No more COVID tests, vaccine proof or quarantines: Hawaii is ditching strict entry requirements

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People on the beach in front of the Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, on Nov. 15, 2020.

Hawaii is lifting its strict COVID-19 entry requirements on March 26, Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday.

Travelers will no longer need to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test to bypass a mandatory quarantine. The five-day quarantine, which has applied to those who don’t show vaccine proof or a negative test, is going away, too. The state is keeping its indoor mask mandate, however.

The changes under the state’s Safe Travels program, which was introduced in October 2020 to reopen the top tourism destination, apply to domestic travelers. And they come less than six weeks after the state was considering tightening restrictions by adding a COVID-19 booster requirement. That idea was publicly nixed on Feb. 8 and Ige said at the time that the other restrictions would be revisited.

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