It’s about to get much easier to visit Hawaii—if you’re fully vaccinated.
Starting on July 8, the state will do away with its pre-travel COVID testing requirement for fully vaccinated American visitors. This exciting news was announced by Hawaii Governor David Ige this week.
“I know that this change has been widely anticipated and it will make it easier for residents to return home and for visitors to come and enjoy our islands,” Ige said at a Thursday press conference.
Ige has been teasing the removal of COVID-related travel restrictions for some time, elaborating that most remaining measures will be lifted when 60 percent of the state’s residence are fully vaccinated. While the vaccination rate has been hovering around 57 percent for some time, and isn’t expected to surpass the 60 percent in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend, it is now forecasted to reach that milestone by the 8th.
Ige’s announcement comes after Hawaii Lieutenant Gov. Josh Green pushed for clarity ahead of the travel-heavy 4th of July holiday weekend.
“It’s just really important that Hawaii not get a black eye by being unclear,” Green said shortly before Ige’s announcement, urging transparency as people attempt to make travel plans for the holiday weekend.
Hawaii’s pre-travel testing requirements have existed since October, and have been the only way to avoid a lengthy quarantine mandates upon arrival. While those testing requirements will soon be lifted for vaccinated travelers, it’s important to note that a vaccine card must be shown upon arrival, and also uploaded to the state’s Safe Travels website.