Hawaii COVID-19 Testing Requirements
Including Hawaii's Trusted Pre-Test Partners & Costs
Official Pre-Travel Testing Program now allows the bypass of quarantine
Last Updated: October 20, 2020, at 3:00 pm HST
Hawaii's pre-testing travel program has now effectively opened up the islands to visitors, as long as they bring along proof of a negative COVID-19 test and complete a State Dept. of Agriculture paper form (which is distributed on all flights) prior to arrival within the state.
Travelers who, upon entry into the state, provide written confirmation from a state-approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from a test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the final leg of departure, will be able to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine order.
Fortunately, some of the confusion surrounding testing and how many tests will be required were cleared up in a recent press conference. We've updated this site to reflect those changes/clarifications. We recognize questions remain about testing availability. Frankly, the entire rollout of this program has been a bit messy, with ongoing rule/policy changes, and we are doing our best here at GoUS Hawaii to keep abreast of official updates so we can pass that information along to you in as timely and as accurate a manner as possible. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide additional updates from official state sources, as they become available to us on this page. Travelers may also want to sign up for our weekly email updates that we're currently sending about the status of Hawaii's reopening.
Trans-pacific pre-arrival test details
- A "state-approved COVID-19 test" means a test to determine the presence of active COVID-19 infection that has been approved for use under these rules by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH).
- Currently approved is the processing by laboratories that are licensed or certified by Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of specimens for nucleic acid amplification (NAAT) testing approved or authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), pursuant to an Emergency Use Authorization or other authorization for COVID-19 testing. At this time, the state of Hawaii will ONLY accept tests from Trusted Testing & Travel Partners.
- To reiterate, this test result must be confirmed prior to arrival in Hawaii, and the visitor must present evidence of this test upon arrival.
- If a visitor's test results are not available at the time of arrival, the visitor must quarantine until the test results are received.
- Travelers who cannot are unable to provide a negative test result certification, for each member of their party, will be required to quarantine for 14-days. See our Hawaii Travel Requirements and Hawaii Travel Restrictions articles for more information.
- A second test may be required depending on which island(s) travelers visit, please see the testing news & updates section below.
Inter-island pre-travel test details
- Travelers flying inter-island to either Maui or Kauai may bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take an FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from the certified CLIA lab not sooner than 72-hours prior to departure with a negative test result.
- Inter-island travelers will be able to upload their negative test results when they complete their travel and health forms on the 'Safe Travels' digital system: travel.hawaii.gov. The traveler must have the test result with them upon arrival so airport screeners can review the result.
- Travelers arriving on Maui or Kauai who choose not to take an inter-island pre-travel test, or who do not arrive with a negative test from an inter-island trusted testing partner, will be subject to the 14-day inter-county quarantine.
- A second test may be required depending on which island(s) travelers visit, please see the testing news & updates section below.
Who are the trusted pre-test travel partners?
Hawaii Testing Partners & Related Costs
The Pre-Travel Test Must Come from a Trusted Partner!
On Hawaii's official State Department of Health website, the state lists its approved trusted testing partners as AFC Urgent Care Portland, Bartell Drugs, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, Color, CVS Health, Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Discovery Health MD, Hawaii Pacific Health, Kaiser Permanente, Minit Medical, Quest Diagnostics, Urgent Care Hawaii, Vault Health, and Walgreens (as of 10/21/20).
The Lt. Governor has also officially confirmed, during multiple press conferences, that several additional partners (Airlines, Airports, etc.) are also offering tests (through trusted partners) that will comply with Hawaii's pre-test requirements.
Latest Testing Updates & News
Including updates per Hawaii county/island
Trans-Pacific Pre-Travel Test + Post-Travel Testing
As of right now, the Governor and Lt. Gov. have both confirmed that only a single test will be needed to initially bypass the quarantine requirement at the statewide level (the trans-Pacific test), and this test MUST be from a trusted partner! However, depending on which island you visit, there may be additional post-arrival testing required. We've included details, on each county/island, below for clarification. The post-arrival tests would all be free to travelers.
