Gutierrez: Hawaii inclusion in Japan safe destination list bodes well for Guam

According to Gutierrez, there are as many as 2500 H2B workers requiring housing. (PNC file photo)

Hawaii has made it to Japan’s proposed list of safe destinations for international travel, but Guam didn’t make the cut.

Hawaii is the only U.S. destination being considered by Japan, as it eyes resuming international travel for its citizens.

Guam has been working to get a reciprocity deal hammered out with Japan to have a so-called “tourist bubble” for travelers coming to Guam, allowing them to forego quarantine upon returning to their country.

Carl Gutierrez, the president of the Guam Visitors Bureau, says Hawaii’s inclusion in Japan’s list, is actually a positive thing for Guam.

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“They have been looked upon as being carved out of the entire United States, you know, which bodes well for Guam, because that’s what we’ve been looking to do so that we can not be lumped in with other regions, other states in the nation that are really high-risk,” Gutierrez said.

Japan was recently taken off Adelup’s list of “low-risk” areas because of a surge in COVID-cases there.

Gutierrez says there are procedures for all sides to follow and that Japan’s own country protocols are where the problem exists.