Hawaii Travel Restrictions

Current Travel Restrictions & Requirements

Hawaii 10-day Quarantine in effect until further notice

Last Updated: March 3, 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, Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island), Molokai, and Lanai. Kauai has its own restrictions and rules, which we've covered in detail below (these rules may be changing April 5th). Maui is now additionally adding a mandatory contact tracing requirement for all travelers; see below for additional details. There are also new International travel restrictions now in effect.

Currently, there is a 10-day quarantine restriction for all in-bound visitors to the Hawaiian Islands. However, 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 prior to departure as an alternative to Hawaii's 10-day mandatory quarantine.

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.

John Derrick
Published on: 03-03-2021
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.

Starting in mid-January 2021, we've also enabled commenting on select articles (including this one). Feel free to ask your related travel questions in the comments 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 18th 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!

March 2021 Updates

On March 2nd, the latest news from Kauai is that the 'Garden Island' will rejoin the statewide Safe Travels program, beginning April 5, 2021. The governor must approve the request, but we believe this will almost certainly occur. The resort bubble program would also officially end on April 5th according to the latest news. We'll update once this is formally approved by Hawaii Governor Ige.

According to Beat of Hawaii, House Bill 1286 has been introduced by Scott Saiki, speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives along with other members. If passed, the decisions on Hawaii travel, its Safe Travels program, and all current and future rules related to vaccination travel would be made for all islands at the statewide level.

  • Most critically, House Bill 1286 says that "This Act shall take precedence over all conflicting statutes concerning this subject matter and shall preempt all contrary laws, ordinances, rules, orders, or proclamations adopted by the State, a county, or any department or agency thereof."

We will continue to monitor this developing story closely and post updates accordingly depending on the bill's passage or not. Most travelers, many government leaders, and some residents appear to be in favor of simplifying the rules at this point.

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.

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

'Spring' 2021 has been proposed for Hawaii "vaccination passport" travel to begin

In mid-December 2020, we initially received word that Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who is both a physician and is in charge of Hawaii's Safe Travels program had indicated that he would ask the governor to approve travel both trans-Pacific and interisland for anyone who has had a COVID vaccination (both doses when applicable) without further requirements starting sometime in early 2021. Initially, it was proposed to be in early February, but that date has since been delayed until sometime in the Spring of 2021.

The latest news suggests, as of mid-February 2021, that vaccine/health passport travel will begin in three phases; 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, such as the requirement that people must wear facial masks when entering places of business and in all airports; 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.

  • If you're looking for information on inter-island travel, including the inter-island pre-travel program and the trusted partners, click here.

Second post-arrival tests?

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

Oahu Travel Restrictions in 2021

Oahu Restrictions

Oahu has partially re-opened 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 four tiers (tier 1 through 4), with tier 1 being the most restrictive and tier 4 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 3 (beginning February 25, 2021)
Summary of Oahu Restrictions:
  • Social gatherings of up to ten (10) people (who do not have to be related) at parks, beaches, and trails.
  • Retailers and essential businesses, including big box stores, can begin 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.
  • Gyms and fitness facilities may operate at 50% capacity.
  • Helicopter tours can operate at full capacity.
  • Businesses still closed under the order include bars and nightclubs
  • Legal short-term rentals (lodgings that provide guest accommodations for less than 30 days, other than hotels and motels), are allowed to operate under Tier 3.

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

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 January 14th) can be found on the Public Health Emergency Rules web page.

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.
  • Inter-county passengers to Maui must also now have their negative test results prior to arrival; as Maui County will no longer accept negative test results received post-arrival.
  • Starting 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, 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 quarantine locations 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

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 Fifth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, and Emergency rule 14, which was published on December 22nd. All Big Island of Hawaii emergency rules and emergency proclamations can be found on their website.

Under Emergency Rule 13, all trans-Pacific travelers who participate in the state's pre-travel test program are required to take a second test upon arrival to Hawaii Island at a County-designated facility near the airport. The County will bear the cost of the testing under federal CARES Act funds.

