(FOX 9) – Hawaii is the dream vacation offering lots of sun, beaches, and warm weather.
Travelers love it because you have access to luxury without flying international.
However, to get Hawaii, you need a negative COVID-19 test. But, it cannot be from the Mayo Clinic, as one Minnesota couple recently found out.
Joan and Grant Christianson are now in two different states because Hawaii doesn’t list the Mayo Clinic as one of its “trusted partners.”
“We said, ‘But it’s the Mayo Clinic, [one] of the biggest research labs in the United States,” said Joan.
It was supposed to be the dream vacation for the Christianson’s after an emotional 2020.
“We had a very stressful year,” Joan stated. “My family had a lot of deaths, including my 50-year-old sister and my dad.”
The trip has turned into a nightmare, where they have more questions than answers.
“My COVID-19 test was from Walgreen’s lab where I sat in the car and swabbed my own nose and Hawaii accepted that,” said Joan. “My husband’s test was taken at a hospital by a registered nurse and yet it was denied as a non-trusted partner.”
Hawaii does not offer testing to travelers so, the only option for Grant was to sleep in the car overnight and then fly to Los Angeles the next morning for a test in the airport because the hotel would not issue a key without proof that he was cleared to stay.
They reached out to their state representative, Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar), who said he is disappointed with how Hawaiian authorities handled the situation.
“The most trusted partner in the world is Mayo Clinic and how it isn’t part of the trusted lab result is shocking to us,” he told FOX 9. “I get the understanding of making sure people are safe but [they could’ve] picked up the phone and asked the Mayo Clinic. You would think there would be a better process to do this.”
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