Hawaii governor announces different travel guidelines for visiting different islands

Escaping to paradise is going to take a little planning.

Hawaiian Gov. David Ige has announced various safety steps that arriving travelers must heed at three major islands amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as the Aloha State relaxes its quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors Thursday.

Before the Oct. 15 launch of the long-awaited pre-travel testing program, Ige approved enhanced protocols that will impact travelers visiting Kauai, Maui and the Big Island, KHON2 reported Tuesday

Hawaiian Gov. David Ige has announced various safety steps that arriving travelers must heed at three major islands as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Hawaiian Gov. David Ige has announced various safety steps that arriving travelers must heed at three major islands as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
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“Kauai County has established a voluntary testing program on day three after arrival, and Maui County also established a voluntary post-arrival testing program. Hawaii Island will require an antigen test for all arriving trans-pacific travelers who are participating in the pre-travel testing program,” the governor said in a news conference.

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Officials for Hawaii County said these tests will be given at all three airports on the Big Island; anyone who tests positive must take a PCR test and quarantine under the results return.

“The truth of the matter is, we knew that once they leave the airport, it will be almost an impossible task to ensure that we can get all of them to take the test and to get the test to go to them,” Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said of the important step for incoming visitors.

“I want to remind all travelers that following safe practices – at home, while traveling and upon returning – is the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the governor also stressed.

“I want to remind all travelers that following safe practices – at home, while traveling and upon returning – is the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the governor also stressed.
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Officials for Kauai and Maui counties have also agreed to adopt the pre-travel testing program, allowing inter-island travelers from Oahu to skip the quarantine period if they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of traveling, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

“Those going from Honolulu to Maui and Kauai will be able to get a pre-travel test 72 hours prior to departure and avoid quarantine,” Ige said.

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Ige and Kim continue to discuss inter-island travel rules for Hawaii County as they focus on the launch of the trans-Pacific travel program, Maui Now reports.

“As you know, over the last week or two, there has been an increase in the number of cases on Hawaiʻi Island, which I know that the mayor is concerned with,” Ige also revealed of the delay.

Also Tuesday, the governor signed an emergency proclamation extending the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving travelers to Nov. 30, though the pre-travel testing program is still slated to begin tomorrow.

“I want to remind all travelers that following safe practices – at home, while traveling and upon returning – is the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Ige stressed, per the outlet. “Wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently and

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EU countries adopt common travel guidelines amid pandemic

European Union countries have approved a series of guidelines aimed at facilitating free movement across the bloc and avoiding further disruption during the coronavirus pandemic

During a meeting in Luxembourg, envoys for the 27 member states agreed on a common approach to travel restrictions and testing to help citizens and workers get more clarity on how they can transit across the continent.

In March, several EU nations hastily closed their borders in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, even though the EU’s Schengen agreement allows residents to move freely between countries without visas. The action blocked traffic and medical equipment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives in many ways. Travel restrictions have made it difficult for some of our citizens to get to work, to university or to visit their loved ones,” said Michael Roth, the German minister for Europe. “It is our common duty to ensure coordination on any measures which affect free movement and to give our citizens all the information they need when deciding on their travel.”

Member states agreed to provide coronavirus data to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which will publish a weekly map sorting regions according to the severity of coronavirus outbreaks.

The criteria used to define the colored zones — green, orange and red — are the number of newly notified cases per 100,000 in the past 14 days as well as the testing rate and the test positivity rate in the past week.

Member states agreed that they should not restrict free movement of people traveling from or to green areas, but national EU governments will continue to set their own restrictions such as quarantines or mandatory testing upon arrival for people coming from orange or red zones.

A region will be classified as green if the 14-day notification rate is lower than 25 and the test positivity rate below 4%. Under the criteria adopted Tuesday, most EU regions would be either red or orange.

“This agreement avoids border closures and favors the least penalizing health control measures, such as testing,” said Clement Beaune, the French minister for Europe. “Last but not least, essential movements, especially those of frontier workers, will be secured.”

The EU council said member states should not deny access to persons traveling from other EU nations and urged them to “respect the differences in the epidemiological situation between orange and red areas and act in a proportionate manner” if they decide to apply restrictions.

EU countries also agreed to provide timely information to their neighbors about new restrictions — if possible 48 hours in advance — and to develop a harmonized passenger locator form for all means of transport.

The guidelines are not legally binding as border

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Book Flight and Hotel Together and Save Money With These Guidelines

There are places to go, landmarks to see, and unique cuisines to experience; but in order to get there, you must first use internet travel discount tools to help you book flight and hotel.

You can’t just find cheap travel deals with a regular search engine. You must make use of the search tools offered by leading travel sites so that you can instantly see all of the available flights and hotel rooms on specific dates, and compare the results.

How does a flight to Orlando and a night’s stay at a nice resort sound? Or a flight to Las Vegas and a weekend’s stay at a casino? These are only examples of what you might find if you search for airfare and hotel packages. These kinds of offers require that you stay at the destination for a specific number of nights, which could be one to seven nights, depending on the offer.

If your travel plans are flexible, it will be easier to find a cheap package. Your local airport may or may not be offering cheap rates to the city you want to fly to. If you don’t mind waiting awhile for a deal to pop up, or have an alternative destination in mind, you will increase your chances of saving money on your trip.

Whenever travelers book flight and hotel online, there is usually an option to include a car rental in the reservation. Determine whether or not it would be cheaper to rent a car with the hotel room and airfare, or if you should book it separately.

Deadlines to Watch For When You Book a Flight and Hotel

There is usually a deadline displayed for each deal so that you’ll know for how long it will be available. Some sites even allow you to “save” the offers if you are unsure which one you want to book so that you can go back and compare them all later.

If you already have a particular hotel in mind, you can add it to your “Favorites” and check back with it later to see if there is an “Airfare included in price” notification with it. Or, you could check with the airlines themselves to see which hotels and inns they are currently partnered with, and if there are currently any package deals available in your ideal destination(s).

It isn’t always the best idea to book flight and hotel together, depending on the destination and time of year. You might very well find that it would be cheaper to book them separately for your itinerary.

Online vacation deals are where you should begin your search. You can either browse all of the current offers or use the search tools if you have something specific in mind. It’s very easy – and cheap – to book flight and hotel online.…

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