Hawaii no longer requires COVID testing, making it easier than ever to visit the islands
The Governor of Hawaii, David Y. Ige, is saying goodbye to the strict entry requirements in an upcoming travel change. Beginning March 26th, domestic travelers will be able to enter Hawaii with little difficulty.
Effective immediately, the US state will no longer enforce mandatory five-day self-quarantine for travelers, who won’t need to present vaccination certificates or negative COVID19 test results in order to enter. International travelers will still have to follow national rules and be tested with their negative COVID 24 hours before departure.
“We started the Safe Travels program to protect the healthcare, lives, and livelihoods of the people of Hawaii,” said Ige in a statement. The program implemented plans that included a multi-layered screening and testing approach that protected our communities from COVID19. We’re now seeing a decrease in cases of the disease, but it’s important to keep an eye out for red flags.
Now is a great time to visit Hawaii because the case number is in decline. However, people who plan on visiting need to remember that there are certain risks you might encounter. People in Hawaii are required by law to wear masks at all times, for example.
The state of Hawaii has had to reinstate its mask mandate earlier in the pandemic, as it surged and invaded other states. “Hawaii’s mask mandate has helped keep the number of COVID cases low and our consistency has helped to keep hospitalizations at a minimum. This is also partly responsible for Hawai’i being one of the states with the lowest death rate.”
Last year, Hawaii planned to lift travel restrictions when at least 70% of the population is vaccinated but omicron derailed that plan. Now more than 77% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Hawaiians have been feeling the negative effects of tourism and it is important to be mindful of the situation. The beautiful island needs everyone’s help before you leave to preserve its history and culture for future generations.