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Hawaii approves of inter-island travel, but it’s not what you think: here’s what you need to know

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After much speculation, Hawaii has announced its plan for a vaccine passport program that will allow vaccinated people to travel between its islands without being subjected to quarantines or pre-arrival testing protocols.

But that wasn’t quite the good news many travelers were hoping for. Here’s all you need to know:

The program will start on May 11

The State of Hawaii is developing an online portal that will launch on May 7. Those traveling on May 11 or later can start downloading their documentation at this time.

The program only recognizes vaccines received in Hawaii

The catch, and no doubt the disappointment for a lot of people reading this, is that the new program is really fair to the locals, as it only recognizes the blueprints distributed in Hawaii. In other words, to be eligible, you cannot have received your vaccine out of state.

This schedule will be a “ preseason ” for the next iteration

That said, the program would be a stepping stone to expansion for all trans-Pacific passengers. Some have compared it to a “preseason” where the system can be tested.

Program for transpacific travelers could take place ‘later this summer’

Governor David Ige said so at the press conference on Tuesday. No specific details were given on the timeline.

The definition of “ fully vaccinated ”

To be considered “fully vaccinated”, 14 full days must have passed since you received your last dose, which means that your first day of travel cannot be before the 15th day. This is important to note, as it will likely be the same for transpacific passengers in the future.

For now, inbound trans-Pacific travelers will still need to adhere to Hawaii Safe Travels protocols, which include a pre-arrival testing program and / or 10-day quarantine.

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