CHRISTIE WILSON/ CWILSON@STARADVERTISER.COM
Trans-Pacific tourists showing up on Maui will undergo quick screening for COVID-19 under brand-new public health emergency rules that are anticipated to work in 2 weeks. Passengers getting to Kahului Airport Friday currently faced long lines for Safe Travels processing.
Hawaii appears headed toward establishing an exemption from travel testing and quarantine guidelines for totally vaccinated trans-Pacific travelers.
The new exemption is mentioned in Iges most current emergency situation pronouncement, released today. Although not presently offered, the exemption will go into result when developed by the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, with details to be announced later on.
To qualify for the exemption, showing up passengers will need to submit to the states Safe Travels program or otherwise supply recognition they have completed a vaccine program authorized by the DOH, according to the pronouncement. Ige is likewise allowing counties to require subsequent COVID-19 testing after arrival, with tests spent for and administered by the counties.
Safe Travels already requires travelers wanting to bypass the 10-day self-quarantine duration to get a coronavirus test from an authorized testing partner within 72 hours of the last leg of departure to the islands and provide a negative test outcome.
Maui County got approval from Ige earlier in the week to need trans-Pacific travelers to go through fast testing upon arrival at Kahului Airport, even if they get an unfavorable pre-travel test outcome. Mayor Michael Victorino said it will take at least another two weeks before a testing system is put in location at the Maui airport.
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