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Holiday travel tips, during a pandemic

(ANCHORAGE) –Holiday travel looks a lot different this year. If you must travel, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) offers the following tips to help your travel plans go more smoothly.

Follow the rules

Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destination’s state and local guidelines.

  • If there’s a mask mandate, wear your mask.
  • If social distancing is required, stay at least six feet from others.
  • Some destinations may require a travel declaration. All travelers arriving in Alaska must complete one and upload it to the online Travel Portal at AlaskaSafeTravels.com
  • Pretravel testing is a good idea and may be required. Non-residents traveling to Alaska must complete a pretravel test within 72 hour of departure or test upon arrival in Alaska for $250.

Safety en route

  • Carry several masks with you in case of loss or need to replace.
  • Review the rules that are specific to your airline. Keep in mind that you may have booked with one airline but are flying on one of their travel partners and they may have different rules.
  • Bring sanitizing wipes/spray to clean seating and other surfaces.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you. The TSA is allowing up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in your carry-on. The 3-1-1 rule still applies for all other liquids, gels and pastes:
    • Each container must be 3.4 ounces or less.
    • All containers must be in a clear, one-quart size bag.
    • Only one quart-size bag per passenger.

Consider buying travel insurance. If you contract COVID-19 while traveling, you may not be able to return home until you have recovered, or you may need cancel your trip before you leave.

Check your destination’s local news leading up to your travel date for changes in state and local guidelines.

Plan for contingencies. The spread of the virus could impact:

  • Available lodging
  • Dining options
  • Travel rules

For more information, visit www.TSA.gov before you travel. For information about returning to Alaska, visit www.AlaskaSafeTravels.com.

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Media Contact: Trudy Wassel;  trudy.wassel@alaska.gov
 Eland Conway;  eland.conway@alaska.gov

About Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is an important gateway to the city of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. More than 5 million passengers fly through ANC annually. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is responsible for approximately 22,080 airport & community jobs, earning $1 billion. That’s 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

Keep Alaska Flying and Thriving