If you’ve been vaccinated in the United States, you no longer need a pre-test to visit the Hawaiian Islands.
Starting today, July 8th, the Aloha State is doing away with the rules and regulations that have become commonplace in the last year, updating its travel policies to make it easier for people to visit.
Travelers who have received the COVID-19 vaccine in any state can now forgo a pre-arrival test and quarantine by uploading proof of it to the Hawaii Safe Travels website before their trip.
Previously, Hawaii was only accepting vaccinations that were administered in the islands, but it is now open to all travelers from the mainland who have been vaccinated, regardless of where they received it.
The change comes after Governor David Ige announced his satisfaction with the rates of vaccination within the state. If progress continues, Hawaii could eliminate all rules and regulations on incoming passengers altogether by end of summer, including the need for proof of vaccine.
After uploading proof of vaccination prior to arrival, travelers simply pass through an immigration-type reception upon landing (forewarning: the lines will probably be long) and then are free to roam as they please. Restrictions and pre-test requirements for interisland travel were lifted last month.
The change will certainly be celebrated by inbound passengers, if for nothing else, avoiding the costly pre-arrival test fees. With rapid tests costing anywhere from $150-$200, the requirements were making the destination significantly more expensive, with families paying close to $1000 in pre-arrival expenses.
Also effective today, July 8th, restaurants in Hawaii are now allowed to operate at 75% capacity. Masks are still required, however, for indoor gatherings and events, such as indoor dining.