Traveling to Hawaii and Interisland

SAFE TRAVELS PROGRAM

The State of Hawaii's online Safe Travels program is mandatory for all travelers. The form, which collects the required health and travel information, is critical to protecting the health of residents and visitors alike. Click here for FAQs and instructions.

Travelers are encouraged to enter their information, details and COVID-19 test result in advance of their flight. Once their health information is entered 24 hours before departure, travelers receive a QR code via email. The QR code on their mobile device or printed on paper gets scanned by the airport screener upon arrival.

New features and data elements will be added in future phases, as the Safe Travels process and State travel requirements evolve. Travelers without smart phones or computers can ask a friend or relative for assistance or receive assistance at the arrival airport. Travelers without email addresses will need to create one on an email service to comply with the conditions of quarantine.

Click here for the press release.

INTERISLAND TRAVEL

Governor David Ige announced on June 4 that starting June 15, all inter-county travel restrictions will be dropped. That means that everyone traveling inter-island will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status or where they were vaccinated.

PRIOR TO JUNE 15:

People fully vaccinated in Hawaii may travel inter-county without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination. 

Travelers who arrive in Kauai, Maui and Hawaii counties before they are fully vaccinated or before the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination, will be placed into mandatory quarantine for the full 10 days, unless they meet the criteria for other exceptions (pre-travel testing and CISA). The City and County of Honolulu does not have an interisland travel quarantine order.

Vaccinated individuals traveling inter-county will need to:

  • Provide a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with name, birthdate, type of vaccine, date(s) vaccine was administered and lot number(s) for each vaccine dose.
  • Create an online account and register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels Hawaii web program.
  • Affirm that they are fully vaccinated, and that the uploaded CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is accurate and authentic.
  • Upload a PDF file or digital image of a properly filled CDC Vaccination Record Card to the Safe Travels Hawai‘i web program.
  • Bring a digital image as well as the original CDC Vaccination Record Card with you in case you are asked to produce it.

At this time, the State of Hawaii will accept only the “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” or a printout from the Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS). Vaccinated individuals who did not receive the CDC card or VAMS printout must return to the provider that administered their vaccination, for a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. State or territory Department of Health issued cards will not be accepted.

  • Travelers under the age of 5 may bypass quarantine requirements, provided they are traveling on the same itinerary as a parent/guardian who has met vaccination verification requirements.
  • Travelers 5 years of age and older who are not vaccinated can take a pre-arrival test to bypass the quarantine.
  • Travelers ages 16 and 17 who are fully vaccinated should follow the vaccination verification requirements for adults.
  • Travelers must continue to monitor for symptoms and must follow local county regulations – wearing a mask, physical distancing and hygiene practices.

Inter-county, or interisland passengers arriving in Kauai and Maui counties may bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take an FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from the certified CLIA lab of a trusted testing and travel partner no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and receive a negative result. Interisland passengers arriving to Hawaii County have two options to proceed without the 10-day quarantine: either test for COVID-19 via a trusted testing and travel partner no more than 72 hours before traveling to Hawaii Island and receive a negative result, or be tested after arrival. Individuals may break the self-quarantine to receive an approved test. A negative post-arrival test would allow the traveler to be released from quarantine.

For more information, read about the state and county orders and check with the county websites for the latest information.

MALAMA HAWAII

In an effort to inspire mindful travel, industry partners and volunteer organizations in Hawaii have come together with an initiative that encourages visitors to leave Hawaii better than when they arrived. Volunteer projects range from reforestation and tree planting to self-directed beach cleanups, ocean reef preservation, and creating Hawaiian quilts for our Kupuna (elders). By making a positive impact, guests will have a more enriching travel experience and can enjoy a free extra night from participating hotels. Learn more here.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

There is a rental car shortage in Hawaii. Instead of renting a vehicle, please consider some of these alternate transportation options. Click here to see the list.

TRANSPACIFIC TRAVEL

Governor David Ige announced on June 4 that beginning June 15, people traveling to  Hawaii who were vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass the quarantine without a pre-travel test. Those who were not vaccinated in Hawaii do not qualify for this trans-Pacific travel exemption.

As of June 4, 52% of Hawaii’s residents have been fully vaccinated. When the state reaches a 60% vaccination rate, people vaccinated in the United States who are traveling domestically, will be able to bypass the testing/quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program.

