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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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Visitors to Kauai Can Test Out of Quarantine Starting Next Month

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The Hawaiian island of Kauai will rejoin the Aloha State’s Safe Travels program next month after temporarily opting out of the policy, which allows visitors to skip the mandatory quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 prior to arrival.

Travelers to Kauai will once again be allowed to roam the island in search of waterfalls and coral reefs when the island rejoins the program on April 5, Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige confirmed on Friday. The statewide testing program was first launched in October and requires visitors to get tested at a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory.

In December, Kauai temporarily opted out due to increasing COVID-19 cases before instituting a “resort bubble” system that would allow travelers to avoid quarantine if they tested negative before coming, stayed at an approved property, and tested negative for a second time more than 72 hours after arriving.

“The increased restrictions

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Luxury startup airline Aero starting flights next month: features, routes, price

  • Aero is the US’ newest airline, starting flights between Los Angeles and Aspen, Colorado on February 4.
  • The leisure-focused luxury airline aims to offer a “radically better premium leisure travel experience.”
  • Prices start at $990 one-way for February flights, rising to $1,250 in March and April for flights on a private jet-like plane. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The pandemic has shifted travel trends in favor of leisure flying and airlines have been eager to accommodate. Aero is a new leisure airline launching its first flights on February 4 after a successful European debut in 2020.

“Our objective is to deliver a radically better premium leisure travel experience,” Subramanian told Business Insider. 

It’s the brainchild of Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and behind the wheel as CEO is Uma Subramanian, a veteran in urban air mobility. Subramanian previously served as chief executive at Voom, the Airbus-backed helicopter startup

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Belgium bans leisure travel for a month to combat pandemic

Belgium is banning all leisure travel abroad for its citizens as of next week and until March in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its virulent variants

BRUSSELS — Belgium is banning all leisure travel abroad for its citizens as of next week and until March, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its virulent variants.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday that “when people travel, the virus travels with them.”

He said visitors from Britain, South Africa and South America will have to quarantine for ten days to make sure they don’t bring dangerous variants into Belgium.

The move came one day after the 27 European Union leaders said that borders within the bloc needed to remain open to

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