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Travelers From Philippines, South Korea Can Bypass State Quarantine With COVID-19 Test

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The state is expanding its Safe Travels program to include visitors from the Philippines and South Korea.

On Thursday, July 15, travelers from the two Asian countries will be able to bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner.

Travelers from the Philippines must receive a negative test result from one of five laboratories identified by trusted testing partner Philippine Airlines. More information can be found on their website.

The state Department of Health has approved the use of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests conducted by the following laboratories:

  • Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
  • Safeguard DNA Diagnostic, Inc., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
  • Cardinal Santos Medical Center, San Juan City, Metro Manila
  • Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, Bacolod City
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital Inc., General Santos City

Travelers from South Korea can get tested at Incheon International Airport Terminal 2.

The Incheon Airport COVID-19 Testing Center provides one-stop services for COVID-19 testing and issues health declaration cards for outbound passengers who test negative.

The testing center is open year-round, but online reservations are required. The testing center is located inside the airport at the west side parking lot, B1, Passenger Terminal 2.

Outbound passengers can receive their results on the same day if they take the test between 7 to 11:30 a.m., and the following day if they take the test between 1 to 6 p.m. More information can be found at Incheon Airport's website.

All tests must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure, and the negative test results must be uploaded to the Safe Travels digital platform.

The two countries are the latest international partners to join the Safe Travels program. The others include Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Tahiti.

Last week, the state allowed vaccinated U.S. travelers to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine.

More information from travelers can be found at

Jason Ubay is a news editor at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Send your story ideas to him at
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