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A Leisure Travel Recovery Is Being Held Back By A Lack Of Standardized Testing And Foreign Entry Rules

The slow pace of development of a single global system for tracking and certifying the Covid-19 vaccination status of the world’s 7.8 billion people is delaying the beginning of a meaningful recovery of air travel demand.

No one is expecting business travel to begin recovering until late this year, and probably not even then. But the travel industry is desperately hoping to see the beginnings of a significant pickup in leisure-oriented travel this spring or summer. True, vacationers spend far less money on average than business travelers, but their typically huge numbers could help cash-starved travel

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Travel restrictions for MLK Day weekend trips: COVID-19 quarantine, testing requirements

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is upon us, though travel for the long weekend will likely look much different than in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hawaii expands coronavirus pre-travel testing to South Korea

HONOLULU (AP) — Travelers from South Korea can soon bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine by producing a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted screening partner in their home country.

Democratic Gov. David Ige announced the Safe Travels Hawaii pre-travel testing program will be extended to South Korean travelers starting on Feb. 5.

Tests must be taken within 72 hours of flight departure from South Korea.

“The pre-travel testing program is just one layer of the state’s comprehensive Safe Travels Hawaii program, which has served us well in protecting our residents and visitors,” Ige said. “We are excited to safely welcome back travelers from Korea.”

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu welcomed the program extension, saying the update will contribute to exchanges between the country and Hawaii while taking necessary safety measures against the virus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now requires all

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United makes Hawaii travel easier with expanded COVID testing, pre-clearance program

The new pre-clearance process will be in place for customers traveling on 110 of United’s weekly flights to Hawaii

Beginning February 1, United customers traveling to Hawaii who have a valid negative COVID-19 test can show their results before boarding to save time and skip document screening lines upon arrival. The new pre-clearance process will be in place for customers traveling on 110 of United’s weekly flights to Hawaii.

United is also making it easier to get the right tests to avoid Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine by making approved COVID-19 tests available to all customers traveling to the islands no matter where in the U.S. their travel begins.

“We’re making it easier for customers traveling to Hawaii to spend more time enjoying their trip and less time waiting in lines,” said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United. “Testing is the key to opening domestic and international travel so we’ll continue

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