* Kauai plans to slightly open back up to tourism starting January 5, 2021, but with several stipulations and the process is a bit complicated. Here are the new options for out-of-state visitors to bypass or reduce their quarantine period on Kauai:
- To bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine period, travelers must
- participate in the state’s Safe Travel’s pre-travel test program prior to their flight to the state of Hawaii
- receive a negative result before their departure flight to Hawaii
- fly to any Hawaiian Island other than Kauai
- stay on that non-Kauai island for a minimum of 72 hours
- take another test no more than 72 hours before an inter-island flight to Kauai as part of Hawaii’s inter-island pre-travel testing program
- receive a negative result before their inter-island flight departure to Kauai. The visitor is then allowed to explore the island of Kauai without quarantine.
- To have an enhanced, then reduced quarantine period, a visitor must
- participate in the state’s Safe Travel’s pre-travel testing program
- receive a negative result before their flight departure to Hawaii
- stay in one of Kauai’s Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) resort bubble resorts with access to restaurants and the pool
- stay at the EMQ resort bubble for at least three days
- take a post-travel test
- with a with negative test result, the visitor would be released the modified quarantine and allowed outside of the resort.
- For more information about Kauai’s specific rules, check these resources:
- County of Kauai’s COVID-19 website
- Kauai’s press release about new “resort bubble” post-travel testing program.
- Hawaii’s Safe Travels website
- Article from the Garden Island about the new rules.
- Article from the Star-Advertiser about the new rules.
* Hawaiian Airlines has a sweepstakes game with chances to win 160,000 HawaiianMiles, which is enough miles for two round-trip tickets from any of their U.S. mainland gateway cities. This new sweepstakes is called “Aloha From Above” and has a few steps to follow for sweepstakes entry. See this link for entry and rules.
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