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United States of America - Hawaii (HNL) 

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Philippine Airlines is a

 TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNER OF   THE  STATE OF HAWAII

IMPORTANT: The implementation of the Hawaii Safe Travels Program is Applicable for flights starting July 30, 2021.


Effective July 15, 2021, Philippine Airlines shall be included in the Hawaii Safe Travels quarantine reduction program of the State of Hawaii. PAL was approved and accredited by the Hawaii Government to be a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner.

As such, Hawaii-bound travelers may take part in the program by taking their pre-departure RT-PCR test from a PAL testing partner accredited as a Safe Travel laboratory. Travelers tested in a Safe Travel accredited lab with negative results shall be exempted from the mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Hawaii


Philippine Airlines, as a trusted testing and travel partner, is required by the State of Hawaii to report the status of each traveler arriving in Hawaii. This is to check and ensure that requirements are complete and that passengers are assisted when they arrive in Hawaii.


NOTE:  If the passenger presents a negative test result (either an RT-PCR or Antigen Swab Test) from a Non-Accredited Hawaii Government Testing and Travel Partner, the mandatory 10-day quarantine shall apply upon the passenger’s arrival in Hawaii.

These health requirements along with other US required documents must be presented upon check-in at the airport. Failure to comply with above requirements may result to non-acceptance to take the flight, and knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, is subject to criminal penalties and/or imprisonment.

 

Please refer to COVID-19 Health Requirements below for the complete US CDC and Hawaii Government travel requirements. 

How to be Exempted From, or Bypass, the Mandatory 10-Day Quarantine
Passengers bound for Honolulu, Hawaii may be exempted from, or bypass, the mandatory 10-day quarantine when both requirements are met:
  1. The negative Covid-19 test result is from an RT-PCR test only (NOT Antigen Swab test);

--and--

       2. The negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result must be taken from a State of Hawaii approved, Trusted Testing and Travel Partner, like PAL.  

PAL Testing Centers accredited as Hawaii Safe Travels testing laboratories
Detoxicare Diagnostics Molecular Laboratory

For convenience, you may avail of the RT-PCR test at PAL’s own testing centers in partnership with Detoxicare Diagnostics Molecular Laboratory which is an accredited Hawaii Safe Travels testing laboratory. The Covid-19 testing centers are located at the PAL Learning Center (PLC), Padre Faura, Manila and PAL Gate 3, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City.  RT-PCR Tests cost PHP 2,599 with results released in 24 hours.


At PAL Learning Center (PLC), RT-PCR and Antigen testing is available via drive-thru or walk-in and is open daily (Monday-Sunday, including holidays) from 8AM to 8PM.


At PAL Gate 3, RT-PCR and Antigen testing is and is open to serve you via walk-in or in-car service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

PAL Testing Partners accredited as Hawaii Safe Travels testing laboratories
 Cardinal Santos Medical Center
       ADDRESS: 10 Wilson, Greenhills West, San Juan, 1502 Metro Manila

LANDLINE: (+632) 8724-3997

MOBILE: (+639) 49-333-5489

E-MAIL: covidhotline@csmc.ph
WEBSITE: www.csmceconsult.com

TESTING TYPES: RT-PCR only

       RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS: 24-48 hrs

 Safeguard DNA Diagnostics Inc. 
       ADDRESS: Unit 103-106 G/F G. Business Hub 728, Brgy. Wack Wack, 1550 Mandaluyong

LANDLINE: (+632) 8296-7595

MOBILE: (+639) 16-720-6170, (+639) 17-159-4545

E-MAIL: admin@safeguarddnadiagnostics.com
WEBSITE: https://www.sddi.com.ph/

TESTING TYPES: RT-PCR only

       RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS: 24-48 hrs, excluding Saturdays and Sundays
       OPERATING HOURS: Monday to Saturdays, 7AM to 10PM, Sunday, 9AM to 4PM

 Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital
       ADDRESS: Eroreco L. N Drive, Barangay Mandalangan, Bacolod City Negros Occidental

MOBILE: (+63) 933 815 8497 or 945 519 4109

E-MAIL: bqmh.businessdevelopment@gmail.com; bqmh.admitting.info@gmail.com (CC this email for appointments beyond 5:00PM and holidays)

TESTING TYPES: RT-PCR only

       RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS: 12-24 hrs

 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Inc. 
       ADDRESS: National Highway corner Santiago Boulevard, General Santos City

LANDLINE: (083) 552 3162

E-MAIL: contact@sehi.ph

WEBSITE: www.sehi.ph

TESTING TYPES: RT-PCR only

       RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS: 24 hrs


If you're seeking information about travel to the State of Hawaii, please visit www.hawaiicovid19.com/travel. Please be mindful that decisions related to COVID-19 and travel to the state are subject to change.

