Yes, visiting Hawaii is quite safe now, considering there are only 100-150 daily cases. Nevertheless, according to the CDC, people that can develop severe illness from COVID-19 should reconsider their travel plans to Hawaii. Only essential travel is recommended. (CDC.gov)
Hawaii’s government has canceled the 14-day quarantine since mid-October and welcomed visitors from all US states. Only a PCR test is required and downloading a health tracking app.
On the day of reopening, Hawaii received 8000 visitors which is considered a great success and boosts the economy of the islands. (Source: dailymail.co.uk)
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Hawaii, the famous U.S. state island, initially opened its doors to national and international travelers and tourists without strict restrictions. It didn’t go as planned and General Kenneth Hara, Hawaii Adjutant Director of the local Emergency Management Agency, has affirmed on the local news that as soon as they started opening up, the coronavirus spread quickly and the new positive cases grew exponentially. In order to try to stop the contagion, authorities have decided to put off their new traveling strategy to October 1. Until then, travelers are still bound to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Keep reading to learn about the current recommendations and restrictions for interisland and trans-Pacific travels.
How dangerous is the COVID-19 situation in Hawaii?
As of NOVEMBER 20, HAWAII has around 50 – 150 new daily cases which are considered quite low. In total there are 17,182 confirmed cases and 229 deaths caused by the virus. (Source: NYTimes)
General Hara stated that his team is learning from the poorly prepared opening plan that took them from an almost virus-free state to now fighting a record number of infections.
What is the process to get to Hawaii?
There are a few steps to follow if you are headed to this beautiful destination. Keep reading and take note so your trip goes smoothly.
Take a COVID-19 test.
Starting November 24, if you do not bring a recent negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) with you, you will need to quarantine.
Register in Safe Travels
The State of Hawaii has set in place a digital form, Safe Travels, to speed up screening procedures in their airports and to allow their health officials to keep track of possible outbreaks or threats to the local population.
Every traveler, even those traveling between islands, will have to fill out the form within the 24 hours prior to their trip. Click on this link, register using your Google or Facebook account and follow the instructions.
Once you arrive in Hawaii you will be checked for high temperature or any other COVID-19 symptoms, and asked to undergo a second round of screening if your temperature is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Show to the airport authorities the QR code you received after completing the Safe Travels questionnaire. You can bring a printed copy or show the digital code on your smartphone.
Interisland travel restrictions
Since the Hawaii government has not officially published all restrictions that will take effect on October 1, we strongly recommend you to check the requirements and restrictions for interisland travel.