Hawaiian ‘resort bubbles’ let holidaymakers enjoy the sunshine during quarantine

The Hawaiian island of Kauai has launched ‘resort bubbles’ in 2021 which allow visitors to cut their quarantine time down from 10 days to just three days – and they can spend those three days exploring their hotel.

Travellers can take part in the ‘Safe Travels’ programme which sees them take a Covid test before heading to Kauai, with proof of a negative result up to 72 hours before departure.

They can then head to their ‘resort bubble’ where they can spend the first three days using the facilities – including the pool – and explore the grounds while waiting for their result.

However, guests can not leave their resort and will need to agree to being monitored and wear a bracelet with a GPS tracking device during the three days.

After their first 72 hours at the resort, visitors can take another Covid test and if the result is negative, they can be ‘released’ from quarantine and be free to explore wider parts of the island.

Beautiful Tunnels Beach vacation destination with palm trees and blue sky in Haena, Kauai, Hawaii.
Tunnels Beach in Kauai

There are only six hotels which feature on the list of approved resort bubbles – you can get full information on kauai.gov. Any visitors who choose to stay in a hotel or resort not on the list will be subject to a full 10-day quarantine, which they must fulfil in their hotel room.

Kauai is the only Hawaiian island to currently be offering the resort bubbles.

Rules can differ depending on whether travellers have been to other Hawaiian islands or are coming from out of state – for example, those who have been in other Hawaiian spots can bypass quarantine completely provided they have a negative result of a Covid test taken within 72 hours of their departure for Kauai.

A couple sitting on a beach basking in the sunshine

Of course at the moment, a holiday to Hawaii isn’t on the cards for Brits, and not just because the USA has closed its borders to Brits (you can find out more in the Foreign Office’s USA travel advice ).

At the moment England, Scotland and Wales are under national lockdowns which include a ban on international travel (there are some legally permitted reasons but this list does not include holidays).

Meanwhile new UK travel rules have been introduced as of January 18, which include a requirement for anyone arriving into the UK to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, with the test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Travel corridors have also been temporarily suspended meaning that anyone arriving into the UK from abroad will need to quarantine for 10 days.

We have a guide to the new UK travel rules that Brits need to be aware of, and what they mean for future holidays.

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