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  • Hawaii To Allow Japanese Visitors To Bypass Quarantine With COVID Test

Visitors arrive at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as they enter Hawaii.
Visitors arrive at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as they enter Hawaii.
Hawaii will begin allowing visitors from Japan to bypass the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19.

The testing option takes effect on November 6.

Travelers must take a COVID-19 test from an approved clinic or hospital in Japan within 72 hours of their departure.

However, Japanese travelers will still have to spend two weeks in quarantine upon returning home, which will likely limit the number of people taking advantage of the plan.

Hawaii earlier this month implemented a similar testing program for travelers from other parts of the United States.

Due to the pandemic, Japan continues to prohibit entry to Americans except in exceptional circumstances.

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