It seems as though progress is being made in establishing a travel bubble between Japan and Hawaii. Hawaii has been placed on a list of 12 countries and regions identified for safe travel by the Japanese Authorities. However, no date has yet been set on when such arrangements will be made.
Before the current situation, the route between Tokyo and Honolulu was packed with tourist traffic. Indeed, to show the magnitude of traffic, ANA believed it could sustain three A380 aircraft solely on that route. However, when Hawaii brought in a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals earlier this year, things ground to a sudden halt.
A travel bubble to come?
Progress is being made concerning establishing a travel bubble between Hawaii and Japan. The Japanese government has identified Hawaii as a low-risk destination, and talks between the two regarding a travel bubble are ongoing. However, a date on when travel could be approved has yet to be announced.
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Commenting on the news, Hawaiian Governor David Ige said,
“It’s important that we restore travel between Japan and Hawai‘i and we see this program as a way to make this possible, while also preventing the further spread of infections from COVID-19. Providing safe travel for both residents and visitors is vital to strengthening our state’s economic health and long-term recovery.”