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When will the restrictions on travel to Hawaii end?

Governor David Ige eases intercounty travel restrictions 15 June and when the state reaches 70 percent of residents vaccinated all restrictions will end.

When will the restrictions on travel to Hawaii end?
MARVIN RECINOS AFP

Hawaii Governor David Ige is pulling out all the stops to get his state vaccinated setting benchmarks for loosening pandemic restrictions that are in place based on the state’s vaccination rate.

To encourage the state’s 1.4 million residents to get their covid-19 shot, the Governor announced an incentive campaign that will offer prizes to residents who are fully vaccinated or at least have gotten their first jab in a push to get the state to 70 percent of the population vaccinated statewide.

Benchmarks to allow Hawaii to reopen

The Hawaii state Department of Health announced on Thursday that 52 percent the state's residents have been fully vaccinated and that 59 percent have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine. Governor Ige said that this puts the state on track to reach 55 percent vaccination rate by 15 June allowing Hawaii to end all restrictions on intercounty travel between the Hawaiian Islands. Travelers to Hawaii who have been fully vaccinated in the state will be able to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine without a pre-travel test also starting 15 June.

The governor announced two benchmarks for the state to reach in order for restrictions to be eased further. All travelers from the United States, Alaska and US territories can also forego the testing and quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program when the state hits 60 percent. Finally, all travel restrictions will be dropped when the state reaches 70 percent of the statewide population fully vaccinated. The Governor said that the state will no longer require the Safe Travels program from that point on either.

“The easing of travel restrictions is a direct result of our robust vaccination rate, and a community that sacrificed and did what it had to do over the past year and a half to stop the spread of covid-19,” said Ige. “We need to push hard now so we can get to the point where Safe Travels is no longer needed to keep the people of Hawaii safe.”

Hawaii incentives to get vaccinated in June

Governor Ige said that state would make getting the covid-19 vaccine easier for those that haven’t been able to yet. The state will be rolling out more sites for residents to get vaccinated as well as ramping up public outreach.

The state is also launching this month the #HIGotVaccinated incentives campaign which will give Hawaiians 18 and up who are already vaccinated and those that do so in June the opportunity to win numerous prizes. Some of the prizes include 1 million HawaiianMiles from Hawaiian Airlines, distributed as 10 prizes of 100,000 each, a trip for two to Las Vegas from Vacations Hawaii and a one-year auto lease on a quality SUV or sedan from Autosource.

Participants must enter at higotvaccinated.com and entries must be received by before midnight 30 June.