Travelers flying between Oahu, Kauai and Maui will now be able to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine on Kauai and Maui with a negative COVID-19 test from authorized labs, Gov. David Ige said in a press release Saturday.
The Big Island requires travelers to take a second test — free of charge – upon arrival to the island with a mandatory quarantine until the results are available. Oahu does not require a quarantine for interisland travelers.
The pre-travel test program works much like it does for travelers arriving from outside the state. You need an FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and receive a negative result.
You still need to register and upload your test results on the state website, Safe Travels Hawaii, and have the test result with you upon arrival.
If you don’t take the test or it’s not from one of the “trusted partners” you’ll still have to do the 14-day quarantine or get an exemption from the county you’re traveling to.
According to the press release, the eight trusted testing partners for inter-county travel are:
• Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii — Patients should visit www.clinicallabs.com to schedule an appointment, for more information on locations and how to obtain lab results. All lab tests require an order by a licensed healthcare provider in the State of Hawaii.
• CVS Health (Longs) – Travelers may schedule an appointment up to two days in the future at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations. Tests available for ages 12 and older. Pre-registration is required. Registration instructions and costs can be found at cvs.com/selfpaytesting.
• Hawaii Pacific Health — Interisland travel screenings are available at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children on O‘ahu and Wilcox Medical Center on Kaua‘i in partnership with Clinical Labs of Hawaii. Appointments are required for screening at Kapi‘olani and must be scheduled online at clinicallabs.com/covid. No appointment is necessary for screening at Wilcox. More information on site locations, hours and cost can be found at hawaiipacifichealth.org/covid19testing
• Kaiser Permanente (for members only) – Kaiser Permanente members may schedule a test online or contact the appointment call center or nurse advice line in their home region for scheduling instructions. Kaiser Permanente members returning home to Hawaii may call the Away-from-Home Travel Line at 951-268-3900 for scheduling instructions. Information can be found at kp.org/travel.
• Minit Medical – Interisland travelers in Hawaii may schedule testing online prior to travel to other islands. Minit Medical has three clinics on Maui with drive-up testing available. Appointment is required. Please call 808-667-6161 for details or logon to Minitmed.com.
• Walgreens – Testing is available at no cost to eligible individuals who meet CDC criteria. Tests available for ages five and older. All drive-thru testing locations operate outdoors and patients do not leave their vehicles. Appointment required. Information can be found at walgreens.com/covid19testing.
• Urgent Care Hawaii offers COVID-19 testing for interisland travel. Results are emailed within 24 hours. Register at www.ucarehi.com. Limited walk-ins can be accommodated. Call 808-797-7980 for more information.
• Vault Health – At-home tests with real-time audio-visual supervision are available with Vault Health, the first FDA-authorized saliva test. Tests available for ages 5 and older. Tests are mailed with accurate results in 72 hours or less. Information and costs can be found at learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-Hawaii.
As trusted testing and travel partners are added to the Safe Travels Hawaii program, they will be uploaded to www.hawaiicovid19.com, where more information on inter-county pre-travel testing and the Hawaii Safe Travels program can be found.
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