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Hawaii will officially open up to all non-essential tourists beginning November 1 with one important caveat – they want all tourists to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Hawaii’s Governor David Ige made the announcement during a press conference at the new international terminal at Kona’s airport, telling the press, “we want to invite and encourage fully vaccinated visitors and residents to travel for business or leisure, Trans-Pacific or inter-island.”
“I think we are all encouraged by what we’ve seen over the last several weeks with the continuing trend of lower case counts,” Ige said. “Our hospitals are doing better, and we have fewer COVID patients in them. Most importantly, our health care system has responded, and we have the ability to move forward with economic recovery.”
In order to avoid a ten-day quarantine upon arrival, all incoming travelers must show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of their departure for Hawaii.
We’re continuing to seek information from the federal government about plans for international travel and will have an appropriate plan in place prior to Nov. 8.
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) October 20, 2021
The island state also hopes to receive clarification from the federal government regarding international travel, with Gov. Ige telling the press he hopes to have “an appropriate plan” in place by November 8 – the date when the US plans to lift international restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers, the Washington Post reports.