Hawaii welcomed tourists back to its islands beginning October 15, allowing travelers to forgo its mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are able to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival. Since then, more than 100,000 travelers (an average of 6,000 per day, according to the Hawaiian Tourism Authority) have flocked to Hawaii, a five-fold increase from the previous month, with most travelers coming from mainland United States.
The move, while a boost for Hawaii’s struggling economy, which remains almost entirely reliant on tourism, has been met with backlash from locals. Rightfully, they worry that relaunching tourism—as cases surge on the mainland, no less—will result in a spike of coronavirus cases on the islands.
If you’re thinking of visiting Hawaii in the coming months, here’s everything you need to know before booking—so you can visit safely and responsibly. Under the government’s Safe Travels program, travelers to Hawaii can now skip thequarantine by registering on the online portal and taking a FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification COVID-19 test administered by an approved