Starting today, September 1, a new “Safe Travels” application becomes mandatory for all trans-Pacific and inter-island travelers to/in Hawaii. The application can be found at https://travel.hawaii.gov. The following video provides a basic overview of the process:
So, what is this application? It’s a digital/online app that collects required health and travel information and creates a way to keep in contact with travelers. It replaces the previous paper process and is supposed to save time for travelers and administrators.
The “Safe Travels” app is considered to be a part of the process that will eventually allow visitors to bypass quarantine by presenting a negative COVID-19 test. That process may start October 1, 2020 at the earliest.
The announcement regarding this new application states,
“Travelers are encouraged to enter their information and trip details well in advance of their flight. Once their health information is entered 24 hours before departure, travelers receive a QR code via email. The QR code on their mobile device or printed on paper gets scanned by the airport screener upon arrival.”
The announcement also says,
“This new online application will provide the State Department of Health (DOH) access to the mandatory health information that passengers need to provide to monitor and protect public health in real-time. It can also be used by the Dept. of the Attorney General and county law enforcement officials to enforce the quarantine rules.”
There’s no detail provided about what the monitoring in real-time aspects include. We hope officials will clarify that.
There’s a page of FAQs that’s definitely worth reviewing as it answers more general questions about why the app is required, what it does and so forth. If you need to complete this form, there’s a help page that you may want to reference as well.
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