Maui Reopening To Tourists Going Smooth: So Far So Good, For Now

The Safe Travels preflight testing program spurs tourism to Maui, but pandemic travel restrictions remain subject to tightened protocols.


A new preflight testing Safe Travel Program helped spur increased tourism to Maui and the Hawaiian Islands during the past month. Over 100,000 visitors have arrived in the Hawaiian Islands since the initiation of these measures. However, mandatory health and safety protocols intended to protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus still remain in effect. These requirements may tighten in the future if Coronavirus resurges in Hawaii. Health officials continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases closely. They may adjust health and safety protocols in response to changing conditions.

Maui Reopening Promotes Tourism

Visitors flying over the Pacific to airports in the State of Hawaii now enjoy the opportunity to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine period if they meet specific requirements. The State’s Safe Travels website supplies full details about this innovative program. It commenced on October 15th. Reportedly, 8,000 air travelers arrived in Hawaii on the first day of the preflight testing program.

Visitors seeking to qualify for the program must obtain coronavirus testing through an approved “trusted partner” listed on the Safe Travels website. They need to comply with other program requirements also. These steps include registering with the site and furnishing documentation of a negative nucleic acid amplification coronavirus test result. All other arrivals undergo a two week-long quarantine period. Hotels and resorts in Hawaii have largely welcomed the implementation of this program. Avi Mannis, the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Hawaii airlines, recently informed The New York Times he anticipates it will remain in effect for at least the next 12 months.

Complying With Safe Travels Protocol Requirements

The new travel protocols assist tourists visiting Maui. Staying at a condo in Kihei interests large numbers of vacationers every year, for example. Yet visitors who bypass the mandatory quarantine period still need to comply with other public health and safety measures implemented in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Health officials developed these precautions in order to limit the spread of the contagious COVID-19 virus.

Maui County on November 12th transitioned from a stay-at-home order to a safer-at-home order. It remains in effect until November 30th. The emergency health rules prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people. Additionally, everyone must comply with applicable mask wearing and social distancing guidelines. Maui County has developed detailed rules governing travel to other counties within Hawaii. In some cases, it issues exemptions for people traveling for same day or overnight medical appointments.

COVID-19 Cases in Hawaii

Hawaii has reported far fewer cumulative cases of Novel Coronavirus than Florida, another popular tourist destination. The state recorded a total of 16,302 COVID-19 cases and some 222 deaths as of November 12th. Health officials hope to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Since the pandemic commenced, Maui County accounted for 565 cases and 19 deaths. (Maui listed 442 cases, with an additional 106 on Lanai and 17 on Molokai.) During the two-week period preceding November 12th, some 1,397 new cases occurred across the State of Hawaii. Molokai, Hana, and Kula reported no new coronavirus cases during this period, however.

Coldwell Banker Island Properties on Maui works closely with clients seeking to buy, sell, or lease properties with the assistance of licensed real estate agents on Maui. The company frequently assists households and businesses during relocations to (and from) the State of Hawaii. Coldwell Banker maintains a national and international network of real estate offices.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Maui Realtor Evan Harlow of Coldwell Banker Island Properties, Salesperson (S)RS-82003, can be reached at 808-214-4799.

SOURCE: Evan Harlow,

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