Preparing for Your Trip

People coming to and from Hawai‘i should be prepared to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival and closely monitor their health for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 

To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i and avoid unmanageable strain on our healthcare system, Governor David Ige enacted a mandatory 14-day traveler quarantine and passenger verification process for those traveling to the Hawaiian Islands. Commonly asked questions on this traveler quarantine can be found here.

Pre-travel COVID-19 Testing

The Pre-Travel Testing Program is scheduled to begin on October 15. Travelers who, upon entry into the state, provide written confirmation from a state approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from a test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the final leg of departure, will be exempt from the 14-day mandatory quarantine. A “state approved COVID-19 test” means a test to determine the presence of active COVID-19 infection that has been approved for use under these rules by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH). Currently approved is the processing by laboratories that are licensed or certified by Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of specimens for nucleic acid amplification testing approved or authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration, pursuant to an Emergency Use Authorization or other authorization for COVID-19 testing.

General Travel Safety

  • Community transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19 is occurring globally. 
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should postpone nonessential travel.
  • If you are sick, especially if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, do not travel. 

Coming to Hawai‘i

  • People coming to and from Hawai‘i should be prepared to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival and closely monitor their health for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 utilizing the Safe Travels application or, after October 15, 2020, be prepared to have a state approved COVID-19 test within 72 hours from the final leg of departure to Hawai‘i.
  • This applies to both visitors and residents. Hawai‘i residents leaving Hawai‘i should be prepared to undergo quarantine upon their return, or produce a negative COVID-19 test result after October 15, 2020. 
  • Travelers will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out a travel and health form. Upon arrival in Hawaii, passengers unable to provide proof of an approved negative test will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days or until they can provide proof of negative test results.
  • Read the FAQ at the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Protect Yourself: Best Practices While Traveling

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.

If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

Wear a Face Mask

Wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others. The face mask is not a substitute for physical distancing. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. In addition, everyone should wear a face mask when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Avoid close contact with others (physical distancing)

When on an airplane, follow guidance from the airline staff regarding seating procedures and distancing.

Get vaccinated

Make sure you are up to date with your routine vaccinations, including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine.