What returning residents ought to learn about Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Visitors will have the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, but what about Hawaiians trying to return home?

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It can be frustrating if you do not plan for the future.

One resident of Kauai was conducting a Christmas holiday survey on the beach with his family and suggested that travelers should look for ways to get back to the returnees.

Erik Brandsen investigated Health CVS-One of two companies based in San Diego that is also part of a trusted travel agency. Brandsen learned that CVS does not test children under the age of 12. They have a 6-year-old daughter and they need to get tested.

“It was great to have a travel companion when most of the people who go to Hawaii have children under the age of 12. Most people living in Hawaii go to the shore, bring their children,” Brandsen said.

Most of those tested by the government also need to be elected. In CVS, you can reserve your time two days in advance. Brandsen said finding time is difficult when it is busy.

“You can be on your vacation, not being able to get tested,” he said. “I can reserve my rental car for two weeks from today. I can reserve my hotel reservation two weeks from today, but I can’t take the test two weeks from today.”

CVS claims to have over 35-hundred sites instead of 33. In his words CVS says so

“We are looking forward to increasing access to the COVID-19 test to help reduce the spread of the virus and to help countries and regions participate more effectively, including central travel.

According to the State of Hawaii, as of October 15, travelers will not be allowed to stay for 14 days if they provide proof from the approved COVID-19 (such as CVS Health) on the negative results of the test given to travelers within 72 hours from the deadline. .

Once the program starts, people who need a COVID-19 test to travel to Hawaii will need to register online to schedule an appointment at the COVID-19 test site at the selected CVS Pharmacy drive-thru. Experiments will cost $ 139 per trial and in the meantime we expect more results to be available in 2-3 days. ”

The government also approves tests from 9 of its peers, one of whom offers tests in writing.

KHON2 spoke with other Hawaiian travelers who also suffered from the same headache trying to find a place to experiment. Since living in an unfamiliar environment can be difficult, they have decided to order a letter testing machine through Vault Health.

For Brandsen, he wants returnees to do their research carefully.

“I’m going to visit my kids in San Diego next week – let’s see how it goes for myself,” Brandsen said. “Before you go shopping for your tickets, you need to make sure you have a way to get tested.”

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