Transcript for Hawaii opens up to vacationers after lifting COVID restrictions
We are back on "Gma" with 8,000 vacationers touching down on the first day the state re-opened to tourists after lifting all those restrictions. Our Kaylee Hartung has the latest. Reporter: This morning, Hawaii saying aloha to thousands of tourists for the first time in nearly seven months. The lush tropical paradise known for its pristine beaches and world class surfing has suffered the worst economic fallout of any state in the country following the coronavirus. But they're committed to bringing tourism back. Now lifting the mandatory 14-day quarantine with one important qualification. A negative covid test must be taken within 72 hours of your flight. With the help of some airlines, and a select list of testing partners. Finding an approved test and getting your results in time can be harder than it sounds. You had to pay, had you to find the right test. You had to -- there were so many hoops to jump through. So many. But it's worth it. Now you're here. And I can roam the island and I'm excited about that. Reporter: The state will only accept test results from a limited list of travel partners. I made an appointment at this CVS in Los Angeles with no guarantee I'd get my results before takeoff. Thankfully they came midflight. Some airlines like hawaiian and united streamlining the process for their customers in select west coast cities offering tests at the airport just before takeoff. It's critically important for the economy of our state that we restart tourism which is the economic engine of our state and we've got to do it safely in a way that keeps our community safe, that keeps our guests and industry's workers safe. Reporter: Passengers need to create an online profile including a health questionnaire. Upon arrival on the island it's validated. This process is really each efficient and one reason why officials tell us more people are showing up with their pretests completed than not and followed instructions and uploaded their information. Touching. It's bringing hope for our people. These individuals supporting Hawaii will make that difference and we'll be able to get back on track. Reporter: Local businesses are hoping it will bring the islands back to life. We're excited to be open and excited to say aloha again to the world. Reporter: Well, the lieutenant governor here who is also a doctor tells me he believes this is the safest place in the country to visit. As we were planning for the trip there were moments where we didn't know if we were doing everything right to qualify but once we landed, the process was pretty seamless. It just takes some planning and some patience. If you want to enjoy paradise. I am willing to stay here as long as you need me to. Kaylee, we were all just saying how we never get those assignments. Good for you. That's like 2:00 in the morning so go take a nap.
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