Hawaii is open for tourism. Are you wondering what it takes to safely visit the islands? We’ve compiled as much information as possible to assist you in planning travel to Hawaii.
“The culture of our Hawaiian Islands is steeped in the values of kuleana (responsibility) and aloha. Now that travelers can once again enjoy our islands, we are asking you to join in our efforts to help keep Hawaii safe.” ~ Hawaii Tourism Authority
Entry Requirements for the Islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii (Big Island):
- Step one: Create your Safe Travels account (each traveling adult will be required to create their own account.) For more information on how to set up your account check out this helpful video.
- Step two: Make an appointment with a Trusted Testing Partner approved for Covid-19 testing for travel to Hawaii. Tip: Tests through certain Walgreens locations may be free.
- Remember: Be sure that your test is taken no earlier than 72 hours before your last leg of departure.
- Step three: Fill out the Health Questionnaire and upload your test results in your Safe Travels account. You will receive a QR code.
- Remember: When you arrive in Hawaii, have your QR code readily available on your phone or as a printout. If your test results don’t arrive in time, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Caution: If you do have to quarantine once you arrive in Hawaii, you will have to designate a hotel or motel as your chosen quarantine location. Be aware that short-term & vacation rentals, as well as operations that rent vehicles, may not rent to any person subject to the 10-day quarantine.
Additional Info for the Island of Kauai:
Because Kauai isn’t participating in the Safe Travels program until April 5th, visitors are still required to keep the 10-day mandatory quarantine. However, you can bypass this in some cases:
- By undergoing a modified quarantine (called Enhanced Movement Quarantine) at certain resorts. You can find a list of resorts on this page. There are pre-travel and post-travel Covid test requirements
- By traveling first to another island (that does participate in the Safe Travels program) before visiting Kauai. If you do travel to another island to bypass the quarantine, you must stay on the other island for a period of at least 72 hours. You’ll also have to take a pre-travel test within 72 hours of traveling to Kauai as well as use your Safe Travels account to upload the test results. Find additional details here.
Another thing to keep in mind is that each county (island) of Hawaii can change their travel requirements at any time, so it’s important to do a little further research on whatever island you are planning to travel to just in case requirements change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I get tested for Covid-19 that will be approved by the State of Hawaii for travel & how much do the tests cost?
A: The State of Hawaii is only accepting tests through Trusted Testing Partners, which can be found here. Most locations do require a testing fee of $140+, however, certain Walgreen’s locations, are offering free testing depending on your health situation.
Q: What ages need to get tested before traveling to Hawaii?
A: The Pre-Travel Testing Program requires passengers five and older to be tested before traveling to Hawaii.
Q: Do I need a QR code for each leg of my trip?
A: If you have a layover somewhere before arriving in Hawaii you will only need to enter the last leg of your trip into your Safe Travels account, which will only require 1 QR code. For example, if your trip is SLC > SFO > HNL you will only need to enter the leg for SFO > HNL. The only requirement for needing more than 1 QR code is if you have a stop on another Hawaiian island.
Q: Do I need to get re-tested if I have a layover on a different island?
A: As long as your test was taken 72 hours before you leave for your final leg of departure you will not need to get re-tested.
Q: What if I plan to visit multiple islands while on my trip to Hawaii?
A: For inter-island travel, visitors must follow Safe Travels protocols including a test taken within 72 hours of travel.
Q: What if I haven’t received my test results before arriving in Hawaii?
A: You must have your test results before you leave the mainland, or you’re required to quarantine for 10-days.
Q: What if I don’t get tested before traveling to Hawaii?
A: You will be required to quarantine for 10-days. We don’t suggest doing this. We highly encourage all travelers to get tested before traveling to Hawaii.
Q: Will I need to get tested again before traveling back to the mainland?
A: Unless your destination state has a testing requirement for entry, you do not have to test to return to the mainland.
If you have any questions about any of these requirements, feel free to reach out to our helpful customer service team at [email protected] They’re always happy to help!