ALASKA SPORT and PERSONAL USE FISHING COVID-19 RESPONSE GROUP GUIDANCE for FISHING IN ALASKA AVAILABLE NOW
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TRAVEL TO ALASKA

Your best bet for a healthy, hassle-free visit to Alaska is to test BEFORE you travel and plan ahead. Just before midnight on June 5, Alaska will be changing Health Mandate 10 to allow travelers who enter Alaska from another state to avoid the 14-day quarantine by showing a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result. We know testing capacity varies across the country and some locations will not test asymptomatic people, but more testing is coming online daily and we’ll be posting resources to help. Here’s a helpful testing locator that can help you find a testing location near your home, wherever you live: 

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Your best bet for a healthy, hassle-free visit to Alaska is to test BEFORE you travel and plan ahead. Just before midnight on June 5, Alaska will be changing Health Mandate 10 to allow travelers who enter Alaska from another state to avoid the 14-day quarantine by showing a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result. We know testing capacity varies across the country and some locations will not test asymptomatic people, but more testing is coming online daily and we’ll be posting resources to help. Here’s a helpful testing locator that can help you find a testing location near your home, wherever you live:

Traveler Declaration Form

Testing Locations in the Lower 48: 

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ROAD SYSTEM TRAVEL

Although some travel between certain communities may be limited under the issued Health Mandates, the public may still travel to fishing locations. Alaska Health Mandate 18 removes the prohibitions on travel to Alaska’s road system communities, and communities served by the Marine Highway System. As noted by the Department of Fish and Game, when traveling to participate in sport or personal use fisheries that occur outside of their communities of residence, the public must follow these guidelines:

  1. Conduct your fishing activities as close to your home residence as possible;
  2. Local mandates may be authorized under Public Health Mandate 012. Find out local mandates in communities through which you plan to travel and abide by them;
  3. Totally provision your trip from your community of origin. Don’t plan on buying food, drinks or even fuel (if possible) after you begin your trip and until you return home;
  4. Practice social distancing while sport or personal use fishing; and,
  5. Highly suggest anglers wear face coverings as suggested in Health Alert 010 issued April 3, 2020.
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Although some travel between certain communities may be limited under the issued Health Mandates, the public may still travel to fishing locations. Alaska Health Mandate 18 removes the prohibitions on travel to Alaska’s road system communities, and communities served by the Marine Highway System. As noted by the Department of Fish and Game, when traveling to participate in sport or personal use fisheries that occur outside of their communities of residence, the public must follow these guidelines:

  1. Conduct your fishing activities as close to your home residence as possible;
  2. Local mandates may be authorized under Public Health Mandate 012. Find out local mandates in communities through which you plan to travel and abide by them;
  3. Totally provision your trip from your community of origin. Don’t plan on buying food, drinks or even fuel (if possible) after you begin your trip and until you return home;
  4. Practice social distancing while sport or personal use fishing; and,
  5. Highly suggest anglers wear face coverings as suggested in Health Alert 010 issued April 3, 2020.

Additional Considerations:

While not required, the following actions may be considered by anglers traveling in Alaska:

  • Research and follow all local mandates in communities through which you plan to travel.
  • If you do stop, wear a facemask and non-porous gloves (or use hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving a facility).
  • Bring personal sanitation products, including hand sanitizer, sanitary wipes to disinfect any surface you touch, and personal toilet items. Be prepared for no public toilet facilities.
  • Mobile payments like ApplePay, SamsungPay or GooglePay work on most smartphones and minimize contact with keypads and credit card readers.
  • Hotels and lodging operations have not been closed by order or mandate –make reservations in advance to ensure your preferred lodging is available.
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LOCAL MANDATES

Many communities in Alaska have established locally specific guidelines which Alaska anglers should be aware of. Anglers should contact the community they will be passing through prior to leaving their home community.

Local resources may include local governments, chambers of commerce, or local businesses.

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Many communities in Alaska have established locally specific guidelines which Alaska anglers should be aware of. Anglers should contact the community they will be passing through prior to leaving their home community. Local resources may include local governments, chambers of commerce, or local businesses.

Alaska Borough/Community Websites

Aleutians East Borough
Municipality of Anchorage
Bristol Bay Borough
City of Cordova
City of Craig
Denali Borough
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Haines Borough
Juneau Borough
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Kodiak Island Borough
Lake and Peninsula Borough
Matanuska-Susitna Borough
North Slope Borough
Northwest Arctic Borough
Petersburg Borough
City and Borough of Sitka
Municipality of Skagway Borough
City of Unalaska
City of Valdez
Wrangell City and Borough
Yakutat Borough

Links to known mandates from local communities are listed below. This list will be updated periodically.

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Guidance, plans, and protocols presented here are not intended as a legal standard of care or industry standard. This information is offered to assist participants in sport and personal use fishery related activities and businesses in complying with Health Mandates issued by the State of Alaska. This document does not carry legal or regulatory authority.