Big Island of Hawaii to perform a post-arrival rapid antigen test
Big Island Mayor Harry Kim has said that trans-Pacific travel to the Big Island of Hawaii would reopen with a two-test plan that required travelers who participated in the state's pre-arrivals testing program to additionally take a free rapid post-arrival test at the airport upon arrival. If a traveler fails the test, the Mayor said they would be administered a separate PCR test and subsequently have to quarantine where they have reservations, either until the test comes back negative or they recover from COVID-19. Kim additionally said he's continuing to work on establishing rules that would allow interisland travelers to bypass the quarantine restrictions.
Maui to perform a second post-arrival test
Maui is participating in a voluntary second post-arrival test, also administered within 72-hours after arrival, and it will be free of charge. Governor Ige has also now verbally agreed to permit Maui residents to travel between Maui, Molokai, or Lanai without having to quarantine or be subjected to the pre-travel testing program. Inter-island travelers to Maui will need to take an inter-island pre-test 72-hours before departure.
Kauai to perform a second post-arrival test with an incentivized program
Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami has said Kauai will be participating in a free voluntary second post-arrival testing program for residents and a voluntary paid $150, but incentivized, program for visitors. The post-arrival test will be administered within 72-hours of arrival. Inter-island travelers to Kauai will need to take an inter-island pre-test 72-hours before departure.
As a way to incentivize and say, 'Mahalo' (thank you) to visitors who choose to pay for and take the second post-arrival test, visitors will receive a $150 certificate from a participating Kauai business. These certificate offerings will be assessed and adjusted as the program continues.
Currently partnering with Kauai County are:
- Hilo Hatties
- Kauai Backcountry Adventures
- National Tropical Botanical Gardens
- Lydgate Farms
- Kipu Ranch Adventures
- CJM Country Stables
- Koa Kea's Red Salt Restaurant
- Opakapaka Grill and Bar
- The Dolphin Restaurant
- Hokuala Golf Course
Oahu additionally working to develop a second post-arrival test
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell previously announced that Oahu is also looking to develop a second, random post-arrival test for travelers to the island. This random post-arrival test would theoretically be administered four days after the traveler's arrival, but this plan is not currently in place. More details are forthcoming...
Updates on inter-island travel...
We've recently updated the rules regarding island-island travel, including testing rules, and the new pre-travel testing for interisland flights, in our Hawaii Travel Restrictions - Inter-island FAQ →
Additionally, we've recently updated this page, below, to include the newly announced trusted inter-island pre-travel partners →
Official Pharmacy Partners for COVID-19 Testing & Costs
CVS Health – Beginning October 10, travelers may schedule an appointment at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations. Pre-registration is required. Registration instructions and costs will appear at the CVS link on or before October 10th. Previously, CVS has said, "Tests will cost $139 per test and we currently expect the majority of test results to be available within two to three days. It will be live in time to allow travelers to schedule a test in advance of their planned travel to the islands and within the time frame required by the state."
Kaiser Permanente (members only) - Kaiser Permanente members who plan to visit Hawaii should schedule a COVID-19 test online, or contact the appointment call center at (951) 268-3900 or nurse advice line in their home region to schedule a COVID-19 test at their nearest testing facility. Test costs should be FREE for members.
Official Airline / Airport Partners for COVID-19 Testing & Costs
The airlines themselves are not performing the tests but have teamed up with official testing partners (see 'Official Testing Partners' below) to provide the pre-travel test to their customers flying to Hawaii. Below is the information we currently have available on each airline.
Alaska Airlines - To help travelers prepare for Hawaii's pre-travel testing program, Alaska Airlines will partner with Carbon Health & Bartell Drugs to offer COVID-19 testing across the West Coast, starting Oct. 12 in Seattle. The cost is $135 for Alaska flyers and will be ready within two hours. Their press release and additional information can be found here.
American Airlines - American Airlines will offer three options for pre-flight COVID-19 testing to customers with flights from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Honolulu and Maui. The cost will be $129 for the at-home option. American will release details later on the cost of other options. Their press release can be found here.
Hawaiian Airlines - Hawaiian Airlines recently announced they are expanding Pre-Travel COVID-19 Testing Options with a more convenient at-home service. Read their press releases here and here for additional testing information. The cost is $150 for same-day drive-thru results; OR $90 for results within 36 hours; OR $150 for a mail-in saliva test.
