Hawaii COVID-19 Test Requirements
Including Hawaii's Pre-Travel Test Procedures & Rules
Official Pre-Travel Testing Program now allows the bypass of quarantine
Last Updated: April 14, 2021, at 11:00 am HST
Hawaii's pre-travel testing program has now effectively opened up the islands to visitors, as long as they bring along proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a state-approved trusted testing partner 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. Additionally, all travelers wishing to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative COVID-19 test results - from a trusted testing partner - prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. See our Hawaii Testing Details section for more information.
In anticipation of increased summer travel to the Hawaiian Islands, Governor David Ige and the Hawaii Safe Travels team have established and expanded the Pre-Clear program with domestic and international airline partners. Additional information can be found below on the pre-clear program.
Notice on latest CDC Guidelines & Vaccines for Travel
At this time, the CDC's new travel guidelines, released on April 2, 2021, do NOT impact or change Hawaii's travel rules and restrictions. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provides updates accordingly once Hawaii responds and updates any policies to be in line with the new CDC guidelines.
Presently, proof of vaccination is not a recognized exemption to the Hawaii travel quarantine. The state continues to evaluate the latest science and will inform travelers of any new exemptions as those decisions are made. See our Hawaii Vaccine & Health Passport page for more details.
- 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 →
- A complete list of the trusted travel partners, currently approved by the state of Hawaii, for pre-travel testing can be found here: Hawaii Trusted Travel Partners & Test Costs →
- Additional details on Hawaii's policy for vaccinated travelers can be found in our updated article: Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccination Policies →
- Detailed information on Hawaii's planned use of Health/Vaccine passports can be found in our article: Hawaii Vaccine & Health Passport Travel →
- Now that Hawaii has reopened to travelers with restrictions, we've created an article to cover everything you need to know about What is Open, Closed, or Reopening Soon →
- We've additionally created a new page dedicated to the day-by-day updates that are occurring with Hawaii's reopening process: Hawaii COVID-19 Travel News & Headlines →
We recognize that the official rollout of the pre-travel testing program has been a bit confusing, with ongoing rule/policy changes, new partners being added/updated, and we are doing our best to keep abreast of official updates. 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.
Starting in mid-January 2021, we've also enabled commenting on select articles (including this one). Feel free to ask your related travel questions in the comments section below.
Summary of Hawaii COVID Testing topics covered on this page.
- Trans-pacific pre-arrival test details
- What to do with your results
- 72-Hour Testing Timeline example
- Testing Options - how to get tested in your location
- Latest testing News & Updates - including individual island updates
- U.S. Pre-Clear Program & Partners
- CLEAR 'Health Pass' details - program began mid-February 2021
- Who are the trusted travel partners
- Inter-island pre-travel test details
- Overview of the Safe Travels program
- Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ for Hawaii COVID Testing
- Additional travel information
Trans-pacific pre-arrival test details
Hawaii Testing Procedures, Rules, & Protocols
- 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.
- Travelers wishing to bypass the 10-day mandatory 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 their stay, whichever is shorter.
- Travelers who cannot are unable to provide a negative test result certification, prior to departure, for each member of their party will be required to quarantine for 10-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.
Pre-Travel Test - What to do with your results...
- Once a traveler receives their negative pre-travel test result, from a trusted partner, they will need to upload the result to their Safe Travels Hawaii account at: travel.hawaii.gov. This step is crucial, as it will be the only means for airport officials to verify a traveler's Safe Travel Hawaii information upon their arrival in Hawaii.
- Upon completion of the Safe Travels form, a QR code will be emailed to the traveler for each leg of their trip.
- Upon deplaning in Hawaii, travelers will be asked to present their QR code to airport personnel either on paper or on their mobile phone, along with a legally valid photo ID.
- As noted above, travelers wishing to bypass the 10-day mandatory 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 their stay, whichever is shorter.
State of Hawaii Travel & Health Form - Mandatory for all Travelers
- Travelers will receive a notice 24-hours prior to their departure time to the Hawaiian Islands to complete the Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form via their Safe Travels Hawaii account.
- The names of each child/children, under the age of 18, traveling with an adult registering will also need to be included in that adult's Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form.
- Upon each traveler's completion of the Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form, a QR code will be emailed to them. Airport personnel will need the QR code to locate and validate each traveler's Safe Travels Hawaii information upon their arrival in Hawaii.
