On this episode of Hawaii’s Best, Bryan updates us on the latest news about traveling to Hawaii during 2021. Get Episode Show Notes Here: --> hawaiisbesttravel.com/episode57 <--We’ll learn about the new vaccination passports and how they’ll potentially play into your upcoming trip.On a recent
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On this episode of Hawaii’s Best, Bryan updates us on the latest news about traveling to Hawaii during 2021. Get Episode Show Notes Here: --> hawaiisbesttravel.com/episode57 <--We’ll learn about the new vaccination passports and how they’ll potentially play into your upcoming trip.On a recent trip to Oahu, Bryan and Ali observed that many restaurants and places that survived the pandemic's economic hit are open again, but observed a certain amount of tension as the island tries to navigate getting back into more activity and tourism.Get Episode Show Notes Here: --> hawaiisbesttravel.com/episode57 <--Hawaii’s Safe Travel program launched in October of 2020. Part of the requirement is to get a negative test result from a DOH-approved testing site within 72 hours of the departure's final leg, and some islands require a second test upon arrival as well.In addition, on April 9, 2021, the Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, announced that a vaccine passport would be added to the program. It could roll out as early as May for inter-island travel and potentially in the summer for trans-pacific travel from the mainland.People will be able to provide proof of vaccination soon to avoid the need to get the test before traveling (and after landing in some locations). Travelers can qualify for this status two weeks after their vaccination is completed. Keiki under 5 doesn’t need to test or show proof of vaccination.Unvaccinated travelers can still go the test route; the vaccine passport isn’t required to go to Hawaii. The White House ruled out the possibility of a federal mandate for the vaccine but is working out ways to streamline the topic and collect data in specific ways.The Hawaii Tourism Association president expressed eagerness to get the economy of Hawaii moving at a better pace again in a safe manner. Hawaii has very low COVID infection rates, and everyone wants to keep it that way as more and more people desire to visit Hawaii soon.ResourcesPono Pledge WebsiteHawaiiCovid19.com/travelSafe Travels AccountLieutenant Governor Episode 45Safe Travels Program Episode 50Nomatic Travel BackpackSpread AlohaBe sure you subscribe to the podcast to automatically receive your episodes!Have a Question? Wanna Share Your Hawaii Tips or Experience?Send us a message, and we’ll share it on the podcast: speakpipe.com/hawaiisbestGet Episode Show Notes Here: --> hawaiisbesttravel.com/episode57 <--Connect with Us on SocialInstagram: Instagram.com/Hawaiis.BestFacebook: Facebook.com/HawaiisBestTravelJoin our Visit Hawaii Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/traveltohawaii As always, continue to live out aloha no matter where you are in the world. Thank you for living a rating and review of what you love most about Hawaii. Until next time, be well, aloha!