New change to the pre-travel testing program to begin this Tuesday, Nov 24th

sparks&whimsy

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Travelers to Hawaii must have their negative Covid results before getting on a flight or they will have to go on 14-day quarantine. The state is implementing stricter rules starting next Tuesday as the number of cases on the mainland keeps surging.
Since the pre-travel testing program started last month, passengers have been allowed to show their negative results after arrival. They just have to be on quarantine until those results come in. Starting Tuesday, if you don’t have the negative results by the time you get on the plane, you have to quarantine 14 days.
The governor says with cases spiking on the mainland and more travelers expected with the holidays approaching, the extra precaution is needed. More than 270,000 travelers have been screened since the program started on October 15. The governor says at least 44 travelers received their positive test result after arrival.
“It isn’t a large number but it’s enough to change the policy. We have to close the gap to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Gov. David Ige.
The new policy applies to mainland and international travelers, but not to inter-island passengers. Those who have a hard time downloading their results in the Safe Travels website will be allowed to show a hard copy.
Officials acknowledge that getting test results within 72 hours before departure is getting harder now due to the mainland surge. That could mean fewer travelers but officials say that should also keep Hawaii safe.
 

VandVsmama

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This is pretty lousy news for anybody hoping to vacation in Hawaii! So if it takes longer than expected for your test results to come in and your test results are negative, you'd still have to remain in quarantine for the entire 2 weeks. Dang. It's not worth it.
 

giantwiant

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We just cancelled our Aulani trip in December because of this news. With the number of cases rising every day, it's taking longer & longer to get test results. I'm just outside of NYC, and you could get turnaround in 48 hours pretty reliably from most testing sites all summer, but now people are being told 7 days. Even Vault is now saying 36-48 hour turnaround. It's just too much stress.

Good for Hawaii for adjusting their policy. This ensures that everyone getting on the plane has a very recent negative test.
 

LisaRN97

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This worries me, to be honest! With the amount of people testing now, I can only imagine it will increase. And with the increases of testing, that would likely mean an increase in turn around time. I guess we will be taking multiple tests....
 

DRussell83

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We scheduled another test through our urgent care last night - unclear if we have to pay for it or if it is through our insurance - they are partnered with west pac which is on Hawaii's list - that along with Vault, we are hoping for the best - leave Tuesday am. A little nervous because we are dealing with Sunday.
 
  • neurosx1983

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    This doesn’t seem like a huge deal honestly. I think it would be a little irresponsible personally to get on a several hour long flight to Hawaii without some kind of confirmation that you have tested negative. How many of you guys out there have had delays with vault by the way?
     

    DRussell83

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    This doesn’t seem like a huge deal honestly. I think it would be a little irresponsible personally to get on a several hour long flight to Hawaii without some kind of confirmation that you have tested negative. How many of you guys out there have had delays with vault by the way?
    I read a few boards last night and I couldn't see any that used Vault and did not have their test results by the time they left - a few were down the wire but received. I understand your sentiment however do have to side with the statement that Hawaiian Airlines released “We continue to believe there should be consideration shown for those travelers who do the right thing and – by no fault of their own – do not receive their test results in time..."
     

    Craig Jacobsen

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    My son and his friends got tested Monday AM at four different Hawaii-approved Covid testing sites. It is Friday AM and still no results. The testing company claims they have no record of a test for one of the group! The did not get on their flights. It cost them almost $500. This is insane. We are cancelling our January reservations.
     

    DRussell83

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    My son and his friends got tested Monday AM at four different Hawaii-approved Covid testing sites. It is Friday AM and still no results. The testing company claims they have no record of a test for one of the group! The did not get on their flights. It cost them almost $500. This is insane. We are cancelling our January reservations.
    Would you mind sharing where they got tested so people here can be informed?
     
  • LisaRN97

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    We scheduled another test through our urgent care last night - unclear if we have to pay for it or if it is through our insurance - they are partnered with west pac which is on Hawaii's list - that along with Vault, we are hoping for the best - leave Tuesday am. A little nervous because we are dealing with Sunday.
    We leave on a Tuesday as well. Keep us posted on times with Vault! We have no clinins out here on the East Coast paired yet...
     

    LisaRN97

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    My son and his friends got tested Monday AM at four different Hawaii-approved Covid testing sites. It is Friday AM and still no results. The testing company claims they have no record of a test for one of the group! The did not get on their flights. It cost them almost $500. This is insane. We are cancelling our January reservations.
    Where did they get tested? That's terrible....so sorry!
     

    LisaRN97

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    Which testing route are you going?
    We travel next month on Dec 22. We will use Vault but as a backup I saw they added a testing site in Newark Airport - I scheduled appointments for Monday for the 15 minute rapid tests. And they have some Urgent Clinics in Staten Island that are now approved but they only give out appointments 48 hours in advance...and this would be a long drive for us but we are willing to do whatever we need to do.
     

    neurosx1983

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    We travel next month on Dec 22. We will use Vault but as a backup I saw they added a testing site in Newark Airport - I scheduled appointments for Monday for the 15 minute rapid tests. And they have some Urgent Clinics in Staten Island that are now approved but they only give out appointments 48 hours in advance...and this would be a long drive for us but we are willing to do whatever we need to do.
    Not aware that united added a site in Newark for Hawaii passengers? I thought that was only for London bound passengers. That would be great though.
     

    hilarys

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    My daughter and I are scheduled to fly to Maui tomorrow morning (Saturday) on Hawaiian. We took the vault test Wednesday morning (super easy process and the zoom call supervisors were so nice) and both kits were logged in as received by the lab Thursday at 10am. Hawaiian Airlines' partnership with vault says that it provides a 24hr turnaround after receipt at lab for results. My daughter's results were in at 7 am this morning so less than 24 hours. Mine still have not arrived. No luck calling, emailing, etc directly to Vault. I am hoping they come in over night :(
     


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