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Fully vaccinated travelers are one step closer to being able to skip quarantine.
Gov. David Ige gave the green light on Friday, April 9, for a vaccine exemption program that could roll out as early as May.
Planning a trip this summer? Make sure to add getting vaccinated to the to-do list. Travelers may soon be able to bypass testing and quarantines using a COVID-19 vaccination card.
The Update In Orthopaedic Surgery Conference is committed to providing you with a safe and stress-free travel experience while helping Hawaii maintain the lowest COVID-19 rates in the country. This guide will help you prepare for your trip to Kauai.
As of April 5, 2021, Hawaii is developing a policy for those travelers who have been fully vaccinated. We expect that a “vaccine passport” program will be in place soon thus negating the need for a negative Covid test or quarantine. We’ll keep you appraised of developments in the coming weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that “people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States” and “do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it.” As Hawaii has not yet implemented their vaccine passport program, the current guidelines are below- and we expect these to change by the conference dates.
1. Register with the state’s SAFE TRAVEL program: You will need to set up a Safe Travels account on the Hawaii Department of Transportation website. The web address is: https://travel.hawaii.gov. All travelers over 18 years old must have their own account. Use the Safe Travels app to log the details of your upcoming trip: Once registered, click on the “Trips” section and add your arrival date and flight information.
2. Take a COVID-19 test from one of the state’s trusted testing partners: The test must be taken 72 hours prior to the departure of your LAST flight to Hawaii. So, if you have connections on the mainland, it would be 72 prior to your last flight leg. It is important to note that the test MUST be performed through one of the state’s trusted partners. If you get tested by your own institution or office, it may not be accepted which would mean you would need to quarantine. The current list of trusted partners is extensive and growing and include CVS, Urgent Care, Walgreens and Kaiser Permanente (members only) and many others. Check here for the list: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners
3. Upon receipt of your negative COVID-19 test results, upload them to the Safe Travel website: Click on the “Documents” section of the website (https://travel.hawaii.gov). You MUST upload your results before your last flight to Hawaii. If you do not have those results before your flight departure, you will need to quarantine even if your results arrive eventually. We also recommend printing a copy of your results to keep on hand.
4. Finish an online health questionnaire within 24 hours of your flight: On the Safe Travels website, click on the “Health Questionnaire” button and answer the questions listed. Complete the questionnaire within 24 hours of your arrival and you will receive a QR code that will be scanned by a screener at the destination airport. We must stress the importance of doing this BEFORE you leave for Hawaii. We also highly recommend taking a screen shot of the QR code on your phone so that it can be easily found when you arrive to Hawaii. This has been a major source of holdups at the airport since many arriving passengers are not prepared or cannot find their QR codes.
5. Finally, on arrival to the Kauai, you may be selected for a second test at no cost to you. The State of Hawaii will test 25-100% of arriving passengers. The process is quick. After that you are ready to relax and enjoy Kauai. See you at the conference!
Please check the SAFE TRAVEL website regularly for updates.