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Safe Travels program should align with new federal travel rules, Hawaiian Airlines says

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines said it’s looking forward to the lifting of the ban on most international visitors to Hawaiʻi, but said the state’s Safe Travels program should be synchronized with federal rules to avoid creating confusion.

The Biden Administration decreed Friday that as of Nov. 8, vaccinated travelers from all nations will be allowed to enter the United States.

Hawaiian Airlines released a statement acknowledging international visitors as a vital part of Hawaiʻi’s tourism industry. But it also said requirements under Hawaiʻi’s existing Safe Travels program could create some confusion.

Currently, visitors from some countries such as Japan, Korea, Canada and the Philippines are allowed into Hawaiʻi if they have been tested by what the state calls Trusted Testing Partners.

Travelers from all other countries must undergo a 10-day quarantine.

But on Nov. 8, all travelers who have received an FDA-approved or World Health Organization-approved vaccine will be able to enter the country — as long as they receive a negative COVID-19 test within three days of their departure.

Gov. David Ige's office said no changes have been decided yet.

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