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Inter-Island Ferry Authority COVID-19 Protocol

In these unprecedented times, the IFA is taking a proactive approach to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by trying to balance the travel needs of Communities with the CDC and DHSS precautions and Health Mandates, Orders and Alerts. We are practicing 6′ social distancing, wearing face coverings and using CDC recommended disinfecting procedures. We also require that travelers wear proper face covering and we require all passengers fill out a Passenger Wellness Screening Form.

In order to facilitate Social Distancing on board the vessel, we’ve reduced our normal passenger capacity which means that passenger space is limited. Please make your reservations in advance and arrive early to ensure your space on-board. 

The IFA’s top priority is the health and safety of anyone boarding our vessels and entering our terminals as the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to impact all of us. Your cooperation in following Crew and Agent directions at all times is greatly appreciated. Please check-in early to allow for these additional check-in measures. Be safe, travel smart!

IFA Requires all Travelers to Wear Masks

Hollis, Alaska – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Order Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act requiring persons to wear proper face coverings when using public transportation systems to help reduce the introduction, transmission and spread of COVID-19.  Beginning February 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM, the Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) is mandated to require persons 2 years and older to wear proper face coverings when using our facilities and when traveling on our vessels. To the extent possible, the IFA will accommodate a passenger who is unable to follow this Order due to a disability or medical condition. We appreciate your cooperation with the IFA complying with the provisions of this Order.    Mask-Order-CDC_GMTF_01-29-21-p.pdf

IFA Adds Safety Protocol 

For more information, contact Ron Curtis General Manager Inter-Island Ferry Authority at (907) 401-3564 or by email at [email protected]

IFA adds Passenger Wellness Screening Form

Hollis, Alaska – The IFA has implemented CDC and DHSS precautions to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission on its vessels and at its terminals. In an effort to continue to keep our passengers & crews safe, the Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) will require passengers to complete a Passenger Wellness Screening Form before allowed to board our vessel. The IFA’s top priority is to keep customers, employees and communities safe, and we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to our protocols.

Traveling to Alaska?

Go to the State of Alaska Website for more information about COVID-19 requirements! 

Ketchikan Terminal Use Restrictions

Please note that the Ketchikan Terminal is closed to the public so there is no waiting area for travelers. Only IFA or AMHS customers picking up tickets or making travel arrangements are allowed in the terminal at this time. 

If you or someone you  know will be traveling with us, please have other arrangements in place for waiting until the 2:30pm boarding begins.

You can check-in and pick up your tickets at the Terminal on your sail day, and you can call us seven days a week at 866-308-4848 for more information or to book your reservations!

Sailing Schedule for 2021

The IFA sails 6 day a week! We sail Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and we depart Hollis at 8:00am and depart Ketchikan at 3:30pm. Terminals will be closed on the No-Sail day (Tuesdays) but Agents are available by phone at 866-308-4848 or by Email seven days a week. Check our Travel Advisories page for schedule changes or updates.



Click Here to go to link for State of Alaska’s Frequently Asked Questions and Click Here to got to State of Alaska’s current Health Orders.

CDC Department of Health & Social Services Order Mask Requirement 2/1/2021

 Security Directive Mask Requirement by United States Department of Homeland Security 1/31/2021

Outbreak Health Order #8 – Updated 1/14/2021 Intrastate Travel click here for explanation

Outbreak Health Order #6 – Updated 1/14/2021 International and Interstate Travel

Outbreak Health Order #5  Updated 1/14/2021 Critical Infrastructure 


  • FOOD SERVICE UPDATES:  Galley food service is available but with a slightly limited menu.


  • For updated information from Center for Disease Control & Prevention Click Here