Safe Travels Hawaiʻi Surveillance Testing Update

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"Hawaii has the most rigorous pre-testing travel program in the country and we're grateful to Air Canada and WestJet for making it available to their passengers", said Governor Ige.

Canadians who wish to travel to Hawaii will be allowed to bypass the self-quarantine period with the proviso that they show prof of a negative coronavirus test, under new rules announced Thursday.

Guests travelling to Hawaii are responsible for ensuring they receive a test within 72-hours of their flight departing to Hawaii in order to avoid quarantine and will be required to display their negative test result prior to boarding.

Canada has officially joined the US mainland and Japan in the state of Hawaii's Safe Travel program, which waives the mandatory quarantine for passengers who test negative for the coronavirus prior to their flight.

And they will be provided information on the testing facilities, which have been approved by Air Canada, and they will go- be instructed to go get- obtain the tests within 72 hours prior to departure. Air travelers have a 72-hour window before their flight in which to get a test. Getting results can take 48 hours or longer.

Since the pandemic began, visitors have had the option of bypassing testing and quarantining for 14 days upon arrival.

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"Many Canadians love to visit Hawaiʻi during the winter months to escape the cold weather, so the timing for this works well. Concurrently, the stricter test result requirement announced by the governor today is a prudent and urgent response to thwarting the spread of COVID-19 in Hawai'i, while our local visitor industry sustains its leadership efforts in restoring jobs and the economy of Hawai'i", said Hawai'i Tourism Authority president and CEO John De Fries.

Earlier this week, the airline announced its December schedule including twice-weekly, non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and Honolulu and Calgary and Maui. Programs like this that provide viable, effective and alternative options to blanket quarantine requirements, are an important step to safely reopen travel around the world.

7,217 passengers in quarantine (non-trusted travel partner or incorrect type of test).

WestJet said that testing will be available to all Canadian residents but is only able to be done in Alberta and there's a fee of $150. Canada's mandatory 14-day quarantine for all passengers arriving in or returning to Canada was last extended on November 2 and is set to expire on November 30.

Ige said the change responds to concern from county officials that COVID-positive passengers were arriving in Hawaii.

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