Hawaii to waive COVID test requirement for vaccinated travellers from July 8

Travelling to Hawaii is all set to become easier for vaccinated travellers. As per the reports, beginning July 8, Hawaii will end its pre-travel COVID testing requirement for visitors from the US mainland, who are fully vaccinated. This was recently announced by Hawaii Gov. David Ige. Travelers will, however, be required to show their vaccine card.

As per the Hawaii’s Health Department, by that date, Ige said Hawaii will have reached a 60 per cent statewide vaccination rate. At present, 62 per cent of all residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, whereas 57 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Reportedly, unvaccinated visitors will be required to get tested before traveling at a ‘trusted partner’ site if they wish to skip the quarantine.

The new rules come weeks after Hawaii has lifted all restrictions on inter-county travel and started allowing fully vaccinated residents, who received their COVID-19 shots in Hawaii, to travel back to Hawaii without requiring to get a pre-travel test or quarantine. In May, the state also relaxed restrictions relating to outdoor mask mandate, which was in line as per the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ige also stated that when Hawaii hits the 70 per cent overall vaccination rate, it will lift all travel restrictions. He added that beyond travel protocols, restaurant will also be allowed to increase capacity up to 75 per cent on July 8.

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