June 15, 2021 - Based on the CDC recommendations released on June 10, face masks will no longer be required to be worn while on the outside decks of our vessels, or outside and on AMHS terminal property. However, the CDC continues to recommend wearing of masks in these areas by people who are not fully vaccinated. Face masks are still required to be worn while inside on our vessels and when inside any of our terminal buildings (with exceptions listed below) .
Further information on the current CDC requirement for face masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs can be found on the US CDC site here.
Our policies below have eliminated mandatory testing and screening policies for passengers aboard our vessels, however crew screening measures are still in effect.
AMHS has implemented changes to our standard operating procedures to protect against the transmission of COVID-19 on our vessels. The safety of passengers and crew is the highest priority for the Alaska Marine Highway System. AMHS continues to work closely with Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to establish protocols intended to protect everyone during sailings.
Travel protocols for the Alaska Marine Highway were developed with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) specific to ferry travel and may be more restrictive than State of Alaska travel mandates. Please review and follow all AMHS Travel Protocols when planning to travel by ferry and State guidance for all other travel. If you are planning to travel through Canada please check the latest entry restrictions before attempting to cross the border https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/menu-eng.html.
AMHS reminds Alaskans and visitors about the importance of adhering to the following protocols. If a positive case develops on a ship during transit, the health of all aboard could be impacted. This may include a required quarantine or isolation period for all aboard, with no access to public transportation for a minimum of 14 days. It is up to all passengers and crew to act responsibly so ferry service can continue in Alaska.
Travel to Alaska – Rules for travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country can be reviewed on the state Traveler Information page.
Travel within Alaska-Nov. 18, 2020 update: – Rules for travel to or from communities not connected to the road system or marine highway system are outlined in the Governor's Health Order No. 8. Some communities have additional restrictions, so check with local communities about non-essential travel off the road/ferry system. Alaska has many small and remote communities that lack a robust healthcare system and they may restrict non-essential travel. For additional details, please see the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website at: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-order/ and the Alaska Safe Travels website at https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/.
Crew Screening – When crew members report aboard a vessel, at every crew change, the purser will require evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 168 hours (7 days) prior to reporting for duty. OR a valid CDC issued COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card showing a complete vaccination can be shown in lieu of a negative test result and declaration.
AMHS Travel Protocols – All AMHS Travel Protocols are defined as follows:
****ALASKA STATE SAFE TRAVELS INFORMATION****
The Alaska Safe Travels is available from the State of Alaska, Department of Health.
Alaska Ferry recommendations are available at:
Are you planning to drive through Canada?
If you’re planning to drive through Canada to/from Haines, Alaska you are required to abide by the Canadian Regulations. Canadian Customs agents have the final authority to allow you to pass through Canada. Not having enough tread on your tires could cause Customs Agents to deny you permission to drive through Canada.
Updated August 4, 2021