COVID-19 Travel Information

COVID-19

TRAVEL INFORMATION

COVID-19 Travel Updates

The following information is taken directly from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and is up to date as of July 1, 2021. This page will be updated if anything changes but for the most up to date information, you may always visit https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/.

Know Before You Go

Important COVID-19 Travel Information

Travel Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors

Travelers vaccinated in the U.S. or U.S. Territories may travel to Hawaii starting on the 15th day after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine — or starting the 15th day after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

If you meet the requirements above, you must do the following before traveling to Hawaii.

  1. Prior to arrival, all adults 18 years of age and older are required to create an online account and register with the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Hawaii Program – https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/registration 
    • If you are traveling with children, the names of each child/children traveling with an adult registering will need to be included in the adult’s Safe Travels Hawai‘i program application form. 
    • You will also need to enter information on the last leg of your trip to Hawaii
      • e.g., for the Chicago to Seattle to Honolulu example, enter the Seattle to Honolulu flight. If your flight itinerary calls for landing on one island and catching a connecting flight to another island, only enter the flight from departure airport to the first Hawai‘i where you land.
  2. Upload one of three vaccination documents to your Safe Travels Hawaii account, prior to traveling to Hawaii. One of the following documents must be uploaded:
    • A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
    • VAMS (Vaccination Administration Management System) printout OR
    • DOD DD Form 2766C
  3. Sign the online legal attestations on Safe Travels Hawaii, confirming the uploaded documentation is true and accurate.
  4. Bring a hard copy of vaccination documentation to show screeners at the gate prior to boarding and/or upon arrival in Hawaii. Screeners will review/verify the vaccination documents, match photo IDs, name and DOB as well as confirm that the attestations are signed.
  5. Within 24 hours of your departure, you are required to complete the State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form via your Safe Travels account.

*Please note, international travelers do not qualify for this travel program. 

Travel Requirements for Unvaccinated Visitors
  1. Prior to arrival, all adults 18 years of age and older are required to create an online account and register with the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Hawaii Program – https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/registration 
    • If you are traveling with children, the names of each child/children traveling with an adult registering will need to be included in the adult’s Safe Travels Hawai‘i program application form. 
    • You will also need to enter information on the last leg of your trip to Hawaii
      • e.g., for the Chicago to Seattle to Honolulu example, enter the Seattle to Honolulu flight. If your flight itinerary calls for landing on one island and catching a connecting flight to another island, only enter the flight from departure airport to the first Hawai‘i where you land.
  2. Passengers must make necessary arrangements to get tested with a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner 72 hours prior to the final leg of departure. 
    • A list of Trusted Testing and Travel Partners can be found here: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/
    • All individuals required to complete pre-travel testing are responsible for their own testing costs.
  3. Children five years of age and older will need to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab. Test results will only be accepted from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners, including any tests verified through the State’s Digital Health Pass partners – CLEAR and CommonPass. Please also inquire directly with your air carrier to learn whether it offers pre-travel testing programs and is a Trusted Partner of the State of Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program.
  4. You will be required to complete testing no more than 72 hours before your flight’s departure time. If you have a multicity flight itinerary, the departure time is from the last city you leave before arriving at a Hawai‘i airport (e.g. if your travel is from Chicago to Seattle to Honolulu, the departure time to look at is your flight from Seattle).
  5. You must upload your negative pre-travel test result to your Safe Travels Hawai‘i program account and link it to your trip. Upon completion of the Mandatory State of Hawai‘i Travel and Health Form 24 hours prior to departure, a QR code for will be emailed to you to present to airport personnel either prior to boarding or when you arrive in Hawai‘i. You may show the QR code on your mobile phone or paper copy. You will also need to present a legally valid photo ID matching the name on your Safe Travels account. Completing all of your online forms and obtaining your QR code PRIOR TO departure will significantly reduce or even eliminate your arrival airport screening and processing time.
Travel Requirements for Children

Children under 5 years old are not required to test and will not be quarantined if traveling with an adult who has a pre-travel test exception or a vaccination exception. Children 5 years and older who have not been vaccinated must participate in the Pre-Travel Testing Program and test with a Trusted Testing Partner to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

FAQs
If I have a flight departing for Hawaii on the 17th (for example). When should I get tested?

