Flights from South Korea, Philippines, added to Safe Travels program

Travelers from the Philippines and South Korea will be allowed to bypass quarantine requirements in Hawaii starting next week as the state begins reopening international travel.

Gov. David Ige announced today that travelers who receive a negative COVID-19 test from certain testing partners in the Philippines and South Korea within 72 hours of departure can bypass the state’s quarantine requirements.


“We are delighted to announce that we are expanding our Safe Travels pre-travel testing program to include travelers from the Philippines and South Korea. Hawaii is also home to many Filipino and Korean Americans, and we appreciate our partners who are helping families reconnect,” Ige said in a statement.

Travelers who have received a negative test from a testing partner must upload the results to the Safe Travels app.


The Hawaii Department of Health has identified five testing partners in the Philippines, including:

  • Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
  • Safeguard DNA Diagnostic, Inc., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
  • Cardinal Santos Medical Center, San Juan City, Metro Manila
  • Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, Bacolod City
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital Inc., General Santos City

The only trusted testing partner identified in South Korea is the Incheon International Airport COVID-19 Testing Center.

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