Maui Mayor Michael Victorino offers vaccination passport, additional coronavirus testing on arrival

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Maui Mayor Michael Victorino offers vaccination passport, additional coronavirus testing on arrival


WAILUKU >> Maui Mayor Michael Victorino proposes changes to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Hawaii, including a pilot “vaccination passport” program and mandatory rapid testing at Kahului Airport for passengers to arrival, even if they have complied with current Safe Travel Hawaii rules requiring a pre-trip test with negative results within 72 hours of departure.
Even with pre-arrival testing, some passengers can still be contagious, and the idea is to “interrupt them at the airport,” Victorino said during his daily press briefing today.

Those who fail to be tested before travel by an approved partner or who refuse to take the second test at Maui airport upon arrival will be subject to a 10-day quarantine, he explained.

According to Victorino’s proposal, the vaccination passport would be made available to travelers who could show proof of having completed the two-dose series, with the last shot being administered at least 14 days before departure for Hawaii. Passport holders would not be required to submit to tests.

The mayor did not provide further details on the proposals, but said that after two weeks of drafting the guidelines, he presented them to Governor David Ige for approval and hopes to have them in place by mid- April.

The programs would apply to both visitors and returning residents, Victorino said.

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