|Looking to ride out some of the pandemic in a scenic locale? Under new rules announced Thursday, Canadians travelling to Hawaii this winter will be allowed to avoid quarantine so long as they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
The partnership between Hawaii and Canadian carriers Air Canada and WestJet is expected to run up to 26 weeks or until 52,000 participants are enrolled. Flights will depart from Calgary International Airport and, by early 2021, Edmonton International Airport.
Under the adapted rules beginning in December, passengers can avoid quarantine in Hawaii so long as they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Upon a return in Alberta, eligible international travellers can take a COVID-19 test to reduce quarantine time.
WestJet says negative test results are required before departure from its partner laboratory. The airline said the program is open to all Canadian residents, but testing is currently available only in Alberta.
An Air Canada spokesperson says the airline would have more information in the coming days regarding how and where Canadians across the country may obtain a health certificate, and the process to follow.