Published on : Thursday, October 22, 2020
Hawaii has finally reopened its borders for foreign tourists after closing its doors for almost seven months. On the very first day of its reopening, Hawaii witnessed a footfall of around 8000 tourist. As per the latest Hawaii guidelines, tourists can travel to the Hawaiian Islands without having to undertake mandatory 14-day quarantine by producing a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight.
If any tourist arrives in the state without a COVID-19 certificate, they will have the option to not get tested and opt for 14-day quarantine. Travelers will also need to create a profile on Safe Travels website that assist authorities keep a track and enforce quarantines for such visitors.
Hawaii’s pre-travel program is for kick starting the tourism industry in the state, which has suffered enormously due to the virus breakdown since March. Among 4000 restaurants, bakeries, and eateries, practically 100 have closed down on a permanent basis.
Hawaii’s economy is mostly tourism based. On this note, Avi Mannis, the SVP of marketing for Hawaiian Airlines told a local news channel that it’s very important for the economy of the state to restart tourism.
“And we’ve got to do it safely in a way that keeps our community safe, that keeps our guests and our industry workers safe,” he said.
Hawaii was quick to impose lockdown during the initial phase of the pandemic and mandatory quarantine was put in place on March 26. With these measures, the state successfully avoided the early spikes. However, this majorly affected the state’s economy.
Every traveller’s paradise, Hawaii is one gorgeous island destination in the US renowned for its pristine beaches, blue lagoons, emerald valleys and active volcanoes. The place is a paradise for beach vacation seekers. Some of the must-visit beaches in the state are the Hulopoe Beach in Lanai, Hapuna Beach, Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Kaunaoa Beach in Big Island and Lanikai Beach in O’ahu.