Have you been longing for a vacation after the chaos of the last 8 months due to COVID-19 and the lockdowns?
Well, it may be time to grab your swimsuit, suntan lotion, and head to Hawaii.
After being closed off to tourists since the pandemic the State of Hawaii continues to move forward with its COVID-19 pre-travel testing program set to launch on Oct. 15. But there are some restrictions and rules to follow before you start packing.
For example, Gov. David Ige recently announced a critical requirement of the program — only test results from trusted testing and travel partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health will be accepted.
Hawaii Health & Safety Travel Tips
Before you buy your airline ticket know the State of Hawaii will accept test results from these approved testing partners only: AFC Urgent Care, Bartell Drugs, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS Health, Discover Health MD, Kaiser Permanente (for members only), Quest Diagnostics, Vault Health and Walgreens; and these travel partners only: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Oakland International Airport.
Registration instructions and costs can be found at the partners’ websites. As additional partners will be added soon, travelers are encouraged to check Safe Travels Partners to identify the most convenient testing option.
Don’t forget proof of a negative COVID-19 test from one of these testing and travel partners allow travelers to proceed without the 14-day mandatory self-quarantine. Steps of the new entry protocols, including first registering on the Safe Travels digital platform, can be found at HawaiiCovid19.com.
While eager to once again share aloha with travelers, Hawaii’s visitor industry recognizes the importance of proceeding with the utmost care and has established enhanced health and safety protocols to protect Hawaii residents, its workforce, and guests.
Travelers will be expected to join residents’ efforts to keep Hawaii safe by wearing a face covering while in public and practicing good hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying Hawaii’s breathtaking natural beauty, extraordinary open spaces, and unique experiences.
Source: Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau