Between travel bans and mandatory 14-day quarantines, international travel may be much trickier for the foreseeable future. U.S. travelers are planning to stay closer to home – but even some states have travel restrictions.
Hawaii is planning to reopen in August after essentially shutting down travel for months, requiring a recent negative COVID-19 test to avoid a mandatory quarantine. New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey are imposing a 14-day mandatory quarantine for visitors from several states.
But what about Alaska? Alaska has remained largely open to travelers, but it was one of the first states to implement restrictions on who can get in. Still, it’s looking like a safe bet for summer travel, with amazing scenery and wide-open spaces.
What do you need to visit Alaska?
Requirements to Travel to Alaska
Alaska was one of the first states to create entry requirements for visitors. And those requirements revolve mostly around testing.
But first, every traveler must fill out a State of Alaska Travel Declaration online prior to arrival. Whether you’re arriving by land, air, or sea, Alaska is only allowing visitors that can provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
Starting August 11, 2020, all non-residents must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. But there are still a few options.
- If you have taken a test within 72 hours of arrival and are still awaiting results you can still go to Alaska. You must upload proof that a test has been taken to the Alaska Travel Portal and quarantine while awaiting results.
- If you have not taken a test ahead of time testing is available. Each test is $250 and you must quarantine while awaiting results.
Is Alaska Open for Business?
Like most states across the nation, Alaska is in the midst of a phased re-opening.
Most hotels are open and many restaurants are open, with limited capacity. If you’re planning on camping or visiting national parks, make sure to check out the Alaska Department of Natural Resource’s list with information on which parks are open, closed, and those with limited service.
Between Alaska and Hawaii, this testing model could become the new norm for states looking to welcome travelers while controlling the spread of coronavirus.
Alaska’s system is a bit confusing, but it should allow you to go ahead with that summer or fall trip.