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Hawaii Travel Requirements

Quarantine Rules & Travel Updates

Information on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Updated: October 21, 2020, at 12 pm HST
Hawaii has re-opened to Visitors with a pre-travel test

Aloha, this page is meant to cover information on Hawaii's travel requirements, quarantine rules, the Novel Coronavirus, and how it has affected tourism within Hawaii. On this page, we'll go over each of the major changes that have taken place in Hawaii due to COVID-19, along with sharing additional links & resources, to help assist visitors.

Hawaii has officially begun the process of re-opening the state to visitors with a state-approved pre-travel test. Hawaii residents have achieved one of the lowest COVID-19 case rates and lowest virus transmission rates of any state in the nation, and the state of Hawaii is asking for your kokua (help) in keeping Hawaii a safe place to live and visit. Additional information can be found in our updated article: Hawaii Reopening to Visitors - What you need to know →

Editor's Note...

Hawaii's re-opening has honestly been an evolving process with numerous changes and ongoing updates. We will provide additional daily updates to our readers, 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.

John Derrick
Published on: 10-21-2020
Published by: John C. Derrick
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Latest Travel News & Second tests?

Currently, both 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; this test MUST be from a trusted partner!

A second post-arrival test may be required depending on which island(s) travelers visit, please see the testing news & updates section for the latest information on each island's travel requirements. These second post-arrival tests are considered an extra layer of screening for COVID-19 in addition to the trans-pacific pre-arrival testing program.

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.

The following is a summary of the content covered on this page. Click any link to drop to that specific section.

Additionally, future travelers may be interested in reading our updated Hawaii Travel Restrictions & Requirements entry.

Traveling to Hawaii with a Pre-Travel Test

Quarantine Bypass Permitted

  • 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.
  • More information about state-approved testing and the current approved & trusted testing partners can be found on our new page Hawaii Covid Testing, Costs, & Partners →
  • To reiterate, the test result must be done prior to arrival and the traveler must present evidence of this test upon arrival.

Additional information & traveler FAQ's can be found in our updated article on Hawaii Reopening - What you need to know →

  • Travelers will be able to upload their negative test result when they complete their travel and health forms on the Safe Travels digital system: travel.hawaii.gov
  • If results are not available by the time of arrival, the visitor must quarantine until the test results are received.
  • Travelers (including children who are 5 years or older) will be subject to the pre-test requirement.
  • No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport! Travelers (returning residents and visitors) are not able to test upon arrival in Hawaii because this is a pre-travel testing program.
  • The Hawaii State Dept. of Agriculture paper form continues to be distributed to passengers during flights and is still required to be completed prior to arrival.
  • For visitors who cannot provide evidence of a negative test result, the 14-day quarantine will remain in effect. If the quarantine is refused, the passenger must make arrangements to leave the island immediately without leaving the airport.
  • The pre-test is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks, completion of the State Travel and Health form, and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher.

Traveling to Hawaii without Pre-Travel Test

14-Day Quarantine Required

Effective March 26th through at least November 30th Hawaii Governor David Ige is mandating all visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands to self-quarantine for 14 days. This means all passengers traveling to Hawaii (visitors and returning residents) must self-quarantine for 14 days following arrival.

  • The new online Safe Travels application is now mandatory for all travelers. The application can be found by clicking here.
  • For more information, see our updated section about the new Safe Travels program.
  • According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, visitors who are required to self-quarantine for 14 days must designate a hotel or motel as their designated quarantine location.
  • The state of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation Website further explains the entrance and quarantine process.
  • No person who is subject to the mandatory self-quarantine is allowed to stay in a short-term or vacation rental. This is according to data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).
  • Additionally, operations that rent vehicles may not rent to any person who is subject to a 14-day traveler quarantine order unless an exemption is granted.
  • Violation of the quarantine will be a misdemeanor and subject to a possible fine and/or jail time.
  • The quarantine mandate will continue until at least November 30th for all arrivals, and visitors are responsible for quarantine costs.

More information on the current COVID-19 rules & restrictions, including for each county/island, can be found on our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page.

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Current Situation in Hawaii

As of 10/21/2020
  • Hawaii currently has had 14,233 confirmed statewide cases of COVID-19 [78 newly reported in the last day] (Oahu: 12,617; Maui: 417; Kauai: 60; Hawaii island: 1,091; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 48; and cases pending, 0). 203 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, 1033 individuals required hospitalization, and 11,188 have recovered and been released from isolation.
  • To help mitigate the spread of the virus, residents and visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines regarding hygiene, social distancing, and avoiding gatherings with multiple people.
  • All residents and passengers arriving by airlines will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, until at least November 30th.

Visitors should know that Hawaii’s visitor industry continues to maintain the highest standards for sanitation and has taken additional steps to enhance its efforts at hotels, attractions, restaurants, and other public spaces across the Hawaiian Islands to prevent the spread of infectious diseases amongst residents and visitors.

The industry is also taking proactive steps to educate its workforce to continue practicing good hygiene at home and on the job. Visit the official GoHawaii.com website for more details on this event here.


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Details of how the pre-travel testing program works for travelers. (Source: HVCB)

Details of how the pre-travel testing program works for travelers. (Source: HVCB)

Our Advice on Visiting Hawaii

For any travelers who cannot provide proof of negative test result upon arrival - provided this would mean that the visitor(s) would need to remain in their rooms for most or all of their vacation, we are strongly recommend travelers to postpone any trips to Hawaii until they can properly be tested for COVID-19 before arriving in Hawaii.

Inter-island Travel in Hawaii

Interisland travelers are required to use the Safe Travels app in order to travel to a neighboring island. More information about inter-island travel can be found on our Hawaii Travel Restrictions article.

Facemasks in Hawaii...

Generally speaking, we advise travelers to always wear a mask while visiting Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only because it's the right way to show Aloha, but also because in some situations, wearing a mask is required by law. Unless you are in your room/house/condo, at the beach, or actively eating in a restaurant, you should wear a mask while in Hawaii, especially if you cannot properly socially distance (six feet minimum).

At this time, everyone must officially wear face masks in all Hawaii airports and when entering places of business in Hawaii. Also, as noted previously, if you are not able to practice social distancing, you should also wear a facemask while in Hawaii.

Each county may have its own formal rules, so be sure to check the county links below:

Stay Informed About Hawaii COVID-19 Info

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Additional Hawaii Information

COVID-19 Resources & Links

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.

Stay Updated with Local Hawaii Media Sources





Island of Hawaii

Preventative Actions & Keeping Healthy

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging everyone to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Seniors and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid large crowds.
  • Sign up for public notifications at https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/.

Visiting Hawaii

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 Re-opening page for more information regarding COVID-19 and re-opening in Hawaii.

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