Ige: Pre-travel testing program extends to Canada New policy requires travelers to confirm results before boarding

Gov. David Ige announced that the pre-travel COVID-19 testing program will extend to visitors from Canada beginning mid-December, a long-awaited option for Canadian travelers seeking to vacation in Hawaii through the winter.

Travelers from Canada will have the option to bypass a 14-day quarantine upon arrival into Hawaii if they can provide a negative COVID-19 test result from trusted lab partners identified by Air Canada and WestJet.

A test must be administered 72 hours before departure and a negative test result must be confirmed prior to boarding the final leg of their trip — a new policy for domestic trans-Pacific and international flights traveling to Hawaii under the testing program.

“Our friends from Canada have already celebrated Thanksgiving, and as it gets colder, there are many, many, many who want to travel and return to Hawaii,” Ige said during a news conference Thursday. “We have been overwhelmed with phone calls from our Canadian friends asking when they can safely come back to Hawaii.”

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