Pre-testing Archives -

UPDATE TO HAWAII’S PRE-TRAVEL TESTING PROGRAM

 

It’s been a little over two weeks since Hawaii implemented their COVID-19 Pre-travel testing program. It started out a bit rocky with many people having to quarantine after arriving in Hawaii, due to delayed test results. I spoke with one traveler who waited a full ten days to get his test results. He then had to wait two more days after uploading the results to Hawaii’s website to get his official Quarantine Release.

With all this in mind, below are a few tips I found in the Honolulu Star Advertiser that may help speed you through the process.

 

Tips for Hawaii travelers who want to expedite exemptions from quarantine:

 

Safe Travels Hawaii Quick Facts

 

Doctor holding a stethoscope with the words "COVID-19 Testing"

Hawaii’s  pre-travel testing program for Trans-Pacific travelers is still on schedule to launch on Oct. 15, allowing trans-Pacific travelers to bypass quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before arriving. While the tests for travelers are slated to be available through Walgreens, CVS, Kaiser Permanente and other partners, some airlines are also rolling out their own testing programs to woo travelers back to air travel.

As of October 1, here are the airlines that have announced testing:

Alaska Airlines

Beginning: Oct. 12

Location: Seattle

Alaska Airlines is partnering with healthcare provider Carbon Health to offer rapid COVID-19 testing in pop-up clinics across the West Coasts, beginning Oct. 12 in Seattle.

Cost: $135 for Alaska flyers, and will be ready within two hours

Testing is available for Alaska passengers 3 months and older.

_____________________________________________________________________________

American Airlines

Beginning: Oct. 15

Location: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

American Airlines will offer three options for pre-flight COVID-19 testing to customers with flights from DFW to Honolulu and Maui.

Cost: $129 for the at-home option. American will release details later on the cost of other options.

______________________________________________________________________________

Hawaiian Airlines

Beginning: “Around Oct. 15”

Location: Labs located near Los Angeles and San Francisco International airports

Hawaiian Airlines will offer a drive-thru PCR test to customers traveling from California to Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines said that more testing locations will be announced later at “other U.S. mainland gateways.”

Cost:

______________________________________________________________________________

United Airlines

Beginning: Oct. 15

Location: San Francisco International Airport

Cost:

 

Location: Oakland Airport

 

Beginning: Oct. 15

Location: Facility at the airport’s North Field terminal complex, 9070 Earhart Road.

Oakland Airport officials have also announced they will launch their own pre-travel testing program for passengers. Free tests will be conducted by appointment only by CityHealth Urgent Care.

 

Information provided by Hawaii News Now on October 1. Below is a link to their video & story.

 

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/10/01/list-these-airlines-airport-will-offer-covid-tests-travelers-hawaii/