If you have specific questions about your situation, try these resources:

Email: info@gohawaii.com 

Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII (1-800-464-2924)

Governor’s website athttps://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor/.


 

Travel Restrictions

Advisory from the US Customs and Border Protection (May 22, 2021) – Travel of U.S. Citizens with Expired Passports

  • As of May 21, 2021, U.S. citizens will be able to use their expired U.S. passports to return to the United States through December 31, 2021.
  • U.S. citizens who are overseas whose passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, may be able to use their expired U.S. passport for direct return travel to the United States until December 31, 2021.
  • Expired passports cannot be used to travel from the United States to an international destination or to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection in route to the United States or to a United States territory.
  • Travelers qualify for this exception if all the following are true:
    • They are a U.S. citizen.
    • They are currently abroad seeking to return to the United States.
    • They are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (connecting flight) through a foreign country on their return to the United States or to a United States territory.
    • Their expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if they were 15 years of age or under when the passport was issued, their expired passport was originally valid for 5 years.
    • Their expired passport is undamaged and in their possession.
  • Read the advisory from the US Customs and Border Protection


National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations 9984 (China), 9992 (Iran), 10143 (Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa) for K and Immigrant Visa Holders

  • On April 8, 2021, the Department of State granted blanket national interest exceptions under Section 2 of Presidential Proclamations 9984 (China), 9992 (Iran), and 10143 (Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and Republic of South Africa) to non-citizens traveling to the United States as immigrant visa (IV) holders and fiancé (K) non-immigrant visa holders.
  • Effective immediately, in accordance with this guidance, all immigrant visa (regardless of class) and K-1, K-2, K-3 and K-4 visa holders may seek entry to the United States; however, other ineligibility grounds may apply in individual cases.
  • Read the complete CLP-Coronavirus Guidance for K and Immigrant Visa Holders 

Presidential Proclamation regarding Labor Restrictions for valid J, H and L visas are no longer in effect.

  • Non-Immigrant H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 Visas
           o Travelers in possession of a valid H, L, or J visa are permitted to board and apply for admission
               regardless of the date of visa issuance.
           o Travelers in possession of a valid H, L, or J visas are still subject to travel restrictions under
              Presidential Proclamations: China, Iran, Schengen Area, UK, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa.


Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052

COVID-19 Health Requirements

  • Joint Statement: Mask Mandate On Public Transportation Remains in Effect (May 14, 2021)

-          The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the U.S. Department of Transportation remind the traveling public that at this time if you travel, you are still required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

-          CDC guidance is clear that fully vaccinated people are safe to travel and can resume travel.

-          https://www.tsa.gov/news/press/statements/2021/05/14/joint-statement-mask-mandate-public-transportation-remains-effect

  • Hawaii Health and Travel Requirements:

-          Whether you are a returning resident or a visitor to the Hawaiian Islands, travelers are strongly advised to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test from a trusted testing and travel partner PRIOR to the final leg of their trip to the State of Hawai‘i. Trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

-          Since the Philippines is not yet/ does not have a Trusted Testing partner of the Hawaii Government, passengers coming from the Philippines arriving in Hawaii with a negative RT-PCR test (as a USA Govt requirement) will still undergo a 14day /10day Mandatory quarantine requirement.

-          The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawai‘i.

-          For international travelers coming to the State of Hawaii, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of by-passing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine.

-          All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

  • Effective January 26, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

-     The negative pre-departure test must be a viral test (RT-PCR or Antigen) that was conducted on a specimen collected within 3 days prior to flight departure from a foreign country.  

-     The negative viral test must be approved or authorized by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.

-     The Qualifying Test result documentation confirm that:

    • The personal identifiers (e.g., name and date of birth) on the negative Qualifying Test result match the personal identifier’s on the passport or other travel documents;
    • The specimen was collected within the 3 days prior to the flight’s departure
    • The test performed was a viral test; and
    • The test result states “NEGATIVE”, “SARS-CoV-2 RNA NOT DETECTED,” “SARS-CoV-2 ANTIGEN NOT DETECTED” or “COVID-19 NOT DETECTED.” A test marked “invalid” is not acceptable.  

-      If passenger has recovered from COVID-19, passenger must provide a written documentation of recovery from COVID-19 after previous SARS-CoV-2 infection in the form of a positive viral test result and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared.

