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Hawaii COVID-19 'Resort Bubble' Program

What we know about Hawaii's EMQ program for quarantined visitors

Last Updated: January 24, 2021, at 8:30 pm HST

Kauai has an Enhanced Movement Quarantine 'Resort Bubbles' program

Visiting Hawaii in 2021 is obviously a lot different than the years prior. With 10-day quarantine travel restrictions in place for all arriving travelers since late March 2020, attempting to visiting Hawaii has been filled with challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is some positive news for visitors planning to arrive while an island's quarantine period remains in effect. Kauai's Mayor announced in September 2020 an "Enhanced Movement Quarantine," or "Resort Bubble," program approved by Hawaii Gov. David Ige.

Kauai was the first county to receive Governor Ige’s approval on a resort bubble idea and is the only island currently participating with the resort bubble plan at this time; primarily due to Kauai's Mayor opting out of the pre-travel program beginning this past December 2, 2020. In our opinion, the additional Hawaii counties likely won't follow suit, and will all continue participating in the state's official pre-travel testing program from trusted partners that began in October 2020. Details on the program and a list of participating hotels are included below.

Editor's Note...

Hawaii's re-opening has honestly been an evolving process with numerous changes and ongoing updates. We recognize that this, unfortunately, 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 Hawaii 'Resort Bubble' updates.

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 →

John Derrick
Published on: 01-24-2021
Published by: John C. Derrick
Editor / Founder

Kauai Resort Bubbles available

New 'Resort Bubble' policies for Kauai county in 2021

In late December 2020, Governor Ige approved Kauai Mayor Kawakami's request to implement a pre-and-post-travel testing program for visitors who stay in "resort bubble" hotels. The program currently allows travelers who participate in the program to enjoy the resort amenities for the first three days of their vacation until they are eligible to take their post-travel test. Once the post-travel test shows they are COVID-free, they will be released from quarantine and can leave the "resort bubble." You can view Emergency Rule 24 here.

To qualify, travelers must:

  • Take a pre-travel test within 72 hours before traveling to Kauai and receive a negative test result.
  • Stay at an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) "resort bubble" property.
  • Take a post-travel test more than 72 hours after arriving on Kauai and receive a negative result.

The 'resort bubble' test can be any COVID-19 diagnostic test (an antigen or PCR test) with emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The lab does not need to be on the state's Trusted Testing and Travel Partners list for use in Kauai's resort bubble program.

Potential 'Resort Bubbles' Program Quarantine Changes

We will continue to monitor this program for developments and post them on this page, including via the program information below, accordingly.

What Properties are "Resort Bubbles" on Kauai?

Which Hotels are participating in the program at this time?

Know of another property that's participating in Kauai's resort bubble program? Let us know by emailing us. Mahalo!

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Voluntary Program - Not All Hotel Properties are Participating

Kauai Mayor Kawakami recently said, "We understand the need to address the economic hardship facing our tourism-based community, while also preserving the safety of our residents,"  said in a statement. "The Resort Bubble program is an added tool to reopening our economy while we learn to co-exist with this virus. It’s not a replacement or the final solution, and we will continue to keep our community updated as we make progress," the Mayor continued.

Violation of Resort Bubble Quarantine

Visitors should also remember that violation of the quarantine is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both. Enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaii’s four counties.

Rule-breakers who break quarantine or tamper with the 'resort bubble' bracelet will immediately be flagged by hotel security and police will respond.

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Additional Updates

More information on this new program is forthcoming as details are finalized. We will continue to post updates on this 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 Special Alerts page for more information regarding COVID-19 and re-opening in Hawaii.

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