Hawaii Airlines and Airport Rules & Protocols
While travelers are in-flight or deplaning, they must follow the guidance of their air carrier with regard to physical distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitation processes.
- Travelers are reminded to pack their masks and/or facial coverings in their carry-on luggage. All travelers are required to wear a mask at all Hawaii airports.
- If travelers are subject to Hawaii's 10-day mandatory self-quarantine, they must continue wearing a mask until in the room of their confirmed place of lodging. Removal of face masks is allowed for young children and individuals with health conditions preventing them from wearing one.
- All incoming trans-Pacific Hawaii travelers will receive temperature checks upon arrival. Temperature scans will be taken via thermal temperature screening.
- Photos will be temporarily retained only for persons with elevated temperatures of 100.4 degrees F and above for identification and additional assessments by airport representatives.
Testing Timeline Example
When Should You Take The Test?
Remember, you must take your pre-travel test 72 hours from the final leg/city of departure before arriving in Hawaii. You must then ensure you receive your negative result prior to departure for Hawaii. As an example, we've included a 72-hour timeline chart to help visualize this.
Typically, many flights to Hawaii will arrive in the evening hours, which means they will depart from the last major continental U.S. city ('final leg of departure') sometime between 3 pm and 7 pm PST. For example, a flight that departs from Oakland International Airport (OAK) at 4:30 pm PST on Monday, means you need to take the test anytime after 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Friday.
Don't worry about what time it is in Hawaii (HST) when getting the test, you simply need to take the test 72-hours before departing the final city to Hawaii (typically PST); so if anything - worry about the timezone of your final continental U.S. airport and/or the timezone of where you take the test.
Example Departure & Test Times
- Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Sunday - Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime After 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Thursday
- Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Monday - Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime After 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Friday
- Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Tuesday - Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime After 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Saturday
- Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Wednesday - Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime After 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Sunday
- Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Thursday - Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime After 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Monday
- Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Friday - Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime After 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Tuesday
- Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Saturday - Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime After 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Wednesday
How to Get Tested near your Location
Testing Performed by the Airlines
- The state of Hawaii has partnered with several airlines/airports to provide pre-travel testing to Hawaii. The airlines themselves are not individually performing the tests but have instead partnered with local labs in their main West Coast hubs who offer flights directly to Hawaii. However, this option really only works well for travelers who can get tested before arriving at the respective airport, as anyone with a connecting flight would have to leave security (and possibly drive away from the airport) to get tested.
- Currently, the only in terminal option for testing is at San Francisco Airport (SFO) but you will likely pay a hefty amount for the convenience, about $250 per traveler. Additionally, Hawaiian Airlines has announced it is offering drive-thru testing to its passengers departing from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), but the test site is located 10 miles from the airport, so that option again will not work for travelers with connecting flights.
- Drive-up testing offers convenience in that you can schedule ahead of time and subsequently have the test results in-hand within the hour.
- For any travelers who live in a major city, there are typically several options for taking the test. There are several trusted pharmacy partners who you can make appointments online to schedule a time to visit a partnering location - CVS, Walgreens, Bartell Drugs, or any other trusted lab partner who is certified to administer the Hawaii pre-travel test.
- Unfortunately, for those who live in rural areas away from an Interstate Highway, this option is not ideal and may require several hours of driving.
Supervised At-Home Testing Kits
- In our opinion, this method may offer the most convenience to travelers. After requesting and receiving the test from a participating trusted test provider, a trained medical professional will watch you, typically via a Zoom (or similar) call, take the testing sample to ensure you are performing the test correctly and that there is no subsequent tampering with the kit. After you perform the test, you'll seal it up, put it back into the envelope, and drop it in the mail (sometimes it has to be a UPS store; so be sure to carefully follow your testing provider's instructions) to be sent overnight to the testing lab. Within 2-3 days (48-72 hours) you will have your results digitally so that you can upload them to the Safe Travels application. Like many others, we are personally recommending Vault as the results are supervised, and mailing the results into the lab is simple. Additionally, you can order individual tests for each member of your travel party. Be sure to order your test from the site with plenty of time (a week is typically sufficient) before your flight departs.
- Please be aware that there are at-home testing kits that are not-supervised and they will not be accepted by the Hawaii Department of Health officials. Beware of at-home kits that require you to visit a specific location to perform the test.
