Covid-19 Travel Information for Mat-Su Visitors
The Mat-Su Valley is the perfect basecamp for an Alaska vacation - but now more than ever, it's important to visit safely. Our primary concern is for the safety of our community, our residents and our partners. Our tourism businesses are going above and beyond to provide you with a safe experience, and we hope you take those same precautions.
Current statuses and mandates
The state of Alaska is fully open and welcoming visitors. As of Feb. 14, 2021, mandates have changed when the State of Alaska's Covid emergency declaration expired. Health screenings at Alaska airports are optional, although encouraged. Testing is available at airports for free for residents and nonresidents. Social distancing is still recommended but is no longer mandatory upon arrival in Alaska. For the health of our communities and all Alaskans, public health officials have encouraged visitors to take advantage of the optional testing.
According to the state's latest Health Advisory, travelers to Alaska should complete a Travel Declaration Form and a self-isolation plan in the Alaska Travel Portal and should consider a pre-travel molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 with negative results within 72 hours of departure to Alaska, or a current test and self-isolate until results are known. Without a test prior to arrival, visitors are encouraged to test at the airport for free and follow strict social distancing until test results are available. Full details can be found on the state of Alaska's information page for travelers.
There have been 63,245 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Alaska as of noon Alaska time on April 16, including 10,799 in the Mat-Su Borough.
Alaska vaccination program
The State of Alaska is among the country's leaders in per-capita vaccinations for residents. As of April 16, 47.1 percent of all Alaskans 16 and older have received at least one dose with 39.1 percent fully vaccinated. Currently, all Alaskan residents and workers ages 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
- Mat-Su Borough Covid-19 website
- City of Wasilla
- City of Palmer
- Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- National Institutes of Health
When visiting Talkeetna, look for the Talkeetna Together sticker at local businesses - through this program, businesses have committed to enhanced cleaning and safety protocols to ensure a safe and fun experience for visitors.
Our tourism partners in the Mat-Su Valley are working hard to make your Alaska experience a safe and memorable one. Enhanced safety protocols, the wearing of face coverings, rigorous sanitation practices and social distancing are ways we can ensure the safety of our visitors and our communities. Below is a list of Mat-Su CVB members who have instituted enhanced guidelines for your safety. In their listing, visit the amenities tab for current protocols.