State of Alaska Covid-19 Information
Alaska’s new travel protocols take effect Tuesday, Aug. 11. All non-residents must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or proof of a pending test result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. This new strategy will allow us to focus resources on travel within the state. More details of the plan will be posted as information becomes available.
- Test 72 hours before departure, and upload negative result into the Alaska Travel Portal (link will be available soon)
- If tested 72 hours before departure and awaiting results, travelers will need to upload proof of test taken into the Alaska Travel Portal and quarantine while waiting.
- If a non-resident arrives without a pre-test, testing is available for $250 per test. The traveler will be required to quarantine while waiting on results.
- Testing remains available at no cost to Alaska residents.
- 14 day quarantine is still available to Alaska residents.
- Alaska residents traveling back to home communities in rural Alaska will now have the option of testing at the airport sites, to prevent bringing the virus into our small communities.
Supplies and availability of testing kits worldwide, along with continuing outbreaks led officials to reserve enough for Alaskans first.
Until a vaccine is approved by the FDA, travel mandates and other health measures will be a fact of life.
The federal government initiated a Shark-Tank like competition for developers of a fast, low-cost rapid test. They expect a solution by the end of summer/early fall.
We can report that some charter operators and fishing lodges are referring their guests to a number of companies that send out home test kits, with the results available electronically online. This allows people to get a test, continue with travel plans and get the results quickly in order to meet the 72-hour testing requirement by the state.
Chinook Shores in SE Alaska is using Pixel and reports fast results. Their guests are eager to visit Alaska and they haven’t had any problems with the system so far this season.
Guest can order a home test kit, return the swab to the lab by FedEx, and get results by email within a short time.