New CDC Guidelines for International Travelers
We got notice from the HVCB on new CDC rules for international travelers:
Under the new CDC rule taking effect January 26, international air passengers -- including U.S. residents -- two years and older, will be required to get a viral test within three days before their flight back to the U.S departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy); or, provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
If the passenger chooses not to provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
In order to qualify for the Safe Travels quarantine exemption the traveler must board with a negative test result specifically from a Trusted Testing Partner (TTP) taken within 72 hours of departure and uploaded to their Safe Travels account prior to boarding their flight to Hawaii.
The negative test used to meet the CDC requirement may be used for Safe Travels exemption only if it was issued by a TTP. Currently, Hawaii has established TTP's only in the United States (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and Saipan), Japan, and Canada.
The CDC policy gives Hawaii an additional competitive advantage in that mainland travelers who might have considered other warm-weather destinations, will now have to secure approved testing in those foreign destinations prior to returning home. If they travel to Hawaii instead, they will have the convenience of testing in their home communities before leaving for Hawaii with no requirement to test before returning home.
Since its inception, Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program on October 16, 2020, one million passengers have arrived in the state. A complete rundown of the state’s travel requirements and entry protocols for all arriving passengers can be found by visiting hawaiicovid19.com/travel.