Hawaii Reopened After Dropping 14 Day Quarantine Requirement

Hawaii Northern Shore

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This past summer, Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, brought mention to reopening Hawaii's boarders back up to tourist in the months to come welcoming tourist from Japan first without being imposed the mandatory 14-day quarantine. As of October15th, all incoming travelers are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days! This is great news!

According to the Star Advertiser, Hawaii saw well over 8000 out of state tourists arrive on the October 15th after the restriction was dropped.

A spokesperson from the State Department of Transportation stated that that 30 flights carried 8000 passengers from out of state locations arrived in Honolulu this past Thursday. Up until this past Thursday, all incoming passengers arriving in Hawaii were required to complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine once landed on the island.

Oahu, HI

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As of October 15th, 2020, all Incoming travelers must have a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their final flight to Hawaii and must show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport. If you are unable to provide test results, you could be fined up to $5,000 and year in jail. Hawaii is not playing!

Hawaii saw well over 8000 out of state tourists arrive on the October 15th after the restriction was dropped.

There still are some countries that are not allowed to enter Hawaii like Brazil, China, Europe, and the UK due to being banned by President Trump when the pandemic started. 

Follow up COVID testing has been discussed for tourists wanting to arrive on secondary islands, however the Governor David Ige stated that the cost for handling that will be the responsibility of those counties within the islands.

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On Hawaii’s most populated island, Oahu, officials have stated that they wanted to add another layer of testing but don't have the financial resources to implement it.

The main island of Hawaii has already approved a rapid secondary test upon arrival which takes about 15 minutes for results. Travelers can also take the PCR swab test which could take up to 36 hours. If tested positive, travelers will have quarantine until test results are completed. 

I don't know about you, but it's time to welcome the sun and say "Aloha" once again!

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