Hawaii Will Lift Mandatory Quarantine Restrictions With A Negative COVID-19 Test

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Hawaii has had a strict 14 day quarantine since March that has closed most of its resorts. That has devastated the state’s economy, but also kept Hawaii with the lowest total positive case percentage in the nation.

Effective 8/1, you’ll be able to avoid quarantine by testing negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arriving in Hawaii.

Hawaii hopes to thread the needle and restart their economy without getting slammed by the virus.

Will you travel to Hawaii now or will you be waiting longer to travel?

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My love of Hawaii began 13 years ago when I posted and grabbed a deal paying just $87 for airfare and hotel.  Since then I’ve been lucky enough to spend several months between the stunning islands, which each offer a unique and wonderful experience.  You can’t go wrong with any of them, there are just 2 things is to be careful of.

Always a good day in Maui #MauiNoKaOi

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1. Don’t get stuck in Honolulu. I’ve heard from too many people who spent an entire week and never left the city limits.  That’s just a shame, they may as well have gone to Miami Beach.  While I prefer The Big Island, Kauai, and Maui to Oahu, there is still plenty to see and experience on Oahu as long as you leave Honolulu behind.
2. Don’t try to “do” several islands in a week. If you just have 4-7 days of vacation then you should stick to one island. There will be plenty to do to keep you busy and it will allow for some time to relax. There’s no need to add the stress of interisland travel just for the sake of “doing” another island. With 9 days or more to play with, it does make sense to experience more than 1 island.

As for which island is best, read on and decide for yourself!  If you ask 5 people you’ll probably get 6 different answers 😀

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We had bought tickets for $288 r/t from Philadelphia for mid August. Time to book hotels.


Where my HT lol


Have a trip in Aug super excited!
Found Hawaiian F for 40K still deciding if I should cancel the AA J I have booked for 30k.


I literally JUST canceled my tix to HI on Southwest Airlines. Companion pass and all. Was the cheapest I ever dreamed of booking r/t tickets. Oh well RIP


You didn’t want to wait to cancel the day before?


Does that mean you need to take the test within 3 days or have results within 3 days? COVID-19 tests can take 2 or 3 days to get results. So does that mean you should go like 4 or 5 days before to get tested, or do you have to go 3 days before and hope that the results come before your plane leaves?


This is my big question. I can get tested within 72 hours but won’t necessarily get results before the flight.

I’m guessing you need the test to be taken within 72 hours, and if you don’t have results by the time you fly, you have to agree to quarantine until you have the negative test result.

I’m not sure I quite understand how they are going to enforce this. Before, it was pretty easy to spot non-locals and interrogate them as to whether they should be quarantining. Now it will be so busy with tourists it seems there won’t be a way to enforce a quarantine on people that didn’t meet the testing requirement.


This is the most logical approach instead of a blanket 14 day quarantine.


Any business points avail?


Glad you posted
Been to Hawaii a lot
Was ready to go for a month or two of R and R
But then Chabad with daily Minyan and kosher Shabbos meals in a hotel basically closed shop in Oahu ……………crying