The end is in sight for COVID-19 travel restrictions in Hawaii.
Vaccinated mainlanders will be able to skip COVID-19 testing and quarantines in Hawaii once the state hits a 60% vaccination rate, according to Hawaiian Gov. David Ige. Once 70% of Hawaiians are fully vaccinated, the state will drop all travel restrictions and sunset its Safe Travels program.
As of June 7, 53% of Hawaiians were fully vaccinated and 60% had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Hawaii’s health department. In theory, travel restrictions could begin to ease within weeks if everyone follows up with a second dose of the vaccine.
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“We need to push hard now so we can get to the point where Safe Travels is no longer needed to keep the people of Hawai‘i safe,” Gov. Ige said in a statement.
Hawaii travel restrictions
Currently all domestic travelers, including Hawaiian residents returning to the islands, need to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test through one of Hawaii’s certified testing partners within 72 hours of departing for Hawaii. Even if they’ve been vaccinated, they need to upload negative test results to Hawaii’s Safe Travels website before departure and carry a hard copy of the results with them to Hawaii to bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.
It’s not over yet: Travelers arriving in Hawaii may face additional restrictions traveling between islands for a little longer. But all inter-county travel restrictions will be lifted June 15, per an emergency proclamation Gov. Ige signed Monday. Additionally, on June 15, people who were vaccinated in Hawaii will no longer need take COVID-19 tests or quarantine if they leave the islands and come back.
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