Travel Hawaii outlines full reopening plans, including dropping all travel restrictions

18:35  05 june  2021
18:35  05 june  2021 Source:   thepointsguy.com

I Planned to Move to Hawaii. And Then I Realized Why I Shouldn’t

  I Planned to Move to Hawaii. And Then I Realized Why I Shouldn’t Maybe one day. But definitely not now.Somehow the idea then pivoted to Hawaii. Travis, my partner, prompted the idea with such gusto and enthusiasm I couldn’t help but be sold. We had also recently heard of a program called Mover’s and Shakas—a nod to the iconic Hawaiian hand gesture meaning “hang loose”—who were actively recruiting talent to move to the island to “diversify the island economy.

a body of water with Diamond Head in the background © Provided by The Points Guy
MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers.

After months of eager anticipation, all systems are nearly a go for full, unrestricted travel to Hawaii.

The one criteria that hinge on it all? Vaccination rates.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced detailed plans to make inter-island and trans-Pacific travel easier — and the eventual elimination of all COVID-19-related restrictions. Notably, this will include travelers vaccinated in Hawaii as well as those vaccinated in the mainland U.S.

These are Europe's most beautiful castles

  These are Europe's most beautiful castles Europe is peppered with incredible castles, spanning a variety of eras and architectural styles. From Sleeping Beauty's castle come to life in Germany to a spooky Dracula castle in Romania, these structures are filled with mystery and myth, and have captured people's attention for centuries. Hidden in mountains, perched on hillsides and nestled on lakes, these are the best castles in Europe.

Here’s what that plan looks like.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our free daily newsletter.

In This Post

Hawaii Inter-island travel

All inter-island travel restrictions — including testing and quarantine requirements — will end on June 15, 2021. This coincides with the state approaching a 55% vaccination rate. As of June 4, 52% of Hawaii’s residents have been fully vaccinated.

Currently, inter-island travelers must either undergo a 10-day quarantine, take an approved test within 72 hours of arrival or provide proof of vaccination in the state of Hawaii (proof of vaccination elsewhere is not permitted).

The state of Hawaii on May 11 rolled out its new vaccine passport program inside its current travel entry system, Safe Travels.

Everything you need to know about travel insurance in a post-COVID-19 world

  Everything you need to know about travel insurance in a post-COVID-19 world Everything you need to know about travel insurance in a post-COVID-19 world

Related: Hawaii’s vaccine passport is available — but with two big caveats

Travel between the mainland U.S. and Hawaii

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a tarmac at an airport: (Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy) © The Points Guy (Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy)

When Hawaii reaches a 60% vaccination rate, individuals vaccinated anywhere in the U.S. (including those in the mainland) will be able to bypass all testing and quarantine requirements with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program.

Unfortunately, there is no firm date when this will happen but as noted above, the state is 52% fully vaccinated (as of June 4).

However, if you were vaccinated within the state of Hawaii, there is an exact date when you can bypass all COVID-19 travel requirements for trans-Pacific travel between the mainland U.S. and Hawaii — June 15.

Related: Everything you need to know about visiting Hawaii

When will all travel and capacity restrictions be lifted?

Gov. David Ige announced that once Hawaii achieves a 70% vaccination rate, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the Safe Travels program will end.

Presumably, this means that even if a traveler is not fully vaccinated, they will be allowed to enter Hawaii without having to take a test or quarantine.

In a written press release, Ige said, “The easing of travel restrictions is a direct result of our robust vaccination rate…we need to push hard now so we can get to the point where Safe Travels is no longer needed to keep the people of Hawaii safe.”

However, Ige did hint that even if the state does not reach the 70% vaccination threshold, he would still consider lifting travel restrictions if COVID-19 infection rates are low.

Related: I visited a reopened Kauai in Hawaii — 5 things to know before you go

Featured photo by okimo/Getty Images.

SPONSORED: With states reopening, enjoying a meal from a restaurant no longer just means curbside pickup.

And when you do spend on dining, you should use a credit card that will maximize your rewards and potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free.

These are the best credit cards for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.


Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

7 of the top European countries to visit this summer .
Yes, it’s possible to travel to many countries across the European Union right now. However, some countries have easier entry requirements than others — especially if you plan to travel with your unvaccinated children. If you can’t wait to get back to Paris or Barcelona or Santorini, we’ve got the info below. Here are the …Here are the entry and testing requirements for seven of our favorite European countries for visits this summer.

usr: 1
This is interesting!