Travelers who want to have a quarantine free stay in Hawaii will have to wait till October 1.
Hawaii Governor David Ige on Tuesday said that a new protocol for travelers that will visit Hawaii from out of state during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will not go into effect before October.
If the updated reopening order starts on October 1. Then the visitors coming to Hawaii will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. So they can avoid an otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine that has been in place since March 26.
Changes in Reopening Date
However, the quarantine requirement was supposed to end on August 1. But it was moved forward to September and now it is moved to October 1, the government announced.
The quarantine free reopening was delayed because of many factors Ige said. One reason was that in the US there is a recurrence of new cases every day. It also includes California, which is one of Hawaii’s main visitor markets.
However, there has been an increase in cases in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health on August 19, reported 261 new coronavirus cases. The total number of cases is now 5,609 cases statewide since February 28, 2020.
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make. This delay will further hurt our economy, but as I’ve always said—we will make decisions based on the best available science and facts prioritizing the health and safety of Hawaii residents,” Governor Ige said in a statement.
Once the coronavirus testing option starts, travelers from other states coming to Hawaii will have to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic test. They must get this test before arriving on the islands. This test should be from a testing location that has been approved by the Hawaii State Department of Health.
However, the Hawaii health department has not yet provided a list of approved testing locations. But travelers will have to provide the evidence of a PCR test that the FDR will approve and it must not be within 72 hours before arrival on the islands.
However, Hawaii is not providing the option of testing for visitors arriving on the islands. As an option that Alaska is offering to visitors.
Therefore, without a negative test result, visitors arriving in Hawaii will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Currently, the state is following a mandatory 14-day quarantine rule to all travelers arriving. This requirement is for both private and commercial aircraft.
According to the quarantine order, visitors and residents must go directly to their designated quarantine location after leaving the airport. There they will have to stay for 14 days (or for the duration of their stay in Hawaii, whichever is shorter). For residents, the designated quarantine location should be their home. For visitors, designated quarantine locations would be either their hotel room or vacation lodging.
Moreover, while in quarantine, residents and visitors must not go to any public spaces. It includes pools, fitness centers, and restaurants.
Moreover, visitors and residents arriving at Hawaii’s airports will have to complete a State Travel and Health form. Failure to do so will have to pay a fine of up to $5,000 or up to one year of jail time, or both.