Traveling to Hawaii Just Got Easier Thanks to Clear — Here's How to Verify Your Test Results or Vaccination Status

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Starting Friday, all travelers over 18 years old bound for the Aloha state from any mainland U.S. airport can use Clear's app to verify their COVID-19-related paperwork and participate in Hawaii's Safe Travels program. The free app is capable of linking to vaccination records, including shots administered in several pharmacies, as well as test results.

The initiative is an expansion of a pilot earlier this year in which Clear partnered with Hawaii to use its Health Pass on direct flights between Los Angeles and Honolulu on United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, according to the company.

"Clear's mission is to provide people with safe and frictionless experiences, and with this new expansion, showing proof of vaccination and enjoying the Aloha state just got much easier," Caryn Seidman-Becker, the company's CEO, said in a statement provided to T+L.

To use the pass, customers must link their vaccination records or test results in the app and then connect that to the Hawaii Safe Travels website.

"Safe travel is important for our residents and visitors, and Clear offers travelers an additional convenient and secure option for providing vaccination and pre-travel testing verification for those returning home or coming to Hawaii for work or vacation," Gov. David Ige said in the statement.

Hawaii has been seeing a travel boom in recent months. In May, more than 629,000 visitors flew to the state, the Hawaii Tourism Authority shared with T+L, only 25.7% less than May 2019 when just over 847,000 visitors arrived, including both air and cruise passengers.

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Hawaii dropped travel restrictions to visit the islands locals say are already overflowing with tourists

msnNOW 09 July, 2021 - 03:22pm

Hawaii eased some of its travel restrictions on Thursday, announcing that fully vaccinated domestic tourists no longer need to quarantine or take a pre-flight COVID-19 test.

Unvaccinated tourists still have to either quarantine or test negative 72-hours before flying to the islands. But for those who are vaccinated, this new announcement is "really going to be a game-changer," Sheri Kajiwara, Hawaii's Safe Travels special projects administrator, said, according to Jenn Boneza's report for KHON2 News.

However, the dropping of travel restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists might not lead to an extra boost in tourism, primarily because most people have already booked their summer "revenge vacations," the University of Hawaii's Economic Research Organization told KHON2's Nikki Schenfeld.

Regardless, at the rate tourists are currently flocking to Hawaii, the number of travelers headed to the warm-weathered state are already coming close to or surpassing 2019's levels. And now, locals and businesses are feeling the strain of mainlanders swarming the islands again.

"I have been talking with different airlines and … we're asking for just a pause, if you want to use that term," Maui County mayor Michael Victorino said during a press conference on June 29. "We don't have the authority to say stop, but we're asking the powers to be to help us."

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Over-tourism is not a new issue for Hawaii, but local figures like Kaniela Ing - former Hawaii House of Representatives member and current climate justice campaign director at People's Action - want tourists to "stop coming to Hawaii," Ing wrote in a tweet that now has over 120,000 likes.

"[Tourist hotspot Waikiki Beach] looked like it did before the pandemic," Kawenaʻulaokalā Kapahua, a graduate student and community organizer told Insider's Monica Humphries in April. "But I could count the number of masks on one hand."

It's not just locals that are feeling this burden: businesses in Hawaii are also struggling to meet the demands of this rising number of visitors.

"The people of Maui County have lacked sufficient time to prepare for the sudden, large influx of tourism, even as health restrictions remain in place," Brian Perry, a spokesman for Maui County mayor Michael Victorino, told Hawaii News Now's Rick Daysog. "Many of our hospitality-related businesses are still struggling to fully staff their operations to provide a high quality of customer service."

Even companies like U-Haul in Hawaii have been feeling this strain. Hawaii's rental car fleet dropped by over 40% during COVID-19, and many car rental companies haven't been able to regrow their fleet sizes in time for the summer travel boom. As a result, tourists headed to the Aloha State have turned to renting moving trucks and vans, decreasing U-Haul's on-hand equipment for locals.

