Travelers no longer required to receive negative COVID-19 test to enter Alaska

Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 5:34 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Alaska’s emergency health declarations, that have been in place since last spring, were allowed to expire on Sunday. One of the biggest changes occurred at airports.

According to a press conference hosted by Governor Mike Dunleavy on Sunday, travelers flying into Alaska from out of state will no longer be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test before entering the state.

“There will be no longer any mandatory testing at the airports. The ability to get tested will still remain at the airport for some time,” Dunleavy said.

The requirement to be tested applied to anyone flying into the state and was aimed at helping keep community spread as low as possible. Alaska residents were allowed to test at airports but non-residents who wanted to test at the airport were required to pay $250 to get tested.

Testing sites will still be available at airports for travelers who wish to be tested. Now that testing is voluntary, the fee for non-residents has been lifted. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum said that testing can still be a good idea.

“It’s still important to test if you believe you have symptoms or close contact. We are going to maintain infrastructure so individuals can do that. If you do take trips and travel, pre-travel testing is still a fantastic idea because it helps us track and make sure that community spread is still controlled,” Crum said.

Dunleavy went on to say that the changes are, “No cause for alarm. We believe that we have the protocols that we need, the tools that we need to move forward.”

He also said that the administration will continue to monitor the status of the cases and make adjustments as needed.

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