No test, no entry unless you’re willing to quarantine for 14-days
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Hawaii is suffering from a major economic downfall. Tourism, the mainstay of the archipelago, is almost nonexistent. But this isn’t because people don’t want to go the island paradise. It’s a result of a state government that insists on 14-day mandatory quarantine for all visitors.
But there’s a codicil or a ‘covid19-acil’. If you can produce proof a negative Covid19 test, taken 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Hawaii, you are free to get on the plane and roam around the islands.
Okay that sounds somewhat reasonable. However it’s hardly practical considering how difficult it is to get a test much less results that quickly. Even Hawaiians are up in arms about needing to get a negative Covid19 test prior to returning home.
Getting a Covid19 certificate can prove tricky
But not to worry, according to Hawaiian Airlines and Gov Ige who claim they are ‘working it out’. The new rule goes into effect August 1. That’s just 24 days from today. When are the powers to be going to tell travelers how and where to get tested and results.
Rick, a fractional condo-owner in Maui has been waiting to be able to fly over from Florida. He couldn’t go in July because he didn’t want to spend 14-days in isolation. So he’s considering August. But how does he get that mandatory test?
Because of Hawaii’s imposed quarantine my husband and I had to forgo our month at our fractional condo last March. We lost a month. Many other condo owners rent their units and have lost lots of revenue.
Protecting islanders is key to Hawaii
Hawaii wants to keep possible spreaders off the islands. In doing so it is hurting the economy. Some economists say that it could take the state years to rebound. Still Hawaii is making it as difficult as possible for tourists to go there..
Many hotels and business are closed. “People are out of work and suffering financially,” says a Maui friend. “Such hardship everywhere.”
Hawaiian Airlines announcements
Meanwhile Hawaiian Airlines is resuming a shortened schedule between Hawaii and most of its U.S. mainland gateway cities on Aug. 1.It’s waiting forrr the state to loosen the quarantine rule. Of course boarding a HA flight depends on passenger participation in the pre-travel COVID-19 testing program.
Hawaiian will also increase neighbor island flights to offer guests more seamless connectivity between O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and the Island of Hawai‘i.
“The layered safety measures put in place to protect the health of our local communities promise to make travel to and from Hawai’i more accessible than in recent months,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO at Hawaiian Airlines. “We look forward to welcoming onboard guests who support and observe the protocols in place for responsible travel, including our visitors and kama’aina reconnecting with family and friends on the U.S. mainland.”
Starting today, the carrier is offering once-daily service between Honolulu and Portland and will add once-daily service to San Diego and Sacramento on July 15.
Effective Aug. 1, travelers who test negative for Covid19, will be able to fly from nonstop from six U.S. mainland cities to Honolulu. These include Boston, New York, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Oakland.
Hawaiian is also will restarting select U.S. West Coast-to-neighbor island routes with its narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircraft, including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento to Kahului, Maui; Los Angeles and Oakland to Līhuʻe, Kaua‘i; and Los Angeles to Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian plans to resume weekly service between Honolulu and American Samoa on Aug. 6. Passenger service for the carrier’s international markets remain suspended due to restrictions on inbound travel.
New HA schedules
Following these service additions, the airline will be operating an average of 252 weekly flights connecting Hawai‘i to the U.S. mainland and 114 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands. For details on flight frequencies and times, visit HawaiianAirlines.com. I also recommend checking out d a comprehensive health and safety program and short video to prepare you for your experience.
If you don’t think Hawaii is serious about the 14-day quarantine, they are. Violators are subject to arrest and a $5,000 fine.
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