Catch Fish, Not Covid
Disclaimer: The Alaska Covid Travel Regulations are Continually Changing.
This information in this blog is current as of 7/26/20. Please see the Alaska Covid Travel Website for the latest information.
On June 5th, 2020 the 14 Day Alaska Quarantine was lifted. Still unable to travel to the outlying villages, the 2020 United Women on the Fly Alaska Women’s Adventure changed lodges from Alaska West to Rapids Camp Lodge in Bristol Bay Alaska with Deneki.
As with all things Covid, be prepared for change. I thought I was 100% prepared when I arrived to Alaska but the process literally changed while I was in flight into Anchorage. Here’s what I’ve learned about traveling to Anchorage Alaska during Covid in the summer of 2020.
As with all things Covid, be prepared for change.
Go to the Alaska Covid Travel Website for the latest information.
#1 – Roll with the Punches
Take a deep breath and be prepared for changes. Give yourself time to go through the covid screening line before you can get your luggage at baggage claim. It took me approximately 45 minutes from departing the plane, getting screened and picking up my luggage.
#2 – Don’t Forget Your Mask
It’s now required on all airlines and airports to wear a mask while on the plane, airports indoor spaces and/or anywhere you’re unable to socially distance.
# 3 – Schedule a Covid Test Before You Leave
If you’re coming to Alaska this summer, you need to get a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to your departure so you don’t have to self-quarantine.
I ended up using the Home-Collection kit from Pixel system from LabCorp. In order to get my test, I had to mark that I’ve been exposed to Covid. Working at the hospital there’s definitely a chance that I’ve been exposed but also just going to the grocery store, there’s a chance of exposure.
If using Pixel System, then you have to order and return the test within 7 days. My flight left on Thursday so I took and shipped my test on Monday to have the test within the 72hrs. Due to the increase for tests, the results took 4 days to result instead of 2-3. I quarantined in my hotel upon arrival as my test results had not come in yet.
NOTE: There will more than likely be a cost with this test. I entered my insurance information for my home test but am expecting to have to pay the bill. Add an additional $100 – $200 to your travel budget for this test expense.
Home-Collection COVID Tests:
- Pixel system from LabCorp
- Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit
- Vault Health
- Picture Genetics
#4 – Fill Out the Online Declaration Form
By filling out the online form and having your QR code, you’ll be able to go into the faster screening line.
#5 – Screen Shot or Print your Online Declaration Form with the QR Code
After filling out the online form at app.kelvin.care, you will be emailed your filled out declaration form with the QR code. Be sure to have your QR Code ready so the Anchorage Screeners can scan it. They’ll scan your QR code, ask you screening questions and you’ll be on your way!
#6 – Understand the Quarantine Rules
DISCLAIMER: These rules were as of July 26th, 2020. Please see the Alaska Covid Travel Website for the latest information.
- Travelers who can show proof of a negative test result taken within 72 hours before departure will not have to quarantine.
- Travelers who can show proof of a negative test result taken within 5 days of departure will not have to quarantine, but will be retested at the airport.
- Travelers who have pre-tested in these windows do not need to have results by arrival, but must quarantine until they receive and submit their results.
- Other travelers have the option to be tested at arrival (subject to test availability).
- All travelers who choose a test-based option must minimize interactions until they receive a negative result from another test taken between 7-14 days after arrival in Alaska.
- Any traveler may choose to quarantine for 14 days rather than test.
Travelers who have pre-tested in these windows do not need to have results by arrival, but must quarantine until they receive and submit their results.
#7 – Quarantine Address
Because I took my test within 72hrs of arrival into Anchorage but was still waiting for my results, I quarantine at the hotel upon arrival into Anchorage. I was confused at what address I needed to use for my quarantine address. Here’s what I found on the Alaska Covid website to help answer this question. Again this information is valid on 7/26/20. Please check the Alaska Covid website for more informaiton.
I have a trip with layovers, different methods of transportation, or stops. Do I have to quarantine for 14 days at each stop?
Transient accommodations, including temporary lodging at the stopover location at a hotel, is permissible. The same applies for those travelers with overnights due to weather or other extenuating circumstances on their journey home.
When travel consists of multi-segment (e.g. flight connections and layovers) or multimodal (e.g. combination of flight and driving) transportation, travelers do not need to quarantine for 14 days at every stop.
If the traveler leaves the airport or stops for a period of time longer than necessary to replenish supplies or fuel, the traveler must comply with quarantine protocols for the duration of the stop or absence from the airport.
The traveler does not need to submit a Declaration Form for every such stop during the trip. Travelers should state the final destination, not intermediary destinations.
Travelers should state the final destination, not intermediary destinations.
# 8 – Email Your Negative Results
Email your negative results document (pdf or screenshot) to firstname.lastname@example.org when your test have resulted.
#9 – Enjoy Your Trip Responsibly and Catch Some Fish