On July 9, a range of new testing options was announced and a streamlined way to upload vaccine verifications. You’ve been asking about both of these repeatedly. This is now available on all US flights and airlines flying to Hawaii as a result of Hawaii’s partnership with CLEAR Health Pass. This can be used by all passengers 18 and older.
Travelers who choose this option use the no-cost CLEAR mobile phone app’s health pass to add 1) vaccine verification or 2) negative test results. After that, travelers will still proceed to the Hawaii Safe Travels website, where they link their Health Pass exemption and add their health questionnaire within 24 hours of travel.
What is the no-cost health pass by CLEAR?
This free mobile app securely connects your verified identity to either the vaccination and/or negative test results. CLEAR said that its “Health Pass is able to link to vaccination results from hundreds of vaccine providers and national pharmacies, including Walmart, Atlantic Health System, and the State of California.
As you recall, earlier this year, CLEAR first partnered in a pilot program with Hawaii on specific flights and airlines only. We said at that time, CLEAR and CommonPass Are About to Transform Hawaii Travel.
Testing options greatly expanded.
When accessing Safe Travels directly (without the Health Pass), there is a limited number of approved testing partners. However, with the CLEAR Health Pass, that number just grew tremendously and now includes a wide range of doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, Walmarts, and more, nationwide.
For those visitors who will use the 72-hour pre-travel testing exemption instead of proof of vaccination, this is a huge improvement. Your complaints have focused squarely on the limited number of “Trusted Partners” that Hawaii Safe Travels has had from the outset.
Do this if you are traveling from California to Hawaii.
More than 40% of domestic visitors come to Hawaii from California. CLEAR said, “California residents can access their COVID-19 vaccination information through California’s Immunization Registry (CAIR) and generate a QR code. They can use the CLEAR app to scan the code to link their proof of vaccination to their Health Pass. ”
How the Health Pass works.
You will no longer need to bring CDC test cards using CLEAR, or if doing a Covid test instead, its health pass has hundreds of testing and vaccine providers. Here’s what to do:
1. Upload your proof of vaccination or COVID test result on the CLEAR app and then go to the Safe Travels website and apply for quarantine exemption via the CLEAR Health Pass.
2. When boarding Hawaii flights, airline employees can scan the Safe Travels QR code that was generated by the CLEAR app to confirm all entry requirements are satisfied. “Depending on the airline, travelers may receive a wristband to help expedite arrivals procedures in Hawaii. When an airline doesn’t provide preclearance, travelers will be screened on arrival in Hawaii.
3. On arrival in Hawaii, visitors with a wristband will show it to airport personnel to expedite the arrival process by demonstrating compliance with entry and exemption requirements.
Using CLEAR does not change the Hawaii Safe Travels’ rules, but expands testing options and simplifies the process for most travelers.
Before relying on the health pass, check to be sure your vaccine provider is listed in their website search results. In the event it is not, you will still need to upload a photo of your CDC card directly to Safe Travels.
Health Pass does not allow uploading of images of vaccine records. Rather it “only accepts digitally verified vaccination records through direct linkage with provider portals or Smart QR codes.”
When going through the Health Pass process, look for a gold screen to indicate you are done when using a negative Covid test, or a green screen, when using a vaccine record.
Your process is not complete, however, until you link your Health Pass with your trip on the Safe Travels website, and you have selected the “CLEAR Exception” on the “Apply for Exemption/Exception from Quarantine” page.
If you have questions, you can reach CLEAR at 855-253-2763.
Regular Sheryl said, “I can think of no other explanation for test results from places like the Mayo Clinic being rejected other than they are not giving the state kickbacks for the privilege of being a trusted partner.”
JC said, “I’ve also done Safe Travels, and CLEAR (app), but hoping by the time we go in September things will be easier and not harder.
Lastly, CF commented: “Why choose which COVID partners to use when there’s no evidence that 100’s of other COVID testers, including nationally recognized hospitals.” There have been hundreds of similar comments.
What do you think of this latest development?