"While this [demand] has left many of our U-Haul stores and dealers with less available equipment than usual, we are working every day with our primary customer base - the islands' residential movers - to ensure we can still meet their transportation needs," Kaleo Alau, the president of U-Haul Company in Hawaii, told Insider in an email statement in April.

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Hawaii Relaxes Entry Requirements For Vaccinated Americans

TravelPulse 09 July, 2021 - 03:22pm

Impacting Travel Lacey Pfalz July 08, 2021

Today, July 8, Hawaii has announced it is relaxing some of its entry requirements, exempting fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and its territories from quarantine and testing measures provided they upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards onto the Hawaii Safe Travels website or app.

This new step is a big one towards relaxing the state’s requirements. According to the Hawaii Tribune Herald, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals are still required to quarantine at least 10 days upon arrival or be tested within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Vaccination records like the CDC vaccination cards, a Vaccine Administration Management System certificate or a military-issued Department of Defense DD Form 2766C are all acceptable forms that can be uploaded into the Hawaii Safe Travels app or website. It is also required that travelers bring their vaccination cards or photos of the cards with them while they travel.

Everyone 12 years and older is eligible for this new change in requirements. Younger children who are not yet able to be vaccinated must test negative up to 72 hours prior to arrival, unless they are younger than 5, in which case all entry requirements are waived.

To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must be 15 days out from their last shot; in the U.S, vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

“If the vaccination was issued within the U.S., that will now allow you to bypass quarantine without pretesting,” said Sherilyn Kajiwara, Hawaii’s Safe Travels Special Projects Administrator, during a press conference. “So that’s really going to be a game-changer, as I know people have been having trouble finding locations to test (and) waiting for their results. So this will eliminate all of that.”

This newest relaxation in entry requirements is not a new development. Back in June, Gov. David Ige promised that if Hawaii’s population was 60 percent fully vaccinated by July 8, the state would eliminate the testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.

According to Hawaii’s Department of Health page on COVID-19, updated on July 5, 58 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated; close enough, it would seem, to relax the state’s entry requirements.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority found that almost 630,000 travelers entered the state in the month of May, spending $1.1 billion while they were there. These numbers are expected to continue climbing with the relaxed entry restrictions.

To learn more about the state's entry requirements, please visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority's website.

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Hawaii House, Senate committees meet to discuss state’s vaccination efforts

KHON2 09 July, 2021 - 03:02pm

The informational briefing will include a status update from the Hawaii Department of Health on the progression of vaccinating residents.

Thursday’s coronavirus case count reported 75 new cases and one new death, bringing the state’s total to  38,196 and the death count to 519.

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Kokua Line: How can I use my vaccine exception for a trip home to Hawaii from Europe?

Honolulu Star-Advertiser 09 July, 2021 - 05:05am

A trio had their picture taken Thursday at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.

Hawaii’s Safe Travels program began a new phase Thursday that allows for mainland U.S. travelers who provide proof that they are fully vaccinated to skip quarantine and pre-travel COVID-19 testing. Travelers picked up their luggage Thursday at a baggage claim in Terminal 1 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

The shores of Waikiki were crowded Thursday.

Question: If I fly to Europe but it’s not a direct flight, can I use my vaccine exception to come home without quarantining?

Answer: Yes, assuming that the flight that returns you to Hawaii originates in a U.S. state or territory. Hawaii’s Safe Travels digital platform (travel.hawaii.gov) requires the passenger to input details about their flight to Hawaii — not every flight taken during a multiflight trip. As you know, international arrivals direct from foreign airports are not eligible for Hawaii’s vaccine exception to quarantine.

To be clear, federal rules separate from Hawaii’s Safe Travels program require “air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people … to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before they board a flight to the United States,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So if you travel abroad before the federal rules change — no date for changes has been announced — you’ll have to be tested to enter the United States, before you board your domestic flight to Hawaii, at which point you could use your vaccine exception to avoid quarantine.

Q: I uploaded my vaccine card to the Safe Travel app and used the exception to return to Hawaii with no problem. My question is, Will I have to upload it every time I return from the mainland? I will be traveling a lot over the next few months now that I can finally get my business going again.

