UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Friday, October 16, 2020
Hawaii has rolled back some of its travel restrictions. On Thursday, the state opened its doors to domestic visitors who tested negative for the coronavirus prior to their flight.
The state has been under strict lockdown orders since the beginning of the pandemic. Prior to this week’s reopening, incoming visitors were required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
Customers may now either take a test at a designated testing location or, for an extra fee, take a pre-flight rapid test at the airport.
“We have two different options, one is a drive through 72 to 48 hours prior to the flight,” explained California United Airlines President Janet Lamkin. “Otherwise, we have an onsite (test) for those who want to come day of flight, you can get your results in 15 minutes.”
With the new rules in place, state leaders are hoping to slowly reopen and revitalize the economy, which is heavily reliant on tourism.