A travel bubble between Australia and Hawaii is reportedly in the works, but we gotta say, after all that NZ travel bubble talk, we're not getting our hopes up.
Last week, the governor of Hawaii, David Ige, said he was considering allowing non-American tourists from specific countries including Australia and Japan on the islands as early as October 1. “I have been working with mayors of all the countries to identify ways we can bring travellers back more quickly,” Governor Ige said in a presser via news.com.au. “We are looking at exploring all options to safely bring trans-Pacific travellers to the island.”
One of the options would be to include “geo-fencing” at resorts, which would see the properties being responsible for the mandatory 14-day quarantine that’s currently in place for all residents and visitors entering Hawaii.
Despite the fact Americans from mainland states are still allowed to travel Hawaii, provided they quarantine on arrival, case numbers in Hawaii have still remained relatively low compared to other parts of the US. The islands have recorded 6356 coronavirus cases so far, according to news.com.au, while the whole of the US is nearly at 6 million reported cases since the start of the pandemic.
Here's why we’re not holding our breath: ever since lockdown, when it comes to answers about when overseas travel will resume, we've received endless mixed messages. Coronavirus travel updates is the political equivalent of the worst kind of fuckboy.
In July, after the Treasury had announced it believed international travel would pick back up January 1, 2021, ScoMo had said on A Current Affair – and we’re paraphrasing here – yeah, look, probs not. “It will be very challenging,” he’d said. “Right now the opportunity for large-scale travel beyond our borders is foreseeable.” He had said, though, that he was hopeful the NZ-Australia travel bubble would be implemented by the end of the year and revealed he'd already started chats with other governments to get similar travel bubbles going. So, cool; but still nothing concrete.
Then last week, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said he doesn’t expect international flights to resume properly before at least July 2021. Like ScoMo, though, he said he was hopeful about a trans-Tasman bubble getting going before that. Jacinda Ardern hit pause on that whole deal too recently, though, because of the current situation in Victoria.
So, call us sceptics but we’re not going to be buying any tropical shirts or sitting down for virtual Hawaiian language classes ‘til we see some hard evidence. Until then, mentally we're here..
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