HONOLULU – Governor David Ige announced that Hawaii’s Safe Travels program for domestic travelers will come to a close on Friday, March 25, 2022. To be clear Hawaii Safe Travels Program Comes To An End.
Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, March 26, 2022, individuals who are arriving from the continental United States (mainland) will not be required to create a Safe Travels account nor show their COVID-19 vaccination status, or even take a pre-travel test when traveling to any of the Hawaiian Islands.
According to John De Fries, Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO, “Safe Travels is one part of a multi-layer approach to COVID safety. The program played a key role in keeping Hawaii’s residents safe before vaccinations were widely available, and during the surges we’ve seen through this pandemic,” He continues, “Bringing the Safe Travels program to a close reflects the progress we have made as a state, and Governor Ige’s decision is a good balance of maintaining reasonable health precautions while reopening our society and economy.”
Passengers that will be arriving in Hawaii on any direct international flight must still adhere to all federal U.S. entry requirements, which include showing proof of an up-to-date COVID vaccination document and negative pre-travel COVID-19 test result taken within one day of travel. For more information, be sure to visit www.hawaiicovid19.com/travel.
“The Safe Travels program was an immense undertaking that would not have been possible without the collaboration and support of our fellow government agencies and numerous visitor industry partners who worked tirelessly to serve our communities in this effort, from the dissemination of travel requirements globally, to testing and screening, the call center response and check-ins with quarantined individuals, and the airlines which stepped up to pre-clear their passengers at the point of departure,” De Fries said. “We would like to especially thank the hundreds of kamaaina who worked as Safe Travels screeners, patiently working with travelers to ensure their compliance with our health measures.” But now Hawaii Safe Travels Program Comes To An End.
De Fries added, “The recovery of Hawaii’s travel market and economy will be a gradual process, and HTA will continue to work diligently to educate visitors about the responsibility that they share with our residents to malama (care for) our home.”
Hawaii’s will continue it’s statewide indoor mask mandate until further notice. Interesting to note is that on the county level, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii have all repealed their COVID-19 Emergency Rules. The City and County of Honolulu’s Safe Access Oahu program ended on Sunday, March 6, 2022.