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.
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 created an updated list of all the trusted inter-island pre-travel partners →
Individual Island Testing Policies & Procedures
Big Island of Hawaii to perform a post-arrival rapid antigen test
The Big Island's Mayor has said that trans-Pacific travel to the Big Island of Hawaii will require a two-test plan where travelers who participated in the state's pre-arrivals testing program will additionally need to take a free rapid post-arrival test at the airport after arrival. Currently, that test is performed upon arrival, but the county is considering offering it four days after arrival instead, potentially at one of three testing sites (in Hilo, Kona, and the Kohala Coast). 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.
Currently, the Big Island is testing all incoming trans-Pacific travelers for COVID-19.
Maui to soon require a second post-arrival test
According to the latest news in early April 2021, Maui will soon require a second post-arrival test. This rapid test will be administered at Kahului airport 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.
At this time, a mandatory contact tracing requirement is in effect for all travelers from both the mainland and interisland to Maui. All travelers to Maui must download the AlohaSafe Alert App on their mobile phones. Failure to do so will result in a mandatory 10-day quarantine period. See our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page and the Maui Special Notice section for additional information, including what exceptions exist.
Kauai to perform an optional post-arrival test at select hotels
Kauai has now officially rejoined the statewide Safe Travels program as of April 5, 2021. Kauai is now subject to the same trans-Pacific testing requirements as the other Hawaiian Islands and has the same inter-island testing requirements as Maui and the Big Island. At this time, we believe Kauai's post-arrival testing will be optional to all travelers, but this is subject to change and post-arrival testing may become required at any time. Currently, we do know that the following Kauai hotel properties have committed to supporting post-travel testing to their respective guests:
- Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
- The Cliffs at Princeville
- The Lodge at Kukuiula
- Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences at Hokuala
- Sheraton Kauai at Coconut Beach
- The Point at Poipu
- Hanalei Colony Resort
- Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu
- Suite Paradise
Oahu looking to develop a second post-arrival test
Honolulu's Mayor has previously announced that Oahu is also seeking 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...
Hawaii's Pre-Clear Program
In anticipation of increased travel to the Hawaiian Islands during the upcoming summer months, Governor David Ige and the Hawaii Safe Travels team have led an effort to establish and expand Pre-Clear programs with domestic and international airline partners that allow travelers to confirm compliance with the Safe Travels Program prior to departure and bypass mandatory airport screenings upon arrival.
The pre-clearance option not only helps keep Hawaii communities safe but also streamlines the arrival process, providing travelers peace of mind and confidence in booking a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Pre-Clear programs are offered in numerous cities and the list continues to grow as airline carriers resume and add routes to Hawaii. Please see individual carrier websites for the latest list of originating cities.
As of late-March 2021, Hawaii's Safe Travels has recently expanded its Pre-Clear testing verification program to include new domestic partners. All Hawaii travelers who can confirm compliance with Safe Travels before departure from the mainland can now avoid mandatory airport screenings upon arrival. This Pre-Clear testing process/program streamlines the Hawaii arrival process significantly.
Pre-Clear and using it to visit Hawaii...
Four Steps to completing the pre-clear program requirements
To qualify to be pre-cleared for arrival into Hawaii by those participating in the program (see below for partners), travelers are required to complete the following prior to departure from the mainland:
- Create a Safe Travels account for each adult on the itinerary. (All minors need to be added to an adult itinerary.)
- Add all traveler flight and lodging information to the Safe Travels account.
- Complete the mandatory health questionnaire within the Safe Travels account.
- Upload negative test results (PDF format) for each adult and minor (five years and older) on the itinerary to Safe Travels before boarding. It is advised that travelers also bring a printed copy of negative testing results. Remember, the COVID-19 test must be from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner and taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure.
All travelers who comply with Hawaii's testing requirements will be exempt from quarantine and receive a Pre-Clear wristband from the respective airline. The airlines will verify each travelers documents before boarding, and once a traveler arrives in Hawaii, they will be allowed to deplane and bypass airport screening lines.
Current List of U.S. Pre-Clear Partners
Pre-Clear programs are offered at many mainland gateways to Hawaii. That list is going to grow according to the state of Hawaii. Below are the Pre-Clear program partners as of late-March 2021.
