Hawaii was on track to reopen more than 8,000 out of state tourists after dropping 14 quarantine measurements instead of the Covid-19 PCR test.
State Transport Department spokesman, Tim Sakahara said 30 planes carrying 80,000 passengers from the state arrived in Honolulu on Thursday.
The airport had seen about 100 flights a day before the epidemic hit, but on the first day of resuming, it was a positive sign for Hawaiian tourism with a recovery of about 30%.
According to Hawaii Airport data, 51 carrying flights arrived on Thursday with a capacity of 10,319 seats. About 80% of this was met.
Lt. Govt. Josh Green said the beginning of the state’s new pre-arrival test program has been an “extraordinary” start, consistent with local Honolulu News.
Sakahara said the number of the passenger traffic may be increased because some tourists waited for the 14-day quarantine to be dropped.
As of Thursday, all passengers arriving in Hawaii were facing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
On October 15, 2020, all arriving travelers must have a legitimate COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding the ultimate flight to Hawaii and must show evidence of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport.
14 day-quarantine will be mandatory due to failure to present the test. Hawaii has very strict rules about segregation, including fines of up to 5,000 and one years in prison.
Under the rules of regular pre-epidemic entry, all countries except Brazil, China, Europe, and the United Kingdom will be allowed to enter Hawaii because President Trump banned them after the epidemic began.
While some critics argued that Hawaii’s reopening for tourism could bring a replacement wave of infection, lieutenant governor Josh Green said that the economic pressures of shutting down Hawaii can not go on any longer and that exceed potential health risks.
Some county mayors have argued that there should be testing for passengers on the secondary island, but Governor David Ige said these counties would have logistics and costs.
The main island of Hawaii has already approved a fast secondary test upon arrival which takes about 15 minutes for results. Any positive rapid test results in a more accurate PCR swab test in the immediate consistency of the traveler which can go above 36 hours. Positive travelers must remain in isolation until the test results are finalized.
On Oahu, Hawaii’s most overcrowded island, officials said they wanted to apply another level of testing but they did not have the resources.