Traveling During COVID-19
Traveling this summer and experiencing the effects of COVID-19 can be a daunting task. However, the state of Alaska has travel restrictions that protect both travelers and residents, allowing some ease to travel. Out of state travelers are required to either take a test or self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. There are several options for how to meet these requirements:
- Take a molecular-based test within 72 hours before departure and arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. One week later a second test is provided by voucher. Alaska is not accepting serology or antibody tests.
- A test has been taken 72 hours before but within the last five days. Upon arrival the airport supplies another test. Afterwards, minimize contact with others (this is not a quarantine).
- Test on arrival and quarantine until results are ready. Test again one week later.
- Choose to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
A mandatory declaration form is required for all travelers. This designates a quarantine location. The state of Alaska also suggests that travelers wash their hands regularly, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask whenever indoors or around groups of people.
Taking the test is relatively quick and painless. Out of state arrivals can take their test at the airport. If testing at the airport, results will take 3-5 days. Individuals must quarantine until negative results are established. However, it is important to have a plan in place in case you do test positive at the airport or get sick in Alaska and have to quarantine. Departing flights are permissible by public health approval only.
Many cities and towns are currently open and receptive to tourists. However, it is a good idea to be respectful of small communities and wear masks, stay home if you’re feeling sick, wash your hands frequently, and remember to socially distance whenever possible. Most restaurants are open, and many have open air seating.
Those with indoor seating have decreased numbers of tables and increased the space between them to comply with social distancing guidelines. Many restaurants are also offering contact-free pickup and delivery options. Most hotel and rental car companies are open as normal.
Many popular destinations in Anchorage are still open as well:
- The Anchorage Museum is open from 9am to 6pm Wednesday-Saturday. Those who visit will need to reserve tickets ahead of time. Staff will be wearing face masks and they request that visitors do as well. Limited capacity will be in effect as well as the exclusion of walk-ups.
- The Alaska Native Heritage Center is open from 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.
- The Alaska Zoo is open 7 days a week with extended hours on weekends. Remember to wear a mask. Monday
- and Tuesday mornings will have a mask requirement to provide a time for vulnerable populations to visit. Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available in several locations throughout the property.
Please be sure to check airport and travel information and updates daily. While visiting please remember to wash your hands frequently, do not travel if sick, wear a mask, and know where you are going and what requirements are necessary before arriving. Alaska still awaits!