Starting June 1, travelers to Alaska will be offered free vaccines against COVID-19 at airports as part of a US state initiative to restart its tourism industry.
Travelers 12 years of age and older arriving at four airports – Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Fairbanks International Airport, Juneau International Airport and Ketchikan International Airport – can receive the free vaccine upon arrival.
Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines will be available. However, while Pfizer vaccines have been approved for people 12 years of age and older, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines have only been approved for people 18 years of age and older. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second dose a few weeks after the first, and those who stay longer may also receive a second vaccination in Alaska.
Alaska does not require COVID-19 testing for those entering the state, but travelers are encouraged to read information about safe state travel and fill out a form for safe travel on the Alaska travel portal. At the travel portal, travelers can also request a free test for COVID-19 upon arrival and request a free vaccine against COVID-19.
Currently, the US-Canada border remains closed to all non-essential travel. Many international travelers, including those from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Schengen area of Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa and other countries, are still barred from entering the United States. More information can be found on the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services website.