully vaccinated to practice social distancing until test results arrive. A second test, taken 3-5 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?
Can I book a cruise or ferry to Alaska?
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 no more than three days prior to arriving in Alaska, according to the State of Alaska. Fully vaccinated travelers may also choose to get tested, and testing is available at multiple locations throughout Anchorage.
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 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.