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Ige welcomes return of nonessential travel

The Maui News

Nearly two months after urging travelers to avoid nonessential trips to Hawaii, Gov. David Ige on Tuesday announced that the state is safely open to vaccinated residents and visitors traveling domestically and between islands for business or pleasure, beginning Nov. 1.

“I think we are all encouraged by what we’ve seen over the last several weeks with the continuing trend of lower case counts,” Ige said. “Our hospitals are doing better and we have fewer COVID patients in them. Most importantly, our health care system has responded, and we have the ability to move forward with economic recovery.”

“Because of this, it is now safe for fully vaccinated residents and visitors to resume nonessential travel to and within the state of Hawaii,” Ige said in a news release.

On Aug. 23, Ige said it was not a good time to travel to Hawaii and asked residents and visitors to restrict travel to only essential activities.

The state continues to seek information from the federal government about its plans for international travel and will have an appropriate plan in place prior to Nov. 8, the news release said.

The White House has announced that beginning Nov. 8, it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers.

Ige made his announcement Tuesday during the opening of the permanent Federal Inspection Services facility at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

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