HAGÅTÑA, Guam—Guam will be added to Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program, enabling Guam travelers to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine order under certain conditions.
Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero confirmed this development after her phone conversation with Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday morning.
Hawaii recently opened travel to residents and visitors through the Pre-Travel Testing Program, under which travelers who, upon entry into the state, provide written confirmation from a state-approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from a test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the final leg of departure, will be able to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine order.
There are currently 16 laboratory partners in Hawaii’s program, including the Diagnostic Laboratory Services.
“After speaking with Governor Ige, we both agreed that the Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Guam Public Health Laboratory is qualified for their Trusted Traveler program and meets the standard for inclusion,” said Leon Guerrero. “Guam’s Public Health Director, Art San Agustin, is coordinating with Hawaii health officials to ensure our travelers en route to Hawaii who meet the proper test criteria are welcomed into the program.”
Both the GPHL and DLS are Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified. Additionally, the GPHL is a biosafety two-level laboratory, holds a certificate from the International Air Transport Association, and has performed polymerase chain reaction testing on dengue for the Micronesia region since 2015. (PR)