Southwest Airlines - we are currently awaiting more information on Southwest Airlines Hawaii pre-test participation... but it appears they are participating through a partnership with both CVS and the Oakland Airport (see below).
United Airlines - Starting on October 15th, those traveling on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii will have the option to take a rapid test at the airport or a drive-through test 48-72 hours before travel. The cost of the rapid test, administered by GoHealth, is $250 and is performed on the day of travel. There is a $105 drive-through test, administered by Color, that needs to be completed within 72 hours of travel at a testing facility located at the United technical operations facility parking lot. Eligible customers will receive detailed information about the test and how to sign up via email one week prior to their trip. Both tests are pre-approved by the state of Hawaii. Read their press release here.
Oakland International Airport - Oakland International Airport (OAK), has announced a program to help travelers meet the Hawaii test requirement to avoid quarantine. The program launches October 15th, is FREE, and is provided through a partnership between CityHealth Urgent Care and the Oakland International airport. This free, rapid result COVID-19 test will allow passengers flying to the Hawaiian Islands to bypass quarantine restrictions. In a press release at the end of September, the airport said it would be releasing additional information about the program soon. Travelers should ensure they schedule their flights through OAK with enough time to receive the test result before they board the plane for Hawaii.
Official Testing Partners for COVID-19
We do not have specific costs for all of the following partners, however, we have received confirmation from the Lt. Governor that each of these partners listed below is participating in the Hawaii pre-test travel program.
American Family Care - COVID-19 tests are available at clinics on the AFC Urgent Care website. Schedule in advance to guarantee appointment availability. A printed version of the results is provided prior to leaving the clinic. Information and costs can be found here. For self-pay, this test is $199.
City Health - CityHealth Urgent Care and its team of expert clinical staff and infectious disease physician consultants offer to test utilizing state-of-the-art Abbott Lab instrumentation for results in 15 minutes. Information and costs can be found here. $0 out-of-pocket cost with most insurance or federal program for the uninsured.
Color Genomics - Color supports the nation's first COVID-19 testing program for airline passengers. Information can be found online here. As noted above for United Airlines, the cost is $250 for a rapid test performed on the day of travel, OR there is an $80 mail-in test that needs to be completed 72 hours before travel.
Vault - At-home tests with real-time audio-visual supervision are available with Vault Health, the first FDA-authorized saliva test. Tests are mailed with accurate results in 72 hours or less. Information and costs can be found online here. Costs may be reimbursable by insurance under the Cares Act.
Additional Sources for Testing
The following testing sources have announced Hawaii pre-test plans, but are not yet confirmed by the State of Hawaii. At this time, we are including the information below for informative-only purposes only until we receive official confirmation from the Lt. Governor or the Hawaii Department of Health. We've received word that additional testing partners may be announced in the coming days or weeks.
- No additional sources/partners have been announced at this time.
Hawaii Inter-island Testing Partners
Official Inter-Island Pre-Travel Testing Partners for COVID-19
On October 17, 2020, Governor Ige announced eight new "trusted testing partners" for interisland travel to both Kauai and Maui counties.
As we've noted previously, Oahu does not have any inter-island travel restrictions, and the Big Island of Hawaii is not participating in an inter-island pre-travel program.
We've also recently updated the rules regarding island-island travel, including testing rules, in our Hawaii Travel Restrictions - Inter-island FAQ →
Hawaii Pacific Health: Tests are offered at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children on Oahu, and Wilcox Medical Center on Kauai in partnership with Clinical Labs of Hawaii. Appointments are required at Kapiolani and must be scheduled online. No appointment is necessary at Wilcox. More information on site locations, hours, and costs can be found on their website.
Kaiser Permanente: (members only) Travelers can schedule a test online, contact the appointment call center, or nurse advice line in the traveler's home region for scheduling instructions. Kaiser Permanente members returning home to Hawaii may call the Away-from-Home Travel Line at (951) 268-3900 for scheduling instructions. Information can be found on their website.
Walgreens: Testing is available to inter-island travelers at no cost (however, individuals must meet CDC criteria for testing). Tests available for ages five (5) and older. All drive-thru testing locations operate outdoors and patients do not leave their vehicles. Appointments are required. Travelers can find more information on their website.
