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State prepares to welcome back travelers
(1 days ago) House Speaker Scott Saiki agreed, pointing out that Ige’s August statement discouraging travel to the state only specifically mentioned the months of September and October. “Well, we’re halfway through October,” Bonham said. “He needs to speak out and explain what happens on Nov. 1.
Vaccinated travelers from abroad get the OK on Nov. 8
(9 days ago) The U.S. Travel Association, an industry group, applauded the moves. “The date is critically important for planning — for airlines, for travel-supported businesses, and for millions of travelers worldwide who will now advance plans to visit the United States once again,” Roger Dow, the group’s president, said in a statement.
Tourism leaders urge Ige to declare it’s OK to visit
(9 days ago) “A positive statement soon is critical in order to get travel back in Hawaii in a safe way,” said Jeff Wagoner, president and CEO of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, during the same livestream. “… Clearly, when a statement like (Ige’s Aug. 23 pronouncement) is released, it was national media. It was the top of Yahoo, it was in the New
Experts eye more Hawaii travel testing to contain COVID
(6 days ago) Experts eye more Hawaii travel testing to contain COVID. KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Angela Gordon, left, and Maria Charles visit Rainbow Falls earlier this month. State leaders have resisted the implementation of a two-test policy for arriving travelers, a plan that some experts are questioning. HONOLULU — Hawaii officials are facing
Ige announces imminent end to all travel restrictions
(6 days ago) Gov. David Ige announced today that the state will lift all travel restrictions once vaccination rates are high enough, with interisland travel restrictions to end June 15. Gov. David Ige announced today that, as COVID vaccination rates in Hawaii continue to rise, it is now safe to end travel restrictions for flights between the Hawaiian islands.
Ige ends some travel restrictions, eyes 70% threshold to
(4 days ago) Ige ends some travel restrictions, eyes 70% threshold to lift all. Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald People wait for rides after arriving at the Hilo International Airport in Hilo on Monday, May 17, 2021. Travel restrictions in Hawaii will end when vaccination rates are high enough, Gov. David Ige said Friday, and a new state program provides
Ige: Changes to Safe Travels contingent on vaccination
(Just Now) Unrestricted interisland travel could still be months away as COVID-19 cases mount on neighbor islands. During a Monday news conference, Gov. David Ige said July 4 might be a reasonable date for the state to resume unrestricted interisland travel if the number of virus cases on Oahu and Maui stabilizes before then.
Ige might reduce COVID restrictions ‘by the end of the
(9 days ago) Meanwhile, Roth said a travel-related policy he had proposed to Ige remains under consideration. Last month, Roth requested that the state regularly make available a publicly accessible list of individuals who opted to quarantine for 10 days upon arriving on the Big Island, instead of submitting proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to
Summer vacation: Never mind the hike. Where’s the hammock
(1 days ago) Most vacationers, married or not, travel with others. Overall, 68 percent will travel with a spouse or significant other and 49 percent will travel with other relatives or friends. Just 14 percent of vacationers will travel solo, including about a quarter of unmarried travelers.
Ige discusses changes to travel, gathering restrictions
(5 days ago) Ige discusses changes to travel, gathering restrictions. A day after announcing the state will relax COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions on July 8 — when 60% of Hawaii’s population should be fully vaccinated — Gov. David Ige on Friday further explained his decision. Ige on Thursday said that beginning July 8, Hawaii will eliminate
A ‘common sense’ Halloween: Mayor says no county-specific
(9 days ago) 1 day ago · Roth said there have been no further developments regarding a travel program he proposed in September that would create a publicly accessible list of people who chose to quarantine for 10 days rather than submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID …
August visitor arrivals, spending fall short of pre
(6 days ago) Birch also sees an increase in international travel ahead with the recent announcement that the U.S. will ease restrictions in November for foreigners flying into the country if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test. Travel from Japan, which has occurred throughout the pandemic, should pick up as well.
Hawaii expands pre-travel testing program to S. Korea
(3 days ago) Hawaii expands pre-travel testing program to S. Korea. Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday that starting Feb. 5, travelers from South Korea can bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in that country. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure, and the
Ige urges travelers not to visit Hawaii
(Just Now) Ige said when he first asked travelers to refrain from visiting Hawaii in March 2020, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there was a 70% reduction in traffic to the islands over the subsequent two weeks. Shortly thereafter, a lockdown and mandatory quarantine requirement stopped nearly all travel to the state.
Children 5 to 11 not eligible for July 8 vaccine exemption
(9 days ago) Children 5 to 11 not eligible for July 8 vaccine exemption. Hawaii next week will lift travel restrictions for domestic travelers who have been vaccinated on the mainland, but keiki under 12 must still test negative for COVID-19 prior to arrival. “Travelers aged 5 years to 11 years old are not eligible for vaccine exception and may bypass
Ige: Don’t visit Hawaii now
(6 days ago) Ige said when he first asked travelers to refrain from visiting Hawaii in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, there was a 70% reduction in traffic to the islands over the subsequent two weeks. Shortly thereafter, a lockdown and mandatory quarantine requirement stopped nearly all travel to the state. “This is a different environment
US plans to require COVID shots for foreign travelers
(Just Now) The official spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday to preview the policy under development. The Biden administration has kept in place travel restrictions that have severely curtailed international trips to the U.S., citing the spread of the delta variant of the virus.