U.S. Pre-Clear Partners
- Alaska Airlines - Pre-Clear is offered from all Alaska Airlines U.S. mainland hubs with non-stop flights to Hawaii.
- Hawaiian Airlines - Pre-Clear from more than 15 cities, including international ones. Hawaiian Airlines has said other gateways are coming soon.
- Southwest Airlines - Pre-Clear service is offered from five gateway airports in California.
- United Airlines - Pre-Clear is offered from every United Airlines U.S. mainland hub with flights to Hawaii.
International Pre-Clear Partners
CLEAR's 'Health Pass' to potentially simplify Hawaii arrivals
Currently, passengers on both Delta and United flights which are traveling nonstop from LA International Airport (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) will be able to securely link their negative COVID-19 test results via CLEAR's Health Pass and verify their identity, making it simple for Hawaii officials to identify travelers approved to avoid the state's current mandatory 10-day quarantine. Upon boarding their flights, representatives will scan each applicable traveler's Hawaii QR code, along with their Health Pass, and subsequently provide each traveler with a wristband that can be displayed to airport personnel in Hawaii upon arrival. During the initial pilot program of Health Pass, the app will only be available on both Delta and United flights between LAX and HNL. However, we believe it could continue to be rolled out to other routes/carriers in the future.
Governor Ige said in a press release, "Safe travel is important for our residents and visitors, and this pilot program is another step forward in achieving this goal. *** I thank CLEAR and its airline partners who are working together to provide a convenient pre-travel testing option for both returning residents and those who are coming to Hawaii for work or vacation."
According to KHON2, CLEAR’s Health Pass offers passengers traveling to Honolulu a variety of lab options to meet Hawaii’s Safe Travel COVID-19 test requirement.
Here’s how the pilot program works:
- Download and enroll at home: Travelers will need to download the free CLEAR app, open the Health Pass feature, select Hawaii and their respective airline, and then finally verify their identity by uploading an identifying document and snapping a self-portrait (selfie).
- Securely linked test results: Travelers have the choice to find a convenient testing option. To link to their PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure: travelers provide consent, login to their testing account through the CLEAR app, and their results will be linked to their Health Pass.
- Frictionless Pre-Boarding: At the boarding gate, CLEAR Ambassadors will scan both the HI QR Code and Health Pass to validate that all entry requirements are satisfied. Validated travelers will receive a unique CLEAR wristband to wear to Hawaii to verify successful completion of all Hawaii 'Safe Travels' entry requirements.
- Seamless Arrival: Upon arrival, travelers will show their wristband to airport personnel to demonstrate compliance with all entry and exemption requirements.
Who can use Health Pass?
Currently, anyone 18 or older with a US state ID, driver's license, US passport, or permanent resident ID is eligible for a CLEAR membership and to use Health Pass. Health Pass is a FREE service, but you must enroll in CLEAR to use it, which you can also do for free.
If you’re already a current CLEAR member, log into your account, and select 'Health Pass' on the home screen.
Who are the trusted pre-travel testing partners?
Hawaii Testing Partners & Costs
Governor Ige and the Lt. Governor have officially confirmed, during multiple press conferences, the trusted travel partners for visiting Hawaii. Due to the size of the list, and the number of new partners being added, we have now moved the list of trusted partners to their own page.
Inter-island pre-travel test details
Traveling Rules between islands in Hawaii
- Travelers flying inter-island to Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island of Hawaii may bypass the mandatory 10-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, Kauai, or the Big Island of Hawaii 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 10-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.
Safe Travels Application
Required for all Travelers
- The new online Safe Travels application is now mandatory for all travelers. The application can be found by 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.
Hawaii Traveler Alert - Official Websites for Hawaii Safe Travels
According to the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (HVCB), a number of travelers have reported using an unofficial Safe Travels website thinking that it was affiliated with the State of Hawaii's Safe Travels Program. All travelers should know that the State of Hawaii DOES NOT charge fees to apply for the Safe Travels program, to create a Safe Travels account, to access the Safe Travels application, or for Safe Travels information.
The OFFICIAL STATE OF HAWAII websites for the State of Hawaii's Safe Travels Program are as follows:
Please be advised, that the websites listed below are NOT affiliated with the State of Hawaii or the State of Hawaii Safe Travels Program:
Frequently Asked Testing Questions
We've collected some of the most commonly asked questions about traveling to Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic and answered them below. Our information and data come from official sources, including the Hawaii Department of Health website(s) and updated press releases from the Governor and Mayor's offices within the Hawaii government. These FAQ items will be updated as necessary to ensure they remain current to recent events. Mahalo!
