Pre-travel testing thoughts, tips
HONOLULU – When Jeff and Jean Lilley flew to Dallas to be present for the birth of their first grandchild, they knew there was a chance they’d have to quarantine when they returned home.
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Which pharmacy chain did you use in Dallas? My kids are flying home from Costa Rica in a week & need to test in Dallas on the way back. They have a 1 day layover there.
Excellent information! I would add that if you fly to a smaller city, schedule your test weeks in advance before your return date!!! I waited until my last week and found all the appointments were taken and no walk-ins were allowed. Quarantine was my option.
Thank you for sharing but it really illustrates it’s best to just stay put and this system is far from foolproof as a failure at any point in their trip could have gone haywire if their results failed to materialize.
Thank you for sharing your experience but it’s clear your trip could have gone sideways in so many ways. Unless you must go just stay put. We saw this play our in Oahu and it’s heading this way as we play whackamole. Record cases on the mainland are off the charts and heading our way on airplanes.
The number of cases on the island should be a big red number that cannot be missed at the top of the page. Finding out how many cases can be a hunt. With new cases reported everyday it might be time. As a local at this time I want to know how many cases are on island before I head to Walmart! Mahalo
Thankyou for posting this.
Very clear and informative 👌
Mr. and Mrs. Lilley, thank you for your post, the biggest concern for us, my wife and I is dealing properly with the process.
Patrick Flores, Wailua Houselots
Our group of three flew from LAX to Kauai 2 weeks ago. We used the Vault (saliva based) test via the mail. Our results arrived within 48 hrs, with time to spare. We made sure to complete the Safe Travels form, uploaded the test results via PDF, then completed the health questionnaire within 24 hrs of departure. We immediately received our QR code. Once we arrived in Lihue, the procedure was efficient and thorough. We were anxious about the prospects of quarantine due to a technicality of something that we may’ve missed, however we were careful to re-read the process follow the steps exactly.
Overall the travel was seamless and felt safe with the exceptions of the following observations that we thought were either being too carefree, careless or just uninformed:
1) Passengers especially in first class who would unmask to sip their drinks for 30-40 minutes 2) Passengers wearing neck gaiters which are proven to be no more effective than no mask