Passengers said it was somewhat disorganized. Some were surprised that they did not give them any information ahead of time of what was going to happen. The mandates wants passengers entering Alaska to fill out a travel declaration form, stating whether they've been coronavirus tested before traveling.
Those who have not been tested need to be screened at the airport or move to a 14-day quarantine. For many coming to visit Alaska, that 14 days could put a halt to the vacation, but it was not much of a problem for many others. Some people are currently going out to remote areas anyways, with only a few people out there, which makes it the ideal place to self-quarantine.
Visitors can choose to test here about half the folks are currently doing, and then we're seeing about a quarter choose to self-quarantine for 14 days. The quarter is coming to Alaska with negative evaluations in-hand.
Despite this popularity, municipal and state officials ask individuals to try and get tested before walking on the plane. That reduces the odds of another COVID-19 case coming to Alaska, which involves less pressure on the resources of the state.
If a visitor gets ill here, it uses Alaska's resources, the contact tracers, and the clinic resources to look after that out of state person.
Traveling to Alaska
- Take a test within 72 hours before departure, bring negative test results when you travel, and fill out an online travel document form before arrival. Quarantine until you obtain negative test results, then reduce interactions pending the results of a second test conducted within 7-14 days of arrival.
- Take a test within 72 hours before departure and travel with results still pending, fill out an online travel declaration form before your arrival, quarantine until you get negative test results, then reduce interactions pending the results of a second test conducted within 7-14 days of arrival.
- Take a test within 5 days before leaving your place, travel with negative test results, fill out an online declaration form, get screened at the airport once you arrive, and limit interactions pending the results of a second test conducted within 7-14 days of coming in.
- Travel without beforehand testing, fill out an online declaration form, take a test after your arrival, self-quarantine until a negative test result occurs, and lessen interactions pending the results of a second test conducted within 7-14 days of g coming in.
- Travel without beforehand screening, then self-quarantine for 14 days upon the arrival.
Arriving in Anchorage
Travelers required to minimize interactions "may recreate outdoors, use curbside delivery and take-out, but might not dine in at restaurants, or see indoor attractions such as museums, theaters, and fitness centers that could involve heightened contact with other folks."
Firms may refuse to serve individuals who are in quarantine or minimal-interaction status. Any tourists who get a positive COVID-19 test result must isolate at their own responsibility.
Ferries, Cruise Ships, and the Canadian Border
Bicruise ship sailings in America are suspended through July 24, per an order by the CDC, and Canada has banned cruise ship sailings in Canadian waters through Oct. 31. The Port of Seattle has also postponed the start of the cruise season until after the coronavirus pandemic. Many cruise lines have suspended 2020 Alaska sailings. Reach out to individual cruise lines for detailed information.
Individuals are asked to stay minimum six feet away from non-family members, wash hands regularly, when in a public atmosphere in close contact with other people, wear face coverings, stay home if feeling sick, and get tested for COVID-19 if experiencing symptoms.
In Anchorage, all businesses, services, and other entities are permitted to start, while subject to health and safety measures. Gatherings of more than 500 people need advance permission from the Municipality of Anchorage.
Health Tips for Travelers
Travelers should take the destination. Follow steps drafted by the CDC:
- Wash your hands regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds, mainly after going to a public space or coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Maintain physical distance from others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you're sick.
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, then throw the tissue at the trash.
- Disinfect often touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning wipe or spray.
- Take note of the latest travel advisories in the CDC.
We encourage the traveling public to explore and listen to the latest expert guidance and make fact-based travel choices. For more information, follow the most current information from the CDC, the Alaska DHSS, and the Municipality of Anchorage.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
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