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New Covid-19 Regulations for Alaska Travellers



Canadian Border to Remain Closed




BC Ferries Add Sailings





Schedule A Covid-19 Test In The Bellingham WA Area

Northwest Laboratory on Meridian Street in Bellingham

To be tested for COVID-19, first contact your healthcare provider.
Testing locations are only accepting patients who have been referred by a health care provider.
Do not contact testing sites without first contacting your healthcare provider and getting a referral.  


Alaska Implements changes to Operating Proceedures

AMHS Current Standard Operating Procedures

"Alaska marine has implemented changes to their standard operating procedures to protect against the transmission of COVID-19 on their vessels. The safety of passengers and crew is the highest priority for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Alaska Marine continues to work to establish protocols intended to protect everyone during sailings, especially sailings that are longer in duration.
Alaska Marine highly recommends that all passengers make advanced reservations to ensure confirmed space for travel during this time as they are operating with reduced vessel capacity.

Travel protocols for the Alaska Marine Highway were developed specific to ferry travel and may be more restrictive than State of Alaska travel mandates. Please follow all Alaska Marine protocols when planning to travel by ferry and State guidance for all other travel.

Travel Advisories

Travel to Alaska – Beginning Friday June 5, 2020 at 11:55pm travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country must follow new protocols. Read the new rules on the Traveler Information page.
For all the latest State of Alaska health mandate details, please see the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/.

Travel within Alaska – All travel to or from a community off the road system or marine highway system is prohibited, except as necessary for critical personal needs or critical infrastructure.
This mandate is in effect until rescinded.
For additional details on the definitions of acceptable travel, critical personal needs, or critical infrastructure, please see the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/.


Alaska Ferry Travel Protocol Requirements

AMHS Announces New Protocols

To minimize transmission of COVID-19 the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced new operational protocols to protect against the transmission of COVID-19 on vessels.

These protocols apply to:
1. All passengers (over the age of 2) on the mainline ferries Kennicott, Matanuska and Tustumena are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before boarding.

2. All passengers on the day vessels LeConte and Lituya must complete a
Passenger Screening Form (click to download) before boarding. They must respond "no" to all questions.

3. Passenger boarding in Bellingham Washington must complete the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form (Click to download) and provide these to AMHS crew at boarding.
    AMHS passengers must be able to select #1 (a) on the declaration form.
4. All passengers (over the age of 2) and crew are required to wear face coverings while onboard mainline vessels Kennicott, Matanuska and Tustumena, except when in a stateroom, in a designated smoking area or while eating.

Accommodations will be made for passengers who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical conditions.

5. All passengers (over the age of 2) and crew are required to wear face coverings while onboard the day vessels LeConte and Lituya, except when in a designated smoking area or while eating.

Accommodations will be made for passengers who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical conditions.

- Passengers and crew will not be allowed to go ashore during port calls.
- Passengers will be allowed ashore only upon arrival at their destination port.
- All passengers and crew will practice social distancing.

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, especially sailings that are longer in duration.

To find testing in your location, visit:
Test site locator for the U.S. Alaska test site locator


BC Ferries Unveils The Ferry " Island Discovery "

Hybrid-Electric Ferry For Texada Island – Powell River Route


With a capacity of 47 vehicles and 392 passengers, the Island Discovery is the first of a series of hybrid-electric ships designed for future full electric operation. Her launch will see the 59-year-old North Island Princess retired.

The hybrid technology enables the ferries to bridges the gap while waiting for shore charging infrastructure and funding to become available.

Replacing the Quadra Queen II ( which will become a relief ferry) on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route later in June, will be the Island Aurora, the second vessel in the Island Class series.

To book ferry travel, go to ferrytravel.com or call 1-800-686-0446


BC Ferry Passage Requirements

Face Masks A Must For All Ferry Passengers


As of 15 June, 2020, all passengers travelling onboard BC Ferries, on routes longer than 30 minutes are required to be in possession of a face mask that covers their mouth and nose.


Passengers must agree to wear the covering when they cannot maintain two metres (six feet) of physical separation from other people onboard.


This directive applies to all passengers over the age of two, including those passengers travelling in a vehicle.


Customers must bring their own face coverings as BC Ferries will not be supplying them to travellers.


For all questions or to book the Port Hardy - Prince Rupert ferry, please email info@ferrytravel.com


 


Alaska Cancels The Tustumena Ferry Sailings



Alaska Ferries Restrict Space




Passport Reminder For Alaska Ferry Travel




Alaska Ferries Implement COVID-19 Protocols


Enhanced COVID-19 protocols have been implemented at all terminals and aboard all vessels.
Passengers will be required to complete a health screening form prior to boarding and people who are ill,or have recently had contact with an infected person, will not be permitted to travel.

All passengers & AMHS employees are instructed to: 
 
1. practice good hygiene
2. follow social distancing guidelines

3.
ensure social distancing in food service spaces

Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert


Clipper Postpones Seattle - Victoria Ferry Service Till July




Alaska Pulls The MV Columbia From Service



The Covid-19 situation could cause schedule changes at any time.


Alaska Ferries : Understanding Dynamic Pricing





AMHS TO THE RESCUE


Alaska Ferry Summer Schedules Updated

Four Alaska Ferry Vessels Expected To Resume June July Service



The following ferry vessels sailings are current, although tentative:
02 June:
The Tustumina sail to Southwest Alaska (Kodiak & the Aleutian chain) 1x per month.
25 June: the Kennicott will resume service Ketchican to Bellingham. 
She will travel the cross-gulf route (Juneau - Whittier) on alternate weeks.
17 June: the LeConte will commence the Northern Panhandle service.

01 July: the Columbia is scheduled to commence service for Southeast Alaska ( Bellingham, Ketchican, Wrangell, Sitka Petersburg, Juneau, Haines, Skagway)

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