Summary of Big Island Restrictions:
  • Indoor or outdoor social gatherings of groups up to 10 people are permitted.
  • Face masks in public 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 Quarantine required at this time - 'Resort Bubbles' now available
Summary of Kauai Restrictions:
  • On March 2nd, we received word that Kauai will rejoin the statewide Safe Travels program, beginning April 5, 2021. The governor must approve the request, but we believe this will almost certainly occur. The resort bubble program would also officially end on April 5th according to the latest news, and we believe the inter-island travel requirements would also change accordingly. We'll update further once formally approved by Hawaii Governor Ige.
  • Currently, all transpacific and intercounty travelers arriving on Kauai will be subject to the 10-day quarantine regardless of testing
  • Emergency Rule 23 temporarily has paused Kauai's participation in the state's pre-travel testing program. Read the full press release here.
  • Emergency Rule 23, Amendment 1, which takes effect on January 5th, allows intercounty travelers five and older to be exempt from the mandatory quarantine if the travelers receive a negative test result from a test taken after they have been physically present in the State of Hawaii for at least 72 hours (see the Kauai Inter-Island Travel rules section below for additional information).
  • Emergency Rule 24 implements a pre-and-post-travel testing program for visitors who stay in "resort bubble" hotels. The rule allows travelers to Kauai, who receive a negative pre-travel test and stay in an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) "resort bubble" property, to take a post-travel test three (3) days after arrival and be released from quarantine with a negative post-travel test result (see Kauai Trans-Pacific Travel section below for more information).
  • 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.
  • Under Emergency Rule 14, no transient vacation rental or homestay, as defined by the Kauai County Code, may be designated as a quarantine location for a new resident more than once in any six month period. The property owner, property manager, landlord, tenant, and guest shall each be responsible for ensuring compliance with this rule.
  • Emergency Rule 20 adds two new terms in addition to the state's pre-travel testing program requirements.

Kauai Inter-Island Travel Rules

Travelers flying to Kauai from Oahu, Maui County, or the Big Island of Hawaii, who have been in the State of Hawaii for more than 72 hours before departing for Kauai, can avoid quarantine by taking the following steps:

  • Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form.
  • Take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawaii's Inter-County Trusted Testing and Travel Partners after you have been in Hawaii for more than three (3) days but within 72 hours of departing to Kauai.
  • Upload negative test results to your Safe Travels account. The Safe Travels program is currently being updated to accommodate Kauai travelers. For now, travelers should plan to present a hard copy of their negative test results for review at Lihue Airport.
  • Safe Travels records will be used to verify that you have not traveled out of state in the past three days.

Currently, inter-county travelers are allowed to participate in the state of Hawaii's Safe Travels program and be exempt from the 10-day travel quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before intercounty travel. Please note, according to the Kauai government website, you must "take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawaii's Inter-County Trusted Testing and Travel Partners after you have been in Hawaii for more than three (3) days, but within 72 hours of departing to Kauai." Additionally, the Kauai government site says, that "travelers flying to Kauai from Oahu, Maui County, or the Big Island of Hawaii, who have been in the State of Hawaii for more than 72 hours before departing for Kauai, can avoid quarantine" by following the steps we've outlined above. This rule change is only for inter-county travel and does not apply to any transpacific travel.

*We recognize the wording on this is a bit confusing, and we are hoping there is further clarification on this soon. For what it's worth, and based on our understanding of those two statements above, travelers clearly need to have an inter-county pre-travel test performed 72-hours before departure for Kauai. Based on our understanding of the rules, since all travelers must have been within the state of Hawaii for a minimum of 72-hours (3 days) before departure for Kauai, the soonest you can take your inter-island test is the fourth day (+72-hours) after arrival. For trans-Pacific travelers, here's an example... if a traveler has taken their trans-Pacific pre-travel test from a trusted partner (domestic or international) and arrives on Oahu (hypothetically on a Sunday), we believe that the clock then starts ticking on your three days. Based on the rules, we don't believe a traveler can get tested to visit Kauai via inter-island travel until the fourth day (Wednesday) of their trip; as this would fulfill the 72-hour, three-day rule. So, that said, the soonest a traveler could visit Kauai in this scenario is on Thursday (providing the test results, from Wednesday, came back negative within 24-hours). For local residents, here's an example... if a local resident has been within Hawaii for at least 72-hours prior to their planned departure for Kauai, they only need to get tested from an inter-county trusted testing partner within 72-hours prior to departing for Kauai.

Kauai Trans-Pacific Travel EMQ "Resort Bubbles" Rules

Travelers from out of state now have the option of a shortened three-day quarantine by participating in the resort bubble post-travel testing program. To qualify, travelers must do the following:

  • Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form.
  • Take a pre-travel test within 72 hours before arriving on Kauai and receive a negative test result.

This 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.

  • Make a reservation at an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) "resort bubble" hotel on Kauai.
  • Complete the County of Kauai arrival form by visiting this website and clicking on the "Kauai Arrival Form" button at the top of the page.
  • Guests should consult their resort for transportation options as travelers will not be allowed to rent a car until released from quarantine.
  • Provide proof of your negative pre-travel test result to resort staff upon check-in.
  • After three days on Kauai, take a post-travel test. Guests should consult the resort on post-travel testing options.
  • Resort staff will verify your negative post-travel test result and will update the system to release you from quarantine.

