Hawaii is open and the state’s quarantine exemption has finally begun! Quarantine-free travel to Hawaii is now reopened to visitors and returning residents able to provide an approved negative test for coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival.
After nearly seven months since the March 26 implementation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine and repeated delays of the Hawaii Safe Travels testing program, Hawaii saw about 8000 arrivals on Thursday, October 15. On the same October date in 2019 Hawaii welcomed almost 21,500 arrivals. During quarantine, arrivals dropped to below 500 per day.
The number of arrivals Thursday is close to what was projected by officials. Hawaii Aloha Travel owner Bruce Fisher says, “The interesting thing is that we’re on track for a much better arrival count than expected now that Hawaii is open.”
Officials across the spectrum of public and private interest are working together with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and HVCB to promote safe and mindful travel practices for visitors on holiday in Hawaii during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Now that Hawaii is open, it’s a strong message of mindfulness that encourages visitors to connect with Hawaii’s unique culture and environment.
Part of this approach is an initiative for Hawaii’s hotels and resorts to offer an additional night’s stay free for visitors who participate in volunteer programs and culturally and environmentally important efforts.
Today, Friday, October 16 brought more than 10,000 trans-Pacific arrivals to the Aloha State, well above the projected number. Think of the potential impact of conservation and restoration efforts by thousands of Hawaii visitors every day!
“It means visitors should be booking now in advance more than ever to take advantage of deals that may be gone because of the larger than expected demand,” says Bruce Fisher.
Concerns remain about the start of the Hawaii Safe Travels Program. However, state officials say that long lines and “bumps in the road” are expected and that measures are in place to prevent undetected coronavirus cases from skirting mandatory quarantine requirements for those without an approved negative test.
Hawaii Aloha Travel has developed a network of resources to help Hawaii visitors plan their Hawaii vacation in one place, our locally owned and operated travel agency and tour company. It’s a delicate thing, to travel during a global pandemic. We provide essential on-the-ground knowledge and expertise to maximize your positive impact in Hawaii and on its people and places.
We are happy to welcome you to (or back to) the Aloha State. And we are happier still to share with you how to arrive in our beautiful island paradise with the Spirit of Aloha already in your heart.
Posted by: Jamie Winpenny