ALL COVID RESTRICTIONS FROM THOSE ENTERING THE CONTINENTAL UNITES STATES HAVE BEEN DROPPED AS OF 3/25.
IF YOU ARE ENTERING HAWAII FROM OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL U.S. PLEASE SEE BELOW:
READ THE COVID GUIDELINES BELOW
Pesach in Hawaii will be practicing COVID restrictions as per the current guidelines of the state of Hawaii.
Although Hawaii is one of the safest states with regards to COVID, nonetheless the following needs to be adhered to.
Please see below for guidelines re traveling to Hawaii and steps that need to be taken to avoid a 5 day quarantine.
INFO AND LINKS TO HAWAII SAFE TRAVELS GUIDELINES
While Hawaii is the safest state in the United States currently, nonetheless, Hawaii’s Governor Ige has put in place stringent protocols for travel to the state.
If you follow the protocols, everything goes smoothly – and you will not have to comply with the mandatory 5 day quarantine.
It is important to read the below carefully and follow all the steps in order
for you to have a fun, exciting, worry-free, quarantine-free Pesach in Hawaii!
Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form (linked here)
You will need to set up an account with the state of Hawaii Safe Travels program.
This is the website to sign up for an account with the Hawaii State government to enter your travel and testing or vaccination info.
You can / should set it up as soon as you confirm your travel plans.
Each individual traveling needs to have a separate account.
After you set up an account, you will immediately receive a confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, your registration is not complete! If this happens to you , go back to your Safe Travels Hawaii account and make sure you have completed all the sign up steps.
Please keep your username and password somewhere safe, as you will need to access this account several times.
Input your travel itinerary
Create a "new trip" and enter all trip information into your Safe Travels account.
Remember to do this for each person traveling!
IF YOU ARE DOUBLE VACCINATED, PLEASE SKIP TO STEP 5.
Trusted travel partners listing (linked here)
If you are not double vaccinated, you will need to be tested before traveling, in accordance with the State of Hawaii guidelines below:
Find a location that will give you the certified test Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT test), processed by a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab - and ascertain that they will give you a test that is both acceptable to the Safe Travels program, and will get you a result within the proper timeframe (see step 4) and BEFORE you TAKE OFF for Hawaii. If you receive your results after you takeoff - even if its before you land - you will have to quarantine for 10 days.
The State of Hawaii is very strict about this.
Again, the test must be administered only by Hawaii's “TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS”.
Well-known testing partners include CVS and Walgreens. (However, you must confirm that the test that you are taking is accepted by the State of Hawaii. As both of these places administer different kinds of tests.)
Same travel partners are listed on the Hawaiian Airlines website; it just may be a little easier to read: linked here.
Take the Test within 72 hours of your last flight
IMPORTANT: Remember to take the test within 72 hours of your LAST LEG (flight) TO HAWAII. If you have a stopover en route, make sure to calculate the 72 hours prior to your latest flight.
Example: You are flying from NY to HNL with a stopover in LA on Thursday. The LAX flight takes off at 1:00pm. You would need to calculate that 1:00pm LA time is 4:00pm NY time. Therefore, the earliest you can take your COVID test is 4:00pm NY time on Monday- this is 72 hours before taking off on Thursday in LAZ to HNL.
Apply for "Exemption / Exception from Quarantine" and upload your vaccination card or test result
Your vaccination card or negative COVID test result must be uploaded to your Safe Travels account within 24 hours of you flight. It is ideal to have a hard (printed) copy of your vaccination card or test results with you as well.
After you upload your document, they will immediately email you a QR code. If you don’t receive a QR code immediately, that means the document did not upload properly. If this occurs, you need to go back into the site to ensure that the document uploads and everything was filled out correctly.
You must have that QR code to continue and board the plane.
Ensure you have a working cell phone
Your cell phone must be working when you land at the airport in Hawaii because they will need to scan the QR code that you got in your email from your Safe Travels Hawaii account.
They will be checking for for your vaccination card or test results either in your Safe Travels account – or a hard copy that you have with you.
You can check all this out on Hawaii State Safe Travels website by clicking here!
This takes a little bit of time - but we promise you, it’s worth it!
The important thing is to find a place that will get you results
that are both accepted by the State of Hawaii - and quickly.
To discuss Pesach in Hawaii, we would be delighted to have a personal conversation with you!
Please call Rabbi Itchel at 808-478-8891.