Vaccine passport plan set
(6 days ago) There is no travel quarantine on Oahu for arriving travelers on flights from the neighbor islands. Green, a Big Island physician, defined what the state considers “fully vaccinated.” “If you’ve had both of the Pfizer or Moderna shots, or if you’ve had the Johnson &Johnson shot, and 14 days have passed to build up your immunity, to get
An uptick in visitors: Survey finds 44% of those arriving
(7 days ago) Travel Leaders Network, the largest network of travel agencies in North America, conducted a nationwide online research survey of past and current clients from Feb. 6 to March 2 to gauge their readiness to travel. According to a TLN statement issued March 15, the survey found 85% said they have already been vaccinated or planned to get
Delta variant surge has had little impact on tourism
(3 days ago) Despite the recent spike in Delta variant COVID-19 cases, Hawaii’s popularity as a travel destination continues to grow. At a Monday meeting of the House Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness, state officials and visitor industry representatives discussed the effects — or lack thereof — the current outbreak in the state has had on the recovery of the visitor industry.
State launches digital ‘health card’ for vaccination
(6 days ago) However, the Hawaii SMART Health Card QR code cannot be used for travel to the state. Travelers arriving in Hawaii still are required to use the travel exemption/exception feature on the Safe Travels platform to receive a travel entry QR code. “We have more plans for expanding the SMART Health Card in the future,” Murdock said.
Ige signs proclamation allowing interisland trips for
(5 days ago) Gov. David Ige Friday signed the 20th proclamation on COVID-19 to allow inter-county travelers vaccinated in the state of Hawaii to bypass the pre-travel testing and/or quarantine requirement starting May 11. The state’s Safe Travels platform went online Friday, allowing travelers to upload their travel information and vaccination data.
Federal Inspection Services project at Kona airport
(Just Now) 1 day ago · While Hawaii has allowed international travel from some countries for fully vaccinated travelers and those who can provide proof of a pre-flight COVID-19 test — including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Tahiti and the Philippines — travel numbers have been low due to quarantine requirements in traveler’s home countries.
Hawaii County breaks from Kauai, Maui regarding
(6 days ago) “Travel between the counties is an essential part of staying connected with family and friends, and for conducting business,” Ige said at an afternoon media conference. ADVERTISING “So those going from Honolulu to Maui and Kauai will be able to get a pre-travel test 72 hours prior to departure (and) will be able to avoid a quarantine
State loosens additional travel restrictions
(5 days ago) State loosens additional travel restrictions. Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Gracie, left, and Faith Holbrook work together to figure out how to stand up on their paddle boards in Reeds Bay in Hilo on Wednesday. The Holbrooks are visiting from North Carolina and wanted to try paddle boarding for the first time with a rental from Hilo Ocean
House committee: No changes needed to Safe Travels program
(8 days ago) That said, travel to the state has already taken a downturn. Carl Bonham, executive director of the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, said that, while visitor numbers had spiked in November — for example, Lihue Airport averaged approximately 600 travelers per day, Bonham said — that number has dropped precipitously since
Ige calls for bars, clubs to close; asks visitors not to
(9 days ago) Ige also banned all nonessential travel for state workers, including interisland travel, and said, “Anyone who travels will be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine.” He said those requirements don’t apply to the Department of Education.
More restrictions to be eased July 8
(7 days ago) The state will relax travel and gathering restrictions on July 8, when 60% of the Hawaii’s population is expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. On that date, Hawaii will eliminate its pretravel testing and quarantine requirement for domestic travelers fully vaccinated in the United States, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday.
Hawaii hits 60% mark for vaccinations
(7 days ago) Gov. David Ige implemented changes to the state’s travel and gathering restrictions on July 8, the date that 60% of Hawaii’s population was expected to be fully inoculated. ADVERTISING Ige has said previously that when the state reaches a fully vaccinated rate of 70%, all of Hawaii’s COVID-related emergency restrictions will be dropped
Flights from South Korea, Philippines, added to Safe
(7 days ago) Flights from South Korea, Philippines, added to Safe Travels program. Travelers from the Philippines and South Korea will be allowed to bypass quarantine requirements in Hawaii starting next week as the state begins reopening international travel. Gov. David Ige announced today that travelers who receive a negative COVID-19 test from certain
US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting
(7 days ago) WASHINGTON — The U.S. will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday, the White House said Friday, citing a devastating rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus.
