Travel Alerts for Visitors to Hawaiʻi Due to COVID-19
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Updated May 4, 2021
See our Travel Safety section for more updates.
Anyone traveling to Hawaiʻi—both residents and visitors—from out-of-state through Oct. 14, 2020 are subject to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. The mandate applies to all arrivals at state airports, including private and commercial aircrafts. Violating the order is a criminal offense and subject to a fine up to $5,000 and/or a year in jail.
Starting Oct. 15, travelers of all ages who test negative for COVID-19 72 hours before arriving in Oʻahu will be able to avoid the mandatory quarantine, as part of the state’s Safe Travels pre-testing program. If you are visiting Hawaiʻi Island, you may need to take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival. Those visiting Maui County will be asked to take a second test, but it will not be required. On April 5, Kauaʻi rejoined the Travel Safe program.
Starting May 11, people who have received their vaccination in Hawaiʻi and have completed the required 14-day waiting period can travel between the Hawaiian Islands without taking a COVID-19 test or going into quarantine.
To visit Hawaiʻi without quarantine, you need to:
- Take a pre-travel test from one of Hawaii’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners within 72 hours of departing to the state.
- Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaiʻi Travel and Health Form.
- Upload negative test results to your Safe Travels account before traveling to Hawaiʻi.
As of early January, Maui County requires the download of the AlohaSafe Alert app or other Google-Apple exposure notification system application for all travelers on the Safe Travels program and those who obtain a limited quarantine exemption. The AlohaSafe Alert app is compatible with Android and iPhones. Android phones should be Version 6 or above. iPhones should have iOS 13.7 or greater.
Starting May 4, Maui County added a new requirement: All trans-Pacific travelers participating in the state’s Safe Travels Program will be subject to an additional rapid COVID test upon arrival at Kahului Airport.
Effective Nov. 24, trans-Pacific travelers to Hawaiʻi who can’t present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in the islands will NOT be able to bypass the 10-day quarantine once their test results are received.
While in the Islands, face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces and outdoor areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
Starting Oct. 15, the 10-day mandatory self-quarantine for interisland travel will be lifted except for those arriving on Hawaiʻi Island. The state Department of Transportation will require thermal screening at the airport for everyone traveling between islands. It will also require travelers to fill out a new form that will ask for health-related information to help the state in tracking and responding to new COVID-19 cases. Travelers with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to board their flights.
How to Self-Quarantine:
- You must stay in your visitor lodging/home to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 to other people. Here’s what you need to do:
- Do not use shared facilities such as pools, spas, gyms, restaurants or bars.
- Ask someone to drop of food or other necessities at your front door or order room service or use delivery services.
- Do not go to public places such as the beach, park, hiking trails, shopping centers, childcare, work, school or local attractions.
- Do not let visitors in—only people who usually live with you should be in your home.
For more information about COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi, visit here.