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Alaska to require prearrival testing starting Aug. 11


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Tradewinds, Divi, Quarter House
Alaska to require prearrival testing starting Aug. 11

By Renee Brincks / USA / Travel Weekly / www.travelweekly.com / Jul 29, 2020

“Beginning on Aug. 11, visitors arriving in Alaska must present the negative results of a Covid-19 test completed within 72 hours of arrival....”


The scenic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, Skagway, Alaska.
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Well, it will be interesting to see how that works out for those travelling by car or truck from the contiguous US states to Alaska, or vice versa. Not really a problem for those arriving by air, but I wonder if officials have really thought this through for those transiting through Canada by vehicle.

As an example, according to Google Maps it is about 33 hours of straight driving time from the border crossing at Coutts, Alberta to the border crossing in Alaska at the end of the Alcan Highway!! Driving at night is not recommended in the far north, so that normally limits you to daytime travel.

If you only stop for two nights on the road and limit yourself to 9 hours each day to eat, sleep and top-up the gas tank, that eats up over 50 of the 72 hours!! That's a pretty tight (and exhausting) timeline. If they get to the border and don't meet the requirement, what happens then?

If they are US citizens or residents, they can't remain in Canada, but also can't technically be refused entry to the USA either. It will be interesting to see how this works out in practice.