Great news Pirates! Hawaii will reopen its doors to tourists on October 15th. Visitors can bypass quarantine if they present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Why is Hawaii reopening?
The government is hoping that by lifting the mandatory 14-day quarantine it will encourage more people to visit and help stimulate Hawaii’s economy. And as the days begin to get colder, the timing couldn't be more perfect.
Who Can Go?
Travelers with test results from testing partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health are free to enter without quarantining. You can find the official list of places where visitors can get tested before traveling to Hawaii here. It could be the case that some islands, such as the Big Island will require visitors to take a second test. Travelers who don't have test results can still visit Hawaii, they just need to quarantine for 14-days.
Where Can I Get Tested?
At the moment, many major airports and airlines on the West Coast are offering their own testing options. United Airlines, for example, is offering same-day test results to passengers flying out of SFO starting October 15th. While the results will be ready in just 15 minutes, the test will set you back $250. However, they also offer a more affordable, mail-in test option that costs $80. Alaska airlines offers priority testing for passengers in pop-up testing facilities in Seattle for $135. Even better, booking your flight out of Oakland Airport will result in bigger savings as the airport will offer free testing starting October 15th.