Hawaii tourism returning for those who test negative for COVID-19 on Oct 15th

If you are looking to vacation in Hawaii, traveling to the state will become easier next month! Starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19.

Travelers will need to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival to Hawaii. They will then need to show that have either a pending result or a negative result. If the traveler arrives in Hawaii with a pending COVID-19 test, they will need to quarantine until the results come back. Visitors can still travel to Hawaii without a COVID-19 test, however, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Along with a COVID-19 test, travelers will also have to fill out a “Safe Travels” application. There are two forms travelers can fill out: one for interisland travel and one for trans-Pacific travel. Visitors are also encouraged to minimize interactions with others outside of their bubble and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said drugstore operator CVS and health care provider Kaiser Permanente will conduct COVID-19 tests as part of an agreement with the state. This pre-travel testing program was originally supposed to go into effect on August 1, 2020, but has been pushed back multiple times now.

State leaders are hopeful that this program will encourage visitors to return to Hawaii in a way that keeps everyone safe. Tourism traffic to the state has dropped more than 90% since the pandemic began, forcing hundreds of hotels to close and putting many people out of work.

Hopefully, this program will not be pushed back again and Hawaii can safely reopen to visitors.


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