Hawaii Travel Restrictions

Information on Restrictions in Hawaii caused by the Novel Coronavirus

Hawaii Travel Restrictions

Current Travel Restrictions & Updates

What are the travel restrictions & requirements in Hawaii in early 2022?

Last Updated: January 10, 2022, at 1:00 pm HST

At this time, there are travel restrictions in effect for all the major Hawaiian Islands, including the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island), Molokai, and Lanai.

Currently, travelers vaccinated within the U.S. can now take advantage of Hawaii's Vaccine Exemption program. Still, all travelers must continue to use the Hawaii Safe Travels program and follow the applicable rules to provide proof of vaccination (see below). Additionally, International travelers who have been vaccinated outside of the U.S. also can now take advantage of new travel rules permitting them to travel to Hawaii once again safely; see below for details as the rules have updated, due to the Omicron variant, in early December 2021. For non-vaccinated travelers, the Hawaii Pre-Travel testing rules and requirements remain in place; otherwise, all travelers who arrive without the proper test (from a trusted partner) or valid vaccine exemption will be subject to Hawaii's mandatory 5-day quarantine (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022). Pertinent links and an updated 2022 video covering each of these topics, in further detail, are included directly below.

We continue to closely monitor developments regarding the 'Omicron' variant as it pertains to Hawaii travel. This new variant may prove to be like the Delta variant and cause additional restrictions and disruptions to travel, including to Hawaii. Local cases in Hawaii have recently spiked to their highest numbers since the pandemic began, exceeding over 4,700 new cases in a single day on January 6, 2022, and another 4,500+ cases on January 9, 2022. We'll keep this page updated accordingly with the latest 2022 updates and announcements.

'Safe Travels' Updates for 2022

Quarantine Period Reduced & Health Questionnaire no longer required

Safe Travels Hawaii remains in place for domestic travel from the U.S. and its Territories. The mandatory self-quarantine period for those arriving in the Hawaiian Islands who are not fully vaccinated or do not have a negative pre-travel test result has been reduced from 10 days to five (5) days, effective January 3, 2022.

Additionally, beginning January 4, 2022, travelers do not need to complete the Health Questionnaire prior to departure to receive a QR code.

Maui to update the definition of 'fully vaccinated'

New policy for restaurants, etc. begins January 8, 2022

Effective on Maui beginning January 8, 2022, the definition of 'fully vaccinated' will now include getting a booster shot to further increase immunity against COVID-19. This change primarily affects bars, restaurants, and gyms. To the best of our knowledge, this rule change does NOT affect Safe Travels to Maui at this time. According to Maui Mayor Victorino, restaurant patrons can continue to dine outdoors without having a vaccination card, or they can optionally also receive take-out.

At this time, no other island in Hawaii appears to be following Maui's lead on the booster requirement, but we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. Oahu has not updated its Safe Access Oahu rules to include boosters at this time, but the vaccine pass requirements remain in place on Oahu, for indoor dining, etc. Currently, neither Kauai nor the Big Island has any special rules for restaurants; the rules are at the discretion of each individual restaurant to decide if they want to implement any type of requirement for entry. However, a word to the wise - if you plan to visit those islands in the near future, be sure to carry proof of vaccination with you, as some establishments may require proof of vaccination. Additionally, the Big Island of Hawaii, whose mayor recently tested positive for COVID himself, did recently re-impose a reduced 10-person limit (previously the limit was up to 25-persons) on social gatherings.

Quicklinks & Resources on this page...
  • Current Vaccine Exemption - rules and requirements as of July 8, 2021; What you need to know to travel to Hawaii now if you've been fully vaccinated in the U.S.
  • International Travelers - rules and requirements as of December 6, 2021; Hawaii has updated international traveler rules under the new federal U.S. requirements.
  • Non-vaccinated Travelers - the travel rules, testing requirements, & restrictions for all travelers who have NOT received an approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Due to the surge in local cases caused by the Delta variant that occurred earlier this year, certain restrictions have been reinstated on Maui and Oahu. As of late 2021, some rules have begun to ease again (see below for details). We're monitoring this situation closely and will keep this page updated accordingly.

