The Centers for Disease Control has urged people not to travel this year because of a surge in coronavirus cases nationwide.
"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 new conference was held to announce an adjustment to the pre-arrival testing program that will allow arrivals to bypass the 14-day mandatory quarantine with a negative test result. Hawaii normally experiences an increase in visitors during the time period many Americans have time off from work and school.
"This means that we've been able to do Safe Travels, we've been able to restore some hope to our people in advance of the holidays and we've been able to keep people healthy", added Green, who also noted that most of Hawaii's spread is not due to incoming travellers.
Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing programme were permitted to arrive and then upload their negative test results to a state database, allowing them to skip two weeks of quarantine.
Canadian nationals traveling overseas are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country. "This will help mitigate any issues with travelers having pending test results and arriving positive".
Air Canada's services to Hawaii from Vancouver begins on December 17 with four weekly flights to Maui and three weekly flights to Honolulu. The vast majority of the cases - about 95 percent - have been residents. "With pre-departure and arrivals testing now available through the collaborative efforts of the Governments of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the YYC Calgary International Airport, our guests have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy safe and enjoyable travel without the rigorous quarantine requirements". That option will remain.
WestJet and Air Canada have signed an agreement with the state of Hawaii which will allow guests travelling to the islands a way to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine in the USA state.
A negative test result, from WestJet laboratory partner DynaLIFE, is required within 72-hours of departure to Hawaii.
"Many Canadians love to visit Hawaii during the winter months to escape the cold weather, so the timing for this works well", Ige said.