Alaska is open for travel, with almost no Alaska travel restrictions. However, a few tour operators are still enforcing their own requirements for crew and passengers during Alaska small ship cruises and Alaska land tours. Below find the latest Alaska travel advisory details, from our experts.

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IN THIS POST – Alaska Travel Advisory:
Alaska Travel Restrictions FAQ
Current Requirements:
Alaska Entry Requirements
Alaska Cruise COVID Requirements
Land Tours: Alaska COVID Rules
Why Travel to Alaska During COVID?
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Important Note: If you are an AdventureSmith booked client, contact your Adventure Specialist for the most up-to-date and detailed info. If you wish to book, contact us. Otherwise, use our FAQs and the comments. This post on Alaska travel restrictions was last updated on 9/14/2023 and is subject to change without notice.

Alaska Travel Restrictions FAQ

Our experts regularly field questions about the current Alaska travel restrictions and how tour operators are responding, so we’ve compiled our answers here. Look for your question in these Alaska COVID travel FAQs, and use the comments at the bottom of this post to ask other questions.

Does Alaska require a COVID vaccine for travel?

No, Alaska vaccine requirements have all been lifted.
Read More: Alaska Entry Requirements

What are the current Alaska cruise COVID requirements?

Alaska cruise COVID rules are dictated by each operator and may require vaccination, testing and/or masking. Find current policies for our operators, below. Read the current Alaska cruise COVID requirements

What if I charter a boat or make my land tour fully private?

The COVID policy of your operator will not change. An operator’s Alaska COVID policy is aimed at keeping crew healthy in addition to guests.

Will the crew be vaccinated on my Alaska cruise during COVID?

While each of the small ship cruise operators we partner with have their own policy, it is common that crew are fully vaccinated. Alaska COVID travel is a popular option for many reasons, putting healthy boat crews in high demand.

What if a fellow traveler or I get sick while traveling to Alaska during COVID?

Every case is unique. Operators have their own procedures for patient isolation and care. For cruises, some have carried on, while others have turned around. In times of Alaska COVID travel, one must be flexible and be covered through travel insurance. Read more: Alaska COVID Travel Insurance

What are travelers saying about their Alaska COVID travel experiences?

Ask us to put you in touch with someone who experienced Alaska travel restrictions 2022 (or in 2023) firsthand. You can also read COVID-era trip testimonials and learn about our own experience traveling in Alaska in 2020.

What are your recommendations for safe Alaska COVID travel?

AdventureSmith promotes the State of Alaska and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) recommendations. Take a PCR test 72 hours before departure. And take pre-trip precautions by masking and/or avoiding places where social distancing is not possible.

Does Alaska require a COVID test?

No, the current State of Alaska COVID policy does not require travelers to test to enter Alaska. Despite these relaxed Alaska COVID rules, we recommend that travelers still get a COVID test for travel, to ensure their trip starts off right.
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Are there any Alaska COVID Restrictions?

No, at this time there are no Alaska COVID travel restrictions.
Read More: Alaska Entry Requirements

Do you have to be vaccinated to fly to Alaska?

No, there are no vaccination requirements for domestic or international travelers traveling to Alaska by air.

Will I need to mask to travel to Alaska during COVID?

Most small ships and wilderness lodges adhere to federal and state mask requirements, which are fluid. The outdoor, small-group nature of our Alaska trips offers ample time to be mask-free, however operators may require masking when social distancing isn’t possible. Our specialists keep booked clients apprised of current Alaska COVID rules for masks.

What if I do an Alaska cruise with a land tour?

Because some small Alaskan cruise lines require a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to embarkation, we advise travelers to plan any land-based travel after their cruise.

Is Alaska COVID Travel Insurance Available?

Yes. Many travel insurance policies can cover trip interruption or cancellation, including quarantine expenses, if you or a traveling companion test positive for COVID-19. A policy can also cover unforeseen events such as injury, flight delays and baggage loss.

Alaska Entry Requirements

For those asking “Do you have to be vaccinated to go to Alaska?” or “Can you travel to Alaska without a vaccine?” the answer is no. However, keep in mind that some operators still have Alaska cruise vaccine requirements in place. Get the specifics on Alaska cruise vaccination requirements for the operators we work with. Alaska travel restrictions 2023 are subject to change. Find the latest Alaska entry requirements and COVID-19 protocols from the State of Alaska and Travel Alaska.

Domestic Travelers

Currently, the State of Alaska has no vaccination mandate or COVID-19 testing requirements for U.S. domestic travelers, but strongly recommends a PCR Test: A qualifying molecular-based test (PCR test) 72 hours before departure, for non-vaccinated travelers entering either by road or air.

International Travelers

Alaska entry requirements for international travelers currently match those of domestic travelers. As of May 11, 2023, there are no U.S. international travel restrictions in place for traveling to Alaska during COVID.

However, we recommend the PCR Test encouraged for domestic travelers. This helps ensure both your safety and that of the local communities you will visit.

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Alaska COVID Requirement by Operator

Our Alaska experts keep clients well informed of the required testing, vaccination, masking and health questionnaires associated with their particular adventure. With the constantly changing nature of COVID requirements there are likely to be additional changes to vaccination and testing requirements. Here are Alaska COVID policy details for our most popular operators:

Alaska Cruise COVID Requirements

Sea Wolf Adventures requires all travelers to be vaccinated. This is currently the only Alaska operator with COVID requirements that AdventureSmith partners with.

Land Tours: Alaska COVID Rules

Within the Wild requires all travelers 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated in advance of their stay at Tutka Bay Lodge.

Why Alaska is a Good Choice for travelers concerned about COVID

Domestic—Close to Home

For U.S. citizens, Alaska is close to home and does not require testing. As part of the United States, Alaska is subject to stringent and trusted mitigation protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among travelers and residents.

Naturally Social Distanced

Alaska is huge. With over 600,000 square miles and less than 750,000 residents, there is plenty of room to spread out. In fact, most of Alaska’s residents are concentrated into major towns, leaving the rest as uninhabited wilderness. Our trips focus on this wilderness where your time is spent in unspoiled nature. National forests and parks strictly regulate travel so groups rarely interact, preserving both the wilderness experience and social distance. Group sizes are typically limited to 12 guests.

Exceptional Wildlife

Wildlife in Alaska is the highlight of any trip. Our Alaska small ship cruises and Alaska land tours focus on remote regions where wildlife thrives. Our travelers often leave with a greater appreciation for conservation. And conservation initiatives benefit from tourism dollars.

The Small Ship & Wilderness Lodge Advantage

The ships we work with in Alaska average 45 guests, with some as small as 4 cabins; the lodges average 30 guests, with some as small as 5 rooms. For cruises, this small ship model is statistically safer than larger cruise ships carrying as many as 5,000 guests. Read a firsthand Alaska COVID travel experience from AdventureSmith’s founder: I Took an Alaska Small Ship Cruise During COVID-19.

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