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Is It Safe to Travel to HAWAII Right Now during Covid? (2022 Update)

The pandemic has been speeding up over the last couple of weeks.

As of December 18, international arrivals must present proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test to enter the state. Unvaccinated domestic passengers must both test and undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

There are some safety measures in place in Hawaii, such as limitations on gatherings, masks, and social distancing. However, those are soon supposed to be lifted.

Therefore, Hawaii can be considered a safe place to visit this winter.

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How safe is to visit Hawaii now: Latest updates

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January 20 – Booster shot might soon be required to travel to Hawaii without quarantine

Travelers visiting Hawaii might soon be required booster vaccine if they wish to skip the government-imposed 5-day quarantine after arrival.

The CDC still considers people who had received two courses of the COVID-19 vaccine fully vaccinated. However, multiple state agencies and organizations already require the third shot.

The new requirement should come into effect in a few weeks to give visitors a chance to get their third jab. The delay should also help the local tourism industry to catch up.

For more information, visit the full article on the topic here.

December 19 – Hawaii will not impose lockdown restrictions for now

According to authorities, there has been a “big surge in the number of COVID-19 cases,” in Hawaii.

“There are 797 cases today — and there are no backlogged cases,” the governor said at a press briefing Friday. “On Dec. 7, the seven-day average was 101 cases a day. Now, just 10 days later, our seven-day average is 297 cases a day.” 

Despite the unfortunate news, the government has announced that there will be no lockdown for the time being.

Instead, they will “monitor the number of new cases as a leading indicator to determine when new restrictions would be required,” said the governor.

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Vaccination progress in Hawaii

Source: Our World in Data

So far, Hawaii has distributed more than 2.67 million doses. More than 1.07M Hawaiians have been fully vaccinated, which is around 75.6% of the population of the islands.

Current COVID statistics in Hawaii

To date, Hawaii has registered 184,767 COVID-19 cases and 1,126 deaths.

Recommendations

New restrictions and rules are taking place on the island with little to no prior notice. We recommend you double-check the following links for updated restrictions.


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November 29 – Hawaii entry restrictions for tourists likely to stay until spring 2022

Hawaii’s policy of requiring vaccination or testing to skip quarantine for domestic travelers will likely stay in place until at least spring 2022, said Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

Green doesn’t think the “Safe Travels” program will be called off until the whole world sees a significant decrease in COVID-19 infections.

So far, Hawaii has vaccinated more than 60% of eligible residents, which is just above the average in the states. The infection rate is now at 1.7%. If the number of coronavirus cases remains low on the islands, the mask mandate could be scrapped in early 2022.

Source: The Mercury News

October 17 – Hawaii prepares for loosened travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors

As of November 8, fully vaccinated international travelers will be able to travel to the U.S. without restrictions. All Food and Drug Administration approved and authorized vaccines will be accepted, as well as the ones from the WHO Emergency Use Listing.

The announcement was great news for many in the tourism industry, as international travelers tend to stay longer and spend more in Hawaii.

At the moment, there are still various entry restrictions to enter the U.S. However, Hawaii is hopeful that a brighter year is ahead of the state.

Source: KITV

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.

Source: Star Advertiser

August 2021 – Hawaii considers travel restrictions while the governor urges travelers not to visit the islands

In the past few weeks, Hawaii has suffered its worst moments since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. On Sunday, August 22, it reported 885 new cases, the state’s highest daily incidence.

On August 24, strict safety measures were re-imposed in Hawaii. However, the COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

While the governor has urged travelers to postpone their holidays in Hawaii, new travel restrictions are being discussed. The government officials are considering re-introducing pre-travel testing. But that could be legally challenged as the CDC promotes vaccination status for a standard travel restriction.

Another option is a mandate that would require people to present a vaccination card to enter public venues, including restaurants, bars, or gyms.

Source: Travel Awaits

November 2020

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)

Regarding the novel coronavirus, the United States is by far the hardest-hit country in the world. As of September 15th, national authorities have officially reported 11,413,788 positive cases and 248,571 deaths. Hawaii has reported 99 deaths and 16,841 positive cases statewide in Oahu (14,506), Maui County (14,506), Kauai County (86), and Hawaii Island (1,499) so far. 

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. 

Get airport-ready

  • 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.

October 2020

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)