Hawaii Likely to Allow Vaccinated Travelers to Skip Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing

Feb 11, 2021 Impacting Travel

Tourist arrested in Maui for violating quarantine rules

Hawaii has continued to clamp down on tourists who disobey the state’s strict travel and quarantine rules to visit the island.

A California man was arrested on Saturday for arriving in Maui from Los Angeles without a negative COVID-19 pre-trip test, according to the Maui Now publication.

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John Laurich, 50, was arrested for violating the state’s Travel Quarantine Rules and Orders. In addition to failing to produce a negative coronavirus test, Laurich did not have approved lodging to complete the mandatory 10-day quarantine that arrives without taking a test.

Laurich was transported to Wailuku Police Station without incident and was being held on a $ 2,000 bond.

The State of Aloha has been extremely vigilant since last summer when it comes to enforcing its interstate travel restrictions. The islands are small and hospitals and resources are limited. Hawaii was overwhelmed early last year with the virus and cannot risk importing new cases.

Hawaii has also been on the alert to enforce that. The state arrested nearly 200 tourists in the first seven months of last year.

The situation has eased somewhat since then. Now, the rules require out-of-state travelers to show proof upon arrival in Hawaii of a negative result on the FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), taken within 72 hours of travel prior to boarding. . Without a negative test result, passengers arriving from out of state will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

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