Courtesy of the Hawaiian Tourism Authority
Partnerships like United Airlines help streamline travel to the islands and avoid quarantine.
Hawaii maintains its mandatory 10-day quarantine to travel the islands. Still, partnerships like one with United Airlines allow travelers to bypass the procedure by receiving a negative COVID test within 72 hours of travel. What started February 18th on select flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu, where travelers could enroll with CLEAR’s Health Pass to securely link their results, quickly transformed to a widespread approach.
United Airlines introduced their touchless solution called “The Travel-Ready Center,” where flyers can review COVID-19 entry requirements, find local testing options and upload any required testing and vaccination records for travel, all in one place. United has long partnered with the state and committed to safely returning travel to the islands.
Please note that some Hawaiian islands have additional requirements that may be subject to change. For updated information, be sure to read up on policies here.
Since their first flight service between the mainland and Kona in 1983, United Airlines remains a pioneer to the Hawaiian Islands nearly 70 years later. Despite the shutdowns and halt on travel, United Airlines used the time to prepare for a Hawaiian travel surge when restrictions lift. This summer, they plan to launch their first-ever routes servicing Chicago to Kona and New York/Newark to Maui, totaling 21 routes to the islands.
“We know customers are dreaming of summer getaways, and we want United to be their top choice for travel to Hawaii,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network and Alliances. “Our new Hawaii routes from Chicago, Newark, and Orange County, in addition to the dozens of flights United already operates from the mainland to Hawaii, offer travelers even more options, greater convenience, and shorter travel times to the fantastic outdoor offerings Hawaii has to offer.”
As the needs of Hawaii’s tourism sector change, United hopes to continue its support. The recently announced Movers and Shakas program, an initiative in Hawaii to recruit talent to live and work remotely on the islands, give insight into such travel trends. As a platinum partner in the program, United will provide flights. The program hopes to introduce a new income stream for the islands that allow for a unique travel experience.
If you are planning or dreaming of a trip to Hawaii, stay tuned for more content to come. For more information on United Airlines’ procedures and services to the islands, go to their website.