Traveling to Hawaii

SAFE TRAVELS PROGRAM

The State of Hawaii's online Safe Travels program is mandatory for all travelers. The form, which collects the required health and travel information, is critical to protecting the health of residents and visitors alike. Click here for FAQs and instructions.

Travelers are encouraged to enter their information, details and COVID-19 test result 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.

New features and data elements will be added in future phases, as the Safe Travels process and State travel requirements evolve. Travelers without smart phones 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 to comply with the conditions of quarantine.

MALAMA HAWAII

In an effort to inspire mindful travel, industry partners and volunteer organizations in Hawaii have come together with an initiative that encourages visitors to leave Hawaii better than when they arrived. Volunteer projects range from reforestation and tree planting to self-directed beach cleanups, ocean reef preservation, and creating Hawaiian quilts for our kupuna (elders). By making a positive impact, guests will have a more enriching travel experience and can enjoy a free extra night from participating hotels. Learn more here.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

There is a rental car shortage in Hawaii. Instead of renting a vehicle, please consider some of these alternate transportation options. Click here to see the list.

TRANSPACIFIC TRAVEL

Trans-Pacific travelers from the continental United States who were fully vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass the quarantine without taking a pre-travel test. Those who were not vaccinated in Hawaii do not qualify for this trans-Pacific travel exemption at this time.

When the state reaches a 60% vaccination rate, people vaccinated in the United States who are traveling domestically will be able to bypass the testing/quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program.

When the state achieves a 70% vaccination rate, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the Safe Travels program will end.

The Pre-Travel Testing Program requires passengers five and older to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory within 72 hours from the final leg of departure and produce a negative result in order to proceed without the state’s 10-day mandatory quarantine. A trained professional must observe all tests.

Travelers wishing to bypass the quarantine must have their negative COVID-19 test results - from a trusted testing partner - prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter. Travelers will not be able to avoid the 10-day quarantine even if they receive a post departure negative test.

Only test results from trusted testing partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health are being accepted. A trained professional must observe all tests. Registration instructions and costs can be found at the partners’ websites. The list of approved trusted testing partners is available at HawaiiCovid19.comRead the FAQs here.

TRANSPACIFIC SELF-QUARANTINE EXEMPTIONS

There are other exceptions to the general rule that all travelers must self-quarantine:

  • Individuals arriving in the State on recreational boats into the State's small boat (non-commercial) harbors which have been at sea for at least 10 days do not have to self-quarantine if no one on the boat is ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Individuals traveling to the State to perform critical infrastructure functions as described in the proclamation will be subject to self-quarantine but may break quarantine to perform their critical functions.
  • Persons who previously tested positive for COVID-19 but are no longer at risk of infecting others also may obtain an exemption allowing them to break quarantine.

Exemption seekers can submit their requests online as well as review a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at travelexemption.hawaii.gov.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Travelers from Japan, Canada, Korea and Taiwan may bypass the state's mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the test must be negative prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter. Travelers will not be able to avoid the 10-day quarantine even if they receive a post departure negative test. Only test results from trusted testing partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health are being accepted.

POST-ARRIVAL

Arriving passengers subject to the quarantine are required to initial and sign this order confirming they are aware of the quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. The period of self-quarantine begins from the time of entry into the State and lasts 10 days or the duration of the person’s time in Hawaii, whichever is shorter.

Once travelers get to a Hawaii airport, they will have to show proof they completed their form and provide identification.

After landing they will have their temperature taken through thermal temperature screening equipment at the gate. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will receive a medical assessment by paramedics stationed at the airport.

Click here to view the visitor's journey and health protocols being implemented, including the airlines, airports, transportation, lodging, meetings and conventions, restaurants, retail, and activities and attractions.

HOST RULES

All hosts of any guest(s) subject to the mandatory self-quarantine are responsible for ensuring that their guest(s) abides by the self-quarantine rules. Any host violates this rule if the host intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly fails to notify law enforcement immediately when a guest or guests subject to the self-quarantine fails to enter or remain within the confines of their designated quarantine location.

Please be sure to check the latest guidelines for short term rentals, transient vacation rentals and homestay operations in place, by county (City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Kauai County, Hawaii County).

HAWAII SUNSCREEN LAW

Effective January 1, 2021, Hawaii State law prohibits the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in the Hawaiian Islands. The purpose of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Scientific studies have shown that oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to corals and other marine life. Read more.