Hawaii Travel Restrictions

Current Travel Restrictions & Requirements

Hawaii 10-day Trans-Pacific Quarantine in effect until further notice

Last Updated: June 16, 2021, at 12:00 pm HST
What are the current travel restrictions in Hawaii?

Currently, there are Hawaii Travel Restrictions in effect for all the major Hawaiian Islands, including the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island), Molokai, and Lanai. This includes trans-Pacific travel restrictions required for all travelers not vaccinated within Hawaii. On June 15, 2021, the inter-island restrictions have now officially ended between all islands; more information is included below.

At this time, there is a 10-day quarantine restriction for all in-bound visitors to the Hawaiian Islands; with an exemption available to those who can provide proof of being fully vaccinated within Hawaii. Currently, for those not vaccinated within Hawaii, there is a pre-travel testing option that will allow travelers an alternative, allowing them to bypass Hawaii's quarantine restrictions, as long as they bring along proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a state-approved trusted testing partner. All travelers must have their negative test results within 72 hours prior to the final leg of departure as an alternative to Hawaii's 10-day mandatory quarantine. If you are still trying to decide which Hawaii Island to visit, the following information should aid you in making the best choices.

For all travelers who do not get properly tested, Hawaii Governor David Ige mandates all visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands to self-quarantine for 10 days, meaning all passengers traveling to Hawaii (visitors and returning residents) must self-quarantine for 10 days following their arrival. The culture of the Hawaiian Islands promotes kuleana (responsibility) and aloha (love, peace, and compassion). Now that travelers can once again enjoy the incredible beauty and diverse cultures of the Hawaiian Islands, the state of Hawaii is asking for your kokua (help) in keeping Hawaii safe.

Quicklink Resources

Inter-Island Travel Restrictions have now ended

As of June 15, 2021 - Inter-Island Travel changes, Vaccine Exemptions, and more
  • 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 will be no quarantine requirements for inter-island travel. There will be no restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.
  • Also as of June 15, 2021, all travelers vaccinated within Hawaii will be able to travel via trans-Pacific routes without a pre-travel test. As of June 15th, travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass the quarantine without a pre-travel test.
  • Once the state of Hawaii reaches a 60% vaccination rate - Hawaii may begin allowing trans-Pacific travelers vaccinated on the mainland to travel to Hawaii via the Safe Travels program, without a pre-travel test. Proof of vaccination will be required in some form, details are forthcoming and there is currently no set date for this to begin.
  • As of June 16, 2021, Hawaii had a statewide vaccination rate of 55%, according to local state data from the Hawaii Department of Health.
  • 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.
  • Additional details on this program, including the steps to take for travelers vaccinated within Hawaii, can be found on our Health / Vaccine passport page here.
John Derrick
Published on: 06-16-2021
Published by: John C. Derrick
Editor / Founder

Editor's Note...

To best assist potential Hawaii travelers, we will provide additional updates on pertinent Hawaii Travel Restrictions here regularly, from official sources, on this page as more information becomes available to us. We also encourage our readers to sign up for our weekly emails on Hawaii Travel updates and other developments.

We've also now enabled commenting on select articles (including this one). Feel free to post your related travel comments in the discussion section below.

Below we've also made sure to provide detailed information on the individual restrictions on each county/island within the state of Hawaii. In that same section, we've also included details about secondary post-arrival testing that may be required, depending on which island(s) you visit.

Hawaii Travel Restrictions - Summary of topics discussed on this page. Click any link below to directly scroll to that topic.

As always, we'll continue to monitor Hawaii travel policies and the latest news related to visiting Hawaii and provide daily updates here and through our email list.

Updated Travel Restrictions announced...

Hawaii Governor David Ige has announced that travelers to the Hawaiian Islands wanting to bypass the state's 10-day mandatory quarantine must have COVID-19 test results, from a trusted travel partner, prior to departure to the islands. At the announcement, Governor Ige said, "We're taking this added safety precaution now in response to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases on the mainland and around the world. The health of our residents and visitors is our primary concern, particularly with more people traveling to Hawaii over the holidays."

  • Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed the 17th Emergency Proclamation, which reduces the state's mandatory self-quarantine period for travelers entering the state, and for those traveling between counties, from 14 to 10 days. The change is based on updated recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Hawaii's Department of Health.
  • Governor Ige has additionally issued the 19th Supplemental Proclamation, which includes mention of an anticipated new exception for vaccinated travelers that will become effective only upon approval by the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Currently, this exception is not available to any traveler to Hawaii! At this time, proof of vaccination is not a recognized exemption to the Hawaii travel quarantine.
  • On May 25, 2021, Governor David Ige issued an amendment to the 19th emergency proclamation lifting the mask mandate for all individuals outdoors, effective immediately. Mask wearing is still highly recommended outdoors, when in large groups. The indoor mask mandate remains unchanged.
  • On June 7, 2021, Governor Ige issued the 21st Emergency Proclamation, which allows for all inter-county travel restrictions will be lifted on June 15, 2021. Additionally, beginning June 15th, travelers who were vaccinated within Hawaii will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine if they leave the islands and return from the U.S. mainland.
Notice on updated CDC Guidelines for Travel
  • 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 at this time, Hawaii's statewide mask mandate for indoor activities remains in effect, but we will monitor this situation closely and keep you posted with any updates as it relates to Hawaii travel. 
    • 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.
  • 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.
Summary of Updated Travel Restrictions
  • All trans-Pacific travelers who board a plane on the final leg of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands without first securing a negative test will be subject to mandatory quarantine. Tests must be taken with trusted testing and travel partners with 72 hours of departure.
  • Travelers heading to Hawaii must upload their negative test results to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of their negative test results with them when boarding their flight. The State of Hawaii highly recommends that all transpacific travelers departing for Hawaii carry a hard copy of their negative test result as a backup.
  • This change means that test results will not be accepted once a traveler arrives in Hawaii. Travelers who did not have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawaii must self-quarantine for 10 days, without exception. Post-arrival testing and results will also not be accepted once a traveler has arrived in Hawaii.
  • This policy change applies to domestic trans-pacific flights and additionally includes all flights from international locations in which pre-travel testing programs are in place. It does not apply to inter-county travelers.

Overview of steps to bypass Hawaii's 10-day quarantine

  1. For domestic Hawaii travel, for travelers ages, five (5) and over, take a pre-travel NAAT test from one of the state's Trusted Testing Partners, no more than 72-hours prior to departure from the final city on the mainland before arriving in Hawaii. You will need the negative test results prior to departure.
    • As of June 15, 2021, if you have been vaccinated within Hawaii, you may now show proof of vaccination, following these steps, and skip the pre-travel test for trans-Pacific travel.
  2. Create a Safe Travels account for visiting Hawaii. Completing the application and obtaining your QR code(s) ahead of time will significantly reduce your arrival airport processing time. After creating your account, enter your traveler information and trip details, and then upload your negative COVID-19 test result (remember, it has to be from a Trusted Partner) to the correct form.
  3. Fill out and complete the mandatory Hawaii Travel & Health form through your Safe Travels account. All adult 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 the Safe Travels Hawaii program set up in Step 2.
    • Travelers should be prepared to enter the names of each child traveling with an adult, as they also need to be registered.
    • Upon completing the Health form, a QR code will be emailed to each traveler for each leg of their trip, which will need to be presented to airport personnel upon deplaning in Hawaii.
    • The QR code can be either on paper or on your mobile phone, and must also be presented with a legally valid photo ID
  4. Arrive in Hawaii; be prepared to wear your mask indoors (removal of face coverings is allowed for both young children and those with health conditions preventing them from wearing a mask), practice social distancing, and take proper sanitation precautions. All incoming trans-Pacific Hawaii travelers will likely receive temperature checks upon arrival. Temperature scans will be taken via thermal temperature screening. All incoming trans-Pacific Hawaii travelers who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, or for any traveler who is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, will be required to complete a secondary screening at the airport performed by trained health care staff.

