HONOLULU (KHON2) – Governor David Ige held a press conference on Tuesday to detail international travel rules as part of the state’s safe travel program, which has been in effect since October 15, 2020 and continues evolving.
Starting Nov. 8, international travelers can visit Hawaii under the new federal regulations. Non-US citizens traveling directly to the islands from another country must show both vaccination records and negative COVID (NAAT or antigen) test results within three days of boarding. a flight to the US
U.S. citizens who fly directly to Hawaii from an international destination have two options:
Provide a vaccination test or Provide a test of the negative COVID-19 test result within one day of boarding the flight to the US
Passengers will be checked before leaving for the US. Foreign travelers who do not meet both requirements will not be able to board their flight. Nor will they be allowed access to U.S. citizens who do not meet either requirement. Once they arrive in Hawaii, the CDC will do compliance checks.
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Under the new requirements, testing should not be done with Trusted Travel Partners, but should be done for unvaccinated domestic trips. International travelers entering the U.S. from another state or territory will be treated as domestic travelers when they enter Hawaii, effective November 8th.
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To help with contact tracking, airlines will need to collect the contact information of passengers, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
The governor’s press conference follows the recent changes to COVID-19 federal international travel requirements which were announced last week.
The new policy comes as the Biden administration moves away from restrictions banning non-essential travel from several dozen countries: most of Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa, India and the United States. ‘Iran.