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Airline offering pre-clearance for Hawaii-bound flyers

The Maui News

Hawaiian Airlines has begun pre-clearing Hawaii-bound guests departing from some Mainland cities under a program allowing travelers with negative COVID-19 tests to bypass airport screening in Hawaii.

The airline launched its Pre-Clear Program at San Francisco International Airport last week and will expand it to Boston Logan International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Long Beach Airport and Phoenix International Airport beginning Jan. 29. The program will be added to the airline’s remaining North American destinations next month.

Visitors and returning Hawaii residents who meet the state’s pre-travel testing requirements to be exempt from quarantine will receive a Pre-Clear wristband from a Hawaiian Airlines agent who will verify travelers’ documents before boarding.

To qualify for pre-clearance, travelers must:

• Create a Safe Travels account with the state for every adult on the itinerary.

• Add all flight and lodging information to the account.

• Complete the mandatory health questionnaire within the account.

• Upload a negative test result in PDF format from a state-approved testing partner to the Safe Travels account. A printed copy of the negative result is also recommended.

Travelers whose negative COVID-19 test results are not uploaded to the Safe Travels app prior to departure or not made available during screening will be required to sign the state’s 10-day self-quarantine agreement.

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