Updated October 23 at 5:00 p.m.
As we closely monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to relay to you, our residents and visitors, that your health and safety remain our top priority.
Current Status in Alaska
Phase Three of the “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan” took effect in May allowing all businesses to open at 100 percent capacity.
Check out the PDF list of Fairbanks businesses currently open.
Businesses are adhering to State of Alaska guidelines and modifying their operations and open hours as necessary. Although the list is regularly updated, it is encouraged to contact businesses directly to confirm their status prior to a visit to any establishment. Look out for resident and military discounts.
Current Restrictions on Traveling to Fairbanks for
Non-Residents of Alaska
The following step-by-step guidelines are to ensure that visitors coming to Fairbanks from outside of Alaska have the information they need to travel to Fairbanks in accordance with the current State of Alaska travel mandate, as well as to protect their health and safety during their time in Fairbanks.
The Fairbanks International Airport is currently serviced by two different carriers – Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines --that offer direct flights from Seattle to Fairbanks. Links to their COVID-19 passenger travel information, including the detailed health and safety protocols each airline has implemented, is below:
- Alaska Airlines: https://www.alaskaair.com/content/advisories/coronavirus?int=_AS_HomePage_AdvisoryBR_L1||2020_CV_AW||-prodID:Awareness#weve-got-you-covered
- Delta Air Lines: https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-update-center/ways-we-are-keeping-you-safe/onboard-services#socialdist
Before You Leave Home:
- Read the State of Alaska COVID-19 information for travelers: https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/
- Take a molecular-based test 72 hours before departure using the departure city time zone, not Alaska Standard Time.
- If a potential traveler is unable to get a test from their local health care provider, the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has listed seven FDA-authorized home-collection COVID tests for people who want to take a test at home and mail it to a company to get results. Those companies and their testing requirements are as follows (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
$119 or direct bill to insurance or company will use federal funds if uninsured
Person does not have to display any symptoms to receive the test. Results accessed online 24-48 hours from time sample is received at the lab.
Person must either display symptoms or have exposure. Results accessed online 72 hours of lab receiving sample.
Person does not have to display any symptoms to receive the test. Saliva collection test administered over Zoom meeting. Results available 48-72 hours after sample arrives at the lab.
Person does not have to display any symptoms to receive the test. Results available 24-48 hours after sample arrives at the lab.
Person does not have to display any symptoms to receive the test. Results available 48 hours after sample arrives at the lab.
Person does not have to display any symptoms to receive the test and can indicate they need it due to travel. Results available 48-72 hours after sample arrives at the lab.
Person does not have to display any symptoms to receive the test and can indicate they need it due to travel. Results available 24-36 hours after sample arrives at the lab.
Additional Testing Information
- COVID-19 national testing site locator (must narrow search to PCR tests)
- COVID-19 national testing dashboard
- Alaska DHSS COVID-19 website
- Prior to arriving and after the traveler has taken the test, submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan through the Alaska Travel Portal https://www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com/
- Every adult in the traveling party must have their own portal account AND a designated email address specific to that account. While children 10 and under are not required to test, they need to be included on their parent’s/guardian’s Travel Declaration Form as well as any other minor child in their custody and care and any other individual they have legal authority for.
- The traveler will need to upload negative results as soon as they are received into the Alaska Travel Portal PRIOR to arriving in Alaska; or have proof of a negative test available to show screeners at the airport upon arrival.
- If still awaiting results of the test, the traveler will need to upload proof of the test into the Alaska Travel Portal prior to arrival or have proof available of having taken a test to show screeners at the airport, and self-quarantine at their own expense until the results come in. The traveler will need to upload that test result into the Alaska Travel Portal once it is received, whether it is positive or negative; this can be done after departure from the Fairbanks International Airport.
Upon Arrival at the Fairbanks International Airport
- Travelers will need to present their identification to the screeners. They do not have to show the above information on the Alaska Travel Portal on their own electronic device as screeners will be able to access that information for them, barring any technical difficulties.
- For non-resident travelers who arrive without having taken any test, testing at the airport is available for $250 per test. Visitors must self-quarantine at their own expense while waiting for the results. According to the State of Alaska, results are generally available in three to five days, but, depending on volume, the turnaround time may be longer.
- Vouchers for second tests for travelers who are going to be in Alaska for longer than five days are available via the Travel Portal. Note: The second tests are recommended but not required:
- The second tests are free for non-residents if the non-resident arrived with a test taken within 72 hours of departure or if they purchased a test at the airport.
- In Fairbanks, the voucher for the second test can only be administered by the screeners at the Beacon Health testing location at the Fairbanks International Airport, 9am-1pm, seven days a week. No appointment is necessary.
- The second test should be taken five to 14 days after arrival.
- The 14-day quarantine option in lieu of any testing is no longer available for nonresident travelers.
- For further questions on the above, email the Alaska Traveler Information Hotline at email@example.com or call (907)-646-3322, 9am to 5pm Alaska Standard Time, to leave a detailed message. Call volume may be high and someone will get back to the caller as soon as possible.
While in Fairbanks
- All travelers with negative results from tests taken within 72 hours of departure must follow strict social distancing for five days after arrival into Alaska, or until they leave Alaska, whichever occurs first. Strict social distancing is described as follows:
- You may be in an outdoor public place, but you must remain six feet away from anyone not in your immediate household, and you must wear a face covering. You may arrange curbside shopping or have food delivery.
- You cannot enter restaurants, bars, gyms, community centers, sporting facilities (i.e., ice rinks, gymnasiums, and sports domes), office buildings, and school or daycare facilities. Do not participate in any group activities, including sporting events and practices, weddings, funerals, or other gatherings.
- Explore Fairbanks maintains an updated list of local tourism partners that are open for business and what their health and safety guidelines are. The list can be found on at www.explorefairbanks.com
- The Fairbanks North Star Borough, which includes the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, does not have any mandates in place regarding mask wearing. Visitors and residents are highly encouraged to follow the guidelines from the State of Alaska as outlined in their travel safely website at https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/ ; these guidelines go into effect AFTER the traveler has undergone the five days of strict social distancing as outlined above.
- You MUST get tested and self-isolate if you get sick or develop COVID-19 symptoms
- You SHOULD do the following:
- Get a second COVID-19 test 5-14 days after you arrive in Fairbanks.
- Wash your hands frequently and wipe down high touch surfaces.
- Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
- Wear a face covering while indoors and whenever social distancing is challenging.
- Practice strict social distancing by avoiding large crowds and indoor spaces.
- If a traveler is planning to go to other locations in Alaska either before or after their time in Fairbanks, please note that those communities might have their own mandates in place. More information on those communities can be found here: https://covid19.alaska.gov/local-borough-resources/
3 Mayor Proclamation encourages the wearing of cloth face-covering/mask
Borough Mayor Bryce Ward, City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly, and City of North Pole Mayor Michael Welch recently signed a proclamation encouraging the community to wear a cloth face covering or mask. Read the proclamation here.
As of May 12, 2020, in accordance with Health Mandate 18 intrastate travel between communities on the road system or the Marine Highway System is permitted for all purposes. Travelers may travel between the road system and Marine Highway System communities via any normal means of transportation, including vehicle, boat, ferry, aircraft and commercial air carrier.
Intrastate travel between communities located off the road system or the Marine Highway System Is permitted, but subject to local travel restrictions.
We recommend keeping up with the most current information on the virus via:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Alaska Department of Health and Human Services
- Fairbanks North Star Borough
- Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
CDC Public Safety and Health Reminders
We urge everyone to adhere to the health practices recommended by the CDC
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a face mask in public places
- CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
- CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.