Anyone flying to Hawaii will have to have a negative COVID-19 test before leaving for the state, with the new rule taking effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ege announced Thursday.
Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-trip testing program have been allowed to arrive and then upload their negative test results to a state database, allowing them to skip two weeks of quarantine.
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However, some passengers who arrived in Hawaii without the test results turned out to be positive. This partly caused the change in the rules, Ige told a news conference.
The new program takes effect on Tuesday, shortly before the holiday.
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“If the test results are not available before you reach the final stage of your trip, the passenger must be quarantined for 14 days or the length of stay, whichever is shorter,” he said.
Those who arrive without having negative test results before departure will not be able to miss the quarantine, even if their negative results become available soon after arrival.
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Passengers have always had the opportunity not to be tested at all and to be quarantined in their hotel rooms or homes on arrival. Travelers will continue to have this opportunity.