Hawaii Reveals COVID-Vaccinated Travelers Can Soon Bypass Mandatory Quarantine
Travelers with COVID-19 vaccinations do not need to be quarantined when traveling to Hawaii.
On Monday, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency statement changing some of his COVID-19 policies, including exemptions from the mandatory 10-day quarantine period.
Currently, everyone traveling to Hawaii is subject to mandatory self-quarantine. There are two exceptions: a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arriving in the state, or arriving on a boat that has been at sea for at least 10 consecutive days with no positive COVID cases.
A third exception, added in Monday's proclamation, waives the quarantine mandate for all travelers who can prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Travelers must provide evidence either by uploading it to the Safe Travels program website or by presenting it in person upon arrival.
The exception is not yet available as it must be accepted by Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
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The governor has not specified a date when the exception will take effect. More information is expected to be made available on the Safe Travels website.
Since October, Hawaii has allowed visitors to bypass a mandatory quarantine period before entering the state with a negative COVID test.
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According to the state, almost 22,000 people entered the state on April 11. A majority of travelers had a negative COVID test to bypass the quarantine period.
As of April 11, just over 1,000 people have been quarantined.
The proclamation signed on Monday also extended Hawaii's eviction moratorium by two months, as well as the grace period for state identification and driver's licenses that expired during the pandemic.
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