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Hawaii to Require Booster for Incoming Travelers

The island's governor will require all incoming travelers to have proof a booster to avoid a mandatory five-day quarantine

Hawaii will now require visitors to the state to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster to avoid a mandatory five-day quarantine.

Under the current rules of Hawaii’s “Safe Travels” program, travelers who don’t want to quarantine for five days must either be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel. 

However, the program is changing the definition of “fully vaccinated.” It will now include booster shots according to the state’s leadership. 

Governor David Ige announced the change at a news conference last week.

The change means that vaccinated travelers who haven’t obtained a COVID-19 booster shot will have to quarantine for five days.

Gov. Ige said the changes would not take effect for at least two weeks so that travelers could adjust their plans accordingly.

“We know that the community needs time to react to that, so we would have to provide at least two weeks for those who may not be up-to-date to go to have the opportunity to go and get vaccinated if they need to,” he told Hawaii News Now.

The governor went on to say that he was speaking with local mayors and other civic leaders about mandating booster shots to dine in restaurants and participate in other activities and events. Ige said he would ultimately leave that decision to individual counties and their leadership.

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino revealed last month that booster shots would be required for locals to be considered fully vaccinated.

The new rule was set to go into effect on Jan. 8 but was delayed until Jan. 24 to allow people time to schedule booster shots, according to local news station KHON 2.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced that the Safe Travels program would be undergoing several changes, including reducing the mandatory quarantine period for unvaccinated travelers without a negative COVID-19 test from 10 days to five days following updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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6 responses to “Hawaii to Require Booster for Incoming Travelers”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    Ever since this all started, Hawaii has shown a high amount of interest in completely wrecking their tourism industry.

    JazzRocknRoll – I know there aren’t a lot of places that are geographically as pleasant as Hawaii, but this is your chance to get out. When the machine guns are pointing inward, you’ll know you ran out of time.

    Lokisbrothersgirlfriend – That’s the spirit! I also made it my strategy to find a place I like and just settle down there. We can make our own neighborhoods an enjoyable place to be without having to bow down to the fearmongers’ screeds.

  2. Lokisbrothersgirlfriend says:

    These policies are making me less and less interested in going anywhere.
    I’m glad I like my house and property.

  3. JazzRocknRoll says:

    Hawaiian resident here. I don’t want to live like a North Korean! I want freedom dammit!

  4. Plaguen says:

    The vaccines don’t do what these people think they do. Where are any discrimination lawsuits? A few good ones will shut this stupid shit down and quick.

  5. Hermitlion says:

    May I suggest that they require at least three tattoos, before allowing anyone to wear a short sleeve shirt…

  6. ZedS says:

    People should all stop going to or sending supplies to Hawaii. THat state would starve without outside assistance. No citizen of the United States should be dictated to by local government simply for stepping off of a plane.