(KETCHIKAN, Alaska) - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is clarifying Sunday’s press release that detailed new COVID-19 protocols for ferry travel.
The safety of passengers and crew is of the highest priority for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). AMHS continues to work closely with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to establish protocols intended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission during sailings, especially sailings that are longer in duration.
AMHS reminds Alaskans and visitors about the importance of adhering to these 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.
The following protocols apply for all AMHS travel effective immediately.
Shorter-duration and day-boat passenger travel DO NOT require COVID-19 testing or a sworn statement of quarantine.
Departures from Bellingham, Washington:
For passengers departing from Bellingham, Washington, a COVID-19 test must be administered within 72-hours of the day of departure, and a negative result must be presented upon checking in at the terminal or boarding for travel. The mandatory State of Alaska Traveler Declaration Form must be completed for each passenger and provided to AMHS crew at boarding. Passengers must be able to select #1(a) on the declaration form.
Details about which tests are accepted are located at covid19.alaska.gov/ufaqs/what-kind-of-tests-are-accepted/
Longer-duration mainliner routes originating in Alaska:
Passengers already in Alaska that choose to travel on longer-duration routes within Alaska and/or terminating in Bellingham, Washington, must select one of the following two options:
1. A COVID-19 test must be administered within five days of the departure date, and a negative result must be presented upon checking in at the terminal or boarding for travel. For example, if your departure is 3 p.m. Saturday, your test must be administered no earlier than 12:01 a.m. the previous Monday.
2. A sworn statement signed that affirms the traveler has followed quarantine standards for at least 14 days preceding the date of travel. Forms will be available on the AMHS website and available at check-in.
Longer-duration travel is defined as follows:
The following protocols remain in effect for ALL AMHS travel:
Travelers can make reservations at www.FerryAlaska.com or by contacting the AMHS reservation call center at 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066. AMHS COVID-19 protocols for passengers are available at dot.alaska.gov/amhs/covid19.shtml.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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