By Krizelle Solidum In early June, Alaska officials updated travel warrants for anyone entering the state. The restriction on non-essential travel across the land border of the United States and Canada will continue until July 21 at least. Those crossing the Canada-United States border must prove their crossing is essential by presenting documents, reason for travel and length of stay. Since the issuance of travel warrants, more than 2,000 people have landed in the state. With existing state warrants, travelers entering Alaska have the option of providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test ( 72 hours to five days) before departure. They must retest within seven to 14 days. If the second test is negative, there are no more restrictions. The other option is a compulsory quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. No test is necessary for those in quarantine. Those who do not have access to the tests before departure, or who may not get their results in time before traveling to Alaska, can get their first COVID test- 19 at the airport for free. All travelers who are not in quarantine should minimize interactions until a second test shows negative results. The test is available by appointment locally at the Dahl Memorial Clinic. Anyone wishing to be screened is advised to call ahead to help protect staff and patients. If the COVID-19 test was previously positive, all the same requirements are valid, as well as a recovery note issued by a doctor. get away, wear a mask and get tested if you are sick, “said Cody Jennings, director of the Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau. If you are crossing Canada, a series of health questions will be asked. Individuals are 24 hours to cross the Yukon Territory with limited stops for essential reasons only. The final decision to approve entry into Canada is made by the Canada Border Services Agency, determined on a case-by-case basis. Amico, a local Norwegian skag, was able to see for himself what an American citizen was to travel across Canada. D’Amico was returning to Skagway from the Mat-su region as he runs a local auto repair shop. While crossing the border, D’Amico was asked to provide a copy of his rental agreement, a business license and proof of employment. Once D’Amico had been approved for passage, he was informed that only one family per ai Re rest was allowed. When traveling out of state for five days or less, a test is not required, but residents are strongly recommended to self-quarantine back for the 14 days allocated. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine until a negative result is obtained. It is the traveller’s responsibility to find suitable accommodation.Rob May, a returning Norwegian Skag, returned from a trip to Spain where he visited the Camino de Santiago in early June when the coronavirus peaked in Spain, in May, with others in his group of tourists was invited to return to the United States. Everyone had to book flights because the country only allowed flights from Spain to the UK. The plane only had two rows with two seats on each side, “said May. What May noticed was how different the culture was in Fresno, where wearing a mask was mandatory by report to Juneau Airport, where he noticed that he and the pilot were the only ones who wear face covers can choose to quarantine their brother’s home in Fresno, California, until he can take a flight to Alaska. When he returned, May’s priority was to get tested for COVID-19. He received his results in about 30 minutes. May said he was doing his best to do what the state asked each traveler to do.
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