Lawmakers to Kim: Don’t opt out of pre-travel testing
(Just Now) “The pre-travel testing program has been discussed at length since last June, was repeatedly delayed, and then was finally scheduled to begin on Oct. 15, a date that was announced three weeks ago on Sept. 16. Given the amount of time that the county has had to consider and prepare for this, the eleventh-hour change of heart that was announced
Post-flight COVID testing to be scaled back
(4 days ago) The county, in partnership with Premier Medical Group, has tested nearly 100% of arriving travelers since the resumption of trans-Pacific travel in October. Nearly 200,000 travelers have been tested with less than 200 receiving a positive result. In late March, more than 3,000 people per day were being tested with less than a 0.7% positivity rate.
UPDATE: Kim says second negative COVID-19 test needed to
(7 days ago) UPDATED 3:26 p.m. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said he wants post-travel testing as well as pre-travel testing for COVID-19 to ensure the safety of the community as Hawaii tries to reopen amid the pandemic. “I just don’t think we should take the risk with one COVID-19 test taken up to three days before traveling,” Kim said in a statement.
Hawaii health care workers decry lack of COVID mandates
(6 days ago) The state’s Department of Health officer for Kauai, Dr. Janet Berreman, said that contact tracing on the island has proved that travel seeds local outbreaks, and that’s true for both visitors and residents alike. “When residents travel and come home, they often live in multigenerational households.
US easing virus restrictions for foreign flights to
(6 days ago) WASHINGTON — In a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions, the U.S. said Monday it will allow foreigners to fly into the country this fall if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test — changes replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens and irritated allies in Europe and beyond where virus cases are lower.
Return of cruise ships still up in the air
(3 days ago) Return of cruise ships still up in the air. Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Rocks are seen under the water near the Port of Hilo on Friday. Exactly 33,400 trans-Pacific passengers arrived Thursday by air at Hawaii’s major airports, but the question of when the Aloha State will once again welcome cruise ship passengers at its ports remains
New Safe Travels app explained
(1 days ago) Using the app is required for all out-of-state arrivals and interisland travel, and can be accessed at travel.hawaii.gov. Travelers will be asked to submit trip details, confirm their destination addresses and contact information, as well as a health status form that must be …
When will cruises return
(5 days ago) And so that might have a dampening effect on this release of pent-up demand — but I still think things will rebound for cruise travel. And the reason for it is you still have the baby boomer generation in retirement now, and cruising is a passive form of recreation.
Small businesses lifted by return of summer tourists
(9 days ago) The U.S. Travel Association, a travel industry trade group, predicts domestic travel spending will total $787 billion in 2021. That’s up 22% from 2020 but still down 20% from 2019 levels. The association predicts travel spending won’t completely rebound above 2019 levels until 2024. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jenny Kimball, co-owner of the
Ige to visitors: Get tested
(7 days ago) Ige also said the state has been working with private sector partners to administer tests to those who request it for travel purposes, and Green said some states are offering tests to all their residents. Green said CVS is one of the companies Hawaii …
A reluctant Mayor Kim opens the island to trans-Pacific
(6 days ago) “Hawaii’s travel self-quarantine program is the most comprehensive in the country, and the state’s quick build-out of staffing and infrastructure is impressive in many ways,” said state Auditor Les Kondo. “However, we found an overall lack of coordinated planning and communication that diminishes the effectiveness of the program and
Flights from South Korea, Philippines, added to Safe
(9 days ago) Flights from South Korea, Philippines, added to Safe Travels program. Travelers from the Philippines and South Korea will be allowed to bypass quarantine requirements in Hawaii starting next week as the state begins reopening international travel. Gov. David Ige announced Friday that travelers who receive a negative COVID-19 test from certain
As infections spike, Europeans are set to block US
(2 days ago) As infections spike, Europeans are set to block US travelers again. Saturday, September 18, 2021, 12:05 a.m. Added to the growing list of damage the anti-vaccination/anti-mask crowd is doing to America is the recommendation of renewed travel bans in the European Union against U.S. visitors, due to spiking coronavirus cases here.
Delta variant fueling COVID-19 surge
(7 days ago) While the there still are some travel-related cases, largely in returning residents, Magno said the virus is now circulating within the Big Island community — in work, social and sports groups, “covering all social realms of society within our community.”
Officials suggest COVID-19 testing of air passengers prior
(1 days ago) “This could include requiring testing of all intended passengers (including crew) on any direct air travel to Hawaii before boarding,” Case wrote. “Such testing could include at least fever testing and, as available, on-site rapid COVID-19 testing, as now required by international airlines such as Emirates on some flights.”
Interisland plan unveiled; Kim: Travelers can be tested
(6 days ago) Relying on only a single pre-arrival test was not ideal for many Big Island residents, Kim said, because many people travel between neighbor islands for more than three days at a time, thus requiring multiple tests for every round trip. Also, the one-test model put enormous pressure on the county’s ability to monitor and enforce quarantines