Hawaii Says ‘No’ to United Airlines’ At-Home Coronavirus Test

By Kurt Stolz on 29 September 2020
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A United Airlines Boeing 747-400 at the gate at Honolulu International AIrport after its final flight.

Officials in Hawaii said that the state will not accept results from inexpensive, mail-in coronavirus tests in order to allow visitors to bypass a 14-day self-quarantine requirement.

The news came after United Airlines, the carrier that brings more visitors to the state than any other (based on pre-pandemic figures) announced an in-airport coronavirus test that costs $250 per person and an at-home test that costs $80.

Hawaii plans to reopen itself to visitors starting on October 15, the date upon which the mechanism for bypassing the self-quarantine period with a negative Covid-19 test will go into effect.

“Testing at the airport meets all the criteria and could be a game-changer for Hawaii,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Green to reporters last week. “The mail-in component has not been approved. Perhaps it will be in the future. Right now we are not taking mail-in testing that is not witnessed.”

Governor David Ige outlined the requirements for testing last week in his 13th proclamation. United says both of its tests meet these requirements.

“Leading up to October 15, we will continue working in partnership with the state and our healthcare providers to ensure our COVID testing meets all local requirements for entry into Hawaii and visitors can safely return to the islands,” United spokesman Annabelle Cottee told Frequent Business Traveler.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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