Can it really be that difficult to get a Covid test to travel to Hawaii? I’m leaving for Hawaii in a couple of days and I’m trying to get a Covid test. Any reasonably intelligent person might start at the website of the airlines you are traveling with. At least that is what I did. Hawaiian Airlines has a whole list of places that you can go to to take your test. For example, they have Walgreen, CVS, Kaiser Permanente, etc…
You might think this is a no-brainer. At least I did. I soon find out it’s not that easy a friend just went to Walgreens paid for a test and didn’t get the results fast enough to fly. I don’t really pay that much attention to them. I think to myself they probably weren’t the sharpest tool in the shed. LOL
On the Hawaiian Airlines website, it states, “we’ve organized all of the State’s approved trusted traveling partnersby departure city so that you can spend less time worrying about your pre-travel COVID-19 test and more time getting excited about your upcoming trip.” I make two different appointments one CVS and another Kaiser.
Covid-19 Testing Centers
I make an appointment at CVS and Kaiser. Just for hoots and giggles and for this article. I am now at my CVS appointment they say tell me you need a PCR test this is a different test than the test you signed up for. You have to ask, what is the difference? The difference is one test the protein and the other test DNA and the PCR appearsDoes CVS provide that test? the answer is yes, but they can’t guarantee that you’ll get your results in time to go to Hawaii.
Good thing for me, I had a backup plan Kaiser Permante. When you get there you will ve directed to go through the drive-through. It’s not a long line maybe about 20/30 minutes. I tell them I’m flying to Hawaii they say that they’re going to have my test resuls to me on time. LOL We’ll see.
My boyfriend (he is traveling with me) and of course he’s in the same predicament. He had too set up his rapid testing over at CVS it’s the wrong test. He goes back onto the website finds another place, drives to the Covid testing center in Encinitas. It’s a drive-through that takes about 20 minutes and $69. He goes in there and they say it’s the wrong test, they don’t do that test. He shows them it’s on the website they say oh well sorry.
Now somewhat irritated he goes about 25 minutes away to La Jolla. Drive-through easy, it took longer to run the credit card than the test and the line. He gets to La Jolla no line no nothing just really fast really quick. It cost him $125. He gets his results back in 12 hours. Wow, that was fast! A+ for them.
You might be scratching your head because you don’t understand how these other corporations such as CVS and Walgreens can’t do PCR test any faster, and the airlines shame on you for not having the correct information on your website. It’s sad but what it comes down to is money just to travel. Very disappointing, just saying Covid sucks.
Back to Kaiser Permanente’s test results. After 39 hours later still no test results. I’m leaving in the morning and freaking out. What will happen will to me? Will even let me on the airplane? On the way to the airport, I make a final attempt. Talk about stress. The good news the test results came in. YAY The other good news is they would have let me on the airplane even without the test. But what happens to you if you get to Hawaii without your test results.Well that’s another story.
Questions below for my readers, feel free to reply below with the answers. Or simply email me at Heather@yourhomedesigncenter.com
If you don’t get your test results in time can you give Hawaii the test results late?
Why do you need to do all of this if you are vaccinated?