This WestJet program allows Canadians to skip Hawaii's quarantine on arrival

Negative virus test required for Hawaii travelers

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If you're looking at this from out there, before you travel, get your test result before you depart for Hawaii and upload it.

Those who arrive without having their negative test results before departure will not be able to skip quarantine, even if their negative results become available shortly after they arrive.

In December, WestJet flights to Hawaii are taking off and Air Canada is doing the same.

"We're adding this safety precaution now in response to the dramatically increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the continental United States and around the world", he said.

"Many Canadians love to visit Hawaiʻi during the winter months to escape the cold weather, so the timing for this works well".

WestJet announced today that it will offer a pre-flight coronavirus (COVID-19) testing program for guests travelling to the Hawaiian Islands.

Since the pandemic began, visitors have had the option of bypassing testing and quarantining for 14 days upon arrival. Ige also said passengers from Canada will soon have the option to get pre-tested and come to Hawaii.

"We applaud Governor Ige's announcement that Hawaii's science-based, pre-travel testing initiative is now available for Canadians to be exempt from mandatory quarantine requirements on arrival in Hawaii, and we are very pleased Air Canada is a preferred airline in Hawaii's Safe Travels Program", said Timothy Liu, managing director of sales planning at Air Canada.

"The resumption of transpacific travel from Canada will strengthen Hawai'i's gradual economic recovery; and HTA extends its gratitude to Air Canada, WestJet and to all of our travel partners across Canada".

"WestJet's teams are working hard to rebuild confidence in air travel through important partnerships like this one with Hawaii's Trusted Travel Partner program and DynaLIFE. So now it's safe to travel on both sides of the border - we've really managed to reduce quarantines for our guests".

Earlier this week, the airline announced its December schedule including twice-weekly, non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and Honolulu and Calgary and Maui.

Also starting on Tuesday, passengers seeking a quarantine waiver must have the results of their test before boarding their flight.

"If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of their trip, the traveller must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever runs shorter", he said. Travel restrictions on to Canada remain in place.

Canadian nationals traveling overseas are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country.

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