Updated January 27, 2022
Travelers arriving in Alaska from another state or country are encouraged to follow health guidance. Always plan ahead and be prepared for changes. Enjoy your travels, but stay home if you feel sick, even if you have mild symptoms.
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Wear a mask while traveling
All travelers into, within, or out of the United States, eg, on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares will be required to wear a mask. The mask requirement also applies to travelers in US transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation. Transportation operators must require individuals onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require individuals to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub.
For more information on about the national health order on masks, or to view frequently asked question, visit: Federal Register Notice: Wearing face masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs.
Traveling after having COVID-19
Asymptomatic travelers who had a positive test for COVID-19 within 90 days of departure to Alaska are not recommended to test before travel or test upon arrival. Individuals who are currently positive with 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.
Traveling through Canada
the Government of Canada has rules for international travel and international flights into and out of Canada.
Traveling to Canada through Tok? Be advised that capacity for COVID testing at the border is limited in Tok. It is highly recommended that you obtain testing in your home community, Anchorage, or Fairbanks beforehand. Please call ahead and schedule your test with Capstone at (907) 864-4642. Calling ahead will assure your spot and speed up the process. Please keep in mind that test results can take up to 72 hours. For more information, visit COVID-19 vaccinated travelers entering Canada.
Traveling internationally to Alaska
If you’re traveling internationally to the United States, make plans to get tested before travel:
The State of Alaska has no travel testing requirements. However, pre-travel testing continues to be strongly encouraged for all travelers. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Testing webpage.
Where can I find a test site?
Alaska does not endorse or suggest any particular testing site or company, but the following information is provided to assist in your research:
Where can I find at-home options for testing?
At-home testing kits are sold over-the-counter at most pharmacies.
Health considerations while traveling
Travelers to Alaska are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test before their departure. Travelers may test for free upon arrival. If you test positive in Alaska, you must isolate at your own expense for at least 5 days or until a public health official clears you for traveling. Learn more about what to do if you’re sick or test positive for COVID-19.
Advance planning is the best way to ensure a successful trip. Here are a few key steps you can take to protect yourself:
Test for COVID-19 before you go
Travelers are strongly encouraged to get a PCR/molecular test or antigen test as close to your departure date as possible.
Protect your trip
Unexpected events can cause conditions to change quickly. Medical, evacuation and travel insurance are recommended.
Prepare for your trip
Minimize your exposure in public settings before you travel.
Check local restrictions
Different communities have different rules. Check with each community you are traveling to before you go.
Limit your time in public indoor spaces on your trip
Take advantage of the space and great outdoors Alaska has to offer.
Well-fitted masks, physical distancing and good hygiene strongly encouraged
Some places may require the use of a mask. Stay six feet away from others and wash your hands often.
Stay home if you’re sick
If you’re ill or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the past 10 days, postpone your trip.