Hawaii Vaccination & Health Passports
Vaccine/Health Passport likely to be used for verification to travel
Last Updated: September 16, 2021, at 11:30 am HST
The challenges of tracking and providing proof of vaccinations, from what continues to be countless providers/locations, remains a lot different than the current 'Safe Travels' program that helps track negative pre-travel testing. The U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) and CDC have issued a COVID-19 vaccination card to track individual vaccinations. Hawaii appears to be proceeding using that method for verification of vaccine "passport" travel. The DoD has called its card the "simplest" method of tracking vaccinations while also saying, "Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due. Let's do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone's going to get that."
Hawaii officials request all travelers to delay their trips
Hawaii leaders are asking residents and visitors to wait until the end of October 2021 to travel
On August 23, 2021, Governor David Ige called upon Hawaii residents and visitors to delay all non-essential travel through the end of October 2021 due to the recent, accelerated surge in COVID-19 cases that are now overburdening the state’s health care facilities and resources.
Governor Ige made the announcement at a media briefing, noting that, "Our hospitals are reaching capacity and our ICUs are filling up. Now is not a good time to travel to Hawaii."
Quicklinks on this page...
- Hawaii Vaccine Pass - beginning this week on Oahu and Maui
- Vaccination Exemption available for U.S. vaccinated residents
- Hawaii Smart Health Card - available to those vaccinated within Hawaii
- Vaccine Exemption Timeline - what & when to expect additional vaccination exemptions
- Vaccine bypass rules and steps to take - what U.S. vaccinated visitors need to do to travel
Published by: John C. Derrick
Editor / Founder
'Vaccine Pass' program began this week on Oahu & Maui
Required for entry into local establishments on Oahu & Maui
Oahu 'Vaccine Pass' & Safe Access Oahu program details - began September 13, 2021
On Oahu, beginning September 13, 2021, as per the new emergency order signed by Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, all customers wishing to enter Oahu restaurants, bars, gyms, and other Oahu establishments will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test; part of the city of Honolulu's Safe Access Oahu program. This program will remain in effect on Oahu for at least 60 days, until mid-November 2021.
According to Hawaii News Now, in addition to Oahu bars and restaurants, all movie theaters and museums will also need to ask customers for vaccine cards or proof of a negative COVID test taken within the last 48 hours. The following are the establishments covered by the Safe Access Oahu order:
- Restaurants and bars (takeout remains exempt)
- Gyms & fitness facilities (includes dance studios)
- Bowling alleys, arcades, etc.
- Movie theaters
- Indoor portions of botanical gardens, zoos, or other Oahu attractions
In addition to the new Oahu vaccine-or-testing rules, all Oahu restaurants, and other establishments will continue to be subject to the current statewide capacity restrictions put in place by Governor Ige.
Oahu Hotels to require proof of vaccination beginning October 15th
According to Beat of Hawaii, the initial set of Hawaii hotels and resorts to implement a Hawaii vaccination passport requirement have announced that starting October 15, 2021, all persons entering their hotel properties must provide proof of full vaccination; this includes employees and guests. The hotels that will be implementing the new vaccination passport mandate are as follows:
- Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
- Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
- Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
- Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
- Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
- Park Shore Waikiki
- Pearl Hotel Waikiki
Maui 'Vaccine Pass' program details - began September 15, 2021
On Maui, beginning September 15, 2021, vaccine cards will be required to dine indoors at Maui restaurants; part of Maui's new 'Safer Outside' program. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino has said, "Customers will be required to show vaccination, vaccination cards, or some sort of verification. And those who don't have it, if they have outside seating, they're allowed to sit outside and/or takeout." According to Hawaii News Now, Mayor Victorino hasn't yet mentioned if any other businesses besides restaurants will be required to check for vaccination cards. All Maui restaurants and bars will need to close by 10 pm and all patrons are to remain seated and not socialize.
Maui's 'Safer Outside' program additionally includes a reduction in capacity for commercial boating, ground transport, and commercial tours.
