Maui County received approval to require a second COVID-19 test for all trans-Pacific travelers participating in the Safe Travels program. The exact implementation date is not yet know, but is expected to be towards the end of April.
The second test will be a rapid test conducted at Maui’s Kahului (OGG) Airport. The cost of the second test will be paid by Maui County.
Arriving passengers who refuse the test will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine. See this link to Maui News for more information.
Governor Ige signed the 19th Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19 on Thursday. (Rules for travel to the state start on page 6.) Most notable in the new proclamation is the provision that will eventually allow fully-vaccinated travelers to bypass quarantine and pre-testing. The date of implementation is not yet known aa it will become effective upon approval by the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Here’s the exact wording from the bottom of page 8.
(3) upon the establishment of an exception by the Director of HIEMA, persons who, prior to departure to the State, upload into the State’s Safe Travels program or otherwise provide validation that they have completed a vaccine regimen approved by DOH. This third exception is not available as of the date of this Proclamation, requires action by the Director of HIEMA and details will be posted at https://hawaiicovid19.com/. Persons under the age of five accompanied by a traveler who meets existing test exceptions are not required to obtain a test prior to arrival.
In the meantime, travelers must adhere to the current travel rules post at HawaiiCOVID19.com/travel.
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