Las Vegas, Nevada 2020-11-19 22:46:07 –
HONOLULU (KHON2) —Travelers seeking to opt out of the state’s 14-day quarantine need to have a COVID-19 test result immediately negative before boarding a flight to Hawaii, Governor Ige said Thursday. Said at a press conference.
A new change to the state’s pre-travel testing program, which is due to take effect on November 24, has removed the option to quarantine until travelers receive the results. Governor Ise states that if test results are not obtained before boarding the final section of the trip, travelers will need to quarantine 14 days or the length of stay, whichever is shorter.
“We are currently taking this additional safety measure in response to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in the continental United States and around the world,” said the governor. “The health of our residents and visitors is our main concern, especially as more people travel to Hawaii to celebrate their holidays.”
The new policy applies to domestic trans-Pacific and international flights departing from locations where state pre-test programs are in place.
The Governor also announced that Hawaii will resume travel to passengers flying from Canada from mid-December. Travelers from Canada must provide a negative COVID-19 prior to departure to opt out of the state’s 14-day quarantine.
The state has announced that Air Canada and WestJet Airlines will participate in pre-travel testing programs as trusted test partners.
“This timing works well because many Canadians love to visit Hawaii during the winter to escape the cold. Hawaii has the strictest pre-travel test program in the United States and is available to passengers. I am grateful to Air Canada and WestJet for making it possible, “said Ige.
State officials hope that extending overseas travel from Canada will help strengthen Hawaii’s economy.
Canadians traveling abroad are still subject to 14-day quarantine after returning to their home country. Travel restrictions for travel to Canada in the United States will continue to apply.