In spite of recommendations against travelling within and outside of British Columbia during the second wave of the pandemic, Canada’s two biggest airlines are now both offering flights to Hawaii with pre-testing measures in place.

Both Air Canada and WestJet are advertising their flights from BC to Hawaii through which travellers can legally skip the 14-day quarantine required by the State of Hawaii by taking a COVID-19 test ahead of time and getting a negative result.

Those who travel by Air Canada can buy their COVID-19 RT-PCR test at participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations across BC, Alberta and Ontario, and receive their test results within 24 to 48 hours.

These tests are available to anyone flying to countries that require a negative COVID-19 test, including Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Air Canada flights from Vancouver to Hawaii will begin on December 17.

Travellers who book a WestJet flight can get tested through the airline’s partnership with LifeLabs. The company says a negative test 72 hours before departure will exempt customers from needing to quarantine upon arrival in Hawaii.

Customers would purchase the test for $250 plus tax at LifeLabs partner clinics.

The airline will begin offering thrice weekly direct flights between Vancouver and Honolulu and Vancouver and Maui starting December 18.

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