Hawaii is updating its travel restrictions due to COVID-19 before Thanksgiving, government. David Ige announced Thursday.
Starting Tuesday, November 24, travelers will be required to have negative COVID-19 test results prior to departure to bypass the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors..
Under the updated program, visitors’ test results must be available prior to boarding the last leg of their journey, otherwise they will have to quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.. Previously, travelers could upload their results upon arrival to avoid self-isolation. However, some who arrived in Hawaii without confirmed results later tested positive for the Coronavirus.
“We are taking these additional safety precautions now in response to the exponentially increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the continental United States and around the world.. The health of our residents and visitors is our primary concern, especially as more people travel to Hawaii to celebrate the holidays. ». .
Ige also announced that, starting in mid-December, travelers flying from Canada to Hawaii will be able to bypass a two-week quarantine if they undergo COVID-19 testing from laboratories identified by Air Canada and WestJet within 72 hours of travel.. These travelers will also need their negative results on hand to avoid quarantine.
“Many Canadians like to visit Hawaii during the winter months to escape the cold weather, so the timing is perfect.. Hawaii has the most rigorous pre-travel testing program in the United States, and we are grateful to Air Canada and WestJet for making available to their passengers, ”added Ige..
Currently, some hotels in Hawaii offer travelers free nights if they participate in various volunteer projects during their stay.
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