Hawaii’s COVID domestic travel rules officially said “aloha” (as in “good-bye”) early this morning.
The state required arriving travelers to be:
- fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or
- furnish a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 of their flight departing for the islands
- quarantined for five days
The tests had to be administered at a Hawaii Safe Travels partner. And those tests were expensive. (Man, what a great hustle Hawaii had going. I’m in the wrong business.)
As of Friday at 11:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time, though, those rules expired.
However, the state notes that travelers “arriving in Hawai‘i directly from international airports must still comply with U.S. federal requirements; consult with your airline.”
The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association says (via Hawaii News Now) that hotels are seeing about 80% occupancy but “still not at pre-pandemic levels because of the absence of Japanese tourists.”
That said, this is great news for Hawaii and tourists. I hope we can find some good Hawaii mileage runs!
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