Coronavirus COVID-19 in Alaska – What you need to know in 2021.
Are you planning a trip to Alaska and concerned about the Coronavirus COVID-19? We think it’s fair to say, we all are. We’ve put together a list of FAQs and resource links from around the State of Alaska to help you find the most up to date travel restrictions for Alaska in 2021.
The spread of this Coronavirus Pandemic has touched every corner of the world, including Alaska. Tourism to Alaska and around the world has been severely impacted. However, we hope to supply potential visitors to Alaska with accurate information from reliable sources so you can make informed decisions.
How many cases of coronavirus are in Alaska?
At the end of August, 2021 there are approximately 16,000 active Covid-19 cases in Alaska. There have been 431 deaths during the entire pandemic. Alaska, has one of the lowest infection rates of any state, and has the second lowest number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. (worldometers.info)
Up-to-date information can be found at this website:
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Is Alaska safe to travel to during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Alaska has done an exemplary job of keeping the pandemic under control. They were also very quick to vaccinate much of the population, which helped keep the number of infections low.
Currently, If visitors to Alaska are interested, they can receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine upon arrival in Alaska (for free).
Flying to Alaska in 2021 – Arrival rules for air travel to Alaska.
Arrivals into Alaska are asked to arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the past 72 hours.
If you do not arrive with test results, you can still take a test at the airport and will then be asked to follow strict social distancing until results arrive.
Visitors will also have the option to take a second test 5 – 14 days after arrival.
Driving to Alaska Through Canada
Americans who have been fully vaccinated (for 14 days) are able to enter Canada and drive to Alaska. All visitors over 5 years old will also need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of crossing the border.
Find out more here:
Are cruise ships going to Alaska?
Cruising to Alaska has resumed in 2021. The number of cruises is limited, with many new regulations, but we are very excited to see the resumption of this vital part of the Alaska tourism industry.
Princess Cruises, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines have all announced cruises in July, August September and October.
New legislation in the U.S.A. allows large cruise ships to bypass Canadian ports of call, which are currently closed until November 2021.
Guests will need to directly contact cruise lines to book one of these 2021 Alaska cruises.
Helpful Alaska Travel Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic
The webpage for the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) will be the most up-to-date organization for the effects of COVID-19 on Alaska tourism.
Helpful travel related links for staying healthy at home and during travel are posted at the CDC website.
For information on how COVID-19 is affecting travel to the Yukon & Northern BC, click here