Last week the State of Alaska made amendments to its Health Mandate 10, so the travelers coming to Alaska will not have to follow the 14-day quarantine rule.
Alaska Government has lifted the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers. International and interstate travelers can freely come to Alaska.
The Governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy lifted the quarantine. In a statement, he said, “Travelers will be asked to minimize in-person interactions for an additional 7-14 days after arrival and will be offered a follow-up test.”
In addition, he said, “Travelers will complete and sign the Alaska Travel Declaration form and present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.”
However, if the travelers meet the requirements given below they can enter the state without any quarantine restriction.
Negative COVID-19 Test
The travelers will have to show a proven negative PCR coronavirus test. However, anyone with positive test results will not be allowed to enter. The test should have been performed within 72 hours prior to the arrival.
However, if anyone has a negative test result taken up to five days prior to departure will be accepted. But these travelers will have to take another test when they arrive in Alaska.
Quarantine At Your Own Expense
The travelers will have to take the COVID-19 test upon arrival in Alaska. The traveler will have to quarantine at their own expense until test results are out. The state will not bear the quarantine cost for travelers.
Visit for Work Purpose
If the traveler is part of the critical infrastructure workforce and will follow their company’s protective plan on file with the state.
If the traveler has already had COVID-19 and has recovered. Then they must provide documented evidence of both.
Testing for coronavirus is available at the airports. The airports providing these facilities are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Gustavus, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, and Wrangell. Soon testing facility will also be available at Petersburg airport.
Visitors and the residents who are coming back to Alaska will be provided with vouchers for follow-up tests. These vouchers are valid for seven to fourteen days after their arrival. However, the insurance billing for the state will cover the testing cost.
While Staying in Alaska
In addition, travelers will be encouraged to minimize their interaction with other people until they have passed their two-week time. As this is a critical time, and one can transfer the virus to others.
However, like other residents, they will have to follow the precautionary measures, such as social distancing, wearing a facemask, and washing their hands frequently.
The visitors should not go to restaurants for dining in. Instead, they are advised to take advantage of take-out and delivery options.
The state has plans to launch a pilot testing at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for an online application. Through this, the visitors can fill out the Alaska Travel Declaration Form and get the results of their COVID-19 tests on their mobile app.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner, Adam Crum said, “Safe travel is essential to Alaska’s economy, and the Alaska way of life. We have a relatively low number of cases in Alaska, and we would like to keep it that way by encouraging safe and responsible travel within the state.”