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 for trans-Pacific travelers. The state continues to evaluate the latest science and will inform travelers of any new exemptions as those decisions are made.

Hawaii reaching a 60% vaccination rate has been proposed for Hawaii "vaccination passport" travel to begin

The latest news suggests that vaccine/health passport travel will begin in three phases; the first phase has already begun for inter-island travel for those vaccinated within Hawaii. The details 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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Hawaii Travel Restrictions on Individual Islands...

The response to COVID-19 by the different Hawaiian counties has created a patchwork of emergency rules, orders, and proclamations. Naturally, we recognize this may cause some confusion to visitors. This is especially true since some of these rules and regulations are universal for all of Hawaii, while other rules differ between the individual counties. Below we've posted an up-to-date list of the unique measures and emergency orders for each individual island/county. We've also included links to the most relevant official resources.

Oahu Travel Restrictions in 2021

Oahu Restrictions

Oahu continues to re-open from former restrictions

Oahu has introduced a new program for reducing the spread of COVID-19 on the island, with criteria set for loosening & tightening restrictions on both businesses and activities to keep the residents of Oahu safe. Oahu is currently beginning to re-open in phases (tiers) and certain businesses and operations can begin to operate again on Oahu.

The new Oahu program includes five tiers (tier 1 through 5), with tier 1 being the most restrictive and tier 5 the least restrictive. Each tier is based on the level of community spread of COVID-19 on Oahu, as determined by two specific criteria: The number of daily cases reported, using 7-day averages over two to four week periods; and the positivity rate, using 7-day averages over two or four week periods.

  • Oahu is currently in Tier 4 (beginning 06/11/2021)

Travelers can read more about what activities are allowed, the various openings, and respective group sizes for each tier on the One Oahu website:

Summary of Oahu Restrictions:
  • Social gatherings of up to twenty-five (25) people (who do not have to be related) at parks, beaches, and trails.
  • Retailers and essential businesses, including big box stores, can continue to fully operate.
  • Restaurants may serve guests, with no more than ten (10) people per table.
  • Museums, attractions, and zoos are allowed to fully reopen.
  • Oahu is currently under Emergency Order 2021-08 until July 9, 2021

As noted above, you can read more about Oahu's re-opening plans and tiered system at OneOahu. For further details about Oahu restrictions, click here.

Big Island of Hawaii Travel Restrictions in 2021

Big Island Restrictions

You can find the most recent updates on the Big Island via the county of Hawaii COVID resources web page. The latest update on COVID restrictions on the Big Island was the Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, which extends Emergency rule 14, which was originally published on December 22, 2020, until June 10, 2021. All Big Island of Hawaii emergency rules and emergency proclamations can be found on their website.

The Big Island of Hawaii previously was requiring a second (post-arrival) test for all travelers, with a potential vaccine exemption, but that program ended as of June 1, 2021.

Summary of Big Island Restrictions:
  • Indoor social gatherings of groups of up to 10 people are permitted.
  • Outdoor social gatherings of groups of up to 25 people are permitted.
  • Face masks in all indoor spaces are required, and physical distancing of at least six feet between separate groups must be maintained.
  • Members of a single residential or family unit who share the same address are not restricted by the 10 person limit.
  • A social gathering is defined as: "a planned or spontaneous event, assembly, or meeting that brings together multiple people from separate households in a single space or area, indoors or outdoors, at the same time and in a coordinated fashion."
Kauai Travel Restrictions in 2021

Kauai Restrictions

Kauai rejoined the 'Safe Travels' program on April 5, 2021

You can find the most recent information and updates for Kauai on the official Kauai COVID-19 webpage. All emergency rules and emergency proclamations for Kauai county can additionally be found on their website

