Hawaii to exempt Japanese travellers from quarantine starting November 6

30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday travellers from Japan will be exempted from the US state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine, starting November 6, if they test negative for the novel coronavirus at designated hospitals within 72 hours prior to arrival.

“Many of Hawaii’s residents trace their ancestry back to Japan, and welcoming our Japanese guests back to Hawaii is an important step in maintaining the close relationship between our two regions,” the governor said in a statement.

The travellers will still be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to Japan.

Hawaii has designated 21 medical institutions in Japan, including St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, Shonan Kamakura general Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture, Fujita Health University Hospital in Aichi Prefecture and Yamasaki Family Clinic in Hyogo Prefecture.

The popular tourist destination that attracts 10 million travellers annually has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to suspensions of international flights and the imposition of strict border controls by many countries.

Hawaii has been gradually easing entry rules, with visitors from the US mainland exempted from the 14-day quarantine since October 15.

Around 15,000 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Hawaii.



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