Hawaii Reopens for Domestic Tourism in November

hawaii reopens to domestic tourism

It's official: Hawaii reopens for domestic tourism on November 1st. Authorities confirmed this week that vaccinated domestic tourists will be permitted to visit the islands for non-essential travel.

Though tourists from the U.S. were able to visit at the start of the year, Hawaiian Governor David Ige had previously advised against travel through the month of October, given a rise in COVID-19 cases that surged through the summer season. According to state officials, case numbers are down as vaccination rates continue to increase.

During an official event held at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, Governor Ige said: "I think we are all encouraged by what we’ve seen over the last several weeks with the continuing trend of lower case counts. Our hospitals are doing better, and we have fewer COVID patients in them.

"We have the ability to move forward with economic recovery," he continued. "Because of this, it is now safe for fully vaccinated residents and visitors to resume non-essential travel to and within the State of Hawaii."

However, Hawaii still doesn't have a plan in place to receive eligible international travelers yet. A statement from Governor Ige's office did imply that the state would have "an appropriate plan in place" ahead of the November 8th reopening date to fully vaccinated foreign visitors.

Hawaii has fully vaccinated 58.99% of its entire population, and it’s administered one dose to 77.67%  of the population.

What You Need to Enter Hawaii

Travelers to Hawaii can skip the mandatory 10-day quarantine period if they provide evidence of:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19
  • A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure

These visitors need to upload either the valid vaccine record or negative test documents to the "Safe Travels Hawai'i" online portal.

Once you're there, you'll need to be aware of current vaccine passport requirements. In Oahu and Maui, for example, you’ll to show proof of vaccination or a current negative COVID-19 test to enter bars, gyms, public events, and other establishments. Mask mandates and social distancing remain in place throughout the islands, and outdoor events — such as sports competitions and concerts — have a 50 percent limit on capacity.

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