Last month, Governor David Ige eliminated all restrictions on travel between countries, saying travelers who have been vaccinated out of state were allowed to travel to Hawaii without a pre-arrival test when the state vaccination rate reaches 60%.
Apparently 57% is close enough.
In a monumental announcement, Ige recently declared that vaccinated travelers from July 8 will no longer need to quarantine or take a pre-test if they provide evidence of vaccination.
Although the vaccination rate is still not at 60% – that is around 57% at the time of writing – Ige decided to go ahead and set a fixed date for the change so that companies could prepare. Hawaii tourism is already blooming, but Ige said he believes the islands will see even more visitors when the rules are officially changed next week.
“We know there is a huge demand for Hawaii,” Ige said. “We think it will make it easier for those who have been vaccinated to travel to Hawaii.”
Previously, only travelers who received their vaccinations in Hawaii could circumvent quarantine or a pre-test, but now it will be open to all travelers from the mainland who have been vaccinated, no matter where they have received it.
The rules for indoor dining will also be relaxed on July 8th. At that time, restaurants will be allowed to operate with 75% capacity. Masks are still required for indoor events, including indoor dining.
The announcement is certainly more than welcome for travelers planning to visit the islands in the coming months. Travelers will need to upload proof of vaccination to Hawaii safe travel site before departure for their trip. We should have more accurate details on how the system works when the official switch is made on July 8th.