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Traveling just got easier for those coming to Alaska, with a relaxed state mandate going into effect Friday.

Alaska residents have had their hall pass stateside extended from 24 hours to 72 hours. Those who leave the state and return during that window will not be required to take a COVID-19 test but must self-monitor for symptoms for two weeks, according to Health Mandate 10. State sponsored coronavirus tests are free for Alaska residents.

While Alaska residents still have the option of self quarantining for two weeks in lieu of taking a test, non-residents coming to Alaska are subject to compulsory testing if they enter the state without negative results from a test taken within 72 hours or proof that they have taken a test and self quarantine until results are issued. The state charges non-residents $250 for COVID testing. 

Those who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last three months are allowed into Alaska if they are no longer experiencing symptoms and have a note from a public health official or a doctor stating they are cleared for travel. These individuals do not have to take another COVID test.