A: The Safe Travels app says eligible passengers need to upload their vaccination document only once, but we’d check before each trip to make sure the document links properly each time. You will need to create a new trip form within your account for each subsequent trip, for as long as the Safe Travels system remains in place.

Q: Uploading a COVID-19 vaccination card to the Safe Travels site requires signing an attestation document online. How is this digital signature done?

A: Use your computer mouse, your finger or a stylus, depending on what kind of electronic device you are using to create your Safe Travels account. This is a common question; it doesn’t dawn on some folks creating their Safe Travels account on a desktop computer, for example, to use their computer mouse as a writing implement.

Q: I hadn’t been off island since before the pandemic, and I was shocked when I had to pay airport parking when I got home. EVs used to be free. When did this change?

A: A little over a year ago, on July 1, 2020. The state law that had provided electric vehicles free parking at state airports and most state and county parking lots since 2012 was repealed as of that date, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Q: I had to amend my federal income tax return, which I mailed on the May 17 extended filing deadline for regular returns. I still haven’t gotten my refund. I have called a million times and never get through. Is there anything I can do?

A: It’s unlikely a telephone representative would have been able to help you even if you had gotten through, because the Internal Revenue Service says it’s taking up to 16 weeks to process amended returns and that “telephone assistors” can’t provide any information during processing.

You might be able to find out the status of your return online, using the IRS “Where’s My Amended Return?” tool, at irs.gov/filing/wheres-my-amended-return. Please note that this is different from the usual “Where’s My Refund?” tool, which doesn’t work for amended returns.

The IRS says it takes up to three weeks after mailing for an amended return to show up in its electronic system and that processing can take far longer than that.

To use the online tool, you’ll need to input your Social Security number, date of birth and ZIP code.

As you know, the toll-free telephone number to check on the status of an amended return is 866-464-2050. Currently, the IRS says taxpayers who mailed in their amended return shouldn’t bother calling unless it’s been 16 weeks or more since they mailed the return. In your case that would not be until Sept. 6.

Q: How much is the state borrowing to pay unemployment benefits while Hawaii’s economy is restricted?

A: A total of $717 million as of July 2, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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Many get stuck in long lines on the first day of Hawaii’s vaccination exemption

KHON2 08 July, 2021 - 11:27pm

HONOLULU (KHON2) — It was a busy day at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Thursday, the first day Trans-Pacific travelers can show proof of vaccination to bypass quarantine. Thousands of travelers took advantage of the change to the Safe Travels Program, but it’s been a bumpy ride for some.

The first day of the vaccine exemption left many waiting in long lines.

Natoya Chung, from Salt Lake City, said she thought the entire process was “just too much.”

“The line was pretty long,” Chung explained. “We thought it was really short at first, and then we got around the next side and it was a longer line. The process was about 45 minutes to almost an hour.”

Alvin Exevea and his family were visiting from San Diego and said half of them used their vaccination cards, while the other half got tested.

“My daughter and wife got through pretty easily with a COVID test versus our vaccination,” Exevea said.

He said they waited about an hour, and the majority of problems seemed to be with people who were using their vaccination cards.

“They said about 90% of the cards that were submitted through Safe Travels had not been reviewed by Hawaii yet,” his wife Denise explained.

Safe Travels Program administrator Sheri Kajiwara said that “all vaccination cards issued out of state have to be manually reviewed.”

Most people were fairly understanding and expected some delays since it was the first day the change went into effect.

“Overall, I’d say it was very good,” said John Szott who is vacationing from Chicago. “We had to wait in a line that took about a half an hour, but once we got up to the processing [agent], things went quickly and we were on our way.”

The modification is expected to boost visitor numbers.

There were 39,172 trips registered in the Safe Travels program database slated to arrive Thursday.

By late afternoon, 27,945 had already been screened compared to the 31,307 total travelers who arrived the day before.

