Safe Travels 2.0
PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO THE SAFE TRAVELS HAWAIʻI PROGRAM SOLVE THREE CONCERNS. Read the white paper submitted to the Governor by the House Select Committee on COVID-19 — or review the highlights below.
• A second rapid test upon arrival at the airport for travelers who complied with the 72-hour pre-arrival testing requirement, but who did not yet have a result in hand prior to departure from their final leg;
• Quarantine requirement for post-travel testers until both results return negative.
• Adds an extra layer of screening for those awaiting results for their trusted partner test, thereby continuing to protect public health;
• Limits larger quarantine burden on counties, making adequate enforcement possible;
• Involves point-of-care testing for only a small percentage of incoming travelers (6% using historical data);
• Allows continued livelihood for the travel industry, supporting jobs and economic recovery at our most critical time: the expiration of federal dollars.
Safe Travels 2.0 builds our community’s confidence in the safety of arrivals and builds our State’s capability to support our local economy.
For Our Health
We need the jobs and visitor spending that Safe Travels makes possible.
• Safe Travels brought hundreds of millions of dollars back to our economy and nearly 30,000 kamaʻāina jobs. Every county saw improvement.
• Since the November 19th announcement of changes, cancelled trips have prompted more hotel furloughs, several closures and the reduction of interisland and transpacific flights, threatening thousands of kamaʻāina jobs and millions of lost revenue in projected visitor spending.
• We may not feel that pain right now, but we’ll feel it in January when federal checks stop coming. We’ve been living with a false sense of security.
For Our Economy
We need a program that protects our health while enabling our economy to recover.
• Broken down by day, we’ve had about six positive arrivals through the Safe Travels program.
• One-tenth of 1% of passengers were ultimately positive, a lower-than-anticipated number.
• We can manage these numbers. In fact, new cases, hospitalizations and ICU occupancy are all lower today than they were when Safe Travels started.
Hawaiʻi’s hotels are committed to guaranteeing housing for any COVID-19 positive customer with an existing reservation
Airlines are committed to appropriate and timely notification to their travelers about the requirements of testing and quarantine, including travel advisories on their websites, travel advisories during the booking process, pre-departure date communications, check-in communications, gate announcements and on-board announcements.
Hawaiʻi COVID Collaborative is committed to giving our state the best possible chance at controlling COVID-19 and emerging from this crisis, holding our elected and appointed leaders accountable to ensuring our systems, policies and mandates serve the best interest of the people of Hawai‘i.