Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Launch at-Home Pre-Flight COVID-19 Tests
Travelers flying to Hawaii from other parts of the U.S. are able to order a pre-travel COVID-19 test, and potentially forego the 14-day quarantine. A number of airlines, such as Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue, have partnered with Vault Health to provide travellers with these test kits. Travelers can self-administer tests at home with real time audio-video supervision.
In May, Vault Health teamed up with RUCDR Infinite Biologics and Spectrum Solutions to offer in-home saliva testing for the coronavirus. The test is more sensitive and safer than the existing swab test, and is performed under the supervision of a Vault healthcare provider through a video telehealth visit, eliminating the risk of person-to-person exposure to the virus. It detects the presence of three genes that are found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, using a technique called qPCR. The test kits cost $150, and can be provided to travelers of all ages, including children. They’re express mailed overnight, and users receive results 24-48 hours after sending it back.
Currently, Hawaii has a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine in place for U.S. Mainland or International travelers arriving into the state, as well as for inter-island travelers arriving in Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai or Hawaii Island. From October 15, travelers who have tested negative (within 72 hours before their flight), will be able to visit without needing to self-quarantine on arrival.
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