By 4 p.m. Thursday, 14,834 arrivals used the vaccination exemption and 10,854 had pre-tested, compared to the 2,402 that showed proof of vaccination and 25,127 who pre-tested the day before.

A number of travelers like Kacey Miller from California opted to do both, just in case.

“I was nervous that my vaccination record would not be sufficient, and I didn’t want to get stuck anywhere, so I went ahead and did the test as well,” Miller explained.

Officials want to remind all travelers that they still need to create a Safe Travels account. They should upload proof of vaccination and need to bring the hard copy with them for verification upon arrival.

Only the official CDC vaccination record card, A VAMS print-out, or a military vaccination administration record are acceptable documents. Doctors notes will not be accepted.

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HONOLULU (KHON2) -- A meeting is being held at the State Capitol to discuss how Hawaii is performing in terms of vaccine distribution and efficiency.

The informational briefing will include a status update from the Hawaii Department of Health on the progression of vaccinating residents.

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Vaccinated travelers report long (but fast-moving) airport lines on first day of eased rules

Hawaii News Now 08 July, 2021 - 08:52pm

In rules that took effect Thursday, visitors from the mainland can skip quarantine and getting a COVID test ― as long as they got their shots in the United States and are fully vaccinated.

Keenan Kurihara had originally planned to come into Hawaii on Wednesday, but reconsidered after hearing about the plan to ease restrictions.

“I decided to change my flight from Wednesday to Thursday,” he said.

Kurihara was one of nearly 39,000 travelers who arrived in Hawaii on Thursday using the state’s Safe Travels program ― and a vaccination or pre-travel test to avoid a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

“I was so nervous because we had to download the app and it seemed super confusing,” said vistor Alayna Izen, who flew in from Portland.

Izen said when she uploaded her vaccine card “there wasn’t anything that said that it was accepted or approved or anything so I was worried I was going to get here and they were going to tell me I did it wrong.”

Much to her surprise, she says, Alaska Airlines pre-checked passengers’ vaccination documents before even taking off.

“They gave you a wristband,” said Izen. “I was all done before we even got here which was not what I was expecting. It was really nice.”

Many passengers who did have to have their documents screened after arrival said the process wasn’t bad.

“We thought it was going to take a lot longer based on the line,” said George Vuong. “I think it moved pretty quickly.”

Kurihara added, “They have the process kind of down.”

With the hurdles that come with Hawaii’s travel restrictions now behind him, Vuong says he’s ready to spend some time in the sun.

“We’re going to have a lot of beach days,” he said.

Vaccination exemption adds to a travel surge as key Hawaii lawmakers question need for tourism marketing

Honolulu Star-Advertiser 08 July, 2021 - 05:05am

The pandemic created pent-up demand for travel and Hawaii is currently seeing a surge. Travelers waited in line Wednesday at a security checkpoint at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Hawaii Safe Travels Special Projects Administrator Sherilyn Kajiwara spoke during a news conference at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday. Starting today, domestic travelers with proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival to the state.

Travelers waited to check in at the Alaska Airlines ticketing area at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.

The leaders of the state House and Senate are saying that tourism marketing is no longer needed given the summer surge, and invited the Hawaii Tourism Authority to figure out what role it should play in managing tourism.

House Speaker Scott Saiki and Senate President Ron Kouchi made these remarks during Wednesday’s Spotlight Hawaii online broadcast. That conversation preceded today’s easing of restrictions for domestic travelers that are fully vaccinated for COVID — a move that is fueling concern that the state is unready to handle a greater swell of travelers.

Concern about overtourism has been a resounding theme that culminated Tuesday with a rare legislative override of House Bill 862, which fundamentally changes HTA’s funding and leaves its future uncertain. Hawaii’s visitor industry and business community lobbied hard to sustain Ige’s veto of HB 862, but their efforts fell one vote short in the Senate.

Asked about HTA’s role, Kouchi said: “What we’re hoping for is that we’re going to see a better collaboration between HTA and the visitor industry, the Legislature as well as the general public before we get to the point where we have incredible pushback from residents and really hurt our brand by having people who are unhappy with the visitors’ movement. We need to all be at the table working together. I think this creates a pathway for that to occur.”

