Kauai Opts-Out of Hawaii’s Pre-arrival Testing Program

Kauai will temporarily opt-out of the Hawaii’s pre-arrivals testing program starting Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 12:01 a.m. for all travelers (including interisland travelers) arriving on Kauai. Those arriving will be subject to the 14-day quarantine regardless of COVID-19 test results. The decision was made due to the fast increase in COVID-19 cases on the mainland and the fact the pre-testing program was not fully screening or catching travel related positive cases arriving on Kauai. Often the 72-hour COVID-19 test results did not return until after a passenger arrived on Kauai, resulting in a number of positive tests among arrivals. Mayor Kawakami stated “Our travel related cases are now leading to community spread across our island. This temporary pause in travel will allow us to remain in Tier 4 as long as possible, keeping youth sports playing and businesses open as we conduct surge testing and contact tracing. I will gladly repeal the moratorium once we have the virus under control again.” Kauai saw no new COVID-19 cases on island since May, but noted a rise in positive cases occurring and the beginning of community spread on Kaua‘i after the state opened on October 15th with the Safe Travel program. Kauai-bound travelers should contact airlines and hotels to cancel or rearrange their travel plans. “Kaua‘i is unable to adequately protect itself by utilizing the Safe Travels program at this time,” said Mayor Kawakami. All other Hawaiian islands remain open under the Safe Travel program requiring a negative COVID test prior to arrival.

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