Hawaii Travel Rules & Updates
Quarantine Rules & Travel Updates for 2021-2022
Information on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
Last Updated: September 2, 2021, at 10:00 am HST
Hawaii has re-opened to Visitors with a pre-travel test or vaccine exemptions for select travelers
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.
As of July 8, 2021, for those vaccinated within the U.S., there is now a vaccination exemption available for all Hawaii-bound travelers. For non-vaccinated trans-Pacific travelers and all international travelers, there remains the option of a state-approved pre-travel test to visit Hawaii and bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine requirement.
- More information on the current travel rules & restrictions can be found on our updated page for Hawaii Travel Restrictions →
- A complete list of the trusted travel partners, for pre-travel testing, can be found here: Hawaii Trusted Travel Partners & Test Costs →
- Details and thorough information on Hawaii's pre-travel testing can be found on our Hawaii Testing Requirements & Test Procedures →
- 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 use of Health/Vaccine 'passports' can be found in our article: Hawaii Vaccine & Health Passport Travel →
Hawaii's re-opening has honestly been an evolving process with numerous changes and ongoing updates. We will provide additional regular 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.
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Latest Travel News
Beginning in October 2020, we 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 →
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.
- Visiting Hawaii with a pre-travel test
- Visiting Hawaii without a pre-travel test
- What is the current situation in Hawaii?
- Inter-island travel status
- Our advice on visiting Hawaii
- What's closed and what's open
- Sign up to receive COVID-19 email updates
Additionally, future travelers may be interested in reading our updated Hawaii Travel Restrictions & Requirements entry.
Traveling to Hawaii with a Pre-Travel Test Result
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 and Procedures →
- To reiterate, the test result must be done prior to arrival and the traveler must present evidence of this test upon arrival.
- As of July 8, 2021, all travelers vaccinated in the U.S. are now able to travel via trans-Pacific routes without a pre-travel test. As of July 8th, travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in the U.S. may bypass the quarantine without a pre-travel test. Proof of vaccination will be required. See our Hawaii Health Passport page for more information.
- All Hawaii Travel Restrictions may be dropped once the state of Hawaii reaches a 70% statewide vaccination rate, using local state data, not national data (as seen on the news).
- 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
- 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. 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 (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 10-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 that 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 Result
10-Day Quarantine Required
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.
Beginning July 8, 2021, all travelers vaccinated within the U.S. will be able to travel via trans-Pacific routes without a pre-travel test. Beginning July 8th, travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in the U.S. may bypass the quarantine without a pre-travel test. The steps to follow for the vaccine exemptions are included here.
- 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 10 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 10-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 further notice 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.
Current Situation in Hawaii
- We've moved the Hawaii Daily COVID-19 numbers to our Hawaii News page where we'll update with the latest figures daily.
- 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.
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.
Our Advice on Visiting Hawaii
For any travelers who cannot provide proof of negative test result prior to departure or for travelers that do not have a valid vaccine exemption under the current rules - 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 or immunized for COVID-19 before departing for Hawaii.
Inter-island Travel in Hawaii
At a news conference on June 4, 2021, Governor David Ige announced that beginning June 15, 2021, traveling inter-island within Hawaii will no longer require a pre-travel test and there will be no quarantine requirements for inter-island travel. There will be no restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.
Facemasks in Hawaii...
All travelers to Hawaii should 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 all indoor situations, wearing a mask is required by law. Governor David Ige has now implemented a statewide mask mandate in Hawaii. 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 indoor public spaces in Hawaii.
- May 2021 Update: In late May, 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.
Each county may additionally have its own unique rules; we've included the individual county links below:
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
- The Garden Island - www.thegardenisland.com
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser - www.staradvertiser.com
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/.
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.