Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an administrative order on April 26 stating that the State of Alaska will not mandate vaccine passports for those traveling to or around Alaska.

The order clarifies that it is not intended to supersede any laws or rights that local governments or private businesses have to set COVID policies.

“Alaska has led the nation with our COVID-19 response and vaccination rates, effectively protecting our most vulnerable citizens. With high vaccination rates, we are seeing our economy come back to life and welcoming travelers to our state,” Dunleavy said in a prepared statement. “As I have said from the beginning, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is a private health decision best left between Alaskans and their doctor. I am unequivocally opposed to any government order requiring Alaskans to get this vaccine or using an individual’s vaccine status as a means of restricting their rights. There will be no vaccine passports under my watch.”

Dunleavy added that he will continue to protect the fundamental right of citizens to travel freely between states, as well as the rights of Alaskans who travel within the state.

In issuing the order, Dunleavy noted that more than 244,000 Alaskans are considered “fully vaccinated” from COVID. Among those age 65 and older, the vaccination rate is nearly 70%.

Dunleavy observed that the economic impact of the COVID has been “socially and economically devastating to the entire state.” In particular, he noted that the federal government’s restrictions on the cruise industry will “have a devastating impact on our 2021 tourism season.”

He added that each American has a right to accept or refuse COVID shots, which have only been approved for “emergency use authorization.”

“Vaccinations have been touted as a significant tool that can help move the State forward in bringing our communities out of the pandemic and into public and economic recovery, yet the Administration recognizes, and fully supports, the constitutional right to travel and the freedom for individuals to make personal health choices,” Dunleavy stated.

His administrative order encourages “precautionary behaviors to avoid transmission of COVID-19” but goes onto clarify that the executive branch “does not, and will not, require any person to produce their personal vaccine history, also referred to as a “Vaccine Passport,” in order to travel to, or around, Alaska. (The Alaska Marine Highway ferry system is allowed to inform passengers on long haul trips of the voluntary choice the passenger can make to provide proof of vaccination and avoid the need for a negative test before boarding).”

The order is effective immediately.

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Dunleavy order: No vaccine passports required to travel around Alaska

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael S Totten says:

    So basically it only applies to the ferry system. The airlines and individual city Council can still push their own bullcrap. Great job dunlevy you have basically done NOTHING!

    • Dee Cee says:

      Quite honestly, this comment makes me cringe. Try showing up for some assembly meetings. Where were you when we needed to organize a reverse boycott and shop on the “Day of Reckoning” in Anchorage? All those businesses who paid the price and stayed open and stayed the course. Where were you when Rivera’s Recall was going? Have you shown up for Dave Bronson’s campaign yet? Please do something here. Take action. Your local politicians are beholden to you (and me). It’s time for (political) battle.

      • Michael S Totten says:

        Where was I? it doesn’t matter where I was at because your assembly is so riddled with tyrants that nothing is going to change. If you think this is going to get done at the ballot box you are asleep. I lived in soldotna and i wasted years fighting at city hall and at the assembly and in the end the panel of 10 or 12 pass whatever they want regardless of your outrage because they think they are above you and they think they run the town because people are stupid and think that the voting box is honest. Get over it. Money controls politics.

  • G Aleution says:

    ALASKA AIRLINES decides who has constitutional rights to liberty in Alaska. No amount of lies is going to change that. RIGHTS ARE GONE AS PLANNED IN ALASKA. DON’T COME TO THIS GULAG IF YOU VALUE LIBERTY.

    • Dee Cee says:

      Stop flying on their service.
      It’ll only take a few months of organized boycott for that to change.
      And if you don’t believe me, look at what the citizens of Poland accomplished just a few years ago when Pepsi Co. was funding artificial sweetener research using aborted fetal cell lines. Boycotts work. They are needed PRONTO.

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    This Governor is weak, scared to take on tyrannical local politicians. He might as well stay in his covid bunker, every time he comes out he just looks weak, ineffective, and plain pathetic.

  • Jo says:

    But still trapped here…..when will you take a real stand. Stand up to the airlines. It’s a shame they have more control over the state than you

    • DoneWithIt says:

      Another “squish” move by Dunleavy.
      The cowardice is chilling.
      No executive order / mandate banning private businesses or local municipalities from demanding Covid passports.
      Another half-measure by a RINO.
      Just when I thought Dunleavy couldn’t possibly disappoint any more – he does…

  • EscapedAnchorage says:

    It’s more then what legislation was doing….WHICH IS NOTHING. While Laura Reinbold was throwing temper tantrums, Rasmussen & friends having frat parties in govt buildings and legislation too busy naming bridges(I’m not kidding; I was told they were doing it because it doesn’t cause conflict), legislation basically got nothing done. A lot of bickering, nothing actually passed, just hearings.

    Sure it’s not the best vaccine passport ban but it’s better then the nothing burger legislation is giving. Gov is desperately trying to get our tourist economy going again because we ain’t getting the oil economy like we used to. I give credit where it’s due, even if it’s not perfect.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Yes at least it’s something

    • John J. Otness says:

      Lora was throwing a fist into the unconstitutional bullshit being pulled by this Governor the Senate and the medical and corporate tyranny. Its too bad that mentally a lot of folks including the 17 Senators that took her seat as Judiciary Chair are so ignorant to the Constitution or as far as the 17 senators are beholden to another set of rules,,, Their stupid ass decorum . I was listening to a couple of senators I used to respect at a town meeting in Wasilla this weekend as they said they wanted to get back to the business of the people, Well that business is the Constitution first and you bending over to the left every time you turn around we all see. You have no unity of purpose and fellowship as you vote to expel. And the Business will be to allow the leftist communist to have their way. You gave up as you abandoned your wingman Lora…. Remove 17 Alaska they are here for them and not for the Constitution or they would have stood in solidarity with Lora…

  • John J Otness says:

    Plausible Deniability for the carnage inflicted for the encouragement for Alaskans to take this poison Experimental Vaccine. Johnson and Johnson was halted for deaths and side effects and this Gov and Franklin Jesus would take the Vaxx Graham have blood on their hands,,,, I hope Most ALASKANS SEE THE TWO FACED GAME BEING PLAYED HERE!!!!!!! WAKE UP.

    • Nicole says:

      Agreed. Dunleavy is guilty of spreading harmful propaganda by falsely claiming a reduction of viral infections from an experimental, gene-modifying and irreversible injection which has caused thousands of deaths and even more lifelong debilitating reactions. Because there exists no evidence the jab prevents infection or transmission, it is intentionally deceptive to claim the experimental jab creates herd immunity. These liars need to be held personally and legally responsible for the deaths and harm they are causing.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    The problem is all the CHURCHY people waiting on someone else to come fix it because they have no courage. Alot of upper middle class whites with no grit. Just go along to get along. To think i wasted 17 years in Alaska.

  • Nicole says:

    Correction: the impact of the unnecessary and illegal, globally-coordinated lockdowns, mask mandates, small business and church closures (NOT a virus!) has been “socially and economically devastating to the entire state.” It is the pernicious alliance between Big Government, Big Business, Big Media, and Big Tech which is the threat to humanity, not a treatable virus with a 99.99% survival rate for most people. Stop Lying!