Gov. David Ige speaks at a press conference about inter-county travel. The program allows vaccinated travelers to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine. PC: Office of Gov. Ige.

Beginning May 11, fully vaccinated travelers who received their vaccine in Hawaiʻi may travel inter-county (Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi) without having to take a pre-travel test or quarantining for 10 days. The City and County of Honolulu does not have an interisland travel quarantine order. The announcement was made by Gov. David Ige during an afternoon press briefing.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, who also participated in the briefing noted that people are fully vaccinated on the 15th day following their final vaccine dose. Travelers will need to create a Safe Travels Hawaiʻi account and check county websites for additional requirements.

Those who aren’t vaccinated may bypass quarantine if they get a negative COVID-19 test result from a trusted travel partner under the current Safe Travels program.

“Our state has been doing well in keeping our COVID-19 cases steady and our hospitalizations low, and we are ready to take this next step. I know how important it is to residents to be able to travel to see their friends and family on other islands, and this provides another way for them to be able to do that, safely,” said Gov. Ige.

State officials say Hawaiʻi is one of the first locations to implement a vaccine protocol program, with an operational Excelsior Pass vaccine passport program currently in place in New York.

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Both Gov. Ige and Lt. Gov. Josh Green touted the state’s infection and mortality rates as being among the lowest in the nation. Gov. Ige said it’s because of collective actions that the state is able to reduce travel restrictions.

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The state plans to begin with inter-county travel because they are able to verify vaccination status for those who have been vaccinated here in the islands. “This phased approach will allow us to validate the screening process and learn what kinds of bottlenecks and delays that it will inject into our screening process for inter-island travel,” said Gov. Ige, noting that the state will continue to monitor infection rates, and continued to stress that the number one priority is to protect the health and well being of Hawaiʻi’s citizens.

Since vaccinations are currently only offered to individuals ages 16 and older; and kids age 5 and under do not have to pretest–those in the gap between age 5 and 16 will still have access to the state’s Safe Travels program if they want to get a test to avoid quarantine when traveling in Hawaiʻi.

Gov. Ige said the state is conducting pilot tests with Common Pass and Clear in an effort to verify vaccination status for those vaccinated in other states. He said he anticipates expanding the vaccine travel protocol program to mainland visitors in the summer, but expansion is dependent on how quickly the companies can connect with other networks and gain access for

Trip.com has filed for a secondary listing in Hong Kong. The Chinese travel booking site is already listed on the Nasdaq in the U.S.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese travel booking site Trip.com has filed for a secondary listing in Hong Kong, following other high profile names like Alibaba and Baidu, to raise money in the financial hub.

Trip.com, which is currently listed on the Nasdaq in the U.S., did not disclose the number of shares it will issue nor the price they will list for. That is usually determined some time after the initial filing in Hong Kong.

JPMorgan, CICC and Goldman Sachs will be the joint sponsors of the secondary listing.

A number of U.S.-listed Chinese technology companies have done secondary listings in Hong Kong including Alibaba, JD.com, Baidu and Bilibili. Continuing tensions between the U.S. and China have threatened to hit foreign firms listed on U.S. exchanges.

Last month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a law which increases the auditing requirements for Chinese firms and carries the threat of delisting for those that fall foul of the rules.

A secondary listing in Hong Kong could be a way to hedge against this threat.

Trip.com has felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic which has put the brakes on global travel as authorities levied restrictions in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

The company’s net revenue for 2020 was 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 billion), a 49% year-on-year fall.

Still, U.S.-listed shares of Trip.com have surged more than 60% over the last 12 months as domestic travel continues to bounce back in China and anticipation builds for an opening up of international flights.