If you happen to’re planning to travel to Hawaii, right here’s what you’ll must know and anticipate if you wish to go to through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hawaii reopened to guests from inside the US and a small variety of international locations in October, however guests should present proof of a unfavorable Covid-19 check outcome.
All air passengers entering the United States should now current a unfavorable check outcome. See under for particulars on which check sorts are authorized particularly for the state of Hawaii, together with for People arriving from different states.
What’s on supply
Spectacular browsing, sandy seashores, conventional Pacific tradition and rugged volcanoes — together with the continued eruption of Kīlauea. You may get each day updates on volcanic exercise from the US Geological Survey here.
Hawaii’s geographical place and proud historical past make it not like anyplace else in the US.
Who can go
Vacationers from different US states, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are allowed to bypass Hawaii’s obligatory 10-day quarantine on most islands by following strict pre-travel testing guidelines (see under).
Past these locations, Hawaii is following CDC guidelines, which means those that have been in Brazil, China, the European Schengen Space, Iran, Eire, South Africa, India and the UK prior to now 14 days shall be denied entry.
Vacationers from all different international locations should bear a 10-day quarantine. Test the Safe Travels Hawai’i site for particulars because the state of affairs evolves.
All vacationers should additionally full a Safe Travels Hawaii form, and lots of might want to bear a well being screening on arrival. A few islands additionally require a second Covid-19 check upon arrival.
What are the restrictions?
Hawaii’s journey restrictions change typically.
At present, all vacationers should both bear a 10-day quarantine or — if touring from a handful of nations (listed above) — keep away from quarantine by presenting a unfavorable check from a “trusted associate,” an inventory of which might be discovered on the Hawaii Covid-19 website.
For air vacationers 5 and older getting into Hawaii from overseas, getting a check from certainly one of Hawaii’s authorized Trusted Testing Companions shall be notably vital as a result of some checks accepted underneath the US testing entry requirement that went into impact in January wouldn’t permit vacationers to bypass Hawaii’s quarantine.
Vacationers, together with these arriving from the US mainland, should have a unfavorable check outcome earlier than departing on the final leg of their journey to Hawaii. Take a look at outcomes should be uploaded to the Safe Travels Hawaii website earlier than your flight to the islands or printed out previous to departure with the exhausting copy able to current upon arrival. In any other case, you’ll incur the 10-day quarantine.
The county of Hawai’i ended its program of requiring a post-arrival check for direct trans-Pacific vacationers on June 2, and Kahului Airport on Maui ended post-arrival check requirement on June 4.
Registration with Safe Travels Hawaii as quickly as flights are booked is obligatory for all vacationers older than 18.
Totally vaccinated Hawaii residents touring between the state’s counties can bypass pre-travel testing and quarantine with CDC proof-of-vaccination playing cards.
On June 15, all restrictions on inter-county journey were lifted, which means no pre-travel testing or quarantining shall be wanted for journey between the Hawaiian islands.
What’s the Covid state of affairs?
With solely about 37,170 instances and 507 deaths reported as of June 18, Hawaii has seen comparatively low Covid numbers in contrast with different US states. Strict lockdown measures have been put in place in March 2020 to make sure that the islands weren’t overwhelmed.
What can guests anticipate?
Some restrictions can fluctuate by island, however masks are now not required exterior on a statewide foundation. Nevertheless, masks carrying is very beneficial when in a big group outdoor. And the indoor masks mandate stays unchanged.
Oahu has carried out a five-tier system of restrictions. Oahu has moved to Tier 4, in response to a current announcement from Rick Blangiardi, mayor of the town and county of Honolulu. Tier 5 is the least restrictive.
The transfer to Tier 4 means social gatherings of as much as 25 folks outdoor (together with parks and seashores) and 10 folks indoors. Business leisure boating is allowed with out capability limits (restaurant guidelines apply if meals or drinks are served). Read more about the move to Tier 4 here.
Maui, Molokai and Lanai — all in Maui County — permit for gatherings of as much as 10 folks. Seashores and Maui County Parks are open.
On Hawaii Island, outside gatherings of as much as 25 persons are permitted so long as masks are worn and social distancing guidelines adopted. Indoor gatherings are restricted to 10 folks. Seashores are open.
The island of Kauai has returned to Tier 4 standing from Tier 3. The transfer will increase the indoor social gathering restrict to 10 whereas sustaining limits on outside teams at 25 folks. Eating places and bars are open however restricted to 50% capability indoors. Swimming pools and seashores are open. When 70% of Kauai’s inhabitants achieves full vaccination, it will likely be at Tier 6, which is able to permit all operations to be open with no limits.
Gov. David Ige introduced on June 7 that when the state reaches a 60% vaccination rate, social gatherings can maintain 25 indoors and 75 outdoor. Eating places shall be allowed as much as 75% capability (with most teams dimension of 25 indoors and 75 outdoor).
Our current protection
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Marnie Hunter and Forrest Brown contributed to this report