Gatherings are now limited to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors; capacity is also limited to 50%. The new rules will remain in effect on Maui for the next 30 days (until October 15, 2021).
Is anyone exempt from the "Vaccine Pass" rules that go into effect on Oahu & Maui beginning mid-September 2021?
All children under 12, who are ineligible for vaccines, are exempt from the requirements at this time.
Travel update for those Vaccinated within the U.S.
As of July 8, 2021 - travelers vaccinated in the U.S. now no longer need a pre-travel test to skip quarantine
As of July 8, 2021, the state of Hawaii is now allowing all travelers vaccinated in the U.S. (the exemption is for those vaccinated in all U.S. states and territories) to skip quarantine without getting a pre-travel COVID test, a major step toward reopening Hawaii to all travelers.
All vaccinated trans-Pacific travelers will need to upload proof of their vaccination to the state of Hawaii's Safe Travels website in addition to bringing the physical original vaccination card(s) with them when they travel to the islands.
For those who are not vaccinated, the current Hawaii Travel Restrictions will remain in place after July 8th, including pre-travel testing requirements. See our travel restrictions page, for additional information on all the testing requirements, Hawaii's current quarantine policies, restrictions by island, etc.
See below on this page for full details and steps to follow for the vaccine exemption program that began on July 8, 2021.
Vaccination and Travel to Hawaii FAQ's
We encourage all travelers to check out our new Hawaii Travel & Vaccination FAQs →
Current Vaccination Rate within Hawaii
Currently, as of September 16, 2021, Hawaii had a statewide vaccination rate of 65.9%, according to local state data from the Hawaii Department of Health.
- We're continuing to monitor this situation closely and will post updates accordingly here on this page.
Inter-Island Travel Restrictions ended June 15, 2021
- Governor David Ige has announced that as of June 15, 2021, traveling inter-island within Hawaii no longer requires a pre-travel test and there are currently no quarantine requirements for inter-island travel. There are currently no restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.
Hawaii Smart Health Card
Digital Vaccination Proof available to Hawaii residents
The Hawaii Smart Health Card is being utilized within Hawaii as a method of providing digitial proof to restaraunts, businesses, and other establishments of an inidividuals COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
- Participants must have received their COVID-19 vaccine within the state of Hawaii to utilize the Hawaii Smart Health Card
- Additionallly, it needs to have been at least 14 days since their last dose to qualify for use.
- There is currently no timeline for expanding the Smart Health Card to other states, but we'll monitor this situation and keep this page updated accordingly. As noted above, currently, those not vaccinated within Hawaii can present a hard copy of a vaccination document as proof.
- Those who are eligible to use the program can register via the digital online platform for Safe Travels and navigate to the Smart Health Card section. Participants will be required to upload a photo of their vaccination card and then enter their vaccination information. Once your information is validated by Hawaii officials, you'll then receive a QR code that can be used to enter businesses with vaccination requirements.
Governor Ige recently said, "The digital Health Card supports counties that require proof of vaccination at certain businesses and venues. ... It's another step toward protecting the health and safety of our residents and visitors, while also balancing the need to support local businesses and Hawaii's economy."
Hawaii's re-opening has honestly been an evolving process with numerous changes and ongoing updates. Unfortunately, we recognize that this causes confusion to potential travelers, and we are continuing to monitor this situation closely. We will provide additional pertinent vaccine & health passport updates here regularly, from official sources, on this page as additional information becomes available to us. We also encourage our readers to sign up for our 'Hawaii Travel Update' emails to receive pertinent information on all of the recent developments regarding travel to Hawaii, including vaccination policy and health passport updates.
