What Alaska is Doing for Safer Travel in 2020
The Alaska tourism industry has worked together to put in place new standards for healthy travel during the summer/fall 2020 season. These processes adhere to CDC and State of Alaska guidelines and in many cases are only small enhancements to procedures in place pre-coronavirus.
Respected year-round hotels like Seward's Harbor 360 are set the sanitization standard for lodging throughout the state. This can include:
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout public areas.
- Hourly sweeps of the hotel to clean door handles, railings, elevator buttons, and all public areas with CDC approved chemicals.
- Breakfast buffets converted to grab and go with slightly limited options.
- One-for-one usage for the pens, key cards, and other service items at the front desk. After one use these items are removed and sanitized.
Activities in Alaska are quite diverse in terms of how best to address sanitization, social distancing, and other protective measures.
In some cases, like small helicopter tours, many departures include only travelers of the same party. Guided hikes, bike tours, and kayak excursions allow for easier social distancing. Gear provided for guests is sanitized with approved chemicals after each use.
In the case of larger tours with more guests, operators limit capacity. For example, popular day cruises into Kenai Fjords National Park Day welcome fewer guests per boat as well as establish socially distanced seating, change onboard meals from self-serve to crew served, and sanitize high-touch areas throughout the day. Denali National Park bus tours also operate at decreased capacity.
Park Connection vehicles undergo enhanced cleaning nightly and throughout the day. This includes the use of electrostatic disinfectant spray systems. Please visit this page to see more details about cleaning aboard the Park Connection Motorcoach.
Alaska Railroad depots and trains are capped at 50% occupancy. Passengers are required to wear face coverings when entering depots and while boarding or moving about the train. Staff sanitize surfaces, door handles, and restrooms every 30 minutes. Depots and trains receive a full sanitization each night.
What You Should Do for Safer Alaska Travel in 2020
As we all embrace the new normal, how you ensure your health in your own communities will be the same for when you travel.
- Add face masks to your Alaska packing list. Bring several or plan to wash and reuse during your trip.
- Bring sanitizer wipes to clean personal items you handle often throughout the day (camera, phone, binoculars).
- Pay attention to helpful signs that list health protocols and measure social distance in public places.
- Practice the standard of good hygiene by frequently washing your hands and not touching your face.
- Contact Alaska Tour & Travel with any questions.
Important Update: Beginning August 11, the State of Alaska will require all nonresident travelers entering the state to have taken and passed a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. This is an update to the original Alaska travel mandate, which made provisions for travelers testing upon arrival or quarantining while awaiting results. Testing at the airport, the five-day testing period option, and the quarantine option will NO LONGER be available for nonresident travelers. Please check the Alaska COVID-19 Traveler Information page for current information.
Additional updates will be posted to this page as they become available.
Updated July 29, 2020