We got some good news today! The State of Hawaii is rolling out it’s pre-travel testing program which would allow visitors to avoid the mandatory 14 day quarantine.
Don’t get too excited too quickly. There are still many things to figure out – but at least there is a plan! I’m telling you, as a vacation rental owner, it’s been pretty bleak the past six months. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Please read all about it here at Hawaii News Now and if you are planning a trip to Hawaii, please do keep a close eye on the news for further announcements.
So far I see a few problems:
- You have to be able to get pre-travel testing 72 hours before travel (I’m told often you need to be showing symptoms to get a test).
- You need to get your negative test results back prior to your trip (this also could be a problem).
- If you don’t get your test results back on time, you will need to quarantine upon arrival until you get your negative test results.
- Per County of Maui rules, you cannot at this time quarantine in a vacation rental but would need to stay in accommodation on the ‘approved list’.
Here is a pre-travel testing flow chart issued by the State of Hawaii that shows some answers.
Also, check the Frequently Asked Questions on the State of Hawaii’s Covid page for many answers.
Let’s wait a little and see what else the State comes up with. I for one am encouraged – at least they are finally talking about having a plan…. six months after the pandemic shut down Hawaii tourism.
Is this the answer to Hawaii’s economic woes?
No, let’s face it. I don’t see visitors streaming back en masse with the current Covid uncertainty. However, at least those who want to travel will have an easier time doing it. I foresee visitors taking advantage of discounted prices to stay for longer periods of time and working remotely (hottest travel trend?).
What about our Canadian visitors?
Good question. At this time the Canadian government has not eased their 14 day mandatory quarantine requirements for travelers returning to Canada. (Trust me, I am watching for this – I would love to go visit family again).
Sig went to Costco today and look what he found…. while not Canadians per se, he did buy some Canadian bell peppers.