Post-Arrival Testing Program Pilot
During the press conference held by the Governor and Lt. Governor in early October, a pilot post-arrival testing program was announced. The post-arrival testing plan would include surveillance testing to help discover additional cases of the COVID-19 disease.
It was announced during the press conference that roughly 10% of all arrivals will be randomly re-tested, including children. Based on the information we've received thus far, this test would be voluntary to travelers - though that detail is not finalized. This pilot post-arrival test would take place approximately four days after the traveler's arrival. In a follow-up press conference, the Lt. Governor announced this testing program would be free.
Safe Travels Application
Required for all Travelers
- The new online Safe Travels application is now mandatory for all travelers. The application can be found visiting travel.hawaii.gov
- This program, which collects the required health and travel information, is critical to protecting the health of residents and visitors alike.
For more information, see our updated section about the new Safe Travels program on our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page.
Frequently Asked Testing Questions
Will there be testing available in Hawaii?
No, all visitors must have received a negative COVID-19 test, no more than 72 hours from the final leg of departure before arriving in Hawaii. This applies to all visitors ages 5 and older.
For visitors who cannot provide evidence of a negative test result upon arrival in Hawaii, the 14-day quarantine will remain in effect.
What do I do with my test results?
Remember, you must provide written confirmation from a state-approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result upon entry into Hawaii. Travelers will be able to upload their negative test result when they complete their travel and health forms on the Safe Travels digital system, found at travel.hawaii.gov
Will antibody or antigen testing results be accepted?
No! An antibody or antigen test will NOT be accepted by the state of Hawaii as part of the pre-travel testing program. This policy is according to the Department of Health FAQ.
What are the rules on testing and inter-island travel?
We've recently updated the rules regarding island-island travel, including testing rules, in our Hawaii Travel Restrictions - Inter-island FAQ →
Who is responsible for the trans-Pacific test cost?
Each visitor is responsible for paying for their own test and all costs included for such tests. We want to stress again; this test must be done prior to arriving in Hawaii.
Do I need a doctor’s order to get the test?
This varies by location. Please check with your doctor or review the health requirements in your area.
Are all islands participating in the pre-travel trans-Pacific test program?
Yes, but travelers may be asked to take a second post-arrival test depending on which island(s) they visit. Please see our testing updates section above.
What are other restrictions currently in place (by island) in Hawaii?
For the most up to date information on each Hawaiian Island and the corresponding travel restrictions, we encourage to check out our updated article: Hawaii Travel Restrictions →
More information on the current COVID-19 rules & restrictions, including for each Hawaiian county/island, can be found on our updated page for Hawaii Travel Restrictions →
Additional information on Hawaii's re-opening process, along with a frequently updated traveler FAQ, can be found in our article: Hawaii Reopening to Visitors - What you need to know →
What's Open, Closed, and Reopening Soon in Hawaii?
Now that visitors can once again enjoy Hawaii's remarkable natural beauty, great open spaces, unique experiences, and signature hospitality, we've created a new article to cover everything you need to know about What is Open, Closed, or Reopening Soon →
On that page, we've compiled a list of all the major Hawaii resorts, hotels, b&b's, inn's, and attractions that have already reopened or plan too soon, and their reopening dates when applicable.
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Additional Hawaii COVID-19 Information & Resources
The following resources have been compiled by GoUS Hawaii to better assist travelers in navigating the various restrictions and state-approved test requirements for visiting Hawaii during the COVID pandemic. If you have questions, we are always happy to assist, and you can contact us anytime. You may also want to direct your questions to an official state resource, and we've compiled an updated list of Hawaii Official COVID-19 Contacts for travelers, including phone numbers and email addresses when applicable.
Upcoming Months of Travel
We think it is safe to say that any month of the year you will not be disappointed when you visit the Hawaiian islands. Here's an overview of what to expect in the coming months. Not sure when to visit? Read about the Best Month to Visit, where we present an overview of each month OR take the quiz on our Best Time to Visit Hawaii page.
Information Disclaimer: Details and information on this page, including dates, may change on a day-by-day basis. While we will be making every effort to keep these pages relevant and up to date, the decision to travel is ultimately your own responsibility. Please travel safely and keep an eye on our Hawaii Travel Requirements page for more information regarding COVID-19 and re-opening in Hawaii.