Travel Alerts for Visitors to Hawaiʻi Due to COVID-19
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Updated Feb. 16, 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. If you are visiting Hawaiʻi Island, you will 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 Dec. 2, Kauaʻi opted out of this pre-testing program. Now, all travelers to Kauaʻi will be required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival unless 1) they get a negative COVID-19 test pre-arrival, 2) are staying at an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) “resort bubble” property and 3) take a post-travel test three days after arrival with a negative result. These visitors will be able to leave the property and explore the island. (If visitors and residents decide to stay in non-EMQ hotels or at homes, they will be subjected to the full 10-day traveler quarantine without a post-travel testing opportunity and cannot leave their rooms.)
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.
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 14-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.