Trans-Pacific travelers arriving on Maui will be subject to rapid COVID-19 testing

Trans-Pacific travelers arriving on Maui will be subject to rapid COVID-19 testing

Maui County has gotten approval from Gov. David Ige to require trans-Pacific passengers to undergo rapid-testing for COVID-19 upon arrival at Kahului Airport, even if they obtain a pre-travel test under the state’s Safe Travels program. Although the new requirement for a second test is included in Mayor Michael Victorino’s latest update of county public health emergency rules that goes into effect Friday, the mayor said Wednesday it will take at least another two weeks before a testing system is put in place at the Maui airport. He said the county is talking with a private company to administer the program. Hawaii already requires travelers wishing to bypass a 10-day quarantine period to obtain a coronavirus test from an approved testing partner within 72 hours of the final leg of departure to the islands and provide a negative test result. Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang has expressed concern that the lag between pre-travel testing and arrival on the island several days later allows some travelers who are incubating the virus to enter the community undetected. Victorino said the …
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