You can find the most recent updates on Kauai via the Kauai COVID-19 web page. All Kauai emergency rules and emergency proclamations can be found on the Kauai Emergency-Proclamations web page.

Kauai 'Resort Bubbles' are now available to visitors

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. This 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."

Kauai 'Resort Bubble' Program Details

To qualify on Kauai, 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 current "resort bubble" hotels on Kauai are:

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

Pre-Travel Testing for Inter-island Flights

A Partial Inter-island Quarantine has been reinstated, but travelers to Maui and the Big Island county can currently use an inter-island pre-travel test to avoid the 10-day quarantine through the pre-travel inter-island (inter-county) program. Testing must be performed by an official inter-island pre-travel partner. Travelers will need to follow similar procedures as the 72-hour trans-Pacific pre-travel testing protocol (details are below). There is no inter-county quarantine in place for travelers to Oahu. Kauai is currently implementing a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all arrivals, regardless of testing; see above for more information on current Kauai Restrictions and Rules.

Inter-island pre-travel test details
  • Travelers flying inter-island to Maui or the Big Island may bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take an FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from the certified CLIA lab not sooner than 72-hours prior to departure with a negative test result.
  • Again, we want to note that Oahu does not currently have any inter-island travel restrictions.
  • Inter-island travelers must upload their negative test results when they complete their travel and health forms on the 'Safe Travels' digital system: travel.hawaii.gov. The traveler must have the test result with them upon arrival so airport screeners can review the result.
  • Travelers arriving on Maui or the Big Island who choose not to take an inter-island pre-travel test, or who do not arrive with a negative test from an inter-island trusted testing partner, will be subject to the 10-day inter-county quarantine.
Inter-island Quarantine Rules
  • The quarantine requirement, without an inter-island pre-travel test, applies to any person traveling to and between the islands of Hawaii, and the islands comprising the Counties of Maui (Maui, Molokai (Kalawaoi), and Lanai).
  • It does not include inter-island travelers arriving on Oahu.
  • Kauai currently requires all travelers arriving on the island to quarantine for 10-days until further notice.
  • Currently, intercounty travelers to Kauai will be allowed to participate in the state of Hawaii's Safe Travels program and be exempt from the 10-day travel quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before intercounty travel. This is only for inter-county travel and does not apply to any transpacific travel arriving on Kauai.

For Maui and Hawaii Island travelers

Without an inter-island pre-travel test (from a trusted partner), the period of self-quarantine will begin immediately upon arrival and last 10 days or the duration of the person’s stay on the island, whichever is shorter. The inter-island quarantine continues through at least February 14th.

  • All inter-island travelers in Hawaii are required to use the Safe Travels app in order to travel to a neighboring island.

Inter-island Travel FAQ

If I arrive in Hawaii, have a multi-island itinerary, and am traveling inter-island before February 14th, will I have to quarantine?

At this time, Yes, you would be subject to the inter-island quarantine for all islands, excluding Oahu - which does not currently have inter-island travel restrictions. The partial inter-island travel quarantine requirement applies to anyone traveling to and between the islands of Hawaii, and the islands comprising the Counties of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. The period of self-quarantine will begin immediately upon arrival and last 10-days or the duration of your stay on the island, whichever is shorter.

Travelers can now avoid the quarantine period by participating in the inter-island pre-travel test we mentioned above.

Each island county manages its own process. For more information, we've included links below by island:

  • Inter-county travelers to Kauai are currently allowed to participate in the state of Hawaii's Safe Travels program and be exempt from the 10-day travel quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before intercounty travel. This is only for inter-county travel and does not apply to any transpacific travel.

If I fly inter-island and arrive on Oahu, do I need to quarantine?

No, the inter-island quarantine does not include inter-island travelers arriving on Oahu at this time.

My flight lands in Honolulu on Oahu, but my final destination is one of the neighboring islands. Will I need to show my pre-test negative results QR code to airport personnel on Oahu, or do this only when I arrive on the island that is my final destination?

At this time, you will show your QR code to the airport screener upon arriving at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu on Oahu. You will then be required to fill another Safe Travels Hawaii program application form that will apply to your trip from Honolulu to your final neighbor island destination airport. This would also be the process if you land on the island of Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island of Hawaii first and then transit to another island. Obtaining your QR code(s) for Hawaii airport processing PRIOR TO departure will significantly reduce your arrival airport screening.

All travelers must upload negative COVID-19 test results to the Safe Travels Hawaii platform within 72 hours from the final leg of departure or print out the negative test result prior to departure and have it in hand on arrival to Hawaii in order to avoid the 10-day quarantine.

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 26, 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

New '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.
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, and South Korea 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, Taiwan, 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 most 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. This includes most situations outdoors! The requirements of this statewide mask mandate are set forth in Exhibit J, which will be enforced in each county.

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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