Alaska Passport Requirements

Q: I am a U.S. citizen. Do I need a passport to visit Alaska?

A: This is a tricky question! It all depends on how you are getting to Alaska. If you are flying to and from Alaska you do not need a passport. If you are arriving in Alaska via a cruise you will need a passport as most Alaskan bound cruises start in Vancouver, BC. Beginning in 2008, travel between Canada and the United States now requires a passport. Traveling to Alaska by car would also require a passport because you have to travel through Canada.

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  1. MMQ
    December 28th, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    what if we have a round trip from seattle, wa? Do we still need a passport or will we be ok with certified birth certificate and valif government ID?

  2. February 17th, 2015 | 9:20 pm

    THE QUESTION ABOVE ABOUT A ROUND TRIP FROM SEATTLE TO ALASKA WAS NOT ANSWERED. A CRUISE REP SAID IF YOU LEFT SEATTLE AND RETURNED TO SEATTLE, A PASSPORT WAS NOT REQUIRED ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A STOP IN VANCOUVER. IF YOU GOT OFF THE SHIP IN VANCOUVER AND SPENT THE DAY SIGHT SEEING AND THEN RETURNED TO THE SHIP, WOULD A PASSPORT BE REQUIRED.

  3. Charles E. Mucha
    February 22nd, 2016 | 12:07 pm

    I will be making a trip to Denali National Park in July. I will be taking my 2 dogs. Will they have to be quarantined at the border when I pass through Canada?

  4. April 12th, 2016 | 4:33 pm

    Here is information on bringing pets into Alaska…https://dec.alaska.gov/eh/vet/pets.htm

  5. Linda b
    July 8th, 2016 | 1:18 pm

    Yes you need a passport if you want to get off the boat in Canada

  6. Linda b
    July 8th, 2016 | 1:20 pm

    If you don’t get off boat you still need to bring birth certificate and valid pic ID

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