How to bypass Hawaii’s quarantine upon arrival

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Hawaii is officially reopening.

The state’s pre-arrivals testing program begins on Thursday, October 15, 2020, meaning that, for the first time in months, incoming travelers have the option to bypass a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the islands.

Under Governor David Ige’s plan, any inbound traveler who can produce confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test from one of Hawaii’s approved testing partners can bypass the 14-day self quarantine. The negative result must be administered within 72 hours of the final leg of departure.

Planning to head to the islands? Make sure you register on the state’s Safe Travels website beforehand. All incoming travelers are required to create a profile and fill out an online health questionnaire on the site.

Ige confirmed on Tuesday that all islands will participate in the pre-arrival testing program for trans-Pacific travelers, with voluntary post-arrival tests being implemented on Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Travelers going from Honolulu to Maui or Kauai will also be able to get a pre-travel test within 72 hours of departure and avoid quarantine.

Ige also said the state is “exploring a pre-travel testing relationship with Japan,” and that he hopes to announce more details soon.

Reopening to tourism is a tall order for the islands, with the mandatory two-week quarantine having been in effect since late March and the pre-arrivals testing program having been pushed back several times.

The program was first announced in June and originally planned to begin on August 1. It was then pushed back, first to September 1, then to October 1 and finally to October 15.

If you’re heading to the islands any time soon, consult the resources below for the latest information, to ensure you’re compliant with pre-arrival testing procedures. Failure to meet the requirements will result in a mandatory 14-day quarantine, with stiff penalties still in place.

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