Hawaii eased some of its Ttravel Restrictions on Thursday, announcing that fully vaccinated domestic tourists no longer need to quarantine or take a pre-flight COVID-19 test.Sheri Kajiwara, Hawaii’s Safe Travels special projects administrator, said that 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 going to be a game-changer.
The University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization, the dropping of travel restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists might not lead to an extra boost in tourism. This is due to people having booked their summer revenge vacations.Regardless, at the rate tourists are currently flocking to Hawaii, the number of travellers headed to the warm-weathered state is coming close to or surpassing 2019’s levels. Locals and businesses are feeling the strain of mainlanders swarming the islands again.
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. Kurihara was one of nearly 39,000 travellers 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.