Hawaii Postpones Reopening to Tourism

Written and Published August 21, 2020


Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations, and countries were forced to introduce travel restrictions. With the pandemic slowing down around the world, many countries have started to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists. It was announced that Hawaii will be reopening for tourism to national and international tourists on September 1st without the need for a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Unfortunately, Hawaii has officially postponed the opening without quarantine requirements until October 1, 2020.

Hawaii Postpones Reopening to Tourism

Hawaii Postpones Reopening to Tourism


Back in March Governor of Hawaii David Ige ordered that all people entering the State of Hawaii had to self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their stay. Upon arrival, visitors are required to self-quarantine in a designated location in their residence. There has been no way to avoid the quarantine, so when they announced the option of visiting with a proof of a negative NAAT test it was quite exciting.

In an official statement to Honolulu Star Advisor, Governor David Ige said:
“We hope that these measures will help control the virus. But if things do not get better, we will have no choice but to look at more restrictions. This could include going back to the stay-at-home orders. It also means that we may have to delay trans-Pacific travel. I know that going backwards will cause further harm to our economy, but we may have no choice. Before we can fix our economy, we need to fix our health.”

Hawaii Postpones Reopening to Tourism

Unfortunately, Hawaii has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases in the last couple of weeks and the originally scheduled ease of restrictions has been postponed. This is the second time Hawaii has postponed its reopening to out-of-state passengers, with reopening plans announced in June originally being pushed back to September. For now, the mandatory quarantine will stay in place until October and it will definitely slow down any tourism plans.