When the state achieves a 70% vaccination rate, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the Safe Travels program will end.

The Pre-Travel Testing Program requires passengers five and older to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory within 72 hours from the final leg of departure and produce a negative result in order to proceed without the state’s 10-day mandatory quarantine. A trained professional must observe all tests.

Travelers wishing to bypass the quarantine must have their negative COVID-19 test results - from a trusted testing partner - prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. 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.

Only test results from trusted testing partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health are being accepted. A trained professional must observe all tests. Registration instructions and costs can be found at the partners’ websites. The list of approved trusted testing partners is available at HawaiiCovid19.comRead the FAQs here.

In addition to the pre-travel test, a county may require travelers five and older to obtain a subsequent test after arrival. This post-arrival test is being paid for and administered by the county. Be sure to check with the individual county websites for the latest information.

Travelers also will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out a travel and health form. Read the FAQs.

TRANSPACIFIC SELF-QUARANTINE EXEMPTIONS

There are other exceptions to the general rule that all travelers must self-quarantine:

  • Individuals arriving in the State on recreational boats into the State's small boat (non-commercial) harbors which have been at sea for at least 10 days do not have to self-quarantine if no one on the boat is ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Individuals traveling to the State to perform critical infrastructure functions as described in the proclamation will be subject to self-quarantine but may break quarantine to perform their critical functions.
  • Persons who previously tested positive for COVID-19 but are no longer at risk of infecting others also may obtain an exemption allowing them to break quarantine.

Exemption seekers can submit their requests online as well as review a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at travelexemption.hawaii.gov.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

JAPAN

Travelers from Japan may bypass the state's mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in Japan. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the test must be negative prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. 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.

Japanese nationals traveling abroad are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country. In addition, all those who enter, re-enter or return to Japan are required to submit a certificate of pre-entry COVID-19 testing result within 72 hours prior to departure and undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, until the current state of emergency is lifted. Read on for more details.

Travel restrictions on U.S. travel to Japan remain in place. Read the press release and more information here.

Only test results from trusted testing partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health are being accepted.

CANADA

Travelers flying from Canada to Hawaii may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from labs identified by Air Canada and WestJet. The test must be taken within 72 hours of travel to the State of Hawaii, and a negative test result must be received prior to departure. Travelers without proof of a negative test result prior to boarding their flight to Hawaii will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days or the length of stay, whichever is shorter. Read the news release.

KOREA

Travelers from Korea may bypass the state's mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in Korea. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the test result must be negative. The four trusted testing partners in Korea are:

Read the press release.

TAIWAN

Travelers from Taiwan may bypass the State of Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner. In all cases, the test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the negative test result submitted prior to departure for Hawaii.

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has approved the use of the COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for Taiwan’s pre-travel test, conducted by a laboratory authorized by the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare. The following trusted testing partners at these locations in Taiwan have been approved:

POST-ARRIVAL

Arriving passengers subject to the quarantine are required to initial and sign this order confirming they are aware of the quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. The period of self-quarantine begins from the time of entry into the State and lasts 10 days or the duration of the person’s time in Hawaii, whichever is shorter.

Once travelers get to a Hawaii airport, they will have to show proof they completed their form and provide identification.

After landing they will have their temperature taken through thermal temperature screening equipment at the gate. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will receive a medical assessment by paramedics stationed at the airport.

Click here to view the visitor's journey and health protocols being implemented, including the airlines, airports, transportation, lodging, meetings and conventions, restaurants, retail, and activities and attractions.

HOST RULES

All hosts of any guest(s) subject to the mandatory self-quarantine are responsible for ensuring that their guest(s) abides by the self-quarantine rules. Any host violates this rule if the host intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly fails to notify law enforcement immediately when a guest or guests subject to the self-quarantine fails to enter or remain within the confines of their designated quarantine location.

Please be sure to check the latest guidelines for short term rentals, transient vacation rentals and homestay operations in place, by county (City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Kauai County, Hawaii County).

HAWAII SUNSCREEN LAW

Effective January 1, 2021, Hawaii State law prohibits the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in the Hawaiian Islands. The purpose of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Scientific studies have shown that oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to corals and other marine life. Read more.