Negative pre-travel tests benefit Filipino, Korean travelers

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige announced Friday that, starting Thursday, July 15, travelers from the Philippines and from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner and test negative.

In all cases, the test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure, and the negative test result submitted prior to departure for Hawai‘i. Travelers must upload their negative test result into the Safe Travels digital platform and have a hard copy with them before departing for Hawai‘i.

“We are delighted to announce that we are expanding our Safe Travels pre-travel testing program to include travelers from the Philippines and South Korea. Hawai‘i is also home to many Filipino- and Korean-Americans, and we appreciate our partners who are helping families reconnect,” said Ige.

Philippine Airlines

Travelers flying from the Philippines to Hawai‘i may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from labs identified by Philippine Airlines. The state Department of Health has approved the use of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests conducted by laboratories in Metro Manila, Bacolod City and General Santos City.

Travelers should look to Philippine Airlines for more information:

Incheon International Airport – Terminal 2

Incheon International Airport – Terminal 2 has also been certified by the DOH as a trusted testing partner. Incheon Airport COVID-19 Testing Center provides one-stop services for COVID-19 testing and issues health-declaration cards for outbound passengers who test negative.

Travelers should look to Incheon Airport for more information:

For international travelers coming to Hawai‘i, tests from trusted testing partners only will be accepted for purposes of by-passing the state’s 10-day traveler quarantine.

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  1. RGLadder37 July 10, 2021 12:37 am Reply

    I’m assuming that the Korean Airlines and Philippines airlines have all but gone broke. And coming to profits again. Hawaii. Okay!

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