Updated March 26, 2020 at 5:00pm AST

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is deeply concerning to the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA), the state’s leading membership association for Alaska’s travel industry. ATIA’s top priority, along with our member businesses, continues to be the health and safety of our visitors and Alaska residents.

The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services issued an update to its existing travel health alert regarding COVID-19 on March 23, 2020. The State of Alaska is mandating that all individuals arriving in Alaska – visitors and residents alike – are required to proceed from the airport to a designated quarantine location to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Alaska and monitor for illness. This mandate went into effect on March 25 and will be reevaluated by April 21.

While we do not know the extent and duration of the current situation, we encourage you to stay in touch with your travel providers or travel agent to discuss the advantages of postponing your trip in lieu of canceling. Tourism businesses are continuing to take bookings into the future with full understanding that they may need to be further postponed. Alaska – and the families, businesses, and communities that benefit from Alaska tourism – are here for you and will work with you to ensure your dream trip to Alaska becomes a reality.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to post updated information for travelers. We encourage travelers to look to CDC guidance on healthy travel habits, including washing hands, social distancing, covering coughs, calling your health provider first if you don’t feel well, and self-isolating if you have come in contact with someone who has become ill.

This too shall pass, and Alaska will be ready to welcome you with open arms (and spaces).

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