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What are the components of the pre-travel testing program in Hawaii?

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Key components of the pre-travel testing program include:
• All travelers must either pre-test or go into 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the state
• All travelers are required to have temperature checked and complete a health & travel questionnaire
• As an alternative to quarantine a traveler must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test no earlier than 72-hours prior to their flight arrival in Hawai‘i
• The interisland quarantine for anyone arriving on any island other than O‘ahu continues through Sept. 30, unless terminated or extended by a separate emergency proclamation
• FDA-approved NAAT tests, processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory are the only types of coronavirus tests currently approved
• Currently approved trusted testing partners are CVS and Kaiser Permanente

What are Hawaii’s sea travel restrictions?

If any crew, passenger or other person aboard a vessel arriving to a port or place within the navigable waters of the United States has been in PRC (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) in the previous 14 days, that vessel will also be denied entry via issuance of a Captain of the Port (COTP) order. Typically cargo ships take more than 14 days to travel from China to Honolulu.

Are you required to get a COVID-19 test to fly back to the U.S.?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Can I travel internationally during the COVID-19 pandemic if I am fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants.

What is the Hawaii RUDDER program?

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The program provides up to $100,000 of relief to registered and compliant Hawai‘i businesses for new employees hired after March 1, 2020. The program provides an initial $500 payment for each new employee to offset training and associated costs upon notification to the department of the initial hiring of the employee. After six months of continuous employment and upon receipt of certification from the employer that they have retained the employee, the DLIR will issue a second payment of $500.
The DLIR has posted a COVID-19 Workplace Updates page at: http://labor.hawaii.gov/get-the-latest-covid-19-workplace-updates/.

Is it safe to go to the beach during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The risks of transmitting the virus at a public beach are similar to that of a public pool: the virus is going to be transmitted by people, not by water. Just as the virus doesn’t survive very well in the chlorinated waters of a swimming pool, it has the same struggles at beaches.

Do fully vaccinated travelers need to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving the United States?

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless required by their destination.

Can you still get COVID-19 if you are vaccinated?

Most people who get COVID-19 are unvaccinated. However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19. An infection of a fully vaccinated person is referred to as a “vaccine breakthrough infection.”

How long does it take after your second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated?

When You Are Fully Vaccinated People are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second shot in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or.

Do I have to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the US?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Should I get the COVID-19 antibody test after vaccine?

Antibody tests can play an important role in identifying individuals who may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and may have developed an adaptive immune response.

However, antibody tests should not be used at this time to determine immunity or protection against COVID-19 at any time, and especially after a person has received a COVID-19 vaccination.

How soon after exposure should I get tested for COVID-19 if vaccinated?

Get tested 3-5 days after their first exposure. A person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.

Do I need a COVID-19 negative test if am travelling between US states but transit through a foreign country?

If you booked an itinerary from a US state or territory to another US state or territory and the itinerary has you taking a connecting flight through a foreign country, you do not need to be tested. An example of this situation is an itinerary booked between the Northern Mariana Islands (a US territory) and the US mainland via Japan.

Does the COVID-19 negative test order apply to land border crossings?

No, the requirements of this Order only apply to air travel into the US.

What are the requirements for noncitizen nonimmigrants to enter the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As a condition of entering the United States by air, noncitizen nonimmigrants must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. The Proclamation excepts certain categories of noncitizen nonimmigrants who are not fully vaccinated.

Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don’t have a negative COVID-19 test?

Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

What type of covid test is required for travelling to the United States?

The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and medicine Administration (FDA).

Can I get an exemption or waiver to the COVID-19 testing requirement?

Exemptions may be granted on an extremely limited basis when emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s life, health against a serious danger, or physical safety and testing cannot be completed before travel.

Can I travel after a positive COVID-19 test?

If you have had a positive viral test on a sample taken during the past 90 days, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with your positive viral test results and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel.

What quarantine exemptions are available for airline passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Exemptions may be granted on an extremely limited basis when emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s life, health against a serious danger, or physical safety and testing cannot be completed before travel.

What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 before a flight?

People should self-isolate and delay their travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not present a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery.

How long do you stay contagious after testing positive for COVID-19?

If someone is asymptomatic or their symptoms go away, it’s possible to remain contagious for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. People who are hospitalized with severe disease and people with weakened immune systems can be contagious for 20 days or longer.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 on a home test?

If your COVID-19 test is positive, tell a healthcare provider about your positive result and stay in contact with them during your illness. To avoid spreading the virus to others, follow CDC’s guidance for isolation.

Do I need to quarantine if I tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months?

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.