November 16, 2020 by Austin McDaniel What has changed in the October 16th travel update? The changes keep protective protocols in place but are aimed at making the rules simpler and easier to understand. Key changes include: Changes to the Travel Portal now consolidate information for residents and nonresidents. As before, Alaska residents are eligible for a free COVID test when they return to Alaska, if they so choose, and may also opt to self-quarantine for 14 days rather than take a test. Nonresidents are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure but can test upon arrival into Alaska for $250. Travelers into Alaska are now required to social distance for 5 days. A second test is optional but not required. Five days is the median incubation period. Strict social distancing allows travelers to visit outdoor public places, but asks that travelers remain six feet away from anyone not in your immediate household, wear a face covering and not enter restaurants, bars, gyms, community centers, sporting facilities, office buildings, and school or daycare facilities. Do not participate in any group activities, including sporting events and practices, weddings, funerals, or other gatherings. A second test is optional and can be done 5-14 days after arrival Residents leaving and returning to Alaska within a 72 hour window do not need to test or quarantine on return. Critical infrastructure workers should follow their company’s protocols any time they travel. Local restrictions still apply. Please check with local communities before you travel.