    • The document of recovery from COVID-19 means that the passenger has presented documentation of a positive test result and a signed letter on official letterhead that contains the name, address, and phone number of a licensed healthcare provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel;
    • The positive test occurred within the last three months (90 days) prior to flight departure to the US
    • Personal identifiers (e.g. name and date of birth) on the positive test result and signed letter match the personal identifiers on the passenger’s passport or other travel documents;
    • The test performed was a viral test; and
    • The test result states “POSITIVE”, “SARS-CoV-2 RNA DETECTED”, “SARS-CoV-2 ANTIGEN DETECTED,” “COVID-19 DETECTED.” A test marked “invalid is not acceptable.
  • This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.
  • Any flight entering the US, even for a connection, will require testing before departure.
  • All air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.
  • A passenger must retain written or electronic documentation reflecting the negative Qualifying Test result or Documentation of Recovery presented to the airline. A passenger must also produce such Qualifying Test result or Documentation upon request to any US government official or a cooperating state or local public health authority.
  • After you travel:

-          Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

-          If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

-          Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

-          Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

-          Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

  • All passengers bound for the US are required to wear masks in airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation. TSA is issuing this Emergency Amendment (EA) requiring masks to be worn to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during air travel.

-          Federal law requires each person to wear a mask at all times throughout the flight, including during boarding and deplaning

-          Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law and may result in denial of boarding, removal from the aircraft, and/or penalties under federal law.

-          If wearing oxygen masks is needed because of loss of cabin pressure or other event affecting aircraft ventilation, masks should be removed to accommodate oxygen masks.

  • The EA exempts the following categories of persons from wearing masks:

-          Children under the age of 2 years old;

-          People with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).

-          The CDC issued additional guidance which is available at 
     https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

  • CDC guidance for attributes of acceptable masks is available at 
              https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/mask-fit-and-filtration.html#types-of-masks

Required Forms

  • Effective January 26, 2021, passengers traveling to the US must provide an attestation to the CDC, to be filled-out at the airport, of having received a negative Qualifying Test result or of recovery from COVID-19 after previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and clearance to travel. Unless otherwise permitted by law, a parent or other authorized individual should attest on behalf of a passenger aged 2 to 17 years. An authorized individual may attest on behalf to any passenger who is unable to attest on his or her own behalf (e.g., by reason of physical or mental impairment).
  • Download and print the ATTESTION FORM.  Passengers are required to sign the attestation form upon check-in at the airport.
  • US Traveler Health Declaration form
  • Passengers will also be required to fill-out mandatory forms at the airport prior to check-in
  • All arriving travelers are required to provide health and travel information (https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/)

Other Requirements

  • SEA CREW:

-          Valid Seaman's Visa

-          Seaman's Book

-          Original Copy of the Letter of Guarantee (unless their destination requires a visa)

-          a Fit to Fly health certificate

-          Sea Crew may be required to have a C1/D or they could be TWOV


Other Information

  • For the latest advice, information and resources, go to:

-          https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

-          https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/traveling-to-hawaii/

-          https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html?ACSTrackingID=USCDC_2067-DM47392&ACSTrackingLabel=Understanding%20mRNA%20COVID-19%20Vaccines%20%7C%20COVID-19&deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM47392

-          https://www.iata.org/en/programs/covid-19-resources-guidelines/covid-gov-mitigation/

-          https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php


Travel Advisory
  • As of May 11, 2021

Update from the US Customs and Border Protection: Funneling Flights Carrying Persons with Recent Presence in Ebola-Affected Countries


  • As of May 13, 2021

Update from the US Customs and Border Protection:  Flights Carrying Persons with Recent Presence in Ebola-Affected Countries


  • As of June 17, 2021

-          CDC posted a Federal Register Notice announcing that effective July 14, 2021, no dogs arriving from rabies high-risk countries will be allowed entry into the US. The temporary suspension also includes dogs that have visited a high-risk country in the past 6 months. The list of rabies high-risk countries can be found on our website.  

-          Exceptions apply, and dogs must have a valid CDC Dog Import Permit. CDC Dog Import Permits are granted on an extremely limited case-by-case basis. No permits will be issued upon arrival. Importers must submit requests for advance written approval to cdcanimalimports@cdc.gov at least 30 business days (6 weeks) before planned travel to the U.S. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval, and no appeals will be heard from denied permit applications. Dogs with a CDC Import Permit must enter the U.S. through a POE with a CBP-bonded live animal care facility with a FIRMS code. (A FIRMS code is a four-digit identifier assigned to POE). Currently, the only approved POE is JFK


  • As of July 22, 2021

-      Bringing an Animal into the United States: First 90-Day Transition Process
From July 14 through October 14, 2021, dogs coming from high-risk countries  with CDC Dog Import Permits can enter the United States at one of these 18 airports: Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit, Honolulu, Houston (IAH), Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, and Washington, DC (Dulles).

-      After October 14, 2021, dogs coming from high-risk countries with CDC Dog Import Permits must enter only at approved ports of entry.









  • As of May 03, 2021

Guidance on Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019


-      Please read information from the Deputy Chief on the addition of the Republic of India to the existing travel restrictions. This will take effect on the 4th of May at 12:01 AM:

       

       https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/04/30/a-proclamation-on-the-suspension-of-entry-as-nonimmigrants-of-certain-additional-persons-who-pose-a-risk-of-transmitting-coronavirus-disease-2019/