Hawaii has long since lured travelers to its shores with its volcanic vistas and island vibes, but changes to the state’s quarantine, vaccination and Covid-19 testing restrictions are set to make it even more appealing to incoming travelers. The Aloha State has wrestled with its Covid-19 restrictions throughout the pandemic, often at times having some of the strictest requirements in the US, but it has now followed in the footsteps of various destinations around the world by making it even easier to visit.
Yet whilst these restrictions are set to be removed by the scenic state, there are some Covid-19 related restrictions that are set to linger a little while longer. Here’s a look at which restrictions are set to face the axe, which travelers the changes are going to effect and what other restrictions those heading to the islands need to be aware of.
Restrictions Dropped – What Travelers Should Know
Hawaii’s Covid-19 restrictions are undoubtedly the strictest of any state in the United States. The only state to implement a Covid-19 quarantine system at present – and one of the few that has an active mask mandate in place – traveling to Hawaii at present is far from the relaxing, chilled out vibe that the islands have made a name for themselves from. However, this is all set to change in the near future.
Whilst at present travelers must have a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination in order to avoid Hawaii’s mandatory five day quarantine period, this requirement is set to be removed altogether from March 26th for travelers flying into Hawaii on domestic flights within the US. This means that from March 26th, travelers will not need to show their vaccination status or a negative test result, and that quarantine for domestic passengers will become a thing of the past.
The policy change was announced by Hawaii’s Governor David Ige in a press conference yesterday, and could help to spark a new wave of travelers heading to the islands. Yet whilst domestic travelers may be celebrating relaxed restrictions, international travelers will have to wait.
Governor Ige said:
“It is important to remember that we’re talking about domestic travel only, this does not apply to international travelers which have different requirements set by the federal government. It’s also equally important to note that all Safe Travels requirements must be met by incoming domestic passengers prior to March 25.”
It’s been a productive few weeks on the islands, who have made several other changes to their Covid-19 policies recently. The popular islands of Maui and Oahu recently changed their rules regarding the use of vaccine passports, with visitors to the islands no longer needing to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result in order to enter establishments such as bars, restaurants and gyms.
However, one Covid-19 related policy that is set to stay is the use of fask masks. Whilst states across the US are ditching the mask mandate in their droves, the wearing of face masks is set to remain on the islands for a little while longer. The mask mandate in Hawaii is set to expire on March 25th – the day before the restrictions change – and recent comments by the governor suggest that they won’t be repealing the mandate earlier.
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