Updates, Information & Resources for Alaska’s tourism industry related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
New: Health Mandate 18 has been updated to permit travel to communities located off the road system, however communities may enact local travel restrictions of their own. This revision was made to provide flexibility to local communities off the road system to make their own decisions about when to open to travelers.
The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services released an update to Mandate 10 regarding traveling to Alaska from outside of the state, as well as a dedicated travel information website and Traveling to Alaska COVID testing flowchart outlining testing processes.
Beginning Friday, June 5, at 11:55 p.m., travelers entering the state may enter Alaska upon either:
- Producing a negative molecular-based test result for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure to Alaska.
- Producing a negative molecular-based test result for COVID-19 within five days of an individual’s travel date and then obtain a second test upon
arrival. Travelers do not have to wait for the results of the second arrival test or quarantine; however, they are encouraged
to minimize interactions (limit indoor time, wear a face covering, etc.) until the second test result is received and confirmed negative.
- Obtaining an initial molecular-based test upon arrival in Alaska that shows a negative result for COVID-19, in which the traveler will self-quarantine,
at their own expense, until the first test result is received and confirmed negative. The traveler will receive a voucher for a second test
that must occur within 7-14 days after arrival, in which the traveler will minimize interactions until the second test results are confirmed
- Providing critical infrastructure services, in which the employee must abide by their company’s protective plan on file with the state.
If a traveler does not fall under any of the above categories, they must undergo a 14-day quarantine at their own expense before continuing on in their travels.
Travelers are also advised to check with local jurisdictions as they may have individual requirements for traveling to and in respective communities.
For those already in the state, many Alaska tourism businesses are opening under the Reopen Alaska Responsibly plan. ATIA has also posted Tourism Industry Protocols and Guidance for Alaska tourism businesses.
Updated: ATIA Tourism Industry Protocols and Guidance - June 8, 2020
State of Alaska's Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan - May 22, 2020
Updated: June 11, 2020