Travel News Safety & Insurance Hawaii Delays Pre-Travel Testing Program for the Second Time A spike in cases across the state means out-of-state visitors will have to wait Written by Laura Ratliff Instagram Twitter Laura Ratliff is TripSavvy’s editorial director. She joined the TripSavvy team in April 2019 after spending two years as a freelance travel writer and editor, where she spent more than 200,000 miles on a plane each year. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Laura Ratliff Updated 08/19/20 12:47PM EDT Share Pin Email James R.D. Scott / Getty Images You can't say we didn't warn you: Hawaii, which had previously considered reopening to visitors on Sept. 1, has officially pushed back its reopening to Oct. 1. The state's governor, David Ige, had alluded to the delay for weeks now, as COVID-19 cases skyrocketed, but he made the official announcement on Tuesday. This is the second time the state has delayed its reopening after initial plans for June were tabled. "We will continue to monitor the conditions here in Hawaii as well as key markets on the mainland to determine the appropriate start date for the pre-travel (COVID-19) testing program," Ige said. Under the proposed program, visitors who test negative for COVID-19 before arrival would be eligible to bypass the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine. Unfortunately, the news isn't great, both for travelers who bought flights and booked hotels counting on September's reopening, as well as the vast number of tourism industry employees throughout the state. Since March, the islands' unemployment rate has increased exponentially and was at nearly 14 percent in June, down from 24 percent in May. The number is among the highest in the country. Almost 33 percent of the state's 660,000 workers work in tourism. On a typical day, the Aloha State used to see more than 30,000 passengers arriving per day—now it's a mere fraction of that. The government has said that it will give local businesses, hotels, and airlines plenty of notice ahead of the program's official start. But the newest delay will still have huge impacts on travelers planning visits, as well as airlines, many of which had expected to ramp up flights to the islands next month. Hawaii Might Delay Its Tourism Reopening Plans Article Sources TripSavvy uses only high-quality, trusted sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial policy to learn more about how we keep our content accurate, reliable and trustworthy. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Local Area Unemployment Statistics." Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Royal Caribbean's First Sailing Delayed After Crew Tests Positive for COVID-19 Bali and Thailand Plan on Fully Reopening to Tourists by July Vaccinated U.S. Citizens Can Likely Travel to Canada Soon Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country What Countries Can I Travel To If I’m Vaccinated? Hawaii Might Delay Its Tourism Reopening Plans Europe Launches a COVID-19 Digital Pass for Travel When Will My State Reopen? Dates for Every U.S. State Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to Central and South America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country The CDC Won't Require COVID-19 Testing for U.S. Domestic Travel. Here's Why Vaccine Tourism Is the Newest Travel Trend—But Hopefully Not for Long Is Thailand Ready to Reopen Its Borders to Tourists? Everyone's Going to Europe This Summer—But Here's How You Can Beat the Crowds Tahiti Will Open Its Borders to International Tourists on May 1 Should You Travel to Europe Right Now?