State of Alaska COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Health Advisory No. 2 International and Interstate Travel

On February 14, the State of Alaska issued four new Health Advisories.

Health Advisory No. 2 addresses International and Interstate Travel. To mitigate the transmission and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, testing is strongly recommended. Testing related to travel is free of charge for Alaska residents and non-resident travelers.

Alaska resident and non-resident travelers arriving in Alaska from outside the state should consider one of the following options:

  1. Pre-travel molecular- based test with negative results taken within 72 hours of departure, enter results into the Alaska Travel Portal, take a second test taken between five and 14 days after arrival at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (testing hours 5:30pm to 6:30pm daily)
  2. Pre-travel molecular-based test without results taken within 72 hours of departure, enter proof of taking test, follow strict social distancing until test results are available, upload test results into Alaska Travel Portal when received, obtain a second test between five and 14 days after arrival at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (testing hours 5:30pm to 6:30pm daily)
  3. If a non-resident traveler arrives in Alaska without proof of a pre-travel test, they should test at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport upon arrival, follow strict social distancing until test results are available, and obtain a second test between five and 14 days after arrival.

For Alaska residents who travel outside of Alaska for less than 72 hours, the traveler should obtain a test upon return to Alaska at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport and self-monitor for any symptoms for 14 days after arrival.

For Alaska residents and non-resident travelers, with a prior confirmed positive result 90 days of departure, a test is not needed if the traveler provide proof of a previously positive test within 90 days of departure AND the traveler is currently asymptomatic.

Fully-vaccinated travelers should follow pre-travel testing protocols, but do not need to follow strict social distancing while they are awaiting test results.  Fully-vaccinated is defined as more than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than two weeks following receipts of one dose of a single-dose series.

To read Health Advisory No. 2 in its entirety, visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-2-International-and-Interstate-Travel.pdf

For the complete list of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Health Advisories, visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-advisories/

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