Hawaii was supposed to reopen in August but it had to cancel its reopening and now the visitors will have to wait a little longer. It is planning to reopen on September 1 but that also depends on the pandemic situation.
However, many travelers are canceling their trips as many states are mandating the 14-day quarantine restriction. The Aloha State’s governor David Ige issued a statewide order that tourists and residents coming to Aloha will have to quarantine for 14-days. However, on June 10, he extended that order through July 31.
The state announced that visitors with negative COVID-19 test results can come to the islands without the need to quarantine. The travelers must take the test within 72 hours of arrival. There were additional stipulations. Travelers must take an FDA-approved test from a CLIA-certified laboratory completed prior to arrival. Ad the state is not doing any testing at the airport.
After this announcement, many travelers were planning their trip to Hawaii and made bookings for August and the coming months. But due to a sudden surge in the coronavirus cases in the US and an increase in cases in Hawaii the reopening is officially postponed.
However, there has been a total of 1,243 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Hawaii. The highest number of cases, 942, are on Oahu. There are 135 cases on Maui, 102 on the Big Island, and 43 on Kauai. An additional 21 residents have been diagnosed with the virus outside the state. There have been 22 deaths in Hawaii due to COVID-19.
Hawaii’s governor is still planning on lifting the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. But for those visitors who have a negative result after taking a COVID-19 test. And it should be no more than 72 hours in advance of travel.
Hawaii’s Safe Travel System
If you plan to travel to the state and go for self-quarantine on arrival then you will have to register with Hawaii’s Safe Travel System. You will have to register yourself 72 hours prior to tour arrival.
However, when you are in quarantine, you need to check in on the app daily to report the condition of your health.
On May 1 to 18, 2019, some 422,651 visitors and residents arrived in Hawaii by air, according to data provided by the Hawaii Vacation & Convention Bureau (HVCB). However, at the same time in May 2020, only 10,947 individuals arrived in Hawaii by air.
This low number of travelers made the airline reduce its routes to the Hawaiian Islands. Southwest was previously operating 12 daily flights to Hawaii but the pandemic is causing it to suspend its flight and now it is operating only two flights.