Hawaii Drops Plan to Require Booster Shots for Tourists

People on an excursion boat looking at the Na Pali Coast on the western side of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, Hawaii, USA.

People on an excursion boat looking at the Na Pali Coast on the western side of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, Hawaii, USA.

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Hawaii has reversed course on its plans to require vaccinated travelers to have a booster shot as a part of its Safe Travels program, the state’s governor said Tuesday.

“In making this decision, we considered declining COVID-19 case counts in Hawai’i, the continental U.S. and Europe. Hospitalizations have also dropped. In addition, we looked at Hawaiʻi’s robust vaccination rates and the continued push by businesses and organizations to get their employees vaccinated and boosted for the safety of their families and the community,” Ige said in a statement. “At this time, we will also maintain the indoor mask mandate and other rules that have helped us manage this pandemic while reopening the economy.”

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 Wyndham Destinations, a Travel + Leisure Co. business, has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by Hawai’i Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization including: alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“No greater business honor exists than being recognized by your own people as one of the top employers in Hawai’i,” said Stephen Hong, director of Human Resources for Wyndham Destinations in Hawai’i. “2022 is shaping up to be a strong year for the return of leisure travel, and we are grateful to have top talent to deliver the best experience for our owners and guests who are returning to Hawai’i.”

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Hawaii to Waive Testing Requirements for Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers Starting Next Month



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Hawaii will allow fully vaccinated domestic travelers to skip pre-arrival testing and quarantine requirements, the state’s governor said Thursday.

Starting July 8, all travelers were vaccinated in the United States will be allowed to upload their vaccination card to Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program in lieu of the previously-required COVID-19 PCR test, Gov. David Ige’s office announced.

By that date, Ige said he expects Hawaii will have reached a 60% statewide vaccination rate. Currently, 62% of all residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 57% are fully vaccinated, according to Hawaii’s Department of Health.

“Our residents have sacrificed and worked hard to get to this point, but we still have more to do,” Ige said in a statement. “Please get vaccinated to protect yourselves and your loved ones. We are close to achieving a 70% vaccination rate, at

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