Feel free to post your related travel comments in the discussion section below. Additionally, we've created a new page dedicated to the day-by-day updates that are occurring with Hawaii's reopening process: Hawaii COVID-19 Travel News & Headlines →
Utilization of 'Vaccine Passports'
Hawaii Safe Travels + Vaccination Card rollout
July 8, 2021 was the start date for Hawaii vaccination "passport" travel to begin
Phase 1 - May 11, 2021, for Inter-Island Travel (residents vaccinated in Hawaii)
The first phase of allowing vaccinated travelers to visit Hawaii, and bypass the testing and quarantine requirements, will entail a combination of the current 'Safe Travels' program combined with providing evidence of your vaccination card issued when you received your COVID-19 vaccine.
As of June 15, 2021, all travelers vaccinated within Hawaii may also now bypass the pre-travel trans-Pacific test when flying to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland. See below on this page for full details on this program.
Phase 2 - July 8, 2021, for domestic U.S. Vaccine Passport Travel (those vaccinated within the U.S.)
As of July 8th, travelers vaccinated anywhere in the U.S. are now able to submit documentation proving their vaccination status and are able to skip the pre-travel COVID testing and bypass the mandatory quarantine.
For travelers who choose not to get vaccinated, or for those not located in the U.S., we believe the current restrictions, testing requirements, and quarantine policy are likely to remain in effect for most, if not all, of 2021 and potentially beyond.
As noted in detail below, the small white vaccination cards everyone is issued when receiving their first/second dose will be the method Hawaii uses to verify vaccinations for travelers at this time. According to Hawaii officials, a photo of travelers' vaccination cards will be required to prove vaccination. The photos will then need to be uploaded to the official Hawaii 'Safe Travels' website. As things appear now, upon arrival, all travelers will additionally be required to provide the actual vaccination card for inspection. Travelers who want to participate in the vaccination exemption will be required to have completed vaccination at least 15-days prior to visiting Hawaii. See below on this page for full details and steps to follow on the vaccine exemption program that began on July 8, 2021.
Phases to Hawaii Vaccine / Health Passport Travel
- First, inter-island travel will be permitted for vaccinated travelers, with the Governor's approval. This phase officially began on May 11, 2021, initially only for Hawaii residents vaccinated in Hawaii.
- Second, the inter-island travel rules will be expanded to all travelers, including non-residents. This began June 15, 2021, when inter-island travel restrictions were dropped for all travelers. Additionally, those vaccinated within Hawaii can begin traveling on trans-Pacific routes without a pre-travel test.
- Finally, trans-pacific travel from the U.S. mainland is now permitted, if you're fully vaccinated. Exemptions for U.S.-vaccinated travelers began on July 8, 2021. Trans-Pacific travelers, vaccinated within the U.S., will still need to utilize both the Safe Travels digital program plus show proof of their physical vaccine card upon arrival.
The Bottom Line Currently...
- 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 July 8, 2021, all travelers vaccinated within 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. Additional information is included here.
- At this time, to the best of our knowledge, children ages five (5) and older who are not vaccinated will still need to follow the current pre-travel testing procedures.
- More information on the current COVID-19 rules & restrictions, including for each Hawaiian county/island, can be found on our updated page for Hawaii Travel Restrictions →
- A complete list of the trusted travel partners, currently approved by the state of Hawaii, for pre-travel testing can be found here: Hawaii Trusted Travel Partners & Test Costs →
- Additional information on Hawaii's policy for vaccinated travelers can be found in our updated article: Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccination Policies →
- Now that Hawaii has reopened to travelers with restrictions, we've created an article to cover everything you need to know about What is Open, Closed, or Reopening Soon →
- We've additionally 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 →
Guidelines & Steps for Travelers Vaccinated in the U.S.
U.S. vaccinated travelers may bypass pre-travel testing & quarantine as of July 8, 2021
Travelers vaccinated in the U.S. or U.S. Territories may now participate in the exception program starting on the 15th day after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine -- or starting the 15th day after they've received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Safe Travels digital platform is now allowing vaccine document uploads for trips arriving in Hawaii on July 8, 2021, and beyond.
All Hawaii-bound travelers should follow these steps:
- Any traveler who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States or U.S. Territories will be eligible for the quarantine exception. This means two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson - plus 15 days after the last dose.
