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COVID-19 - 14-Day Arrivals Quarantine/Pre- and Post-Arrival Test-Out Policies

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Comprehensive Overview, With Questions and Answers:

https://www.gohawaii.com/special-alerts-information


CURRENT POLICIES
  • The mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for all passengers (visitors and returning residents) arriving into the state of Hawaii.
  • Additionally, operations, including peer-to-peer platforms or sharing services, may not rent vehicles to any person who is subject to a 14-day traveler quarantine order unless an exemption is granted.
  • Travelers flying into Hawaii are required to register personal information into the Safe Travels application; the information will be used to aid officials in contacting travelers via phone, email, and SMS. It does *not* currently enable GPS-tracking of travelers via their mobile devices.
  • Travelers are exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine if testing is completed no more than 72 hours before the departure time of the final leg of your flight to Hawai‘i with proof of a negative result.
    • The test must be a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab.
    • If results are not available by time of arrival, quarantine necessary until test results received.
    • All travelers (returning residents and visitors) of all ages subject to pre-test requirement.
    • Individuals are responsible for testing costs.
    • Travelers (returning residents and visitors) are not able to test upon arrival in Hawaii because this is a pre-travel testing program.
    • No commercial COVID-19 NAAT testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. Travelers without the pre-test will be in quarantine.
      CVS and Kaiser Permanente are testing partners and details are forthcoming.
      Information about how to submit test results are forthcoming.
  • United to Pilot Pre-Flight COVID-19 Testing for SFO-HNL Flights

Data on where COVID-19 hotspots are in Hawaii: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronaviru...ion-in-hawaii/

List of Hotels that are currently closed:

https://www.gohawaii.com/special-alerts-information


For interisland travel:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hawa...l#post32462884

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Old Mar 21, 20, 8:32 pm
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Exclamation COVID-19 - 14-Day Arrivals Quarantine/Pre- and Post-Arrival Test-Out Policies

All visitors/residents arriving in Hawaii beginning Mar 26 must undertake a mandatory 14 day quarantine -

I recommend all residents to get back asap - and all visitors cancel/reschedule.

I expect most to near all commercial flying to Hawaii to grind to a halt beginning Mar 26 unless they can make money with cargo
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Old Mar 21, 20, 9:21 pm
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This should improve my chances of getting a refund rather than a voucher. My travel is on 4/1 so still waiting to call HA. However, this will probably further overload the call center, sigh.

Thanks for the update.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 10:05 pm
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Nothing like getting out ahead of things..... IF they are going to do this it should have been done 1-2 weeks ago. Also, what is with the 5 day warning? Almost as if to say, "hurry up and make your plans and get here while you can."
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Old Mar 21, 20, 10:14 pm
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Nothing like getting out ahead of things..... IF they are going to do this it should have been done 1-2 weeks ago. Also, what is with the 5 day warning? Almost as if to say, "hurry up and make your plans and get here while you can."
It’s certainly not fair to spring this on travelers with no notice. 5 days is a reasonable compromise.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 10:51 pm
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What exactly is the enforcement mechanism here? Will cops be doing profiling to figure out which person walking outside might be a tourist? Basically stop and frisk based on suspicion that this person walking on the beach might be a tourist?

Let's say I'm a tourist in Hawaii for 20 days, I need to carry some papers to prove that I'm now allowed to walk outside?

I don't mind the rule, but the exact enforcement should be clarified otherwise it is going to cause confusion and discrimination.

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Old Mar 21, 20, 10:52 pm
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It’s basically a legal way to shut down tourism for a bit. The state can’t block people from coming but it can make coming really impractical. God help our economy. I hope it ends up being worth it but I suspect the horse left the barn a while ago.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post
It’s certainly not fair to spring this on travelers with no notice. 5 days is a reasonable compromise.
The other states have given little or no warning about, "shelter in place" and all the other things related to this. The general position of the government seems to be, "stop the spread fast no matter how inconvenient it is for citizens." I guess my point is I don't think the governments in other places have given much thought to "fairness". I agree that it would be tough for there not to be a warning about this Hawaii quarantine but if the intent is to stop the spread of the disease, their action is pretty lame. I personally think it's too little too late anyway but we'll see. I feel like the governor is finally just caving to pressure to do something.

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What exactly is the enforcement mechanism here? Will cops be doing profiling to figure out which person walking outside might be a tourist? Basically stop and frisk based on suspicion that this person walking on the beach might be a tourist?

