Hawaii Governor David Ige announced today that the State’s pre-arrival testing program will begin on October 15th. Here’s what you need to know:
Visitors Will Be Able to Avoid Quarantine
The new policies allow a visitor to avoid quarantine if they can produce a negative test result taken within 72 hours of their flight’s departure.
If you take the test within 72 hours but don’t receive your results before your plane touches down, you will be required to quarantine until the test results are delivered.
Visitors who don’t take a COVID-19 test are required to quarantine for 14 days, as has been the case all summer.
There’s Still a Mandatory Quarantine for Inter-island Travel
There was no announcement regarding when the 14-day mandatory quarantine for inter-island passengers would be removed. So best to hold off booking a multi-island itinerary for now.
No Tests Will Be Available At the Airport Upon Arrival
Tests must be taken before arriving in Hawaii at the traveler’s expense. The cost of the tests is said to be $120-$140. More details are to come in the next month.
Kauai Given Green Light for “Resort Bubbles”
In other news, Kauai was given the go-ahead to create “resort bubbles” and allow visitors to serve their quarantine in the cozy confines of a resort. Now, we’ll wait and see which hotels choose to set up such a bubble.
This article will be updated as more details become available.