Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:00 a.m. AST
Alaska's travel mandates and orders are currently travel advisories. These processes and best practices, although not required, are still encouraged by the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) and Governor Dunleavy’s administration. ATIA, the state’s leading membership association for Alaska’s travel industry, asks that all travelers to our state are diligent and follow protocols to keep you and our communities safe. Please note that international travelers to Alaska are subject to all U.S. travel restrictions. More information about international travel can be found in the International Travel section below.
Please check with local jurisdictions and tour operators that you will be using as they may have individual requirements for traveling to and in respective communities.
The current state health advisories provide pathways for people to travel responsibly and experience Alaska’s wide-open spaces. It’s incredibly important to our member businesses and tourism sector that we continue to reopen and welcome more out-of-state travelers this year. Please read our Tips for Alaska Travel in 2021 blog post for insider tips on traveling in and around Alaska this summer.
Questions on traveling to Alaska or State of Alaska health advisories? E-mail the Alaska Traveler Information Hotline or call 1-907-258-4217, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (AST), Monday - Friday.
ATIA continues to provide important and timely travel information regarding COVID-19 and its variants to ensure safe and reliable travel decisions for those visiting the 49th state.
VACCINES FOR VISITORS
Any traveler age 12+ arriving at the state’s three major airports is now able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. The three airports include: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fairbanks International Airport, and Juneau International Airport. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for ages 12+ and Johnson & Johnson/Moderna have been approved for ages 18+. All three vaccines will be offered at the airports, based on availability. Airport vaccine appointments are offered by pre-registering for a two hour time window. Walk-up appointments are also available. To request vaccinations for groups of over 25 people, email email@example.com at least one week prior to arrival.
In addition to airport vaccinations, visitors to Alaska can receive vaccinations at any clinic or event where the vaccine is being offered by the state. To make an appointment, click here or call 1-833-4-VAXLINE.
Alaska’s current health advisory for international and interstate travel provides clear guidance for non-vaccinated travelers entering Alaska (by land, sea or air) to mitigate the transmission and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants. While the State of Alaska does not require COVID-19 testing for travelers to enter the state, it is recommended that travelers:
Read the available information about safely traveling to Alaska at covid19.alaska.gov/travelers and covid19.alaska.gov/faq.
- Complete the optional Safe Travel Travels Form via the Alaska Travel Portal at www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com. This travel information hub allows travelers to do the following optional items: 1) request a free COVID-19 test upon arrival, 2) request a free COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival to Alaska, and 3) upload COVID-19 test results.
- Take an optional second test between 5 and 14 days after arrival.
Any person currently positive for COVID-19 cannot travel to Alaska until they have been released from isolation, or cleared for travel, by a medical provider or public health agency.
A special note for fully-vaccinated travelers:
- Fully-vaccinated travelers are defined as more than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
- The CDC states that it is safe for fully-vaccinated travelers to travel within the United States and do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it, nor do they need to self-quarantine.
- Fully-vaccinated travelers should still follow the CDC's recommendations for traveling safely, including: wear a mask over your nose and mouth on public transportation; practice social distancing and avoid crowds; and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
CRUISING TO ALASKA
Large cruise ships have resumed sailings to Alaska. Most cruise lines are requiring that passengers receive their final COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to cruise departure. Please visit each cruise company’s website for information on their vaccination requirements and other COVID-19 protocols.
DRIVING TO ALASKA
The Canadian border is currently open to United States citizens. US citizens who reside in the United States are allowed to cross the border if they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entry and can provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken with 72 hours of travel. Please see the Government of Canada's COVID-19 travel page for instructions on how to provide proof of vaccination and negative test results, plus additional information on traveling to/through Canada. The US border is currently closed to Canadian citizens for non-essential travel until October 21, 2021.
All U.S. international travel restrictions apply to travel to Alaska. Alaska domestic travel guidelines DO NOT supersede international U.S. Centers for Disease Control or Homeland Security travel restrictions or requirements. International travelers should confirm they are not restricted from traveling to the United States prior to arranging travel to Alaska.
The U.S Centers for Disease Control requires all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than three days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. In addition to CDC requirements, international passengers remain subject to the State of Alaska’s highly recommended testing guidelines.
Starting early November, international travel restrictions will be lifted and all international visitors to the United States will have to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Enhanced contact tracing and masking will also be required, but there will be no quarantine mandate. The new policy will take effect in early November to give agencies and airlines time to prepare for the changes.
TRAVELING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES IN ALASKA
Alaska’s current health advisory for non-vaccinated travelers going from a community located on the road system (including the Alaska Marine Highway System) to a community not located on the road system should follow these highly-recommended protective measures:
- Obtain a pre-travel test, a period of social distancing after arrival, or bracketed testing before and after that period.
- Non-vaccinated travelers who choose not to test are recommended to conduct a full 10-day self-quarantine upon arrival.
Alaska’s health advisories are subject to change. As COVID-19 vaccine is more widely distributed, Alaska will continue to reopen responsibly. Alaska – and the families, businesses and communities that benefit from Alaska tourism – are here for you and will work with you to ensure your dream trip to Alaska becomes a reality. Be sure to research cancellation policies with individual tourism businesses.
More information can be found on the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services dedicated travel information website. We encourage travelers continue to be aware of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel updates.
Thank you for traveling safe!