Summary of Kauai Restrictions:
  • Emergency Rule 25 permitted Kauai to rejoin the Hawaii 'Safe Travels' program beginning April 5, 2021. Previously, since December 2, 2020, Kauai had been requiring a 10-day mandatory quarantine with an optional resort bubble program.
  • Under Emergency Rule 12, short-term rentals, transient vacation rentals, and homestay operations may reopen. No person that is subject to the mandatory self-quarantine is allowed to stay in these operations unless they are the owner of the property.
  • Under Emergency Rule 13, indoor gatherings of groups of up to 10 persons are permitted and outdoor gatherings of groups of up to 25 persons are permitted. All gatherings are also subject to requirements to maintain physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and complying with other requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The following Kauai hotel properties have also committed to supporting post-travel testing to their respective guests:

Kauai has moved back to Tier 4 of re-opening plan, adds new less restrictive Tiers

According to local news reports, Kauai has moved back to Tier 4 of its reopening plan as of May 24, 2021. For Kauai, Tier 4, allows for gatherings of up to 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors, with restrictions and safety guidelines in place.

Kauai has also now announced new Tier 5 and Tier 6 plans with even fewer restrictions. Implementation of these plans will be based on statewide vaccination rates.

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 3
  • Tier 4 (current)
  • Tier 5 is when 60% of statewide Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated among other conditions.
  • Tier 6 is when 70% are vaccinated and effectively allows all activities to return to full capacity on Kauai.
Maui Travel Restrictions in 2021

Maui Restrictions

Including Maui, Molokai, and Lanai

You can find the most recent updates on Maui via the Maui county website. All Maui emergency rules and emergency proclamations (last amended May 9th) can be found on the Public Health Emergency Rules web page.

Maui's post-arrival rapid testing program at Kahului Airport has also now concluded as of June 4, 2021. There is no longer any second (post-arrival) test required for travelers at this time.

Summary of Maui Restrictions:
  • A mandatory contact tracing requirement is currently in effect for all travelers from both the mainland and interisland to Maui. See our special Maui notice section about the newly required AlohaSafe Alert app.
  • Beginning January 2, 2021, indoor and outdoor social gatherings are limited to no more than five (5) people; previously the limit had been gatherings up to 10 people.
  • Face masks are required indoors, and physical distancing of at least six feet between separate groups must be maintained at all times.
  • Beaches and county parks are currently open.
  • Vacation Rentals can be rented ONLY if you are not subject to the 10-day quarantine. This list of hotels is approved for quarantine for travelers at this time.

Maui County has set up a call center to help answer questions related to COVID-19. The call center will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HST each Monday through Friday and is reachable at (808) 270-7855.

AlohaSafe Alert app

AlohaSafe Alert app screenshot

Maui mandates Contact Tracing for all travelers

'AlohaSafe Alert' App now required for all Maui visitors

Effective January 19, 2021, Governor Ige has approved Maui Mayor Victorino's request for the mandatory contact tracing requirement for all travelers from both the mainland and interisland to Maui.

The latest emergency rules read as follows: "All travelers into Maui County, whether interisland or transpacific, who wish to avoid quarantine by pre-testing within the State's Safe Travels Program, must additionally download either the AlohaSafe Alert application or another Google-Apple Exposure Notification System application, or enable their exposure notification setting on their mobile device. Proof of registration, such as showing airport screeners or any law enforcement officer, the application installed or setting enabled on a traveler's mobile device, is required. Failure to register with an exposure notification system before arrival into Maui County shall result in mandatory quarantine, except for any individual under the age of 18 or who does not possess a mobile device. Only for those who do not possess a mobile device, at least one individual in their traveling party will be required to comply."

All travelers to Maui, beginning January 19th, must download the AlohaSafe Alert App on their mobile phone. Failure to do so will result in a mandatory 10-day quarantine period. Travelers to Maui may also want to review the latest Public Health Emergency Rules notice effective 01/19/21.

Additionally, inter-county passengers to Maui must now have their negative test results prior to arrival; as Maui County will no longer accept negative test results received post-arrival.

Exceptions to the Maui contact tracing requirements.

