Hawaii’s Vaccine Passport Launched This Week — Here’s What to Know

Hawaii’s Vaccine Passport Launched This Week — Here's What to Know

Hawaii’s Vaccine Passport Launched This Week — Here’s What to Know

The state plans to expand its inter-island vaccine passport once it can “provide the same assurance of integrity on a nationwide level.”

Fully vaccinated inter-island travelers in Hawaii will no longer need to get tested or quarantine before hopping from one island to the next, according to the state’s governor.

The inter-island vaccine passport, which has been in the works for weeks and launched Tuesday, will eventually be expanded to include visitors from outside Hawaii. Currently, the program is only available to people who were vaccinated in Hawaii, according to the state’s Safe Travels Hawai’i program.

Those who participate will have to upload their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the program’s digital platform.

In Hawaii, 51% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 40% are considered fully vaccinated, according to the state’s Department of Health. That’s higher than the United States overall, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 35.4% of all residents have been fully vaccinated.

The concept is in line with the CDC’s recommendation that fully vaccinated Americans can travel domestically without the need to get tested or quarantine.

“It’s really helpful and I think it will help the islands to stay down where we should be … we finally can travel and see family. It’s big,” one traveler who was headed from Oahu to Maui told Hawaii News Now.

While the program will eventually be expanded to travelers from outside Hawaii, it must wait until the state can “verify vaccine information and can provide the same assurance of integrity on a nationwide level,” according to the guidance.

“We don’t have a firm timeline on trans-Pacific. The challenge is about verification — about vaccination done in other states,” Gov. David Ige told Hawaii News Now. “We’ve been working with a couple of other private sector partners about working to get access to the state vaccination records, and we believe that that would help them to get vaccination records in other states as well.”

Currently, travelers heading to Hawaii can skip quarantine if they get tested before traveling at a “trusted partner” site.

While some states like Hawaii and New York have embraced the idea of vaccine passports, the concept has become a flashpoint, and other states — like Texas, Florida, and Arizona — have banned them.

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Ready to travel? Survey says 22 million Brits don’t know how long they need left on their passport to travel to Europe

Ready to travel? Survey says 22 million Brits don’t know how long they need left on their passport to travel to Europe

Survey reveals many people are unaware of the new rules for visiting Europe following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Key tourist destinations like Spain and Greece are hoping to welcome UK tourists when restrictions lift, however new research from Post Office reveals many people are unaware of the new rules for visiting Europe following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

In fact, 42 per cent of people surveyed couldn’t correctly identify the six months required on their passport to travel.

Almost half (49 per cent) of people said they are considering taking a trip abroad once Covid restrictions lift, with more than a third (36 per cent) already planning to head to Europe. Despite this, 37 per cent admitted they don’t feel confident booking a holiday to Europe, with one in five (17 per cent) of those who are unconfident attributing their nervousness to the changes since the UK’s exit.

It isn’t just passports British travellers are not sure of, 37 per cent of people don’t know when their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) expires. Whilst an EHIC covers basic healthcare over two fifths (43 per cent) of those surveyed were unable to correctly identify factors that the EHIC covers, with 9 per cent believing it covers cancelled flights, 9 per cent lost luggage, and 8 per cent damaged personal goods.

Interestingly, 34 per cent claim they never or only sometimes purchase travel insurance when they go on holiday to Europe.

For many people, the risks of Covid-19 are still a top concern when considering holidaying. However, holidaymakers also need to be aware of new rules in the wake of the UK’s exit from the European Union and plan ahead to avoid disruption to their holiday plans.

Ed Dutton, Post Office Spokesperson:

“It’s not surprising that almost of third of us are keen to get away to Europe once Covid-19 restrictions allow, but this hotly anticipated summer is the first time holidaymakers will face new rules since the UK’s exit from the European Union. The key thing is to plan ahead, renewing your passport can take a few weeks, so check its expiration now before you even think about booking a trip to avoid any last-minute disappointments.”

Here are some top tips to get Europe travel ready:

Check your passport expiry date – you need at least six months validity on your passport to travel to the EU. Post Office offers a digital and paper Check & Send service, which guides you through the process and helps ensure all your paperwork is correctly filled out. Visit https://www.postoffice.co.uk/identity/renew-adult-passport to find out more. 

Buy the right travel insurance when you book your holiday – this means you are protecting the holiday itself should any cancellations occur before you travel, as well as being covered for what happens when you’re on the trip.  

Check if your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid – an EHIC will cover you for basic medical care when in Europe, so make sure your card is in date. If it’s expired or soon to expire, you’ll need to apply for the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). Remember, an EHIC/GHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance, so this should always be purchased for additional protection.   

Check if you get a refund guarantee on your travel money – whether you buy cash or a travel money card for your holiday spending from Post Office, you get a refund guarantee which means if your holiday is cancelled within 28 days of your purchase you can exchange the full amount of foreign currency for the price you paid for it. You can also exchange back unused money after a trip by using currency buy-back which will be at our normal counter rates. Recent research from Post Office shows we hoard over £3.5 billion worth of foreign currency at home3.  

Check if you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) – if you’ve got a UK card driving licence you don’t need an IDP to drive in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, however, if you have a UK paper driving license then you will. You can use the Post Office country checker to check which one you’ll need and then apply in branch.  

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Updates: Foreign Travel, Vaccination Passport and Traffic Light System

Updates: Foreign Travel, Vaccination Passport and Traffic Light System

at their own expense (up to £1,750) on arrival for 11 days. Then a test on days 2 and 8.

 The government said that it still too soon to predict which countries will make it onto the green list and continues to advise against booking holidays abroad this summer. 

 The reaction from officials at Heathrow airport expressed disappointment that the government did not take the opportunity to give definite dates for travel. The government says it

 “will confirm in advance whether non-essential international travel can resume on 17 May, or whether we will need to wait longer before lifting the outbound travel restriction”.

 Covid Status Certification (aka Vaccination Passport)T

 Covid certification will most likely play a part in getting foreign travel off the ground and for the mass events. This will be developed in the coming months with trials starting as soon as mid-Apri. In due course and this certificate would consider three things: immunity i.e. those who have had the virus before and have antibodies, vaccination status and proof of a negative covid test.

 The global travel task force will be revealing its report on April 12 about the way forward.

 In the mean time, lateral flow tests are now freely available from the NHS and the PM encouraged everyone to take a test twice a week if they can. 

 At the moment it is illegal to travel abroad and flouting this rule invites a hefty fine of £5,000. Domestic travel will be allowed from 12 April.

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