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Hawaii Ready To Say Aloha To International Visitors

Hawaii will fall in line with new U.S. travel rules and welcome international travellers back beginning Nov. 8.

The changes will see the following changes:

  • NON-U.S. citizens traveling directly to Hawaii from an international destination must present BOTH a vaccination records AND a negative COVID-19 test result (NAAT or antigen) within three days of boarding a flight to the United States.
  • U.S. citizens flying directly to Hawaii from an international destination have two options:
  • Provide proof of vaccination OR

  • Provide proof of negative COVID-19 test result within one day of boarding flight to U.S.

There will be no additional State of Hawaii requirements for passengers flying directly into Hawaii from an international destination.

The airlines will screen passengers prior to their departure to the U.S. If foreign passengers fail to meet BOTH requirements and if U.S. citizens fail to meet ONE of the two requirements, they will not be allowed to board the flight.

Once in Hawaii, the CDC will conduct compliance checks.

John De Fries, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), said in a statement that: “The new federal requirements for international arrivals build upon the success of the Safe Travels program, reflecting the solid foundation upon which Hawaii has been welcoming visitors back. These uniform national requirements will allow us to welcome back visitors directly from international locations, complementing the Safe Travels program that will remain in effect for transpacific travelers arriving from the United States.”

He continued: “We are only able to reopen the visitor industry because of the measures taken by the people of Hawaii throughout this pandemic to keep each other safe and keep our community healthy. Thanks to your efforts, we can now continue the work of bringing Hawaii’s economy back to support our local small businesses and kamaaina working families.”

De Fries added: “The recovery of Hawaii’s international travel market will be a gradual process extending well into next year and beyond, so we advise our tourism industry partners to continue being patient as visitors become accustomed to these new travel guidelines.”

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