ATIA Traveler Hotline
Questions on traveling to Alaska and State of Alaska health advisories? Please read through the information below. E-mail the Alaska Traveler Information Hotline or call 1-907-258-4217 , 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to leave a detailed message. Call volume may be high due to State of Alaska Travel Advisory updates. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
State of Alaska Health Advisories
Alaska’s health advisories for international and interstate travel were revised on April 26, 2021. These processes and best practices, although not required, are still encouraged by the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) and Governor Dunleavy’s administration. In an effort to keep COVID variants out of the state as well as keep actively infected asymptomatic travelers from spreading the virus in the state, ATIA, strongly encourages travelers to Alaska to test for COVID-19 before they arrive or test when they enter the state. We also ask that all travelers to our state are diligent and follow protocols to keep you and our communities safe.
Please check with local jurisdictions and tour operators that you are 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.
Since testing of non-vaccinated travelers is the best means for limiting the spread of COVID-19 virus and variants, it is recommended that non-vaccinated travelers test within 72-hours of travel with a molecular-based (PCR, NAAT, etc.) test or take advantage of FREE and OPTIONAL COVID-19 testing available at primary ports of entry in Alaska. Pre-travel testing and/or testing upon arrival is optional. Social distancing is recommended while waiting for test results or not testing. A second test is recommended, but optional, 5-14 days after arrival.
Fully-vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel. Please note that fully-vaccinated is 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
Travelers that have tested positive within 90 day of departure to Alaska are not recommended to pre-travel test nor test upon arrival.
An optional Safe Travels Form can be completed via the Alaska Travel Portal at www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com. This is the hub for all traveler information and allows travelers to: request a free COVID19 test upon arrival, request a free COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival, when they become available at Alaska airports beginning June 1, and upload test results.
International visitors: effective January 26, 2021, 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 (3) 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 recommended testing guidelines.
Travel is still prohibited from certain countries. Please check the CDC Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States webpage.
The Canadian border remains closed to non-essential road traffic until further notice. See the latest updates here. Canadian visitors may fly into the US and Alaska, following the CDC guidelines for international visitors. The US Department of Homeland Security has limited Canadian land and sea crossings to essential travel only.
For travel within Alaska, is is recommended to check with local communities prior to travel. Local communities may enact travel restrictions. Check before you go! Many communities have set up their own travel rules. Visit the Safe Travels Alaska community webpage for local travel requirements required by specific communities.
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.
- Stay home when you are sick. This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
- Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with others and practice social distancing.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Be aware of various state and community travel and health guidelines.
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