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Hawaii Hints At Digital Vaccine Passport For Fully Vaccinated Travelers
Hawaii is looking to start welcoming travelers to the islands again, through a vaccine passport that would allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter without quarantine.
A vaccine passport is a digital QR code or digital receipt showing the completion of being vaccinated.
The program could launch as early as March 1, and will most likely be first available to those vaccinated within the islands that make up Hawaii. Gov. Josh Green stated that adding the program could potentially be expanded to mainland travelers by May 1.
Hawaii currently allows travelers the option to skip the state’s mandatory quarantine, if they provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of landing in the state. While most of the islands are complying with the state’s prearrival testing program, the island of Kauai has stricter requirements. Visitors must test negative with a pre-travel test, then stay at an approved “resort bubble” property, and test negative for a second time 72-hours after arriving.
United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and American Airlines have introduced preflight COVID-19 testing for passengers. Starting Feb. 25, travelers on select Delta and United flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu will be able to add their negative test results to Clear’s Health Pass app.