Tighter COVID-19 procedures now in effect for all trans-Pacific tourists to Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Incoming trans-Pacific travelers now require to have a negative COVID-19 check outcome right before departure for Hawaii if they want to skip quarantine.

a man holding a bag of luggage: Starting Tuesday, all trans-Pacific travelers to Hawaii will need a negative COVID-19 test result in hand prior to departure in order to skip the state's 14-day quarantine.

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Starting Tuesday, all trans-Pacific vacationers to Hawaii will want a destructive COVID-19 exam consequence in hand prior to departure in order to skip the state’s 14-day quarantine.

The rule alter took effect Tuesday and does not have an impact on inter-island vacation.

Earlier, travelers could appear with pending benefits and then get out of quarantine at the time they provide a adverse exam outcome. But the governor adjusted the rule around fears far too many with pending results have been testing beneficial for the virus.

The modify is drawing problem, nevertheless.

Sheri Fletcher, a show owner on Maui, canceled her Thanksgiving options to take a look at relatives in California. She reported she didn’t know if she would get results back in time.

“We’re just we’re managing into some roadblocks,” Fletcher stated. “My husband and I made a decision not to go. We just cannot obtain any one in Northern California that will ensure they can convert a test all over in 72 hrs.”

She explained she couldn’t chance not getting at her business enterprise if she needed to stay in quarantine.

Quest Diagnostics even suspended its participation in the Hawaii pre-travel screening application over the weekend mainly because of significant testing demand from customers.

Some county mayors have been advocating for the rule adjust immediately after dozens of vacationers arrived in Hawaii and identified they ended up constructive soon after landing.

But some lawmakers, businesses and airlines have questioned the governor for additional adaptability and instructed he take a look at alternatives, like providing travelers the selection to get fast effects at the airport as a substitute of quarantining for 14 days.

As of now, the cell tests lab at the Daniel K. Inouye Airport can only enable inter-island tourists stay clear of quarantine. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell claims it could be utilised to enable tourists caught in a bind.

This tale may well be updated.

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