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Travel Restriction Updates



From Explore Fairbanks:


"State of Alaska eases travel restrictions for non-resident travelers to Alaska


Effective October 16, the State of Alaska has eased travel restrictions for non-resident travelers to Alaska.


The revision to Health Mandate 10.1 shortens the amount of time non-resident travelers must observe strict social distancing while arriving in Alaska, from two weeks to five days. The strict social distancing for five days is required of all visitors to Alaska even if they arrive with a negative test. According to the State of Alaska, strict social distancing is defined as follows:

  • You may be in an outdoor public place, but you must remain six feet away from anyone not in your immediate household, and you must wear a face covering. You may arrange curbside shopping or have food delivery.

  • You cannot enter restaurants, bars, gyms, community centers, sporting facilities (i.e., ice rinks, gymnasiums, and sports domes), office buildings, and school or daycare facilities. Do not participate in any group activities, including sporting events and practices, weddings, funerals, or other gatherings.

The mandate also no longer requires non-resident visitors to take a second test if they are going to be in the state for seven to 14 days; that second test is now optional with the recommendation that it be taken if they are going to be in the state for five to 14 days.  The second test continues to be free provided that the traveler arrives with a negative test or purchases a test at the airport."


Explore Fairbanks has created a step-by-step guide for non-resident travelers to Alaska that is available here as a PDF.


Other COVID19 Travel Planning resources: The State of Alaska traveler information website is a the comprehensive resource for prospective and upcoming travelers.