Hawaii is experiencing a strong wave of Covid delta variant but the situation is fairly under control with restrictions in place. Therefore, Hawaii can be considered a safe place to visit for fully vaccinated travelers.
Between July 26 and August 8, Hawaii reported a rise in COVID-19 cases by 168%. On August 22, it registered 885 new cases, the highest number of daily new infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
Because of concerns over the novel Delta variant, Hawaii also tightened its COVID-19 restrictions. On Tuesday, August 11, the governor announced to sign an executive order to limit social gatherings and the capacity of establishments.
Starting August 24, indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 25. The capacity for indoor bars, gyms, restaurants, and other facilities is reduced to 50%. Pre-testing for all tourists without exception might be reimposed, too.
Therefore, traveling to Hawaii in the next few weeks should be reconsidered to avoid spreading the virus and its variants, even though the numbers now seem to be dropping.
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September 10 – Hawaii hotel group to request proof of vaccination from employees and guests
On Wednesday, September 8, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach and Highgate Hawaii’s collection of seven hotels announced they would require their employees, guests, and patrons to be vaccinated.
The mandate should come into effect on October 15. “We’re trying to do the right thing, and sometimes the right thing is really hard,” said Kelly Sanders, senior vice president of operations for Highgate Hawaii.
“The thing that sticks out in my mind more than anything is that we’ve got to keep our employees safe — they are our family and they are our priority — and if we can do that then we’ve done our job,” he added.
The decision was prompted by the Safe Access Oahu program, which begins on Monday, September 13. It will require workers from several establishments in Oahu to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to be able to work.
Sanders estimates that most visitors are fully vaccinated. And he hopes that they will choose Highgate hotels for their safer environment.
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 notes 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 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.
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.
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)