Hawaii announced that they will open to tourism on October 15th, 2020.
Visitors to the islands will be allowed to skip quarantine if they can produce a negative COVID-19 test.
The start date of the pre-travel program for US mainland travelers will be October 15, this is the new procedure:
- Testing need to be done with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), performed using a nasal swab
- Travelers are exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine if testing is completed no more than 72 hours in advance of arrival with proof of a negative result.
- If results are not available by time of arrival, quarantine necessary until test results received.
- All travelers of all ages subject to pre-test requirement.
- Individuals responsible for testing costs.
- Travelers are not able to test upon arrival in Hawaii.
Here's the chart:
The governor says the pre-test is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks, completion of the State Travel and Health form, and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher.
This is good news for everyone in Hawaii, whose jobs and businesses are linked to the tourism industry. Hawaii was meant to introduce the pre-travel testing program at the beginning of August, but its implementation was pushed back several times, let's hope that it will work out this time…