Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Under terms of a revised mandate issued by the State of Alaska COVID-19 testing will continue to be provided at no cost at airport testing sites to Alaska residents traveling into the state. The testing will now be opened to state residents traveling within the state. Testing for in-state travel by residents is voluntary.
Non-resident travelers will no longer be able to obtain a test for free when they arrive in Alaska. The revised mandate requires non-residents to test before traveling to Alaska. They will no longer have the option for a 5-day pretest or the option to self-quarantine 14 days after arriving in the state. They must take a qualifying test 72 hours before they depart and either show proof of a negative result at arrival or quarantine until results are received and submitted. Nonresident travelers who arrive without proof of the 72-hour pretest will be required to pay $250 per test to be tested at an airport testing site.
Both resident and nonresident travelers will also now be required to fill out a three-question self-isolation plan in the Alaska Travel Portal detailing how they plan to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 while in Alaska. In addition, the mandate clearly explains how all travelers into the state are required to practice strict social distancing for 14 days after arriving into Alaska, or until a second negative result is obtained between 7-14 days after arriving into Alaska.
The revised travel protocols take effect Tuesday, August 11 at 12:01 a.m