Hawaii to Lift 14-day Quarantine

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If you have tested negative for COVID-19 then you can visit Hawaii without 14-day quarantine.

Since the outbreak of the virus in the US, Hawaii has taken some serious measures to keep the virus from spreading.

However, on March 26 the governor David Ige implemented a 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving in Hawaii. The quarantine restrictions were extended through July 31. 

However, the governor, Ige made an amendment in his decision of mandatory quarantine. This decision has made the visitors, residents returning to Hawaii, and local businesses happy for the first time in three months.

“Beginning August 1, travelers who have a valid negative Covid-19 test prior to arriving will not be subject to the 14-day mandatory quarantine.”

COVID-19 Test Requirement

Visitors coming from another state to Hawaii must get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic test (also known as the nasal swab test) prior to arrival on the Islands. This test should be conducted at a location that has been approved by the Hawaii State Department of Health. 

However, the health department has not provided the approved testing locations list up until now.

But travelers will have to provide evidence of an FDA-approved PCR test that was taken within 72 hours before arrival on the islands.

However, the island will not be providing the facility for taking tests on arrival. Whereas, Alaska is offering this facility to visitors arriving in the state.

Without the negative test result, tourists or residents arriving from other states will have to quarantine for 14-days.

People who have to quarantine should directly proceed to their selected quarantine location after leaving the airport. The visitors will have to stay where they are for 14 days during their stay in Hawaii.

The residents and visitors must not go to public places while in quarantine. They should avoid going to pools, fitness centers, and restaurants.

Boost For Tourism Sector

However, this decision is a positive sign for Hawaii’s tourism sector. Hopefully, travel is returning to normal after being standstill for the past few months.

Moreover, there was no tourism business in Hawaii due to lockdown restrictions all over the US. So any glimmer of hope for the safe return of travelers is surely welcome.

Ige, strongly suggests that Hawaii needs to get back the tourists to support the economy. However, the governor is trying to do whatever he can to protect the health, safety, and well-being of both residents and visitors to the islands of Hawaii.

“The health of our community remains our primary focus. This multilayered, pre-travel testing and screening process allows travelers an alternative to the 14-day travel quarantine in a way that protects the health and safety of our kama’āina and visitors,” Ige said. “Now is the time to work together to ensure that our local businesses can safely reopen.”

Travel Bubble

The state was also planning to establish a travel bubble with Japan last month. This will allow Japanese tourists to arrive in Hawaii without quarantine if they meet certain criteria of the state.

 It would seem Ige’s pronouncement negates the necessity of this “bubble” approach, though he did not provide any specific details.

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