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Hawaii’s Safe Travels Form No Longer Required for Domestic Travelers

Hawaii is eliminating the need for domestic travelers to fill out an online health form prior to arrival, making it a little easier to visit the islands going forward.

As of this week, travelers heading to Hawaii from another U.S. state or territory are no longer required to fill out the State of Hawai’i Travel and Health Form as part of the state’s Safe Travels program, according to Hawaii’s COVID-19 website. Previously, the form would need to be filled out 24 hours before departure in order to receive a QR code through email, which would be used at the airport to verify a passenger’s Safe Travels Hawai’i information.

Hawaii will still allow domestic travelers to visit quarantine-free if they show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test.

In addition to eliminating the health form, Hawaii also shortened its isolation and quarantine policies this week to be more

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France Implements New COVID-19 Test Policy For All Foreign Travelers Due to Omicron Variant

As the omicron variant continues to surface throughout the world, the European Union is starting to implement new restrictions.

France will now require all visitors from outside the European Union to provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of their planned arrival in addition to proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The change comes as countries around the world are reevaluating their entry procedures in light of the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus. The variant has several mutations scientists worry may impact the efficacy of current COVID-19 vaccines.

“We are getting more worried by the day,” Gabriel Attal, a spokesman for the French government, told reporters on Wednesday. “We are not panicking but we have to be as careful as possible, ” he said, according to a Bloomberg report.

France also is requiring a negative COVID-19 test from

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Thailand Drops Quarantine Rule for Vaccinated U.S. Travelers Starting Nov. 1

Thailand will lift all quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers from the United States in November, allowing American tourists to travel anywhere in the country unrestricted.

Starting Nov. 1, fully-vaccinated U.S. tourists will be able to skip quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before their trip and get tested again upon arrival, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The decision comes weeks after Thailand laid out a phased reopening plan, including allowing vaccinated travelers to head to Bangkok on Nov. 1. The country already allows fully-vaccinated tourists to travel to Phuket and Ko Samui, but requires extensive paperwork, including securing a Certificate of Entry, showing proof of insurance that would cover up to $100,000 in potential COVID-19 treatments, pre-booking a stay at an SHA Plus-certified hotel for at least seven nights, and booking and prepaying for all required on-the-ground testing. Travelers must

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Kauai launches website to help travelers find transportation



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Travel is back, but travel headaches are too, especially if you’ve tried to book a rental car lately. There’s a rental car shortage in many popular destinations, including the state of Hawaii.

But one island appears to have a solution. Kauai’s Office of Economic Development recently launched GetAroundKauai.com to address the ongoing rental car shortage, as first reported by The Garden Island.

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The website features alternate transportation options like shuttles, rideshare and taxis and public transit. There’s also a guide for travelers to learn driving etiquette and other customs for respecting the island.

“Our goal is that this new website will

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