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Sun, sand, surf and no quarantine restrictions: Canadians can travel to Hawaii on September 1

If you get a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before you fly, you won't have to quarantine during your stay in Hawaii.

By JP Karwacki
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Life isn't as much on lockdown as it was several months back, and Canadians have been able to take advantage of travel restrictions opening up in countries around the world; only if they willingly subject themselves to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, that is.

That's why the news concerning Hawaii is so exceptional for Canadians: As of September 1, the island state will be updating its guidelines to welcome "all trans-Pacific travelers" as part of a launch of a pre-travel testing program, one that makes travelers exempt from a 14-day quarantine if "they test negative after taking a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours in advance of travel."

While the land borders between Canada and the United States have been closed to non-essential travel since March 21, air travel continues to not be restricted for Canadians going in and out of the U.S. Land borders between the U.S. and Canada have been closed to non-essential travel since March 21, but air travel has not been restricted for Canadians; it's a loophole that's remained since the beginning of the two countries' respective lockdowns.

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Airlines such as WestJet and Air Canada are already beginning to set up flights between Hawaii and major Canadian cities; when it comes to Montreal, a week-long trip to the island state is going for under $600 from today, but those prices may change.

Insurance is also a big conern for any Canadians willing to take the obvious risk of travelling, and while only one insurance provider—Medipac—has COVID-19 coverage, Canadians are able to consider purchasing insurance from U.S. insurance companies as well. 

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