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Starting Aug. 1, Hawaii travelers to avoid quarantine by pre-testing

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Back in March 2020, a mandatory quarantine was imposed for all residents and travelers to Hawaii – all must quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine made it a deterrent for non-residents to pursue with any vacation plans to the Hawaiian islands.

The last update was from early June when this 14-day quarantine was pushed to the end of July, with looming questions when it would be lifted.

Avoiding the 14-day quarantine

According to Hawaii News Now:

Starting Aug. 1, travelers who test negative for coronavirus no more than 72 hours before arriving in Hawaii will be able to avoid the state’s mandatory quarantine. Gov. David Ige said the pre-testing plan will allow the tourism industry to reopen without a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases in Hawaii

The pre-testing program is a move to once again stir up and encourage tourism to help revitalize the economy.

What does pre-testing mean

It’s what they called a multi-layered system which includes a travel form, health screening questions, and a temperature check.

He added that Hawaii is working with CVS and others to stand up a system to access traveler testing results to ensure they’re legitimate, but the details are still being hammered out.

What are your plans

I’m sure we will hear more about this over the next few weeks leading to August 1st. Given these changes, will you be consider traveling to Hawaii now? Or, are you still going to wait it out before pulling the trigger.


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