U.S. Travelers: Vaccine Exemptions are now available

Currently, there is now a vaccine exemption available to those who can provide proof of being fully vaccinated within the U.S.  Hawaii Governor David Ige has announced that the state of Hawaii will now allow travelers vaccinated within the U.S. to skip quarantine without getting a COVID test prior to traveling to the Hawaiian Islands.

  • The exemption is for those vaccinated in all US states and territories; more information and the official steps to follow are included below.
  • We've also now included a Vaccine Exemption FAQ on our Hawaii Travel & COVID-19 Vaccine page.
  • The State of Hawaii will also accept vaccine records that are digitally validated by Digital Health Pass Partners (AZOVA, CLEAR, and CommonPass). Travelers who use one of the State's partners to link their digitally validated vaccine records with Safe Travels may enjoy expedited processing at the airport (no secondary visual inspection of paper vaccine records).
  • Currently, as of January 10, 2022, Hawaii had a statewide vaccination rate of 74.8%, according to local state data from the Hawaii Department of Health.

For International Travelers

Travel Rules updated on December 6, 2021

The Presidential Proclamation and CDC Order are effective for travel from international airports to the United States. "Direct International Travelers" will no longer need to have a Safe Travel Account to present upon arrival to Hawaii, starting November 8, 2021. "Non-Direct International Travel" will be considered domestic travel and passengers must have a Safe Travels account. Please see below for additional details on each type of travel as the rules were updated for December 2021.

Direct International Travel to Hawaii

All air passengers 2 years of age or older with a flight departing to the United States from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, are required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.

Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.

For the full list of requirements and exemptions, please review the language in the Order.

Example of Direct International Travel

Aircraft begins flight in another country and ends the flight at the port of federal debarkation in Hawaii. Passengers are subjected to U.S. customs processing in Hawaii. This category will be either:

  1. A non-stop flight - from one airport to another, without any stops along the way.
  2. A direct flight - from one airport to another but includes stops in one or more cities along the way. The flight number or aircraft and passengers' boarding pass remain the same.
  • e.g.; Narita, Japan direct flight to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA OR Manilla, Philippines direct flight to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Process for both the above: Adhere to U.S. Federal process for international travel; No Safe Travels Hawaii or state requirement 
Non-Direct International Travel to Hawaii

International passengers entering the U.S. from another state or territory will be treated as domestic travelers when entering the State of Hawaii. The Safe Travels Hawaii program remains in place for domestic travelers.

Example of Non-Direct International Travel

Aircraft begins flight in another country and ends the flight at a port of federal debarkation not in Hawaii. Passengers are subjected to U.S. customs processing, not in Hawaii. This category will consist of:

  1. Connecting flights - from one (Non-U.S.) city to another (U.S.) city, with a layover stop in between to change planes (in the U.S.). Each flight requires a separate boarding pass, but the passenger is on one itinerary.
  • e.g.; London, England direct flight to Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Clears customs in Atlanta and boards another aircraft to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. OR Mexico City, Mexico direct flight to Los Angles, California, USA. Clears customs in Los Angeles and boards another aircraft to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
  • Process for both examples above: Adhere to U.S. Federal process for the international portion of travel; Adhere to Safe Travels Hawaii requirement for the domestic portion of travel

To reiterate, current Safe Travels Hawaii requirements for domestic travelers include:

  • Creating a Safe Travels Hawaii account on a digital device
  • Entering trip details with the Safe Travels application
  • Filling out a health form (requirement ends January 4, 2022), and
  • Attesting that all information is correct.
  • More information and the official steps to follow are included below.
  • A Vaccine Exemption FAQ is also included on our Hawaii Travel & COVID-19 Vaccine page.
Example of Domestic Travel

Aircraft begins flight in the U.S. and ends* in Hawaii. *Can be Non-stop, direct, or connecting

  • e.g.; San Francisco, California to Hawaii. OR New York, New York to Seattle, Washington to Hawaii
  • Process for both examples above*: Adhere to Safe Travels Hawaii requirement for travel
    • *Exception: No Safe Travel Hawaii requirement for Hawaii intra-state (inter-county) travel

Currently, domestic travelers may bypass the state’s mandatory 5-day quarantine (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022) in one of two ways:

  1. Upload a vaccination document; or
  2. Upload a negative NAAT test result.

Also, as of November 8, 2021, the State of Hawaii, in alignment with the federal government, will accept vaccines approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. A list of currently accepted vaccines is posted on the CDC’s website.