- Travelers must create an account in Safe Travels Hawaii, enter their trip details, upload their vaccination documentation, sign the legal attestations, and within 24 hours of departing to Hawaii, complete the online health questionnaire.
- Travelers will need one of the following vaccination records as proof of vaccination:
- A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (preferred)
- VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) printout or certificate
- DOD DD Form 2766C.
- A SMART Health Card with your vaccine record (which can be uploaded via CommonPass) or a vaccine record uploaded to CLEAR Health Pass.
- Proof of vaccination (source document) provided by a medical provider or authorized COVID-19 vaccination administrator.
- The documents listed above must clearly state:
- Traveler's name and date of birth (which must match the name on the traveler's Safe Travels account and their official photo ID),
Vaccine type (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson)
- Date(s) vaccination was administered
- Lot number(s) for each shot
- Vaccination site or location, which must be within the United States or its territories.
- Traveler's name and date of birth (which must match the name on the traveler's Safe Travels account and their official photo ID),
- All information must be clear and readable. If a traveler's document is missing information, they should return to the provider to request a completed duplicate CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or proof of vaccination. Additionally, the traveler can contact their local Department of Health. If this requirement is revised in the future, it will be posted on the official Hawaii COVID-19 website.
- Create an online account and register with the State of Hawaii's Safe Travels Hawaii Digital Platform and
- Enter the trip information for your flight from the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, or U.S. Territory to Hawaii.
- Upload your vaccine documents – they can only be uploaded into the system when linked to a trip in your account – fill out the necessary information and sign the legal attestations.
- Note: Once the vaccine data is verified either by the Department of Health's Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange (DOH HHIE) system or by airport personnel, it can be used for future trips. You will not have to upload your vaccine document again.
- Bring the original or hard-copy CDC Vaccination Record Card, VAMS printout, VAMS printout or certificate, DD 2766C, or vaccination source document with you when you travel to show the screeners either at your boarding gate or once you have arrived in Hawaii (physical documents are preferred but digital copies will be accepted subject to further scrutiny). Screeners will review to ensure that the uploaded documentation matches your photo ID and the name in your Safe Travels account, that the information is complete, and it is 15 days past the last shot. They will also verify that the documentation is uploaded and the attestations are signed.
Special Note for those traveling with children:
Children under five (5) years old are not required to test and will not be quarantined if traveling with an adult who has a pre-travel test exception or a vaccination exception. Children five (5) years and older who have not been vaccinated must participate in the Pre-Travel Testing Program and test with a Trusted Testing Partner to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Notice to all International Travelers
The program that begins July 8, 2021, does not cover international travelers at this time. The Pre-Travel Testing Program and a test with an International Trusted Testing Partner are required to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine in Hawaii until further notice for all international travelers.
Guidelines for Travelers Vaccinated in Hawaii
Hawaii vaccinated travelers may bypass pre-travel testing & quarantine starting 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.
What is required to visit Hawaii if I'm not vaccinated?
The pre-testing travel program began last October 15, 2020
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), who have not been vaccinated in accordance with the current vaccine exemptions, must self-quarantine for 10 days following arrival. See our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page for additional information on the current status of COVID-19 in Hawaii.
The pre-testing travel program, which started last October 15, 2020, effectively re-opened the islands to visitors, as long as they bring along proof of a negative NAAT test (nucleic acid amplification test), from a state-approved trusted testing partner and complete a State Travel and Health form upon arrival within the state.
The negative test will need to have been conducted by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory no more than 72 hours prior to the visitor's departure and will need to be an FDA-authorized NAAT test. Again, the test MUST come from a trusted partner at this time.
To reiterate, this test result must be confirmed prior to arrival in Hawaii and the visitor must present evidence of this test upon arrival. See our Hawaii Re-opening article for more information.
Additional Hawaii Resources
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 Restrictions page for more information regarding COVID-19 and re-opening in Hawaii.