Let's say I'm a tourist in Hawaii for 20 days, I need to carry some papers to prove that I'm now allowed to walk outside?

I don't mind the rule, but the exact enforcement should be clarified otherwise it is going to cause confusion and discrimination.

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The most logical way would be to register people at the airport as they are getting off planes. Then do spot checks on the address where they are supposed to be quarantined. The 5K fine makes me think there will be very little enforcement but they want to scare people and send a message to the few they do bust.

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Old Mar 21, 20, 11:41 pm
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Exclamation COVID-19 - Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine for All Arrivals to Hawaii (Eff. 3/26/2020)

CORRECTION: Effective Thursday/26th.

On Saturday/21st, Gov. David Ige ordered residents and visitors returning to Hawaii to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine starting Thursday/26th. The end date of requiring quarantines is indefinite. Hawaiian Airlines will significantly reduce domestic and international flights beginning on Wed/25th.

From the newspaper:
The Director of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) hereby orders you to comply with the following:
1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form.
a. If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your residence.
b. If you are a visitor, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.

2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of your stay in the State of Hawai‘i, whichever is shorter.
a. You may leave your designated quarantine location only for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.

3. Do not visit any public spaces, including but not limited to pools, meeting rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.

4. Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider, or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by the Director of HIEMA.

5. Comply with any and all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging

I read this in the Star Advertiser newspaper.

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Old Mar 22, 20, 12:26 am
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Originally Posted by nomiiiii View Post
What exactly is the enforcement mechanism here? Will cops be doing profiling to figure out which person walking outside might be a tourist? Basically stop and frisk based on suspicion that this person walking on the beach might be a tourist?

Let's say I'm a tourist in Hawaii for 20 days, I need to carry some papers to prove that I'm now allowed to walk outside?

I don't mind the rule, but the exact enforcement should be clarified otherwise it is going to cause confusion and discrimination.

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As described in the press conference, violation of this quarantine will be a misdemeanor and subject to $5k fine and/or year in jail. All arriving residents will be expected to quarantine at home and visitors in their planned place of lodging. Upon arrival, there will be individual checks of ID and registration when one turns in their agriculture form. The press conference did not mention what would happen for international arrivals, though obviously those visitors are already tracked upon arrival.

That said... now it will sure be interesting to see how it's implemented and tracked. With HAL shrinking dramatically in anticipation, I suspect the numbers of arrivals will dwindle to even less than what is happening today. I suspect the other carriers to follow suit in cutbacks, which until now, have mostly avoided Hawaii as the schedules were slashed.

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Old Mar 22, 20, 5:32 am
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Old Mar 22, 20, 9:18 am
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So what I'm reading is that I should book one night at the FS Oahu and then regret to inform them that I'm required by law to stay in the room for another 13 days
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Old Mar 22, 20, 9:40 am
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Read closer; "Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of your stay in the State of Hawai‘i, whichever is shorter."

Also, all the resorts at Ko Olina, including the Four Seasons, are temporarily closing starting on March 24.
https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/...close-tuesday/
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Old Mar 22, 20, 5:49 pm
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I expect most to near all commercial flying to Hawaii to grind to a halt beginning Mar 26 unless they can make money with cargo
Presumably Hawaii needs air cargo capacity even more than the rest of the US. AA has been flying cargo-only flights on some other routes recently. I wonder if something similar might happen on Hawaiian routes.
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Old Mar 22, 20, 7:47 pm
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How are they going to enforce this for transit passengers? Specifically, international/Guam-to-domestic passengers who are dumped landside to re-clear TSA.
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Old Mar 22, 20, 8:24 pm
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Originally Posted by ExpatExp View Post
Presumably Hawaii needs air cargo capacity even more than the rest of the US. AA has been flying cargo-only flights on some other routes recently. I wonder if something similar might happen on Hawaiian routes.
Hawaii has plenty of air cargo from Fed Ex, UPS and other large cargo only operators with 747's - with much of it perishable food. By the far, the bulk of Hawaii's cargo comes via shipping. If the cargo business is that lucrative, I'd expect the planes that are designed to ship only cargo to pick up more business. If United can pick up that much cargo - more power to them, but I don't see nor have heard Hawaii has a reliance on commercial airline cargo.

Who knows though - there are currently 5 nonstops from SFO to HNL on Monday Mar 30, despite what will be a 14 day quarantine, beaches closed, and they just ordered shelter in place on Oahu. Maybe they do have enough cargo.
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