Q&A: Do I need a coronavirus test if traveling to Hawaii?

Curtis Tate, USA TODAY

Starting on Aug. 1, Hawaii will require proof of a negative coronavirus test for visitors to avoid a 14-day quarantine. 

Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced the requirement on June 24. Visitors to the state will also be required to undergo a temperature check. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4℉  will undergo a secondary screening at the airport. Travelers will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire.

"The health of our community remains our primary focus. This multilayered pre-travel testing and screening process allows travelers an alternative to the 14-day travel quarantine," Ige said in a statement.

Here are some common questions and answers:

What's going to be required?

Out-of-state visitors to Hawaii should plan to get a valid test for coronavirus prior to travel to the state. Visitors must show printed or emailed proof of a negative test..

What type of test do I need?

A nasal-swab test processed by a laboratory designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Can I get tested when I arrive?

No. The test must be taken prior to arrival. Testing will not be provided at the airport.

Do I have to pay for it?

Yes. Visitors are responsible for the cost of their tests.

I'm a resident, does this apply to me?

Yes. Hawaii residents leaving the state should be prepared to quarantine at their residence for 14 days upon return or present a negative test result.

Are there exceptions?

Yes, though they will not apply to most people. Visitors who have been at sea on a recreational boat for 14 days where nobody on board has experienced COVID-19 symptoms are exempt. So are critical infrastructure workers and those traveling to the state for medical care.

How far ahead do I need to take the test?

Visitors must take the test within 72 hours of travel to Hawaii.

Are there penalties?

Violating the quarantine order is a criminal offense subject to a $5,000 fine and/or a year of imprisonment. Hawaii has been aggressive about enforcement.

Is Hawaii a hot spot for infections?

No. In fact, Hawaii has the lowest rate of infection and death of any U.S. state and wants to keep it that way.  According to the state's department of health, 917 positive cases have been identified, and 18 people have died.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hawaii quarantine Q&A:Do you need a coronavirus test before you go?

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