Hawaii is updating its COVID-19 travel restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving, Governor David Ige announced on Thursday.
Starting from Tuesday, November 24, travelers will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to departure in order to bypass the 14-day mandatory quarantine for out-of-state travelers.
Under the updated program, travelers’ test results must be available prior to boarding the final leg of their trip, otherwise they must be quarantined for 14 days or their length of stay, whichever is shorter. In the past, travelers were able to upload their results on arrival to avoid isolation. However, some people who came to Hawaii without confirmation then tested positive for coronavirus.
“We are currently taking this additional safety precaution to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the continental US and around the world. Health of residents and visitors is our top concern, especially as more and more people are traveling to Hawaii”, Mr. Ige said.
Governor Ige also announced that starting in mid-December, travelers flying from Canada to Hawaii will be able to bypass the two-week quarantine round if they take the COVID-19 test from labs identified by Air Canada and WestJet within 72 hours of travel. Those travelers will also need to bring their negative results to avoid quarantine.
“Many Canadians love to visit Hawaii during the winter months to avoid the cold, so the timing is right. Hawaii has the most stringent pre-travel check in the United States and we are grateful to the Air Canada and WestJet to make it work to their passengers”, Mr. Ige added.
Currently, a number of hotels in Hawaii are offering visitors free nights if they participate in various volunteer projects during their stay.