What do you need to know about Hawaii COVID travel restrictions? For a start, conditions on the ground are subject to change on very short notice; today’s travel guidance is yesterday’s news if there is a new outbreak, a sudden surge in coronavirus cases, etc.
At press time the following information about traveling to and from Hawaii is current. In August 2021, Governor David Ige asked that all non-essential travel to and from Hawaii be voluntarily delayed until November due to a surge in COVID cases there.
That surge taxed hospitals and care facilities to their limit, with intensive care beds dwindling rapidly.
In a press release issued by the state government, Ige notes, “Now is not a good time to travel to Hawaii.” Ige added that it could take nearly two months to see enough of a dip in coronavirus cases before travel is safer to consider to or from Hawaii. Everyone,” Governor Ige stresses, “…residents and visitors alike, should reduce travel to essential business activities only.”
At press time, the following travel restrictions and other measures are in effect:
- All air passengers entering Hawaii from outside the United States must present a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Travelers must upload CDC-issued vaccination cards to the Hawaii Safe Travels Program website.
- Travelers must carry their vaccination card while traveling in any capacity.
- Visitors who aren’t fully vaccinated are required to show a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken 72 hours or less before the final portion of the journey.
- No social gatherings with more than 10 people indoors.
- No social gatherings of more than 25 outdoors.
- Indoor establishments must seat groups at least six feet apart and masks are required “at all times except when actively eating or drinking”.
- Indoor capacities are cut to 50% of the maximum permitted by law in each establishment.
Pre-travel testing/quarantine for domestic travelers is not required if the traveler has been fully vaccinated within the USA.
Those traveling to Hawaii from other U.S. states who have not been vaccinated are required to go through a mandatory 10-day long quarantine period. However, this may be bypassed if there has been a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted partner agency listed on the Hawaii official COVID-19 site.
The same is true for those traveling from the following areas to Hawaii:
- South Korea (from Incheon International)
Those traveling from certain countries in the last 14 days are denied entry to Hawaii including (but NOT limited to the following)
- South Africa
Always check before you travel, and always carry all vaccination cards, test results, and other required items with you at all times when traveling to avoid delays, possible quarantine, etc.
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