Hawaii is moving to create a “vaccine passport” program for travelers coming into the Aloha State as it approaches the summer tourism months.
Democratic Governor David Ige officially signed his newest emergency proclamation for the COVID-19 crisis on Friday. According to Maui Now reporting, the proclamation continues the moratorium on evictions, which will allow tenants to stay in their place of residence even if they cannot pay rent. It also permits the expiration date for certain permits, driver’s licenses, and state IDs to be extended, among other declarations.
In addition, the governor’s emergency proclamation had some other items of note — namely, the potential rollout of a program that would allow people to be exempt from self-quarantining when they arrive in the state if they can provide proof that “they have completed a vaccine regimen approved by [the Department of Health]” before they depart to go to Hawaii. They must have uploaded the verification into the Safe Travels program or provided validation some other way. The proclamation made the point that this exception is not permitted currently, but more details will be provided.
As of now, if travelers come to Hawaii, they must self-quarantine for 10 days or be granted an exemption. The exemption can be granted if they provide a negative COVID-19 test that was administered “within 72 hours from the final leg of departure” or receive an exemption for other reasons, such as if they have previously been infected with the virus and can no longer spread it to other people.
According to local outlet KHON2, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said that the goal is to start a program for the vaccine passport initiative for residents who are traveling in between the islands on May 1. Green also said that trans-Pacific vaccinated travelers may be able to use the program on June 1.