MIAMI – Alaska Airlines (AS) announced that guests traveling to Hawaii can now pre-clear on the West Coast. The program allows passengers to avoid lines and bypass the airport screening process after they arrive in Hawaii with an approved negative COVID-19 test.
Alaska launched its Pre-Clear program last week in coordination with the State of Hawaii. It is the first of its kind to allow guests to obtain an exemption from the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine before departure.
In mid-October, Hawaii began a pre-travel testing program that allows anyone entering the state who tests negative for COVID-19 in advance to proceed without the current two-week mandatory quarantine.
Hawaii: Safe, Easy, Hassle-free
“As guests start planning their 2021 travel to Hawaii, we’re focused on making the journey as safe, easy, and hassle-free as possible,” said Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines’ president. “We appreciate Hawaii’s partnership to help ensure our guests are well-informed and visit these beautiful islands responsibly, wearing a mask and following the state’s safety guidelines.”
Alaska began piloting the Hawaii Pre-Clear program over the past week with its flights from the West Coast to Maui. Starting the week of December 14, the airline will roll out the program on all flights to Oahu and Kona on Hawaii Island. Alaska’s has suspended flights to Kauai and is not including them in the Hawaii Pre-Clear program at this time. This is due to the island’s temporary pause in participating in the program.
“On behalf of the State of Hawaii, we appreciate Alaska’s commitment in helping to keep our community safe,” said Hawaii Governor David Ige. “Alaska has been a true partner from the very start of the pre-travel testing program by communicating with their guests about the state’s requirements so that they are well-prepared for their visit. Alaska’s Pre-Clear program adds another layer of safety by helping to ensure that the majority, if not all, of Alaska’s guests arrive in Hawaii with proof of their negative COVID-19 test results.”
To be eligible for the Hawaii Pre-Clear program, Alaska will send guests an email prior to departure asking them to complete the following steps:
- Every adult traveler must have a Safe Travels profile.
- Travelers must add all flight details and lodging information.
- Visitors must upload negative test results from a trusted testing partner as a PDF.
- Travelers have completed the mandatory travel health questionnaire.
When guests meet the above requirements, they are pre-cleared and will receive a pre-clear wristband at check-in or at the departure gate.
For more details on the Hawaii Pre-Clear program, as well as pre-travel testing options arranged exclusively for Alaska guests, visit alaskaair.com/hawaii-bound.
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