Hawaii Will Open Up to Vaccinated Travelers on July 8
Gov. David Ige announced that effective July 8, the State of Hawaii will eliminate its pre-travel testing and quarantine requirement for domestic travelers to Hawaii who have been fully vaccinated in the United States. Travelers to Hawai‘i must upload their CDC issued vaccination record card to the state’s Safe Travels Program website and have that card with them upon arrival in the State of Hawaii.
Ige had previously said that Hawaii would lift travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors when 60% of the state’s population was fully vaccinated. The figure has been stuck at 57% and Ige said earlier this week that it wouldn’t meet that level ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend. He said Thursday it expects to reach the benchmark on July 8 instead. The testing requirement has been in place since October and has been the only way for tourists to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine, which started at 14 days and now stands at 10 days.
“We anticipate that on or about July 8, Hawai‘i will have achieved a 60% vaccination rate. Our residents have sacrificed and worked hard to get to this point, but we still have more to do. Please get vaccinated to protect yourselves and your loved ones. We are close to achieving a 70% vaccination rate, at which point all restrictions will end and we can return to the lives we remember,” said Gov. Ige.
When the state achieves a 70% vaccination rate, all restrictions terminate. Social gatherings will no longer be restricted, and restaurants will continue to be regulated in the normal course by the Department of Health, which may establish new, permanent rules in light of the pandemic.