There are a few situations, as per the emergency rule quoted above, that will not require the AlohaSafe Alert app. The exceptions are:

  1. Traveler utilizes an alternative contact tracing app. (must be a Google-Apple Exposure Notification System).
  2. Any travelers under the age of 18.
  3. Any traveler who does not possess a mobile device, when at least one other person in the party has the app.
AlohaSafe Alert app Dashboard

AlohaSafe Alert app Dashboard

Details about the 'AlohaSafe Alert' App

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with aio Digital and the Hawaii Executive Collaborative (HEC), has launched AlohaSafe Alert, the free State of Hawaii officially approved exposure notification app to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Some key features include:

  • Participants may opt-in/out at any time.
  • The app allows smartphones to interact and exchange anonymous codes that are frequently changed, but it does not keep track of any geo-location or GPS data.
  • Only DOH authorities will have access to data, and all data will be kept anonymous.
  • Should you test positive for COVID-19, your identity is kept private from anyone who receives an alert, and their identities are kept private from you.
  • AlohaSafe Alert is interoperable with other similar official notification apps in other states and those apps can also be used by visitors to Hawaii.

To download the free app, go to the Google Play or Apple App Store on your phone. For more information visit www.alohasafealert.org

Hawaii Travel Rules & Restrictions for Travelers

Hawaii Travel Restrictions & Rules - Here's what you need to know...

Applicable to all Visitors until further notice

  • The new online Safe Travels application is now mandatory for all travelers. The online application can be found by clicking here.
  • For more information, see our updated section about the new Safe Travels program below on this page.
  • According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, people who are required to self-quarantine for 10 days must designate a hotel or motel as their chosen quarantine location.
  • No person who is subject to the mandatory self-quarantine is allowed to stay in a short-term or vacation rental.
  • 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.
  • The state of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation Website further explains the entrance and quarantine process.
  • 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.

Bypass Quarantine with Pre-Travel Test

Visitors may now bypass the quarantine requirements with a pre-travel test! Current approved & trusted testing partners can be found on our new pages:

Restrictions on Inter-island Travel in Hawaii

All Inter-Island Travel Restrictions ended on June 15, 2021

Governor David Ige has previously announced that beginning June 15, 2021traveling 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 longer be any restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.

Hawaii Travel News & Updates

What's Open, Closed, and Reopening Soon in Hawaii?

Now that Hawaii visitors can once again enjoy the state's remarkable natural beauty, great open spaces, unique experiences, and signature hospitality through the practice of Aloha, 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, and inn's that have already reopened or plan too soon, and their reopening dates when applicable. Plus, we've included the current Hawaii rules for dining, entertainment, and attractions.

