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?
As of March 15, 2021 there approximately 58,000 cases recorded in Alaska and 302 deaths. 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 was recently ranked as the safest state in all of the United States with regards to COVID-19. This ranking was determined by analyzing how well each state has kept the pandemic under control and how quickly they are vaccinating the population. Currently , any Alaska residents over the age of 16 are eligible to receive a vaccine in Alaska. You can read more about Alaska’s ranking as a safe state, here:
Starting in January, 2021, there is a new “Easing Up” order in place that eases some restrictions, but keeps many of the restrictions from the previous orders in place. Restaurants and bars are allowed 25% capacity and also have reduced operating hours. See the full order here.
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 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.
On March 20, 2020 the international land border between Canada and the United States was closed to non-essential travel and that has been extended until March 21, 2021, but is likely to be extended further. Commercial shipments are still able to cross the border and there is a free flow of essential trade. It is not currently possible for visitors or tourists to cross between Canada and the United States.
Are cruise ships going to Alaska?
The 2021 Alaska cruise season is currently in jeopardy, as the Canadian government has issued a mandate banning cruise ships with more than 100 passengers from Canadian Waters for one year (until February 2022). Read more here. All cruises to Alaska pass through Canadian waters and most cruise ships must stop in Canada before continuing to Alaska. Alaska is working with the cruise lines and government representatives to see if there are options available that would save the cruise ship season, which is so vital to the Alaska tourism industry.
The CDC 'No Sail" order expired on October 31, 2020 and was replaced by a conditional, phased in approach. However, this approach has a number of phases focused on health and safety protocols and does not immediately see the return of passenger journeys. When passengers can return to cruising, is still unknown.
Passengers will need to directly contact cruise lines to see how they are planning to reschedule cruises during these restrictions.
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