Do You Need a Passport to Go to Alaska?

Published by Travel Visa Pro on Thu Jan 6 2022

Alaska is a constituent state of the United States of America. It is the 49th State of the USA constituted in 1959. Formerly a Russian territory but was purchased by the United States of America in 1867.

Alaska is the largest state in the USA. It borders Canada to the east and it shares a maritime border with Russia to the West

Do You Need a Passport to Go to Alaska?

U.S. citizens and residents do not need a passport to go to Alaska by air. However, from May 3, 2023, U.S. citizens ages 18 and above will need Real-ID Compliant identification to travel by air within the United States. This involves presenting a state-issued real ID, U.S. passport, military ID, etc.

U.S. citizens on a closed-loop cruise may be required to present proof of citizenship such as an original certificate of birth or a valid state-issued photo ID. U.S. citizens driving through Canada or traveling on a ferry or cruise ships with stops in Canada are required to possess a valid passport.

Do You Need a Visa to Alaska?

A flight to Alaska is considered a domestic flight. As such, no visa is required.

How to Get To Alaska

You can get to Alaska by flight, by road travels or by boat. The Alaska Marine Highway System provides ferry services.

Covid-19 Protocol

Persons who test positive to Covid-19 are not allowed entry into the state until they have been released from isolation by a medical provider or public health agency. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested when arriving. Testing is free at participating airports.

All travelers are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine in Alaska, including at participating airports and clinics.

While in Alaska, all the Covid-19 directives by the CDC such as wearing facemask and social distancing apply. Check the latest information at: covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/.

Will My Phone Work in Alaska?

AT & T and Verizon also operate in Alaska. AT&T has a greater amount of established coverage than Verizon.

However, Sprint and T-Mobile do not have their network operations extended to Alaska, but have roaming agreements with GCI, Alaska’s biggest local carrier.

The local carrier, GCI provides the best coverage in Alaska and boasts of coverage of about 97% of residents. You may want to explore the option of purchasing a GCI SIM card. However, some parts of Alaska, especially the wild areas you may want to visit may still not be covered. There is also the options of Alaska Communication Systems (ACS), it cover locations such as Juneau, Prudhoe Bay, Fairbanks, and other centralized regions.

You will need to check their websites for coverage maps that will show if your preferred provider covers the area you plan to visit.