Saiki later said, “I’m not sure that tourism needs to be marketed here anymore as we see now with the numbers increasing so rapidly. But I think that HTA has to help us be more strategic in how we target the kinds of the tourists, the visitors that we want to target for Hawaii.”

Their comments and the veto override are a sign that lawmakers recognize that some of their voters now hold such negative sentiments toward tourism that their views don’t change whether tourism is up or down.

Tourism hasn’t fully recovered but many residents are feeling greater effects now than during the previous peak. While the pandemic brought angst, residents also enjoyed the empty roads, beaches and hiking trails that accompanied the tourism pause.

The state’s difficulties in scaling up after the pandemic-induced slowdown also have contributed to resident and visitor dissatisfaction.

John De Fries, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said the organization has been listening, and is reorganizing.

“We have realigned HTA’s primary focus from brand marketing to brand management, in our accelerated pivot toward being a more effective destination management organization that rightfully prioritizes the well-being of our communities and the initiatives in our 2020-25 Strategic Plan that are shaped by the principles of regenerative tourism,” De Fries said.

De Fries said destination management requires a long-term approach.

He said it must “encompasses environmental and cultural stewardship as well as brand marketing to ensure Hawaii maintains its globally competitive brand and can deliver on its destination promise in a way that is coordinated, authentic and market-appropriate.

“The purpose of marketing for HTA is not solely to bring more visitors here; it’s about educating those who come to our shores and teaching them how to be respectful travelers who give back to our communities in a reciprocal manner.”

A problem with the current discussion between the Legislature and HTA is that tourism won’t stop long enough for them to work out their differences, and it is projected to strengthen — at least through the summer.

During the holiday period from July 1-6, Safe Travels Hawaii screened 203,330 travelers, as many as 175,666 of whom were visitors. On July 1, 2 and 3 daily visitor arrivals topped 30,000. In July 2019, HTA statistics show an average of 32,189 visitors came by air each day.

Randy Rarick, former director of the Triple Crown of Surfing, said he and other residents are feeling the strain.

During the pandemic, Rarick said it took him 12 minutes to make the 7-mile drive from Haleiwa to Sunset Beach. On Monday, it took him 55 minutes.

“It’s because there’s a zillion tourists out there,” he said. “That’s good for the shops and the restaurants, but it just sucks for residents.”

Rarick said HTA should be the body that leads the charge to rebalance tourism.

“They came up with a destination management plan. Now, let’s see them implement it,” he said.

Rarick said the Legislature needs to ensure that HTA is transparent and effective, but shouldn’t be shortsighted.

“We do need to market so that we have quality not quantity when it comes to tourists,” he said.

Rarick said federal stimulus money, combined with the closure of many international destinations, already has spurred domestic travel to Hawaii. He believes offering a vaccine exemption will further increase interest in Hawaii from domestic travelers, whose pent-up demand for travel is setting records.

During the holiday period from July 1-6, TSA said it screened more than 11.9 million passengers at airport checkpoints.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein announced Friday on Twitter that “@TSA screened 2,147,090 people at airport security checkpoints nationwide yesterday, Thursday, July 1. Ready for this? It surpassed the 2019 checkpoint volume for the same day, which was 2,088,760.”

The checkpoint volume at U.S. airports on July 2 was even higher at 2,196,411 as compared to 718,988 the same day in 2020 and 2,184,253 on the same day in 2019.

“It was the highest throughput since the start of the pandemic,” Farbstein tweeted.

Safe Travels Special Projects Administrator Sherilyn Kajiwara said Hawaii expects the vaccination exemption will be popular with U.S. travelers as it removes the uncertainty of tests, as well as the challenge to find them and the added costs.

Kajiwara said as of today any traveler who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States or U.S. territories will be eligible for the quarantine exception.

