Travelers from South Korea can now bypass Hawai‘i’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative result from a trusted testing partner in South Korea. Hawai‘i’s pre-travel testing program expanded to South Korea on Feb. 5, 2021. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure.
In addition to the state’s program, effective January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States.
“The pre-travel testing program is just one layer of the state’s comprehensive Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, which has served us well in protecting our residents and visitors. We are excited to safely welcome back travelers from South Korea,” said Gov. Ige.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu welcomed the launch of this program, saying that it will contribute to expanding people to people exchanges between South Korea and Hawaiʻi while taking necessary safety measures. The following four trusted testing partners in Korea have been approved as of today:
- Yonsei University Health System, Severance Hospital, https://sev.severance.healthcare/sev
- Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, www.kbsmc.co.kr
- Inha University Hospital, www.inha.com
- Asan Medical Center, www.amc.seoul.kr To view more: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/office-of-the-governor-news-release-hawai%ca%bbi-expands-pre-travel-testing-program-to-korea/
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