Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, Hawaii has imposed new travel restrictions throwing holiday travel plans in jeopardy. Gov. David Ige said that under the new rules, anyone traveling to the sunny Islands will require a negative COVID-19 test report before boarding the flight. Until now, passengers traveling to Hawaii under a pre-travel testing program were allowed to land there and then provide their negative test results by uploading them on a state database. This allowed them to skip 14 days of quarantine. The new restrictions have been put in place less than a month after several air carriers restarted flights to Hawaii.
There were some instances when travelers, without prior COVID-19 test, were found to be positive. According to Ige, this, in part, forced the authorities to change the rule. The new restrictions have been put in place just ahead of Thanksgiving. Gov. David Ige emphasized that travelers who wish to bypass the mandatory two weeks quarantine must have the correct test report form trusted COVID-19 testing partners of the state. In case the traveler fails to get the test report before the final leg of the trip, he or she must quarantine for two weeks or during their entire stay, whichever is shorter.
Travelers continue to have the option of not getting tested at all. This means they will quarantine in their homes or hotel rooms upon arrival. Meanwhile, WestJet has announced pre-flight COVID-19 tests that will allow Canadians to travel to Hawaii without requiring and quarantine at arrival. The facility by WestJet will be available for its passengers departing Calgary International Airport (YYC). This will be the first flight from YYC airport that will provide passengers an option of pre-flight COVID-19 test that is recognized by the Hawaiian authorities. All residents of Canada are eligible to get benefits of the testing program but the test is currently available only in Alberta for the flights from the Calgary International Airport.