Coronavirus in Alaska

What you need to know to travel to Alaska in 2022

The past two years have been difficult for travel, but we are looking forward to more visitors returning to Alaska either by air, road or cruise ship in 2022. The Alaska tourism industry is ready and waiting for visitors to come discover all that Alaska has to offer.

However, like everything these days, traveling is more complicated than it before the Pandemic. We will do our best to explain what you need to know before planning your trip north.

Up-to-date information on the current state of Covid-19 in Alaska 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)

Flying to Alaska in 2022 – Arrival rules for air travel to Alaska

The State of Alaska does not have any special entry or testing requirements for travelers. If you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations you can get tested before flying to Alaska (no more than 3 days prior).

Currently, If visitors to Alaska are interested, they can receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine upon arrival in Alaska (for free).

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.

Click here for the latest arrival rules.

Driving to Alaska Through Canada

Americans who have been fully vaccinated are able to enter Canada and drive to Alaska. 

  • After April 1, 2022, visitors to Canada will not need a negative test to enter. 
  • It is still possible to be selected for random testing.
  • If you are crossing the border you will also need to register using the ArriveCAN App.
    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html
  • Canada will not allow unvaccinated travelers to enter for discretionary purposes. However, it is possible to transit Canada to get to Alaska, IF you are going to Alaska for work or residence purposes.
  • For those who are unvaccinated, there is a long list of restrictions for travel to Alaska, if you allowed to transit through Canada.

Are cruise ships going to Alaska?

Cruising to Alaska has resumed in 2022. There is a full slate of cruise ships scheduled from May to September. The regulations are still evolving, but it appears that all staff and guests will need to be vaccinated to board a ship, and will also need to provide a recent Negative COVID-19 test. 

Guests will need to directly contact cruise lines to book one of these 2022 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.

Travel Alaska COVID-19 info

State of Alaska website for Health and Social Services

Anchorage Alaska Coronavirus Response

Fairbanks Alaska Coronavirus Updates

Juneau Alaska Coronavirus Updates

Denali National Park 2020 Updates

U.S Travel Association Response to COVID-19

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.

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