Hawaii imposes new travel restrictions for COVID-19

Anyone traveling to Hawaii will be required to have a negative Covid-19 Test results before they leave state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday.

So far, travelers traveling to the islands using a pre-departure test program have been allowed access and then upload their negative test results to a government database, allowing them to skip two weeks of quarantine.

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However, some travelers who arrived in Hawaii without their test results ended up being screened later. This led, in part, to a change of rule, Ige said at a press conference

The new program will take effect on Tuesday, just before the holiday.

To bypass the 14-day quarantine, travelers must have the right type of negative test results for COVID-19 from one of the state’s trusted testing partners, Ige said.

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He said, “If the test results are not available before boarding the last leg of their flight, the traveler must quarantine for 14 days or the length of stay, whichever is shorter.”

Those who arrive without having their negative test results before departure will not be able to skip quarantine, even if their negative results become available soon after their arrival.

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Travelers have always had the choice not to undergo testing at all and be quarantined in their hotel rooms or homes upon arrival. Travelers will still have this option.

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