State of Alaska COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Health Advisory No. 3 Intrastate Travel

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

Health Advisory No. 3 addresses Intrastate Travel and provides guidance to travelers located ON the road system and the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) traveling to communities OFF the road system and the AMHS. In addition, the Advisory provides guidance for travelers from communities OFF the road system and the AMHS traveling to communities ON the road system and AMHS.

Testing Recommendations:

  • If you are traveling from a community ON the road system and AMHS to a community OFF the road system and AMHS, it is recommended you test 3 days prior to travel. Testing related to travel is available at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport free of charge (testing hours 5:30pm to 6:30pm daily). It is also recommended you follow strict social distancing until negative test results are available. If you don’t take a test, it is recommended you follow strict social distancing for 14 days at your final destination.
  • If you are traveling from a community OFF the road system and AMHS to a community ON the road system and AMHS for a length of time greater than 72 hours, it is recommended you take a pre-travel test three days before returning to the rural community. In addition, it is recommended you follow strict social distancing until negative test results are available. If you don’t take a test, you should follow strict social distancing for 14 days at your final destination. Testing related to travel is available at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport free of charge (testing hours 5:30pm to 6:30pm daily).

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.

Anyone who is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus must not travel until they are cleared from isolation by a medical professional.

Asymptomatic people who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days are exempt from travel testing.

To read Health Advisory No. 3 in its entirety, visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-3-Intrastate-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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