State clarifies Alaska’s new COVID-19 test plan for non-resident air travel


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Non-resident travelers to Alaska will need a negative or pending COVID-19 test result upon arrival or will be required to pay for an airport test upon landing, according to a new state travel policy that has was defined by state officials on Tuesday.

The new travel guidelines will take effect on August 11.

All non-residents arriving by air must undergo a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure or proof of a pending test result within 72 hours of departure, said Adam Crum, ministry commissioner of Alaska Health and Human Services, at a community briefing. .

These travelers will need to upload a negative or pending test result to an “Alaska travel portal,” Crum said. A link to the website will be available soon, he said.

If visitors do not have documentation of a negative test, they will be prompted to upload proof that a test was performed within 72 hours and then quarantine them while awaiting their results.

If a non-resident arrives in Alaska without a pre-test, testing will be available at airports for a fee, Crum said.

The state’s website for COVID-19 information says that if someone from out of state comes forward as needing testing, it will cost $ 250.

“More details on the plan will be released as information becomes available,” the website says.

The new policy marks a change from current options for out-of-state travelers: test before they leave for Alaska, test once they arrive in the state, and quarantine while they wait for them. results or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

For residents of Alaska returning home, airport testing remains available at no cost. The fourteen-day quarantine is also an option for residents of Alaska.

Testing won’t be necessary for children 10 years of age or younger, Crum said.

“This new strategy will allow us to focus our resources on travel within the state,” he said.

Crum also said that Alaskan residents traveling in the state will now have the option to test at some of the airport sites, “so they can avoid bringing the virus back to their small communities,” he said. -he declares.

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