Hawaii will open to tourists who test negative for COVID-19

Hawaii represents something of a loophole for Americans looking for an island getaway. International restrictions make many islands inaccessible right now, but Hawaii is domestic travel at its most idyllic. Although the state has been closed off to domestic travel for months, and currently imposes a 14-day quarantine for all visitors, Governor David Ige hopes to reopen to tourism by August 1.

According to an announcement made on June 24 by the governor’s office, starting on August 1, out-of-state visitors will be able to avoid the 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their arrival in Hawaii. Travelers will need to carry proof of the test results with them. There will be no testing available at the airport.

The test requested must be a PCR test and must be done at a testing location approved by the Hawaii State Department of Health.

The original 14-day quarantine rule was introduced in March and was strictly implemented with expensive fines and even jail time for offenders. The quarantine used to apply not just to travelers from other states, but also to inter-island air travel, but the latter restriction was lifted earlier this month.

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