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Visitors To Alaska No Longer Need Negative COVID-19 Test Before Entering
The state of Alaksa is no longer requiring visitors to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter.
The change went into effect Feb. 14 upon the expiration of Alaska’s emergency declaration. The state will now transition into a recovery phase. In addition to the discontinuance of the testing requirement, Governor Mike Dunleavy has outlined several other plans for the recovery phase.
“My administration will begin moving Alaska, its economy, and our lives forward through this transition and recovery process,” said Governor Dunleavy. “Make no mistake about it, the virus may be with us for some time. But the data shows that the worst is most likely behind us.”
Health advisories urge Alaskans to continue to wear face masks and practice social distancing, although the state does not have an official mask mandate.
Despite the removal of the testing requirement, incoming travelers to Alaska are still encouraged to undergo COVID-19 testing. Visitors can take advantage of free testing at the airport.
“There’s still a virus,” said Dunleavy. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. But the emergency itself is behind us.”