Hawaii is reopening to vacationers, with the vaccine rollout and gradual easing of restrictions bringing a rise in guests to its seashores, coral reefs and nationwide parks. Should you’re planning a trip to the Aloha State this summer time, here is what you should know concerning the islands’ guidelines on reopening, and the pre-testing necessities to get in.
Can I journey to Hawaii?
Hawaii is presently closed to a lot of the world, however vacationers from the US and permitted locations together with Japan, Canada, South Korea and Taiwan are permitted to journey to Hawaii – offered they take part within the state’s pre-testing program.
What are Hawaii’s entry necessities?
Hawaii decreased its obligatory lodge quarantine from 14 to 10 days again in December. Guests aged five-years and older from the US, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan can bypass quarantine in the event that they current a adverse PCR consequence from a take a look at taken from an approved provider, not more than 72 hours earlier than departure.
Vacationers should additionally register their journey particulars on-line by way of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program and add their take a look at outcomes earlier than boarding their flight. At current, vacationers flying domestically inside the US to Hawaii are not required the get a take a look at earlier than returning to the mainland US – one thing required by the CDC when getting back from worldwide journey.
Should you’re touring to Maui, you may must take a second take a look at upon arrival at Kahului Airport. The take a look at is freed from cost and the outcomes are usually obtainable inside 15 to twenty minutes. Vacationers arriving at different islands could also be chosen at random to take a second take a look at however this might be freed from cost and you will not have to attend lengthy to get your outcomes.
Do vaccinated vacationers should be examined?
For now, vaccinated vacationers should full the pre-testing necessities to enter Hawaii. Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, does plan to rollout a vaccine exception for US vacationers later this summer time, however the precise timing is unknown. These dates are depending on the unfold of the virus and vaccinations within the coming weeks. It has additionally been reported that Hawaii is working with app builders to streamline the combination of a pre-flight vaccination verification course of into the state’s Secure Travels program.
What COVID restrictions are nonetheless in place?
Hawaii dropped its masks mandate for folks outdoor on Might 25, although giant teams ought to nonetheless put on masks exterior, and they’re required for each vaccinated and unvaccinated folks indoors.
Throughout the state, life is steadily returning to its pre-pandemic days. Individuals can meet with buddies, go to museums and eat out. Non-essential retailers and film theaters are open at 100% capability in Oahu and 50% in every single place else. Museums, cultural sights and zoos are open at 50% capability for indoor areas. Motels, B&Bs and visitor homes are open throughout the state with some COVID-19 tips in place.
Hawaii’s eating places are open for takeaway and supply service with some locations selling outside eating this summer time. In Oahu, eating places are open for indoor eating at full capability, whereas throughout the state indoor eating is permitted at 50% capability. Seashores are open with some restrictions, whereas climbing trails are open with group limits set at 5 folks on Maui, 10 on Oahu, and as much as 25 folks on the Big Island and Kauai. Social distancing tips are in place on trails and guests should put on masks.
Nationwide parks are steadily opening, although not all companies and amenities are up and working. Check ahead earlier than planning a go to to see the most recent guidelines.
What can vacationers look ahead to?
Those that get to journey to Hawaii will discover picture-perfect seashores, crystal waterfall swimming pools and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It’s maybe unsurprising it is constantly discovered on the top of the annual happiest states survey. Life is Hawaii is just about lived outdoor and encounters with nature are infused with the standard Hawaiian worth of aloha ʻaina – love and respect for the land.
Conscious journey is a giant focus with Hawaii this 12 months because it welcomes vacationers again with tourism companions and volunteer organizations throughout the state coming along with an initiative referred to as Malama Hawaii, which inspires guests to offer again to the vacation spot. In some circumstances, volunteers receive a free extra night from collaborating accommodations for volunteering.
“Volunteer tasks vary from reforestation and tree planting to self-directed seaside cleanups, ocean reef preservation, and even creating Hawaiian quilts for kupuna (elders),” a spokesperson for the Hawaii tourism board advised Lonely Planet. “By making a optimistic affect, guests may have a extra enriching journey expertise and might even take pleasure in a free further evening from collaborating accommodations.” Greater than 80 lodge companions throughout the state have dedicated to Malama Hawaii and every lodge is managing its personal promotion and volunteer mission. You may study extra about it here.
Additional data on Hawaii’s entry necessities can be found on its website.
This text was first printed on October 15, 2020 and up to date on June 4, 2021