As more and more people are getting vaccinated, Hawaii became a hot spot for domestic traveling🌴🏖️ However, we’ve seen and heard so many horror stories of a well-planned Hawaii trip goes to waste because of getting the wrong type of test/getting tested on the wrong date. Today I’m here to share with you my experience going through this process in LA!
First, if you don’t want to go through the mandatory 10-day quarantine (which you probably don’t) you need to get pre-tested and the test needs to be 1. From a state-approved provider 2. Administered no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time.
They are all very tricky requirements that are easy to mess up! Also, I read up on reddit before I went - they are very strict about the 72 hours rule🕑 which makes it harder because there are situations when an unexpected result delay totally messed up people’s trip. Also some places can also be pricy, especially for rapid tests. But don’t stress! This is how I was able to manage the tests:
My flight was at 7pm at LAX on a Thursday, which makes it impossible to get tested on Monday and hit the 72-hour window because almost all testing spots close at 5pm. Getting tested on Tuesday is dangerous because a small delay could ruin the trip. So what I did was finding TWO FREE testing spots in LA: Color and Walgreen, and did two tests back to back - that way, even one is delayed, I could still get the other and board my plane✈️ ✈️ I did the Color test at First African Methodist Episcopal Church and then stopped by a nearby Walgreen.
Thankfully, I was able to get both before my flight! I uploaded the results to the website after I received them.
After passing TSA check, I went straight to the Hawaii pre-check spot so I can get a wrist band and get cleared. If you skip this step, you’d have to wait in line once you get to Hawaii and given that our flight landed at 10pm local time, I knew it was not gonna be fun! Last tip: keep you test results handy because hotel front desk/car rental spots might need to see it after you arrive even though you kept your blue wrist band with you!
Looking back, I’m so glad I was able to figure things out and my trip was short but wonderful! Hope this can be helpful to you as well :)