She said domestic travelers seeking a vaccination exemption should upload their vaccination records into Safe Travels, and bring a hard copy to present to screeners on arrival. The state will accept a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 vaccination card, a VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) printout or certificate, or a DOD DD Form 2766C.

“I think we can all say that travel will probably increase because of the flexibility that we are allowing,” Kajiwara said. “I think a lot of people are very anxious to get out and travel and I think Hawaii is one of the top three destinations where people feel safe.”

Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, said it’s good that Hawaii has reopened travel safely.

Still, he cautioned against making rash tourism policy decisions when Hawaii isn’t likely to see a sustained recovery until after the state hits the 70% vaccination rate and ends its Safe Travels program.

“As we go into this next phase more and more destinations will come online and complete with us, and you won’t have the pent-up demand that you see now,” Hannemann said.

Hawaii does not allow international travelers to use a vaccination exemption, and not all nations are eligible for the Safe Travels testing program, he said.

COVID testing is required for unvaccinated domestic travelers who want to bypass the quarantine. The state has waived the testing requirement for children under the age of 5, but older unvaccinated children must test to be exempt from Hawaii’s quarantine.

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State loosens additional travel restrictions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Hawaii Tribune-Herald 08 July, 2021 - 05:05am

The Safe Travels Hawaii administrator called today “a game-changer.”

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The Safe Travels Hawaii administrator called today “a game-changer.”

Starting today, the state’s airports will exempt fully vaccinated travelers from the mainland, Alaska and U.S. territories from testing and quarantine requirements if the visitors have uploaded their COVID-19 vaccination cards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“If the vaccination was issued within the U.S., that will now allow you to bypass quarantine without pretesting,” Sherilyn Kajiwara said Wednesday during a press conference at Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport. “So that’s really going to be a game-changer, as I know people have been having trouble finding locations to test (and) waiting for their results.

“So this will eliminate all of that.”

Kajiwara defined “fully vaccinated” as the traveler having received “both shots of your Pfizer or Moderna or your single Johnson &Johnson, and you have waited at least 15 days after your second shot — or the last shot, if it’s the J&J.”

Those who haven’t been fully vaccinated will still need to pass a COVID-19 test within 72-hours of arrival or quarantine for 10 days.

A Vaccine Administration Management System printout or certificate also is considered an acceptable alternative to a CDC vaccination card to avoid testing or quarantine, Kajiwara said. Those in the military can use the Department of Defense’s DD Form 2766C.

The vaccination or testing requirements apply to all arriving travelers in Hawaii ages 12 and up from U.S. destinations, Kajiwara said. She added that children 5-11 must pretest to sidestep the quarantine, because vaccinations are only being administered to those 12 or older.

Children younger than 5 are not subject to any requirements and are allowed to travel freely with their families.

Travelers who are not vaccinated for any reason “still have the option to test negative to avoid quarantine,” Kajiwara said.

Arriving travelers who want to avoid both testing and quarantine must carry proof of vaccination with them, even if they have uploaded their card into the Hawaii Safe Travels website or app. Kajiwara said it’s acceptable for those who don’t want to carry the card itself to take a photo of the CDC card, VAMS certificate or printout, or DD Form 2766C and keep it on their phone.

“We want people to know that you still need to open a travel account in Hawaii Safe Travels. You still need to create your trip (record) for your last leg of travel from the continental U.S. or U.S. territories or Alaska to Hawaii, and you still have the option of uploading your negative test result, or now uploading your vaccination card,” Kajiwara said. “We do ask for both of those, uploaded — that is a requirement — and carry a hard copy on arrival with you for screening. That is required, as well.

“… Once you clear travel with your vaccination card for the first time, that card will be held for all future trips from that point on. You don’t have to upload it again.”

Demand for travel to Hawaii has been robust. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, there were more than 35,000 trans-Pacific arrivals at Hawaii’s airports each day on July, 1, 2 and 3, prior to the Independence Day holiday.

There were 32,418 trans-Pacific arrivals on Wednesday, with 3,643 touching down at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole and 181 at Hilo International Airport.

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