Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Who needs to self-quarantine?

A: Currently everyone who arrives in Hawaii from out of state, as well as passengers who travel interisland to the counties of Maui, Kauai or Hawaii must quarantine for 10 days or the duration of their trip if it’s shorter, unless they receive an exemption before arriving at the airport or are participating in the state's pre-travel testing program by taking a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test from a trusted testing partner approved by the Hawaii Department of Health within 72 hours from their final leg of departure and having a negative result prior to their flight. If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter. Travelers will not be able to avoid the 10-day quarantine even if they receive a post-departure negative test.

Q: How can I get an exemption for the mandatory quarantine?

A: HTA does not handle exemption requests. For passengers arriving from out of state, the Attorney General’s office handles the requests. Exemption seekers can fill out their requests online as well as review a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at For passengers flying interisland (arriving in Maui, Kauai or Hawaii counties), the respective counties are handling exemption requests.

Q: I’m trying to cancel my trip but am having a difficult time getting a refund. Can you help me?

A: HTA is not a regulatory agency. For refunds it’s best if you go through the company you booked through or your credit card company.

Q: What if I don’t get my COVID-19 test results back in time?

A: HTA is not in charge of the pre-travel testing program -- the Department of Health (DOH) is. If your test results are not yet available when you depart for Hawaii, you are required to self-quarantine at your accommodations for 10 days, or the entirety of your trip, whichever is shorter.

Q: I have a trip coming up to Hawaii in a couple of months. Can you tell me if I will need to take a COVID-19 test or will need to quarantine?

A: We cannot predict what the situation or protocols will be in the future since the situation is fluid. Please check our website for updates.

Q: How do I travel to my place of lodging/residence from the airport if I cannot rent a car while I’m under quarantine?

A: You can use Uber/Lyft or a taxicab service for transportation from the airport to your place of lodging or designated quarantine location.

Please refer to the following links for more information about taxicab services available at the airports:

Q: If I am living with or visiting others who did not travel, will they need to self-quarantine too?

A: If you live with other people who are not subject to the travel quarantine, they do not need to quarantine. Only the traveler must quarantine. If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your doctor. Based on a medical assessment, your household may need to self-quarantine. Remember, visitors should not be allowed at your shared residence until you complete your traveler quarantine.

Additional Resources:

The Hawaii Department of Health has created this FAQ page for travelers.

The Hawaii Office of Enterprise Technology Services, which created the new Safe Travels application, has created this FAQ page.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has created this FAQ page.