HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - With tourists from the mainland flooding into Hawaii, and a pre-travel testing plan starting for Japan, residents in other countries are eagerly awaiting their turn to be allowed to travel to the islands with a negative COVID test.
Hawaii Tourism Authority officials say residents of Canada have been anxiously awaiting word on their clearance to fly to the state.
After Japan, Canada is the second largest international market for Hawaii with about half a million visitors last year.
Many of them have second homes in the islands and opt to come during the winter.
An HTA consultant says they’ve been getting more and more calls about the status of a testing plan and approved testing partners.
“The actual intent for people going to Hawaii right now from Canada is on the increase substantially. We are getting calls daily, as well as our airline partners and tour companies and travel agents, of Canadians wanting to come back to Hawaii and getting the understanding of how the testing is working,” HTA Canada Consultant Susan Webb said.
It is on the state’s agenda to set up a plan for Canada and other international locations, but right now there are no testing companies or direct flights between Canada and Hawaii. And upon returning north of the border, Canadians face a 14-day quarantine after traveling.
“We are really hoping to have good news to share quickly,” Webb added. “We believe there will be a very significant increase in bookings by Canadians.”