The final count of arriving passengers on Thursday was 10,102 – an even more robust reopening of Hawaii tourism than the preliminary counts showed.
Hawaii Lieutenant Josh Green said today that a final count of passengers on Thursday included 6,918 visitors and 3,184 residents. It is 68% visitors to 32% residents shared.
Green said 8,496 – or 84% of the 10,102 passengers – arrived quarantined. About 16% or about 1,606 of the October 15 passengers arrived were quarantined, Green said.
Passengers arriving without taking a pre-arrival test or other qualifying exception must be quarantined immediately after arrival and the duration lasts 14 days or the length of the person̵
Those who took a test before arrival will be able to get out of quarantine when they are able to prove a negative result.
Every day in Hawaii prior to COVID-19, an average of 29,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii. Thursday’s results were still 65% below average; however, they were higher than officials had previously expected.
Pent-up demand for Hawaii apparently grew during the state’s tourism lockdown, which began on March 26, when Ige ordered a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all arriving passengers. This quarantine is currently slated to run through at least November 30th. A partial quarantine between the countries also applies to the counties of Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao.
Travelers who provide written confirmation from a state-approved COVID-19 test partner of a negative result from a test administered within 72 hours of the last point of departure are now allowed to circumvent quarantine. (For more information, visit Hawaii COVID19.com or call 800- GOHAWAII.)
Travelers arriving in Hawaii who cannot show evidence of a negative test must be quarantined until the test result is received. Travelers arriving in Hawaii without having taken a pre-arrival test must submit to the mandatory 14-day quarantine, even if they undergo post-arrival testing and receive a negative result.
Another post-arrival test is required for visitors to the island of Hawaii who want to take a free quick test at the airport. If the test is positive, travelers get a PCR test and have to quarantine until they get a negative result. Maui and Kauai counties do not require visitors to take another test upon arrival, but provide incentives for visitors who agree to take a free voluntary test 72 hours after arrival.
Maui and Kauai counties will allow travelers between countries to circumvent quarantine if passengers pre-test for COVID-19 72 hours before departure under the same rules as the state’s Pacific travel program. The island of Hawaii still requires quarantine interisland travelers.