Hawaii Extends and Intensifies Visitor Screening

Hawaii quarantine order for visitors includes fines and imprisonment
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 Hawaii’s governor announced that all individuals, both residents, and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii through July 31, 2020, are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine, reported local media.

And, Governor David Ige said on June 10, 2020, all arriving passengers are required to initial and sign an order confirming they are aware of the 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment.

However, Governor Ige said that the extended quarantine order for inter-island travel will be lifted on June 16, 2020. The governor said that before departure, passengers leaving the airport will have to go through a thermal screening process.

Governor Ige’s ninth supplementary emergency proclamation is related to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic. Hawaii Health has confirmed 17 fatalities related to COVID-19 disease during 2020.

“We know how important it is to restore travel between the islands. There will be a new travel form and new procedures all focused on allowing us to know who’s traveling,” Gov. Ige said in a press conference, reported on Twitter.

“I think most importantly to gather key information to allow us to contact you. It’s a new health screening process that will become part of our overall process to ensure that travel is safe between islands.”

The good news from this press conference is the elimination of prohibitions related to beaches, boating, hiking, and shoreline fishing, as these activities are being addressed through the counties in coordination with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Hawaii is also looking at travel corridors for international travel to Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia.

The state’s Department of Transportation plans to install thermal temperature scanners and other equipment that will be used to screen passengers at the airports in Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, Hilo, and Lihue.

Once the state is ready, it will launch a 3-phase passenger screening plan:

  • Phase 1: Thermal scanners installed at arriving gates of Trans-Pacific flights statewide by mid-July
  • Phase 2: Thermal scanners installed at all gates by July 31
  • Phase 3: Facial recognition equipment installed by December 31

Hawaii travel alert news published by Vax-Before-Travel.