Hawaii governor considering Covid boosters as part of state's travel rules


Hawaii may soon require travelers arriving from other US states and territories to have a Covid booster shot if they want to travel to the islands without quarantine or testing requirements.

Gov. David Ige said on a recent livestream show with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper that his office is considering changing its definition of “fully vaccinated” from two doses of an approved Covid vaccine to three.

That could mean that domestic travelers who have not had booster shots may have to take a Covid-19 test before arriving in Hawaii or isolate for five days upon arrival in Hawaii at their own expense.

Vaccinated US travelers with proof of vaccination do not currently have to test or quarantine. Unvaccinated American travelers can visit Hawaii with a negative Covid-19 test to bypass a mandatory quarantine.

Currently, there are vaccination and testing requirements for international tourists, in line with broader US rules.

Domestic tourism is regulated through the state’s Safe Travels program, where people can upload their vaccination records to the online portal ahead of their flight.


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