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Travel restrictions ease as Hawaii makes progress in vaccination efforts

Published: Jun. 14, 2021 at 8:10 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 11:05 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New travel rules are now in effect as Hawaii continues to make progress in COVID-19 vaccinations.

Starting Tuesday, those traveling inter-island will no longer need to take a pre-travel COVID test. Quarantine rules are also being dropped entirely.

Previously, those traveling from Oahu to a Neighbor Island, and those traveling between Neighbor Islands had to test negative for COVID-19 or present proof of vaccination.

Ivan Martinez travels from Oahu to Neighbor Islands frequently for work. He is constantly filling out paperwork for exemptions.

“It was a bit of a headache to constantly submit applications,” Martinez said. “But now I won’t have to worry so much.”

Angela Godfrey, a visitor, was happy to learn that the changes fell in the middle of her trip. It happened when she was scheduled to travel from Oahu to Maui.

“We planned this trip in November, so we were preparing to get tested before we went over,” Godfrey said, “Luckily we spent some days on Oahu before we left we found out about the new regulations, so we were excited.”

Rules are also changing for trans-Pacific travel on Tuesday.

Those who have been vaccinated in Hawaii will be able to forgo the 10-day quarantine without getting a COVID test.

However, those who were vaccinated anywhere else will still have to take a test before flying to Hawaii. If not, they will need to quarantine for 10 days.

In order to prove your vaccination status, you have to upload a copy of your vaccine card to the Safe Travels website.

The changes were made after Gov. David Ige said Hawaii was poised to hit a 55% vaccination rate and case totals were relatively slow statewide.

As of Sunday, 55% of all Hawaii residents have been fully vaccinated.

When the state hits a 70% vaccination rate, all travel restrictions will drop.

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