(KITV) A major change to the state’s pre-travel testing program coming Tuesday


HONOLULU – Starting on Tuesday, you must have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the plane to bypass the 14-day quarantine.

If you get the result after you land, you must quarantine the entire 14 days or the length of your stay, whichever is shorter.

READ MORE: Mayor Caldwell wants travelers to be tested four days after arriving to O’ahu

“Currently 94% of travelers participating in the pre-travel testing program for Hawai’i arrive here with tests in hand, but at least 44 travelers who took the pre-travel test before departure got a positive result upon arrival a day or two later, it isn’t a large number but its enough to change the policy,” said Ige.

The policy change does not apply to inter-island travel.

Kaua’i County Mayor Derek Kawakami tells KITV 4 he’s very happy with the governor’s decision to require travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test result in-hand prior to departure.  

Kawakami says, if there is a spike in cases on Kaua’i he will ask for more travel restrictions like a mandatory 3-day quarantine and post-arrival test, paid for by the traveler.

“You go anywhere else in the world you gotta pay to go to the parks we give it away for free in this case in the middle of a pandemic, if travelers want to come to Kaua’i under the circumstances yes they can capitalize on the lower airfares, yes they may be able to get a good deal at the hotels but we’re going to require a second test and you’re going to pay for it.”

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Kawakami called the governor’s policy change a step in the right direction.

He also told KITV4 he doesn’t anticipate withdrawing from the state’s pre-travel testing program, as long as case numbers don’t spike and hospitals aren’t exceeding capacity.

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