Hawaii Vaccination Info for Visitors
Information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine for Hawaii Travelers
Last Updated: August 1, 2021, at 3:00 pm HST
We continue to receive numerous inquiries daily about Hawaii's policy regarding travelers who have been vaccinated. What will the requirements be? When do these new rules for vaccinated travelers take effect? We are continuing to monitor this topic closely, and we have included what we do know below.
What if I've received the vaccine? Am I exempt from quarantine? What Hawaii policies apply to vaccinated travelers?
As of July 8, 2021, the state of Hawaii has now begun allowing trans-Pacific travel for vaccinated passengers (those vaccinated within the U.S.), without requiring a pre-travel test or quarantine. More information is included below.
As of August 1, 2021, Hawaii had a statewide vaccination rate of 60.1%, according to local state data from the Hawaii Department of Health.
For those who are not vaccinated, for children over the age of five who have not been vaccinated, or for those who are traveling from outside the U.S., the current Hawaii Travel Restrictions and pre-travel testing requirements will remain in place until the state of Hawaii reaches a 70% statewide vaccination rate.
Phase 1 - Vaccination Cards + 'Safe Travels' to kick off vaccinated travel
Began June 15, 2021, for Trans-Pacific travelers vaccinated in Hawaii
Vaccine Passports are not yet ready for launch, at least according to Hawaii officials. So that leaves the option of using the vaccination cards everyone is issued when receiving their first/second dose. Travelers who want to participate in the vaccination exemption will be required to have completed vaccination at least 15-days prior to visiting Hawaii. Additional information is on our Hawaii Vaccine / Health passport page, including the steps to take to bypass testing & quarantine requirements.
Phase 2 - Hawaii Vaccination "Passport" travel has now begun
Those vaccinated in the U.S. may skip pre-travel COVID testing as of July 8, 2021
The latest news suggests that vaccine/health passport travel will begin in three phases; which we've outlined on our new Hawaii Vaccine & Health Passports page.
Under the new rules as of July 8, 2021, vaccinated travelers (currently only those vaccinated within the U.S.) will be able to upload an image of their vaccination card to the Safe Travels portal and then be given the green light to bypass quarantine. All travelers will additionally need to show their vaccination card upon arrival in Hawaii for further inspection. Additional information and the official steps to take for the vaccine exemption are included on our Hawaii Vaccine / Health passport page.
- Details and thorough information on Hawaii's pre-travel testing for both trans-Pacific and inter-island travel can be found on our Hawaii COVID Testing Requirements & Test Procedures →
- 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 & Rules →
- Detailed information on Hawaii's use of Health/Vaccine passports can be found in our article: Hawaii Vaccine & Health Passport Travel →
- 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 →
- 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 →
- For news, updates, and headlines related to COVID-19 and travel within and to Hawaii, we've created a new page dedicated to the day-by-day updates: Hawaii COVID-19 Travel News & Headlines →
The Bottom Line Currently...
Ultimately, the decisions regarding the future of vaccine travel are now in Hawaii Governor David Ige's hands. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely and post updates accordingly.
- Governor David Ige has announced that as of June 15, 2021, traveling inter-island within Hawaii will no longer require a pre-travel test and there are now no quarantine requirements for inter-island travel. There are currently no restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.
- As of July 8, 2021, Hawaii has begun allowing trans-Pacific travelers vaccinated within the U.S. to travel to Hawaii via the Safe Travels program, without a pre-travel test. Proof of vaccination will be required as outlined on our Hawaii Vaccine Passport page.
- Once the state of Hawaii reaches a 70% vaccination rate, the Safe Travels program may be able to conclude. We'll monitor this situation closely and continue to post updates accordingly here on this page.
Hawaii's re-opening has honestly been an evolving process with numerous changes and ongoing updates. Unfortunately, we recognize that this causes confusion to potential travelers, and we are continuing to monitor this situation closely. We will provide additional pertinent vaccination updates here regularly, from official sources, on this page as additional information becomes available to us. We also encourage our readers to sign up for our 'Hawaii Travel Update' emails to receive pertinent information on all of the recent developments regarding travel to Hawaii, including vaccination policy updates.
Feel free to post your related travel comments in the discussion section below. Additionally, we've 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 →
Will travelers still need or have to wear masks?
Lt. Governor Josh Green has continued to stress that while he anticipates vaccinations will be a means to successfully reopen Hawaii's economy again (without quarantine restrictions), that Hawaii will continue to maintain its indoor mask policies and mandate, along with other health safety measures. The Lt. Governor has indicated he sees this being the case for the foreseeable future or until there is herd immunity within the Hawaiian Islands, as currently, Hawaii officials won't know whether someone has received the vaccine or not; which is not required.
Update I: On May 13, 2021, according to local and national news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines that recommend easing indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places. At this time, no official changes have been made to Hawaii's travel policies to reflect this recent change in guidance, and Hawaii's statewide mask mandate remains in effect, but we will monitor this situation closely and keep you posted with any updates as it relates to Hawaii travel.
Update II: On May 25, 2021, Governor Ige announced that masks are no longer required outdoors, and that ocean sports would again be allowed in Hawaii. The Governor also added the amended outdoor mask rules are effective immediately and apply to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still required for all indoor activities ― across the board. Travelers and residents can read more on this story in the local news.
Will Hawaii ever require vaccinations for visitors?
If a traveler chooses not to get vaccinated, then we believe the current restrictions, testing requirements, and quarantine policy are likely to remain in effect until Hawaii reaches a statewide vaccination rate of 70%. At that time, all restrictions may be dropped, including any requirements for 'vaccine travel,' which are currently set to begin when the state of Hawaii reaches a 60% vaccination rate on July 8, 2021.
The state of Hawaii's forthcoming vaccination plan, which is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is intended to reduce COVID‐19‐related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.
What test is currently required to visit Hawaii?
The pre-testing travel program began on October 15, 2020
First, we should note that effective March 26, 2020, and until further notice, Hawaii Governor David Ige is mandating all visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands to self-quarantine for 10 days. This means all passengers traveling to Hawaii (visitors and returning residents) must self-quarantine for 10 days following arrival. See our Hawaii Travel Requirements or Hawaii Travel Restrictions page for additional information on the current status of COVID-19 in Hawaii.
The pre-testing travel program, which started last October 15, 2020, effectively re-opened the islands to visitors, as long as they bring along proof of a negative NAAT test (nucleic acid amplification test), from a state-approved trusted testing partner and complete a State Travel and Health form upon arrival within the state.
The negative test will need to have been conducted by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory no more than 72 hours prior to the visitor's departure and will need to be an FDA-authorized NAAT test. Again, the test MUST come from a trusted partner at this time.
To reiterate, this test result must be confirmed prior to arrival in Hawaii and the visitor must present evidence of this test upon arrival. See our Hawaii Re-opening article for more information.
Additional Hawaii Resources
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 Restrictions page for more information regarding COVID-19 and re-opening in Hawaii.