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Travel Hawaii Is Officially Welcoming Tourists Back on Nov. 1

12:35  23 october  2021
12:35  23 october  2021 Source:   travelandleisure.com

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Hawaii will officially welcome tourists back on Nov . 1 after asking visitors to stay away for weeks, the state's governor said on Tuesday, according to reports. "We're continuing to seek information from the federal government about plans for international travel and will have an appropriate plan in place prior to Nov . 8," Ige tweeted. When travelers do decide to head back to Hawaii , they should do so responsibly, including searching for locally owned businesses, heeding all signs, and treading lightly by simple changes like wearing reef-safe sunscreen and picking up any trash they find at the beach.

Hawaii started welcoming back domestic tourists earlier this year. But the Delta variant increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, forcing Gov. David Ige to state, “now is not the time to visit the islands.” However, speaking at Konta Airport, Gov. David Ige says he wants to welcome tourists back to Hawaii as cases and hospitalizations continue to decrease. A statement from Ige’s office suggested Hawaii will have “an appropriate plan in place” before Nov . 8,” as the United States lifts travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors.

Hawaii will officially welcome tourists back on Nov. 1 after asking visitors to stay away for weeks, the state's governor said on Tuesday, according to reports.

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Both non-essential and business travelers will be welcome to come back to the islands next month, Gov. David Ige told The Associated Press.

"I'm encouraged by the continuing trend of lower case counts of COVID in our islands. Our hospitals are doing better and seeing fewer patients. This gives us the ability to move forward in our economic recovery and safely welcome back fully vaccinated domestic travelers," Ige tweeted. "As always, we will continue to monitor case counts and hospitalizations in the islands and adjust as needed while prioritizing the health and safety of our residents."

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Announcement comes about two months after tourists were asked to voluntarily postpone travel due to Covid-19 concerns. Hawaiian hotels saw a steeper-than-typical occupancy drop after Labor Day following the state’s request to delay trips. “Beginning Nov . 1 , we want to invite and encourage fully vaccinated visitors and residents to travel for business or leisure,” Hawaii ’s governor, David Ige, said Tuesday at a news conference at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

The state's governor is officially welcoming visitors back to the islands in November . Photo Credit: Elena_Suvorova/Shutterstock.com. "The local tourism industry is pleased that Governor Ige signaled today that he is ready to welcome nonessential travelers back to Hawaii beginning Nov . 1 ," the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HTLA) said in a statement following the announcement. "While we recognize that there are still details that need to be sorted out -- paying special mind to input from the county mayors and information provided by the healthcare community and the business sector -- this

The move marks a significant reversal from Ige's plea in August when he asked tourists to "restrict and curtail travel" to Hawaii.


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But while he wanted travelers to delay their trips due to rising cases of COVID-19 and increasing hospitalizations, Ige never officially paused the state's 'Safe Travels' program, which allows domestic visitors to skip quarantine if they arrive with proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test. The program was initially slated to end when Hawaii hit a 70% vaccination rate (which it has already reached on a statewide basis), but Ige has instead chosen to keep protocols in place.

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Finally, some good news: Hawaii is back in business. Yesterday, Governor David Ige announced that tourists are welcome to resume visitation starting November 1 st, two months after he specifically asked tourists to stay away while the islands dealt with rising COVID-19 infections attributed to the “Beginning Nov . 1 , we want to invite and encourage fully vaccinated visitors and residents to travel for business or leisure trans-Pacific and inter-island,” Ige said. To be fair, Hawaii was never really closed. Yes, Ige asked tourists to “stay away,” but he never put any restrictions in place that prevented

Hawaii will officially welcome tourists back on Nov . 1 after asking visitors to stay away for weeks, the state's governor said on Tuesday, according to reports. Both non-essential and business travelers will be welcome to come back to the islands next month

© Kat Wade/Getty Images "I'm encouraged by the continuing trend of lower case counts of COVID in our islands," Gov. David Ige said.

The decision to once again welcome travelers with open arms comes as the United States as a whole prepares to open to vaccinated foreign tourists on Nov. 8.

"We're continuing to seek information from the federal government about plans for international travel and will have an appropriate plan in place prior to Nov. 8," Ige tweeted.

When travelers do decide to head back to Hawaii, they should do so responsibly, including searching for locally owned businesses, heeding all signs, and treading lightly by simple changes like wearing reef-safe sunscreen and picking up any trash they find at the beach.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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