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 prior to departure for Hawaii, the 10-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 happens if I test positive while in Hawaii?
We want to be extremely candid with travelers about this topic. First, you'll have to quarantine for 10-days in the accommodation (a quarantine-approved accommodation), regardless of how long your trip was originally planned for. If you were visiting only for 10 days, you'll now be required to stay at least an extra four days! For those who need assistance during this period, there are programs and grants that can help cover the costs related to being in quarantine, in addition to community groups that can provide contactless services.
Just remember, ultimately, you will not be allowed to board a plane back to the mainland if it is known that you are a positive COVID-19 carrier.
That said, there are worse places than Hawaii to get stuck in quarantine, but we definitely wanted to mention this to be straightforward with potential travelers.
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.
Will any PCR test or NAAT test be recognized by the Safe Travels program?
According to the official Safe Travels FAQ by the state of Hawaii, a PCR test is a form of NAAT test, and if taken with a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner, will be valid in the Safe Travels program. Test results will only be accepted from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners.
I received my COVID-19 vaccination, am I exempt from quarantine?
Presently, proof of vaccination is not a recognized exemption to the Hawaii travel quarantine. The state continues to evaluate the latest science and will inform travelers of any new exemptions as those decisions are made.
'Spring' 2021 (or later) has been proposed for Hawaii "vaccination passport" travel to begin
In mid-December 2020, we initially received word that Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who is both a physician and is in charge of Hawaii's Safe Travels program had indicated that he would ask the governor to approve travel both trans-Pacific and interisland for anyone who has had a COVID vaccination (both doses when applicable) without further requirements starting sometime in early-to-mid 2021.
The latest news suggests, as of mid-March 2021, that vaccine/health passport travel will begin in three phases; which we've outlined on our Hawaii Vaccine and Health Passport Travel page.
We'll continue to monitor this developing story closely and we'll post updates here and on our Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccination page.
What happens if I don't have my pre-travel test result upon arrival in Hawaii?
Hawaii authorities have said that travelers to Hawaii, who cannot provide evidence of a negative pre-arrivals test prior to departure, will NOT be able to bypass the 10-day quarantine, even if their test arrives as negative post-arrival. To reiterate, travelers must now have their negative COVID-19 test results, from a trusted testing partner, prior to departure for the state of Hawaii.
Please ensure you have your pre-travel test results BEFORE departing for Hawaii, or you will be stuck in quarantine for at least 10-days, which is potentially the entire duration of your trip if you're visiting for less than two weeks.
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 →
What are the rules for international travelers?
At this time, the information found on this web site is primarily for domestic U.S. TRAVELERS ONLY. Currently, international travel restrictions prohibit European and other countries from traveling to the U.S. However, on 10/27/20, the Hawaii Department of Health announced the pre-travel trusted partners from Japan, and on 11/19/20, the state of Hawaii announced initial details on the pre-travel testing program for Canada. Partners for other international destinations, like South Korea, have also since been added in 2021. We are expecting additional international pre-travel testing programs to become available in the near future (New Zealand, Taiwan, etc.). We will continue to monitor this situation and update this section accordingly.
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 →
If I have recovered from COVID-19, but still test positive for the virus, do I still have to quarantine?
In order to qualify for a COVID-19 exemption to the 10-day quarantine, you must submit the following two pieces of information:
- A copy of a positive molecular COVID-19 test (NAAT or PCR) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory taken no more than 90 days and no less than 11 days prior to your departure date.
- A signed letter from a medical provider stating that you have not exhibited symptoms and are fully recovered – this letter must be signed at least 10 days after your positive test and no more than 14 days from your departure date.
To request an exemption, go to https://ag.hawaii.gov/travelexemption. Please allow a week for processing.
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 →
A list of the trusted travel partners, currently approved by the state of Hawaii, for both the trans-pacific and inter-island pre-travel test can be found here: Hawaii Trusted Travel Partners & Test Costs →
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.
Latest Hawaii COVID-19 Travel News & Headlines
We've also created a new page dedicated to the day-by-day updates that are occurring with Hawaii's reopening process: Hawaii COVID-19 Travel News & Headlines →
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.