Should you’re planning to travel to Hawaii, right here’s what you’ll have to know and anticipate if you wish to go to in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hawaii reopened to guests from inside the US and a small variety of international locations in October, however guests should present proof of a unfavorable Covid-19 check end result.
Due to winter storms on the US mainland, Hawaii’s Secure Travels Program is quickly accepting legitimate check outcomes inside 96 hours as a substitute of 72 hours by way of Wednesday, February 24. This is applicable solely to vacationers arriving from the mainland. The protocols will return to the standard 72 hours on February 25.
All air passengers entering the United States should now current a unfavorable check end result. See beneath for particulars on which exams sorts are authorised particularly for the state of Hawaii, together with for People arriving from different states.
What’s on supply
Spectacular browsing, sandy seashores, conventional Pacific tradition and rugged volcanoes — together with the continued eruption of Kilauea. You may get day by day updates on volcanic exercise from the US Geological Survey here.
Hawaii’s geographical place and proud historical past make it in contrast to wherever else in the US.
Who can go
Vacationers from the US, Canada, Japan and South Korea are allowed to bypass Hawaii’s obligatory 10-day quarantine on most islands by following strict pre-travel testing guidelines (see beneath).
Past these international locations, Hawaii is following CDC guidelines, which means those that have been in Brazil, China, the European Schengen Space, Iran, Eire, South Africa and the UK previously 14 days will probably be denied entry. Vacationers from all different international locations should bear a 10-day quarantine or current a unfavorable check end result. Test the Hawaii Guide website for particulars because the scenario evolves.
All vacationers should additionally full a Safe Travels Hawaii form and lots of might want to bear a well being screening on arrival.
A number of airways — together with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines — have created preclearance packages permitting passengers on many flights to indicate their check outcomes earlier than departure and bypass the airport doc screening course of in Hawaii.
Beginning February 18, vacationers on choose flights on Delta Air Traces and United Airways from Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) can enroll and use CLEAR’s Health Pass to securely hyperlink their check outcomes to their verified identification earlier than touring.
What are the restrictions?
Hawaii’s journey restrictions are evolving quickly.
At the moment, all vacationers should both bear a 10-day quarantine or — if touring to any island aside from Kauai — keep away from quarantine by presenting a unfavorable check from a “trusted companion,” a listing of which will be discovered on Hawaii Covid-19 website.
For air vacationers getting into Hawaii from overseas, getting a particular kind of check — a Nucleic Acid Amplification Take a look at (NAAT) — from one among Hawaii’s authorised Trusted Testing Companions will probably be notably essential as a result of some exams accepted underneath the brand new US testing requirement that went into impact on January 26 wouldn’t permit vacationers to bypass Hawaii’s quarantine.
Take a look at outcomes should be uploaded to the Safe Travels Hawaii web site earlier than your flight to the islands. Exhibiting a unfavorable check on arrival in Hawaii is not ample and you’ll incur the 10-day quarantine.
There’s a obligatory contact tracing requirement for all vacationers from each the mainland and interisland to Maui. All vacationers to Maui must obtain the AlohaSafe Alert app on their cell phones. Should you don’t, you’ll have to enter a compulsory 10-day quarantine.
Guests who’ve been within the state of Hawaii for greater than three days may visit Kauai without quarantining by complying with quite a few measures together with a check greater than three days after arriving within the state however inside 72 hours earlier than touring to Kauai.
Kauai additionally introduced a shortened three-day quarantine choice for vacationers arriving from out of state who take part in a brand new “resort bubble” program.
Kauai Mayor Derek S. Ok. Kawakami has formally requested to rejoin the state Secure Travels Hawaii program. That will would make it pointless for Kauai’s out-of-state guests to remain in a resort bubble or spend time on one other Hawaiian island to get a quarantine exemption.
If Gov. David Ige approves the request, the brand new guidelines would go into impact on April 5.
Registration with Safe Travels Hawaii as quickly as flights are booked is obligatory for all vacationers older than 18. The shape will generate a singular QR code that should be scanned on arrival. Damaging exams should be uploaded right here, and a questionnaire should be accomplished 24 hours forward of journey.
The Secure Travels program randomly invitations vacationers to take part in a voluntary secondary check three to 4 days after arrival.
What’s the Covid scenario?
With solely about 27,890 instances and 440 deaths as of March 4, Hawaii has seen comparatively low Covid numbers in contrast with different US states. Strict lockdown measures had been put in place in March 2020 to make sure that the islands weren’t overwhelmed.
What can guests anticipate?
Restrictions fluctuate by island, though there’s a statewide masks mandate — they should be worn every time out in public.
Oahu has carried out a four-tier system of restrictions. On February 25, it moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3 (Tier 4 is the least restrictive), in keeping with a information launch from the workplace of Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi.
This implies elevated numbers in social gatherings are allowed — from not more than 5 individuals beforehand to now not more than 10. Different new relaxed allowances:
— Teams of 10 individuals allowed in eating places no matter family or dwelling unit, and the capability restrict of fifty% of authorized occupancy is gone.
— Industrial leisure boating is allowed as much as 50% capability.
— Helicopter excursions allowed with teams of as much as 10 individuals.
Maui, Molokai and Lanai — all in Maui County — permit for gatherings of as much as 5 individuals. Seashores and Maui County Parks are open.
On Hawaii Island, indoor and outside gatherings of 10 individuals are permitted so long as masks are worn and social distancing guidelines adopted. Seashores reopened in September.
Kauai has lately amended its quarantine guidelines (see above). It’s at the moment in Tier 4, which means gatherings of 10 individuals are allowed indoors and 25 outside. Eating places and bars are open however restricted to 50% capability indoors.
Our current protection
What’s it like touring to Hawaii proper now? CNN’s Brekke Fletcher wrote about her experience here.
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