Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

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Anyone local (SB) who has been to Hawaii lately?

My wife and I are going to Hawaii in July. Even though we are vaccinated, Hawaii currently requires all out of state tourists to have a negative Covid 19 test within 3 days of departure. AND the test must be the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS.

I can't find ANY local labs which qualify as their "trusted Testing and Travel Partners."

Anyone out there who has been to Hawaii recently and has a local suggestion for qualified testing?

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a-1623691326 Jun 14, 2021 10:22 AM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

Can't you get this done at the airport? Feels like the airlines should have more information. And are you sure this requirement will still be in place next month?

Byzantium Jun 14, 2021 10:45 AM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

Know a family of five with a paid vacation to Hawaii turned away at the airport because one family member had an "indeterminate" test result. Not a clear yes and not a clear no. So the whole trip got cancelled. Might not want to wait until you get to the airport to find out the results. Does Quest Labs offer this test in town? They were among the first to offer "covid" antibody blood test for possible prior infections.

bronco55 Jun 14, 2021 11:04 AM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

We used Vault from Costco. Saliva test that you do while someone from Vault watches, and then send it in via mail. They recommend not using it if your flight is on particular days due to shipping requirements.

carpgrl Jun 14, 2021 12:14 PM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

We just flew to Maui on a Tuesday in April. Tests have to be within )2 hours of hour last mainland airport. I got my first test (free) the Saturday before my flight at the Walgreens in Goleta, which sends to a lab in St. Louis, Missouri. I thought that might be “dicey” so scheduled a second one (free) for the same Saturday afternoon at a Walgreens in Oxnard, which sends to the lab in San Diego. I received both test results on Sunday. You make the appointments online at Walgreens.com 3 days before your test. They were both the Purple Dot approved tests, no Red Dots are available in California. Look on the State of Hawaii Safe Travels website for instructions on uploading, etc.

patrick Jun 14, 2021 02:10 PM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

I just looked into the same thing, for a trip in August. The HI web site has a list of approved testers, and those companies have lists of local sites. In SB, the choices are Walgreens on Calle Real, CVS on Hollister and Costco. I found the HI web site via a internet search. I imagine the requirements will change, so I will check back. Couple of weeks before our trip.

Chip of SB Jun 14, 2021 03:06 PM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

I would recommend traveling to a more tourist friendly destination if you have a choice. I would also strongly suggest working with your credit card company to claw back any funds prepaid towards travel that Hawaii prevented you from completing. Hawaii has been extremely hostile to tourists and ruined far too many people’s travel plans. It’s simply too politically unstable to risk planning a trip there.

Stray Jun 14, 2021 05:30 PM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

In April, we had booked lodging on Oahu and were about to pay for airline reservations when we inquired about Hawaii's testing requirements. Look at them online, the State of Hawaii has a 6 step process. Despite being totally vaccinated, we learned we had to have a covid test administered by a specific provider not longer than 72 hours from departure with the result received 24 hours before airline departure. You've got to upload the testing result for each person into a QR code on your smart phone. When you deplane in Hawaii, all passengers from your flight join a long line of other passengers deplaning from their flights to present your QR code/testing documentation to health authorities. You face mandatory quarantine or return on the next flight back to the mainland if your results are unsatisfactory. Hawaii authorities can ask you to present your QR code at any time during your vacation (rental carcounter, hotel front desk, etc). If you want to travel to a second island in Hawaii after the first, you need to get a new Covid test and have the results 24 hours before your departure. We cancelled our Hawaii plans immediately. These days it's hard enough getting an affordable airplane seat or a rental car, but the complexity of acquiring covid tests and presenting documentation was a "bridge too far" for us and didn't mesh with our concept of the "Aloha Spirit." We'll wait until 2022....Hawaii will still be there. Without the hassles.

Stray Jun 14, 2021 05:34 PM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

The rapid test at SFO costs $250 per passenger. The COVID test administration site is outside TSA security in the International Terminal and at a parking lot near the airport.. Even if you want to pay that amount, good luck trying to have your test administered and results received within 15 minutes and make it back through security within your layover at SFO.

Nicole55 Jun 15, 2021 07:00 PM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

Most airlines will probably refer you to the Hawaii list of approved tests. The Hawaii list doesn't break down by area so it's a little hard to figure out what is available locally.

Nicole55 Jun 15, 2021 06:19 AM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

Went to Hawaii on Saturday May 29. Did the Costco Azova test, CVS test (drive thru, Goleta) and Walgreens (drive thru, Goleta) on Wed May 26. Got CVS results Thursday at 2:45pm, Azova results Thursday at 3:12pm and Walgreens on Friday at 6pm. Costco cost around$120, CVS around $139 and Walgreens was free. Azova was the most complicated to do because the registration was complicated.

sbmermaid Jun 15, 2021 09:38 AM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

Visited family and vacationed in Hawaii 3 times since Oct 2020. Best testing option is AFC Agoura Hills. Results in 15-20 min. Fabulous service $175 or free if you are in Medicare. Both lost sleep with this option. Drive down for 12 noon appt (schedule online easy) on Monday for 9 am flight on Thurs. Plenty of time in between to upload results for my group of 8 ladies plus complete the questionnaire at 24 hrs. Ok so rental cars are super expensive. Schedule after 9/15 for better rates and fewer crowds.

Lucky 777 Jun 15, 2021 11:28 AM
Where to get COVID test suitable for Hawaii?

I have a client who works for the company that makes the rapid test that works like a home pregnancy test. They cost less that $1 to produce, they charge the Government $35 each for them. Instant results: you put 5 drops of the reagent in the cardboard cassette, swab both sides of your nose, and in 2 minutes you get a yes or no. Sansum did it free for me last year, my friend who flew to Hawai'i last week was charged $300 at the airport upon arrival.

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