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Alaska, United States Travel Information

According to topb2bwebsites, Alaska is the largest state in the United States of America. Alaska is located in North America, bordering Canada and several seas (including the Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean). Alaska was purchased from Russia by the United States of America in 1867. The capital of Alaska is Juneau. Some major cities in Alaska are: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Unalaska and Sitka.

About 12,000 years ago, the Eskimos and Native Americans were the first inhabitants of Alaska. Alaska is known for its beautiful flora and fauna. There are thousands of species of wildlife such as bears, wolves, seals, foxes, lynxes and killer whales. There are many national parks, impressive glaciers, blue waters, mountains, volcanoes and vast ice landscapes. Small groups of Eskimos still live in Alaska. See jibin123 for study in United States.

The largest islands of Alaska:
Aleutian Islands (Fox Islands, Andreanof Islands, Rat Islands and Near Islands), Kodiak Island, Saint Lawrence Island and the Alexander Archipelago (including Chichagof Island, Admiralty Island, Baranof Island, Wrangell Island, Revillagigedo Island, Kupreanof Island, Prince of Wales Island, Kuiu Island and Etolin Island).

Where is Alaska located?

Travel information of Alaska

Official name: State of Alaska
Continent: North America
Area: 1,481,347 km²
Capital: Juneau
Country code: US, USA
Population: 736,081 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: State of the United States of America
Highest point: 6,194 m (Mount McKinley)
Distance (Amsterdam – Juneau): 7,198 km
Flight time: approximately 15 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Alaska that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Alaska, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and vacations to Alaska. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Alaska?

Weather and climate
In the south along the coast and in the west and near the islands there is a maritime climate (20 degrees in summer to -15 degrees in winter). In the north there is a tundra climate (-10 to -30 degrees throughout the year). In the east and center there is a continental climate with high temperatures (25 degrees in summer to -30 degrees in winter).
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Alaska can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Alaska can be found at Climate info.

Best time
June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Alaska. In these months there is a lot of wildlife to spot and the temperatures are the most pleasant.

American English is the official language in Alaska.
Would you like to translate from or into English for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is still valid upon your return to the Netherlands. An emergency passport will not be accepted.
A visa is not necessary if you travel with a transport company that works with the ‘visa waiver program’ and stays shorter than 90 days.
Since January 12, 2009, travelers traveling to the US under the Visa Waver Program must register at least 72 hours before arrival in the US. This registration consists of completing a questionnaire via the internet: The fee of USD 14 per person must be paid by credit card.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the United States:
Dutch consulates in the United States:
US Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations to visit Alaska.

Money and Currency
In Alaska, payment is made with the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Alaska can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Alaska are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +3% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (14% cheaper), food (34% more expensive), imported beer in catering (33% more expensive), cigarettes (3% cheaper) and public transport (27% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Alaska it is customary to tip because of the low salary. If no service charge has been charged yet, tip approximately 15-20% for excellent service, 10% for mediocre service and 5% or nothing for poor service.

Time difference
In most of Alaska it is 10 hours earlier than in the Netherlands.
In the Aleutian Islands (west of 169° 30′) it is 11 hours earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in Alaska differs from that in the Netherlands.
Alaska’s local times, dates, time zones, time zone map, and exceptions can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and Route
In Alaska you must drive on the right side.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Alaska.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Alaska.

In Alaska you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Alaska can be found on our electricity page (see United States of America).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911

Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Alaska can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Alaska can be found at Abyznewslinks.

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The country code (international access code) to call someone in Alaska is 001907 or +1907.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Alaska? Then use the Dutch country code 01131.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Alaska Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Alaska Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Alaska.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Alaska.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Alaska can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Alaska, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Alaska?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have visited Alaska before. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Alaska can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Alaska can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Places of interest
A number of well-known and frequently visited places of interest in Alaska are as follows:
– Denali National Park
– Katmai National Park
– White Pass & Yukon Railroad
– Glacier Bay National Park
– Dalton Highway
– Alyeska Aerial Tram
– Tenakee Hot Springs
– Aurora Ice Museum
– Alaska Zoo
– Alaska Native Heritage Center

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Alaska? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Alaska.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Alaska, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Alaska, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Alaska? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, housing, scholarship, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.

Relevant Legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Alaska.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed blood alcohol content is 0.8 (0 for novice drivers under 21).
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 19, smoke from the age of 18.
– Smoking Ban: Varies by city.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Alaska is the largest state in the United States of America?
…Alaska has the largest number of active glaciers in the world?
…Alaska shares a portion of the proceeds from the Trans-Alaska pipeline with all residents?
…17 of the 20 highest mountains in the United States of America are in Alaska?
…Alaska has only one domestic rail line?

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