COVID-19 Traveler Information
Planning a trip to Alaska? Keep reading. Both the State of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage have established a variety of health and safety advisories to slow the spread of COVID-19. These recommendations help protect the community, allowing travelers to plan with confidence knowing safety is a priority.
Travelers are encouraged to wear face masks in public indoor settings, and outdoors whenever social distancing is challenging. Individual businesses may also require masks, and travelers should be prepared to wear a face mask when necessary: Read more. Physical distancing is still encouraged, and travelers are also asked to observe optional statewide testing recommendations.
Beginning June 1, all visitors to Alaska are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine in Alaska, including at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and other major airports around the state. 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.
All visitors arriving in Alaska are advised to submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan, and should consider either 1) arriving with proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test (molecular-based PCR swab test) taken within 72 hours of departure, or 2) following their employer’s work plan filed with the State of Alaska, or 3) taking a free COVID-19 test upon arrival in Alaska, then observing strict social distancing until results arrive. 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, a State of Alaska Health Advisory recommends all non-resident travelers arrive with negative test results or proof of a test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travelers who arrive without either of these may access free testing at the airport. Travelers who opt to test at the airport or arrive with pending test results should observe strict social distancing until results arrive.
The State of Alaska requests results from a molecular-based PCR swab test. Travelers may use an FDA-approved at-home testing kit.
Children age 10 and younger are exempt from testing recommendations.
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.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.
What forms will I need to fill out when traveling to Alaska?
The State of Alaska requests 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 currently temporarily restricted. Beginning Aug. 9, 2021, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. will be permitted to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel. Beginning Sept. 7, 2021, Canadian government officials intend to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by visitors from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements. Click here for more information.Read More
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 travelers arriving in Anchorage from outside Alaska are encouraged to submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan, and should consider either 1) arriving with proof of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test (molecular-based PCR swab test) taken within 72 hours of departure, or 2) following their employer’s work plan filed with the State of Alaska, or 3) taking a free COVID-19 test upon arrival in Alaska, then observing strict social distancing until results arrive.
All individuals within the Municipality of Anchorage are encouraged to practice physical distancing and limit large gatherings. Unvaccinated individuals are advised to wear face masks in public settings; everyone is "strongly encouraged to practice recommended hygiene, including regular hand washing."
Those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, who have tested positive, or who are close contacts of someone who tested positive, must isolate at home for the time recommended by the CDC.
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.