If you’re considering travel to Hawaii at the moment, you’re probably busy sorting through the requirements one needs to avoid quarantine, including a pre-arrival test for trans-Pacific travelers and then additional pre-tests for interisland travel.
Currently, even those who are vaccinated are subject to these regulations.
The state of Hawaii also still has a mask mandate in place, which applies to all people, even those who are vaccinated, despite the new CDC recommendations that eased its previous guidance.
But, good news may be on the way.
Last week, Hawaii’s governor said he is targeting the July 4th holiday to allow vaccinated travelers to come to Hawaii without having to take a pre-test. The idea is that it would make travel to Hawaii more convenient – and less expensive thanks to no pre-test.
The governor alluded to the importance of a “vaccine passport” in its ability to potentially attract more visitors back to Hawaii, which would in turn put more people back to work.
“Now across the country, we’re getting to 40-50%, fully vaccinated,” the governor told KHON2. “And we do know [from] the CDC guidance that there’s little risk. We know that we have to get there, we have to be able to allow vaccinated travelers to come here transpacific because that will help us get more people back to work.”
From a technological standpoint, meeting that goal should not be an issue. This month, the islands began a vaccine passport program for residents traveling interisland, so one figures a system for trans-Pacific travelers would not be far behind.
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Whether or not other factors, like the overall infection rates and percentage of residents who are vaccinated, will help or hurt that timeline remains to be seen.
But those hoping to travel to Hawaii hassle-free this summer should cross their fingers – July 4th is just six weeks away.