My husband and I have been planning for our 20th anniversary trip to Maui, Hawaii for the last several years. Many years ago, my parents offered to watch all four of our children so that my husband and I can celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary by ourselves. The last time we traveled alone was for my 40th birthday, and then it was just for a long weekend. This will be a longer trip and we have been dreaming about it for years, that is until the pandemic decided to change our plans for us.
When the pandemic came to the United States, I don’t anyone dreamed it would take us more than a year to dig out of quarantine. As the months dragged, our hopes dwindled about ever traveling again. Then because of science, the world is starting to open back up again. My husband and I are vaccinated, and we are prepping for our dream trip to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and the official ending of all of my cancer treatments in this horrible, no good, very bad year.
As the contiguous 48 states become vaccinated and allowing travel more freely between its borders, Hawaii, with good reason is saying to the mainlanders, not so fast. As eager as they probably are to welcome tourists, they also do not want to bring a resurgence of the pandemic to their doorstep just as they, too have started opening the island.
As a result, Maui County has put in a lot of restrictions for its travelers to keep their residents safe.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re traveling to Maui
When you arrive on the beautiful island, you will be forced to quarantine for 10 days. Short-term lodgings don’t count for where you can quarantine. If you are staying at someone’s home, you need to stay quarantined in their home.
You can bypass the 10-day quarantine by having a negative COVID Nucleic Acid Amplification Test. Not only do you need a negative test 72 hours before the final leg of your destinations, but Maui County will only accept the test from one of the state’s trusted testing partners.
Once you get your negative test result, you will need to upload the documents to Hawaii’s Safe Travels site. To make the process more efficient, upload the results of your negative COVID test and fill out your itinerary. 24 hours before you arrive in Hawaii you will also need to fill out the health questionnaire on the site. You will be given a QR code that you will present upon landing. There is also a tab for daily check-ins if you
If you are fully vaccinated and if it’s 14 days after your final dose, you will not have to take another COVID test when you land. You can show them your vaccination card and you will be able to leave the airport. However, if you are like my husband, who will miss the cutoff by two days, you will need to take another COVID test after landing so that you can bypass the 10-day quarantine.
In addition to the required pre-travel and post-flight COVID testing, Maui also requires transpacific and inter-island travelers to download the AlohaSafe App to avoid quarantine for 10 days. The goal of the AlohaSafe Alert is to support the re-opening of Hawaii and its economies. Maui reminds its visitors that Maui County is first and foremost a community and the testing, uploading of documents and itineraries, and downloading an exposure app is all to keep the residents safe.
AlohaSafe Alert is a…new service that helps slow the spread of COVID-19. AlohaSafe Alert is the official exposure notification app of Hawaii and has been designed for use in Hawaii in coordination with the Hawaii State Department of Health. The goal of AlohaSafe Alert is to support the re-opening of Hawaii communities and economies --AlohaSafe App
If you require a car rental, make sure that you are exempted from the 10-day quarantine and check in with the rental agency, otherwise, you may be out of luck.
Maui has been posting weekly updates and things appear to be moving in a great direction of reopening and slowly lifting restrictions. Remember to do your part, get tested and stay masked and enjoy your stay. Aloha.
Maui County is first and foremost a community, so our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our residents. The post-arrival test provides an additional layer of protection given the limited healthcare capacity we have within the County.—MauiNow
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