Your test would need to be taken on or after the 14th depending on your time zone, and your results uploaded to Safe Travels or printed and in hand, before you depart on the final leg to Hawai‘i.

Example: If your flight to Hawaii departs from Chicago, connects in Seattle and departs Seattle on the 17th for Honolulu, the departure time is based on the Seattle time – Pacific Standard Time departure.

Will I be responsible for quarantine costs if my test results aren’t received in time, or if I test positive for COVID-19?

You will be responsible for 100% of the cost of your mandatory self-quarantining for the required 10-days, including accommodations, food and other deliveries. Vacation rentals of any kind for less than 30 days are not permitted as accepted self-quarantine accommodations.

What happens if I receive a POSITIVE TEST RESULT?

If you receive a POSITIVE TEST RESULT while you are in quarantine in Hawaiʻi, you will be required to go into isolation until you recover and at least 24 hours have passed since symptoms such as fever have resolved without the use of fever reducing medicine or at least 10 days have passed since the start of symptoms, whichever is longer. Health services guidance will be provided to you by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH). If you are traveling with others, they will also be required to quarantine in Hawaiʻi for 10 days.

What should I expect to happen at the airport when I arrive in Hawai‘i?

When you land, you will be directed through the screening process, so please allow time for this. If you were pre-cleared by your airline prior to boarding, you will be directed straight to baggage claim. Otherwise, if you received your QR code and an exemption or exception, then your screening time will be minimal. If you were unable to create your Safe Travels account or enter your flight information, screeners will assist you on arrival so allow for that additional processing time.

Can accommodations and car rental companies require me to show proof of not being subject to quarantine before agreeing to rent to me?

Yes. Per the State of Hawaii’s emergency proclamation, accommodations may require proof of a negative test result or vaccination exception in order to determine the type of service provided. Additionally, car rental companies are only permitted to rent to persons not subject to quarantine.

My flight lands in Honolulu on O‘ahu but my final destination is one of the neighbor islands. Will I need to show my pre-test negative results or vaccination exception QR code to airport personnel in Honolulu, or do this when I arrive on the neighbor island that is my final destination?

You will show your QR code to the airport screener upon arriving at your first Hawai‘i airport which in this case is Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. You are then free to travel to other islands without further restriction.

What protocols should I be aware of and adhere to once I’m out and about in the Hawaiian Islands?

Face coverings or masks no longer need to be worn outdoors, but must be worn indoors in compliance with Gov. David Ige’s most recent emergency proclamation related to COVID-19. Face coverings are defined as “a tightly woven fabric (without holes, vents, or valves) that is secured to the head with either ties or straps, or simply wrapped and tied around the wearer’s nose and mouth.”

Face shields (plexiglass/clear plastic shields, etc.) are not permitted as substitutes for face coverings unless an exception to the face covering requirement applies.

The proclamation requires that businesses refuse admission or service to anyone who fails to wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies.

Are Hawaii parks and beaches open and are there restrictions?

All county parks and beaches are open on all islands with some restrictions. Select state parks and monuments statewide are open, though emphasizing social distancing. National Park Service-managed parks, historic sites and memorials in Hawai‘i are gradually increasing access and services to their lands and facilities utilizing a phased approach.

Are masks required in Hawaii?

At this time (July 2021), masks are required indoors (lobbies, elevators, restaurants, etc). However, we will update trip attendees on any changes to this closer to the time of the trip.

What if I am traveling to and from another country and not the mainland? 

If you are traveling internationally to and from Hawaii, please check with the Hawaii Tourism Authority regarding any regulations pertaining specifically to the country you are traveling to and from. Please also check with the country you are returning to regarding any special return requirements.