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But, if youâre planning a trip to Alaska, you want to make sure youâre adequately prepared for anything. Thatâs where travel insurance comes in.
Travel Requirements for Alaska
Although Alaska is separated from the other contiguous 48 states, itâs still part of America. This means that there arenât distinctions between travel insurance requirements for the United States and travel insurance requirements for Alaska.
If youâre visiting the United States as a tourist or on a B1/B2 visa, purchasing travel insurance isnât mandatory. If youâre a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, your domestic healthcare should cover your medical care. Although travel insurance isnât required, itâs still a good idea. In fact, since visitors to Alaska take advantage of the amazing wilderness and participate in higher-risk outdoor activities, purchasing travel medical insurance is highly recommended.
Although travel medical insurance isnât necessary for U.S. citizens, Americans should still consider opting for trip insurance, which protects the financial investment of your trip in case your trip is delayed or cancelled.
COVID-19 in Alaska
Health & safety
When traveling through Alaska, medical issues and emergencies are some of the more common safety issues you may encounter. Because Alaska is known for its wilderness adventures, visitors often take part in adventurous activities, such as hiking, glacier trekking, kayaking, and canoeing. Although these activities are fun, they also present greater risk. And if youâre visiting from out of the country, these specific activities are generally excluded from a traditional travel medical insurance policy.
Instead, consider adding adventure sports coverage to your policy. Not only will it ensure that youâre covered if you are injured while taking part in these activities, but also it will provide all the peace of mind you need to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Beyond adventurous activities, itâs more common for Americans to carry guns in rural areas. Open carry is legal in Alaska, meaning that individuals over 21 who are allowed to possess a firearm can do so in the open. Donât be alarmed if you see someone with a gun, since this is legal. If someone seems particularly hot-headed or upset, itâs best to avoid them.
Finally, because youâll be spending plenty of time outdoors, be sure to pack bug spray and mosquito repellent.
Make sure you are up to date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some of the CDCâs most common vaccination recommendations for the United States.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Visas & documentation
If youâre traveling to the United States from Canada or Bermuda, youâll only need your passport to visit (in addition to above Covid requirements).
If youâre traveling from any other country, or youâre planning to work or study while in the U.S., then youâll need both a visa and your passport. The type of visa youâll need to obtain depends on where youâre coming from and what your purpose for visiting the U.S. is. For example, there are student-specific visas, visas for spouses, or visas for certain teachers and professors, among many others. Most visas donât require you to purchase travel insurance. However, itâs still a smart idea for anyone entering the U.S. to purchase travel medical insurance since medical costs are unusually high.