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Hawaii to lift travel restrictions on COVID-19



Hawaii Governor David Ige greets supporters at his Honolulu campaign headquarters.  (Marco Garcia / AP Photo)

Hawaii Governor David Ige greets supporters at his Honolulu campaign headquarters. (Marco Garcia / AP Photo)

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UPDATED 10:37 AM PT – Saturday, June 5, 2021

Hawaii has announced its plan to remove all travel restrictions on COVID-19 for domestic travel before the busiest time of the year for tourism. Gov. David Ige (D-Hawaii) announced on Friday that vaccinated passengers entering the state could bypass quarantine without a COVID test before the trip.

Ige said 52 percent of the state’s residents have been fully vaccinated and all restrictions will be lifted once the number rises to 70 percent. The state has offered incentives such as plane tickets and year-round car rentals for residents who are being vaccinated. Residents can go online for a chance to win.

Fully vaccinated visitors to Hawaii will no longer have to take a COVID-19 test before returning from the continent. Ige explained the lifting of the restrictions, saying, “We will accept through safe travel vaccination cards for transitional travelers vaccinated in the United States and traveling from the continental United States.”

The changes to the travel rules will take effect on June 15 and more restrictions are expected to be lifted as the vaccination rate increases.

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