Over 10,000 Arrive in Hawaii on Travel Re-opening Day

Thursday, October 15, marked the first day of Hawaii’s travel re-opening day, and a surge of 10,102 passengers arrived by air yesterday at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on the island of Oahu.

Of the 10,102 that arrived, 6,918 (68%) were tourists while
the remaining passengers were comprised of 3,184 (32%) residents, as reported
by Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green.

Thursday was a surprise to Hawaii officials who had not
anticipated such a large number of air passenger arrivals. Prior to the
COVID-19 pandemic, it was normal to see passengers arriving daily in the 30,000

Did Everyone Clear Quarantine?

The Lieutenant Governor said in response to the large number of arrivals under Hawaii’s pre-travel test program which began yesterday, that 84% of the passengers cleared quarantine, leaving 1,606 (16%) relegated to going into quarantine. Some passengers arrived without having had a pre-arrivals test or supplying a qualified exemption, so those individuals were instantly put under 14-day quarantine.

What determines being quarantined?

Travelers who come to Hawaii without having taken a
pre-arrival test must submit to the mandatory 14-day quarantine, even if they
undergo testing after arriving and get a negative result. Travelers who arrive
in Hawaii and do not show proof of a negative test must quarantine until the
test result is received.

There is also a partial interisland quarantine in effect for
the counties of Kauai, Hawaii, Maui, and Kalawao. Maui and Kauai counties do
not require visitors to take a second test after arrival, but are providing
incentives to visitors who agree to take a free voluntary test 72 hours after
arrival. Maui and Kauai counties will also allow interisland travelers to
bypass the quarantine if passengers pre-test for COVID-19 72 hours prior to
departure under the same rules as the state’s trans-Pacific travel program.

Hawaii island still requires interisland travelers to
quarantine. A second test after arrival is required for visitors to Hawaii
island, who will take a free rapid test at the airport. If the test is
positive, travelers will be given a PCR test and have to quarantine until they
get a negative result.


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