Hawaii reopened to tourists

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The long, confusing will-they-won’t-they drama of Hawaii’s reopening is over. With a set of requirements in place that allows guests to avoid a mandatory quarantine, Hawaii is open to tourism, and on the first day of the pre-testing travel program (October 15, 2020) 8,000 people showed up, the Associated Press reports.

Originally the state of Hawaii had mandated a 14-day quarantine for any incoming visitors, which made it very tricky for most people to vacation there. Now, however, a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival is all you need to enjoy the sunshine and beaches of the Rainbow State. Incoming passengers must also create a Safe Travels profile so the state can track and enforce quarantines when needed.

Some islands have introduced supplementary safety measures. The Big Island, for example, requires secondary rapid testing upon arrival to avoid quarantine, and Maui and Kauai offer voluntary secondary testing — just for an extra layer of security.