Hawaii and Hawaii – Japan travel bubbles

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Why do Japanese people love Hawaii and visit Hawaii more than any other vacation destination in the world?

Japanese visitors make up a significant portion of Hawaii’s travel and tourism industry. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) today approved Japan’s testing procedure for the Pre-Travel Testing Program, announcing an upcoming travel bubble between Hawaii and Japan.

The DOH has approved the COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Proof of a negative test result from trusted testing partners in Japan will allow travelers from that country to bypass the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Hawai’i.

The DOH is currently in discussions with various Japanese medical institutions to obtain a list of trusted testing partners in Japan. Once the list is established, the pre-travel program will be launched for Japan. Information and updates will be posted on https://hawaiicovid19.com/.

Japanese nationals traveling overseas are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon returning to the country, but Hawaii tourism officials hope that will be a small price to pay for a Hawaii vacation.

Travel restrictions on travel from the United States to Japan remain in place. The State of Hawaii is set to launch its pre-travel testing program tomorrow for travelers from the continental United States.

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