While the Canada U.S. land border has been closed to non-essential travel since March, air travel has not been restricted for Canadians entering the US. Hawaii was the only US state to imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all out-of-state travelers during the pandemic. But Canadians will soon be allowed to travel to Hawaii without quarantine restrictions.
Starting on September 1st, all travelers including Canadians, will be allowed to visit Hawaii without having to quarantine, as long as they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.
According to a statement by the Hawaii Department of Transportation, travelers must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Hawaii. There will be no tests available at any of Hawaii’s airports and travellers are responsible for the costs of their own tests.
If Canadians are unable to provide a negative test result upon arrival, the department said they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
The process of finalizing the requirements of entry will be determined in the coming weeks and the September 1st date is still tentative and subject to evaluation.
Canadian airlines are preparing to resume flights to Hawaii. WestJet is scheduled to resume non-stop flights from Vancouver to Hawaii as of September 5th, while Air Canada will begin flying as of September 8th.
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Returning to Canada
Canadians returning from Hawaii or any other US state or country are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation when they return home.