Hawaii will roll out the welcome mat for international tourists on Monday as the country reopens its borders under new federal regulations.
The governor of Hawaii turned to local TV to clarify entry restrictions that will take effect from Nov. 8, which have been changed for international and domestic arrivals.
According to the governor, this is how entering Hawaii will be starting on Monday:
Non-US citizens flying direct to Hawaii from another country must provide proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test (NAAT or antigen) obtained within three days of departure.
US citizens who are fully vaccinated and going directly to Hawaii from an international destination must provide proof of immunization and a test done within three days of departure.
Unvaccinated US citizens traveling from other countries must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding a flight to the United States.
What happens when a passenger does not meet one or both of these requirements?
It depends. When it comes to foreign tourists, both requirements must be met. Otherwise, airlines will refuse to let them board.
For US citizens, meeting one of the requirements must be sufficient to enter Hawaii.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will conduct compliance inspections once they arrive in the state.
Under new federal regulations, only unvaccinated travelers are required to take the COVID-19 test with the state’s trusted travel partners for domestic travel.
Also, when entering the state of Hawaii from another US state, foreign tourists will be treated as domestic travelers.
In addition, the so-called Safe Travels Hawaii program will remain in effect for domestic travel.
Other restrictions COVID-19
Despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the US, Hawaii remains one of the most restrictive states in terms of COVID-19 rules.
Several cities in the United States still require visitors to present proof of vaccination to attend closed spaces.
This includes New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and, of course, Honolulu.
Restaurants, concerts, sporting events, trade shows and gyms are examples of indoor activities and restricted venues for unvaccinated tourists.
According to media reports, it is possible that the state will relax some of its restrictions on November 12th.