Gov. David Ige: Hawaii Trans-Pacific travel delayed til October 1

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Eric L Martin | Chubby Diaries

Governor David Ige of Hawaii has once again postponed reopening of tourism citing citing “a surge in positive COVID-19 cases…numerous clusters and wide community spread” for the delay. The governor on Tuesday announced that the state will push back the start of the its pre-travel COVID-19 testing program. The program will not begin until October 1, at the earliest. A14-day mandatory self-quarantine applies to all arrivals at state airports, including private and commercial aircrafts.

“We will continue to monitor the conditions here in Hawaii as well as key markets on the mainland to determine the appropriate start date for the pre-travel (COVID-19) testing program,” said Ige. “With the case count increasing the way it has, it would be very difficult to implement and start the pre-travel testing program on September 1.”

Chris Tatum, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) said, “We want to welcome back our visitors once our state is ready to do so in a safe manner that will hopefully avoid the need to backtrack in the future. Once we receive details on the process and requirements from the Department of Transportation and the DOH, we will share that information with the visitor industry.”

Hawaii has also placed a “Mandatory State of Hawai’i Travel and Health” document that all passengers and crew must fill out before landing in Hawaii.

For information on the alerts concerning Hawaii, visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority website.

Eric L. Martin Chubby Diaries Travel Analyst. He writes on the latest Travel News and much more.

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