Dreaming of surf, sand, and enjoyable within the solar?
WestJet introduced at this time that it’s going to supply a pre-flight coronavirus (COVID-19) testing program for visitors travelling to the Hawaiian Islands.
The Canadian service stated it has collaborated with the State of Hawaii to supply the testing program, which can enable Canadians to skip its obligatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
A damaging take a look at end result, from WestJet laboratory associate DynaLIFE, is required inside 72-hours of departure to Hawaii.
Though a number of journey clinics within the Decrease Mainland supply pre-travel COVID-19 testing, these clinics usually are not accredited by the State of Hawaii for this system.
“Security stays our primary precedence and we thank Governor Ige and the State of Hawaii for offering this chance for Canadians to get pleasure from all that the islands have to supply whereas safely supporting the tourism trade,” stated Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Industrial Officer.
“WestJet’s groups are working onerous to rebuild confidence in air journey by essential partnerships like this one with Hawaii’s Trusted Journey Accomplice program and DynaLIFE. With pre-departure and arrivals testing now obtainable by the collaborative efforts of the Governments of Canada, the Authorities of Alberta and the YYC Calgary Worldwide Airport, our visitors have a beautiful alternative to get pleasure from protected and gratifying journey with out the rigorous quarantine necessities.”
The testing, which prices $150 CAD per individual and is payable by the visitor, is at the moment solely obtainable in Alberta, the testing is open to all Canadian residents.
And whereas sipping on a refreshing cocktail within the tropics would possibly sound engaging, the Canadian authorities advises you to assume twice earlier than reserving a ticket to paradise. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, governments which have opened their borders to vacationers may impose strict journey restrictions all of the sudden, which may make it tough so that you can return residence.
B.C. has additionally tightened up restrictions on journey, though flights out and in of the province are nonetheless permitted. You’ll have to quarantine for 14 days in your return residence, nonetheless.
WestJet’s Hawaii Testing Program
Company travelling to Hawaii are chargeable for making certain they obtain a take a look at inside 72-hours of their flight departing to Hawaii with a purpose to keep away from quarantine and shall be required to show their damaging take a look at end result previous to boarding. If take a look at outcomes usually are not obtainable earlier than boarding the ultimate leg of the journey, the traveller should quarantine for 14 days or the size of the keep, whichever is shorter.
“Many Canadians love to go to Hawaiʻi through the winter months to flee the chilly climate, so the timing for this works properly. Hawaiʻi has essentially the most rigorous pre-travel testing program in america, and we’re grateful to WestJet for making it obtainable to their passengers,” stated Hawaii’s Governor David Ige.
Earlier this week, the airline introduced its December schedule together with twice-weekly, continuous Dreamliner service between Calgary and Honolulu and Calgary and Maui.
The airline will start the testing program in partnership with DynaLIFE in Alberta for visitors holding a WestJet-ticketed itinerary to Hawaii inside 72-hours. Particulars could be discovered right here.
All guests intending to go to Hawaii should register previous to journey: Hawaii entrance necessities are discovered right here.
Be aware: Well being Canada doesn’t advise you to get a COVID-19 take a look at if you happen to wouldn’t have signs of the virus. Since a damaging end result is required for the Hawaiian pre-testing program, this may go in opposition to public well being recommendation.
Underneath a measure from the Authorities of British Columbia, all arriving passengers from outdoors Canada, no matter their closing vacation spot, are required to submit a self-isolation plan. Study extra concerning the Province’s self-isolation plan requirement right here. The plan could be submitted on-line right here or on the Self-Evaluation Device, by the BC COVID-19 Assist App, or in-person on arrival at YVR. It should present that returning passengers have helps in place to securely self-isolate for 14 days.