Hawaii "Reopening" to Travelers Starting November 1

Hawaii will allow for vaccinated residents and domestic visitors to travel to and between the islands starting November 1. Hawaii Governor David Ige made the announcement earlier this week at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, according to the Star Advertiser.

“I think we are all encouraged by what we’ve seen over the last several weeks with the continuing trend of lower case counts,” Ige said at the time. “Our hospitals are doing better, and we have fewer COVID patients in them. Most importantly, our health care system has responded, and we have the ability to move forward with economic recovery. Because of this, it is now safe for fully vaccinated residents and visitors to resume non-essential travel to and within the State of Hawaii.”

According to The New York Times, Hawaii, which experienced its worst surge of the pandemic the summer, is currently reporting the fewest infections per capita of any state. About 120 new cases are being identified there each day. In addition, 78 percent of the population is partially vaccinated, with 59 percent reported as fully vaccinated.

Note that he state never actually closed to visitors but in late August, due to rising COVID-19 cases, Governor Ige asked travelers to avoid non-essential travel to the state through October.

What you need to know before you travel: Vaccinated travelers must upload their vaccination documents to the state’s Safe Travels website, or via Digital Health Pass Partners (AZOVA, CLEAR or CommonPass).

For more information, visit www.hawaiicovid19.com.

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