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No major impact to Hawaii tourism expected with COVID testing change

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Beginning Sunday morning, a restriction that requires all international travelers to the U.S. to have a negative COVID-19 test for the virus will be lifted. Akemi Yoshikawa, center, with her daughter Chizuru Hatafuji, right, both arrived from Tokyo to rendezvous with family for a vacation in Hawaii. It was the first time the family had seen each other in years due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Also pictured are Yoshikawa’s granddaughters Jasmine, left, and Hiromi, who are from Houston.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Beginning Sunday morning, a restriction that requires all international travelers to the U.S. to have a negative COVID-19 test for the virus will be lifted. Akemi Yoshikawa, center, with her daughter Chizuru Hatafuji, right, both arrived from Tokyo to rendezvous with family for a vacation in Hawaii. It was the first time the family had seen each other in years due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Also pictured are Yoshikawa’s granddaughters Jasmine, left, and Hiromi, who are from Houston.

International travel to Hawaii has mostly been at a standstill since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, but that hasn’t been because of any restrictions imposed by the U.S. government. Read more

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