MIAMI – Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that as of October 15, travelers arriving from outside the state can skip a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19.

Travelers would have to take the exam within 72 hours of their arrival in the islands. Ige said that the drug store operator CVS and the healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente would perform the tests as part of an arrangement with the state.

PHOTO: Chris Sloan.

Statement from Hawaii Officials

“I want to emphasize that this pre-travel testing will allow us to add a greater element of safety for travel into our state,” Ige said at a news conference.

On Wednesday, the State Department of Health announced that Hawaii had an average of 118 cases a day for the last seven days. That is down from a seven-day average of 255 on August 28.

The news from Hawaii comes as Alitalia (AZ) announced it would operate flights for passengers screened negative for COVID-19. The carrier will operate two regular “COVID-tested” flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Milan Linate Airport (LIN) in the pilot project.

Featured image: Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200. Photo: Tomas del Coro