On June 24, 2020, Governor Ige announced that a pre-travel testing program will be launched for travelers to Hawaii. With a valid negative COVID-19 test, visitors will not be subject to the 14-day quarantine. This process is due to begin August 1, 2020.
Pre-arrival COVID-19 testing will need to be conducted within 72-hours prior to arrival. Details of this testing plan are still being determined.
Visitors arriving to Hawaii without a COVID-10 pre-test will continue to be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Upon arrival in Hawaii, all travelers will be required to submit a completed health form. Thermal screening will be conducted. If a traveler has a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher and/or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, the traveler will be subject to a secondary screening process and offered a COVID-19 test.
Officials noted that the process of 72-hour, pre-travel testing is not perfect, but they are in agreement that it will greatly reduce the risk of spreading the virus within Hawaii.
CVS is a national pharmacy that will very likely be an approved testing site. Officials are seeking other large testing partners similar to CVS as well as tests provided by private physicians.
The concept of travel corridors are still being considered. Gov. Ige says that they are in initial discussions with Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.
Details still to be determined regarding Hawaii’s COVID-19 pre-testing program
As stated in the governor’s press conference, the pre-testing plan is still being detailed. Lt. Gov. Green said that more details of the plan will be announced in the coming weeks.
Just a few of the questions that will need to be answered:
– How much will the tests costs and who is responsible for the costs?
– How will a traveler prove a negative COVID-19 test — by a paper certificate or will results be captured electronically in a database?
– What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 on their 72-hour, pre-travel test? Will they receive refunds or credits for airfare, accommodations and other travel expenses.
– What tests and testing sites will be approved for pre-testing?
– How exactly will the 72-hour window be defined?
– What if the test results are not supplied within 72-hours?
– When should residents get tested if they are taking short trips outside of the state?
Once again, very few details were mentioned in this press conference. The key point is that the 72-hour, pre-testing program is due to begin August 1, 2020.
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