PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE REOPENED HAWAII
Hawaii is the only state in the United States that is also an island. It is a beautiful place with stunning scenery and gorgeous beaches. With being recently reopened for tourism, it has become the perfect vacation destination for many. Due to the pandemic, there are certain norms it has come up with for visitors. Below is a list of things that will guide you through the process you will have to go through when planning a trip to Hawaii.
Pre-travel Testing Program
To ensure the safety and health of the visitors, Hawaii has come up with an approach to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. Beginning from October 15, 2020, the government of Hawaii has come up with a pre-travel testing program that will allow the travelers to skip the 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Before you arrive you have to create an online account and register with the Safe Travels Hawaii Program. After the account is made, you have to fill an application form filling in the information about you and your trip details. The form will also include the details of the number of people you are traveling with.
All the travelers above the age group of 4 years have to undergo Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) if you want to avoid the 14 days necessary quarantine. You should also specify the names of the children traveling with you(if any) in this form. Children under the age of 5 will not be forced to take the test.
Once you get a Negative report, you have to upload it on your application form. After the completion of the form, you will receive a QR code for each step of your trip. When you reach Hawaii, you will be asked to show the QR code either on your mobile phones or on a paper with a valid ID proof.
- The test must be taken only 72 hrs before the flight time and not more than that.
- If you do not receive your reports on time you may be asked to quarantine yourself at the place of your accommodation in Hawaii.
- While you are in quarantine in Hawaii, and you receive a negative test result you will have to remain in quarantine until your results are uploaded on the application form.
- If you receive a positive test result during your quarantine, you will remain there for 14 days, and the Health service guidance will be provided to you by the Hawaii State Department Of Health.
- The Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) should only be done from trusted laboratory-like AFC Urgent Care Portland, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, or any specified by the government.
One should only choose trusted traveling partners for your flight. Check their availability as a number of them have changed their timings now. On the day of your departure try to reach the airport 30 mins before your flight time as thermal temperature screening will be done at the airport, and it may take some time for your turn to come. If the temperature of the traveler is 100°F or more, then it would be considered as a Covid-positive symptom. One can also provide answers regarding the reason for the high temperature on the Health form. You will then go through an additional screening test by trained health care staff.
While you are on the flight, you should follow all the necessary measures like social distancing, wearing a mask, and sanitization. One can only remove their mask if he/she is a child or has health conditions, and is, therefore, unable to wear one.
The Governor, David Y. Ige has approved some additional safety measures for the different counties Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, and Kalawao. Along with the pre-testing process, Maui county organizes the post-arrival testing program voluntarily, and an Antigen test would be asked to be taken by the trans-pacific travelers who would arrive on Hawaii Island. Indoor and outdoor gatherings will only be limited to 10 people and not more than that. Masks are mandatory at all times. Beaches and parks are open for all.
Kauai county has planned to do a voluntary checkup of the traveler three days after their visit. Kauai is on Tier 4 status that means the number of cases is zero, the number of people permitted for the indoor gathering would be 10, and outdoor is 25 people.
The visitors are free to travel anywhere with necessary quarantine restrictions and not more than that.
- If you do not have a valid proof of the negative results of your test you will have to follow the quarantine period.
- While in quarantine you will not be allowed to leave your lodgings except for a medical emergency or if you want to leave the state.
- The test should be done only by a trusted clinical laboratory which is certified.
- If you had planned to rent a place for your stay you will not be allowed to stay there until the quarantine process is over.
- You are also not allowed to rent a car until after quarantine.
- If you do not follow the necessary quarantine period you will be charged a fine of up to $5,000 and have to face a year in prison.
Once you are done with all procedures and are ready to start your vacation, you have to know one last thing about Hawaii. You should know that not all hotels or resorts or parks are reopened. So you will have to check the availability before leaving.
All restaurants have started a takeout or pick up service, and there is only a 50% chance of them allowing you for indoor dining. And if they do, only five people can sit together at one table. Different counties have a specified number of people to be allowed to sit together, according to the status of their virus cases.
Parks and Beaches have their separate norms; people have to follow social distancing and wear a mask at all times.
Outdoor activities such as Hiking, kayaking, night diving, and helicopter tours are opening too, but the timing and status have changed a little bit. All sites are not opened yet, places such as Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center and the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are currently closed.
You may have waited for a long time for this vacation. The time is up now, and you are going to have the best time in Hawaii with a very smooth travel experience if you follow the steps mentioned above. Three things to remember are PLAN, CHECK, and TRAVEL. And remember always to wear your masks.