Latest Hawaii COVID-19 Travel News & Headlines

Beginning October 2020, 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 →

Safe Travels Program in Hawaii

Click to Visit Safe Travels Program

Hawaii's 'Safe Travels' Program

Required for all travelers to the Hawaiian Islands

  • As noted above, the State of Hawaii's new online Safe Travels program is mandatory for all travelers.
  • This program, which collects the required health and travel information, is critical to protecting the health of residents and visitors alike.
  • For common questions or other issues with the 'Safe Travels' application, visitors can click here.
Recommendations & Process
  • Travelers are encouraged to enter their information and trip details well in advance of their flight.
  • Once their health information is entered 24 hours before departure, travelers receive a QR code via email.
  • The QR code on their mobile device OR printed on paper gets scanned by the airport screener upon arrival.
Additional Information
  • New features and data elements will be added in future phases, as the Safe Travels process and State travel requirements evolve.
  • Travelers without smartphones or computers can ask a friend or relative for assistance or receive assistance at the arrival airport.
  • Travelers without email addresses will need to create one on an email service (free services like Gmail, Outlook, etc. will work fine) to comply with the conditions of quarantine.
Program Updates - beginning June 15, 2021
  • All trans-Pacific travelers from the continental United States (CONUS) will have only one QR code or one Point of Entry (POE) beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
  • Beginning June 15, there will no longer be any county screening, only the main CONUS screening at each airport in Hawaii.
  • Trans-Pacific CONUS (includes Alaska and US Territories) travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaii can qualify for an exception to quarantine without taking a pre-travel test.
What does this mean for Hawaii travelers?
  • Trans-Pacific CONUS travelers will only need one QR code even if they are arriving at one airport and connecting to another island.
    • The traveler will enter only their POE flight and receive one QR code.
    • Example: LAX -> HNL -> LIH, the traveler enters only the LAX -> HNL flight in their Safe Travels account. The resulting QR code will be scanned at HNL (unless pre-cleared prior to departure) which is their first POE, and travelers will use this on Kauai to rent a car, check into the hotel, participate in an activity, etc.
  • All Hawaii airports will be executing this POE scan for all arriving trans-Pacific flights.
  • Trans-Pacific CONUS travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaii – 2 shots of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single Johnson and Johnson shot – plus 14 days can upload their CDC vaccination card to their Safe Travels account to qualify for an exception to the 10-day quarantine without needing to take a pre-travel COVID test. At least one of the vaccination shots must have been taken in Hawaii. The CDC card must show the date of shot, manufacturer and lot number, and location where the shot was administered.

These changes are timed to coincide with the lifting of ALL inter-county and interisland travel restrictions. Beginning June 15, 2021, all interisland travelers will no longer be required to create a trip itinerary in Safe Travels for inter-county travel, and neither a pre-travel test nor proof of vaccination will be required.

*** Hawaii Traveler Alert ***

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. The State of Hawaii DOES NOT charge fees to apply for the Safe Travels program, or to create a Safe Travels account, or 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:

The following websites are NOT affiliated with the State of Hawaii or the State of Hawaii Safe Travels Program:

  • safetravels.com
  • hawaiisafetravel.com
  • safetravelshawaii.com
  • safetravelhawaii.com

International Hawaii Travel Restrictions

Currently, international travelers from both Japan, Canada, South Korea, and Taiwan are now the first international travelers allowed to bypass the 10-day quarantine if they've taken a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in their country of origin. The test must be taken no earlier than 72-hours prior to departure and the test must be negative.

The full list of international partners, which will be regularly updated, can be found here: Hawaii International Trusted Travel Partners →

We expect the list of International Testing Partners to grow substantially as more locations are added; including for travelers arriving from New Zealand, etc. At this time, international travel restrictions continue to prohibit European and other countries from traveling to the U.S. We will continue to monitor this situation and update this section accordingly.

U.S. Executive Order relating to Travel

Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Travel

On January 21, 2021, U.S. President Joseph Biden signed an Executive Order which requires mask-wearing in or on airports, commercial aircraft, trains, public maritime vessels including ferries, intercity bus services, and other forms of public transportation. For the time being, no changes to the SafeTravels program.

In addition, Section 5 states that travelers seeking to enter the United States shall be required to produce proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to entry; and required to comply with other applicable CDC guidelines concerning international travel, including recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the United States.

Also, beginning January 26, 2021, this CDC Order will go into effect. For international travelers coming to the State of Hawaii, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State's 10-day traveler quarantine.

Hawaii Facemask during COVID-19

Are facemasks required 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 public spaces in Hawaii. The requirements of this statewide mask mandate are set forth in Exhibit J, which will be enforced in each county.

May 2021 Update to outdoor mask policy
  • 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.

Each county may additionally have its own unique rules; we've included the individual county links below:

An owner or operator of any business or operation shall refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face mask or covering. Businesses or operations may adopt stricter protocols or requirements related to face coverings and face shields. Businesses or operations not enforcing this rule may be subject to enforcement, including fines and mandatory closure.

Stay Informed About Hawaii COVID-19 Info Receive the latest updates about Hawaii's re-opening, current restrictions, testing requirements, etc. with weekly email updates from GoUS Hawaii.

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.

Hawaii Health Protocols

We encourage all travelers to review the COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols for all of your travel planning resources within the Islands of Hawaii:

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

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