For non-vaccinated travelers

For all other domestic travelers, including those who do not qualify for an existing vaccine exemption, there is a pre-travel testing option that will allow travelers an alternative, allowing them to bypass Hawaii's mandatory 5-day quarantine (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022) restrictions, as long as they bring along proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a state-approved trusted testing partner. All travelers must have their negative test results within 72 hours prior to the final leg of departure as an alternative to Hawaii's quarantine requirements. 

For all domestic travelers who do not get properly tested or who have not been vaccinated in accordance with the current vaccine exemptions, Hawaii Governor David Ige mandates all visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands to self-quarantine for 5 days, meaning all passengers traveling to Hawaii (visitors and returning residents) must self-quarantine for 5 days following their arrival.

Editor's Note...

To best assist potential Hawaii travelers, we will provide additional updates on pertinent Hawaii Travel Restrictions here regularly, from official sources, on this page as more information becomes available to us. We also encourage our readers to sign up for our weekly emails on Hawaii Travel updates and other developments.

Below we've also made sure to provide detailed information on the individual restrictions on each county/island within the state of Hawaii.

The culture of the Hawaiian Islands promotes kuleana (responsibility) and aloha (love, peace, and compassion). Now that travelers can once again enjoy the incredible beauty and diverse cultures of the Hawaiian Islands, the state of Hawaii is asking for your kokua (help) in keeping Hawaii safe. If you are still trying to decide which Hawaii Island to visit, the following information should aid you in making the best choices.

Additional Resources

Some Restrictions are easing within Hawaii...

On November 23, 2021, Governor Ige and the county mayors announced the next phase of state and county measures related to COVID-19, beginning December 1, 2021.

As we understand the rules, beginning December 1, 2021 - indoor restaurant dining seating no longer has to have six-foot distancing, though all patrons will still need to present their vaccine cards or a recent negative test.  Gyms are additionally now back to 100% capacity and there are no outdoor restrictions for social gatherings or sporting events at this time.

The following basic measures have proven to be effective and will remain unchanged in the next emergency proclamation relating to COVID-19:

  • The Hawaii Safe Travels Program;
  • The indoor mask mandate;
  • The vaccination or testing requirements for state executive and county employees; and
  • The vaccination or testing requirements for contractors and visitors to state facilities.

"Hawaii residents have worn their masks and avoided large gatherings, even important family events. Most of our residents are vaccinated. We worked together to keep our communities as safe as possible during this pandemic. The State of Hawaii is now ready to move from overall state coordination back to the counties," said Governor Ige.

Governor Ige has announced he will sign another emergency proclamation on November 29, 2021. He announced the following changes:

  • As of December 1, 2021, the individual Hawaii counties will no longer be required to obtain the approval of the governor or the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) prior to issuing county emergency orders, rules or proclamations.
  • Counties will continue to have direct responsibility for emergency management with their respective counties. Emergencies are usually county-specific and county-led, with the state serving in a supporting role.

"The nature of this emergency was like no other, and it required a level of federal, state and county coordination that we’ve never before seen. I’m grateful for the leadership of our mayors and for the collaboration and close working relationship that we have. Together, with the people of Hawaii, we arrived at this point. But the pandemic is not over. We urge residents to remain vigilant as we continue to protect the health and safety of our kama'aina, re-energize our economy and strengthen our communities," Governor Ige said.

Once signed on November 29, 2021, the proclamation relating to COVID-19 will continue through January 28, 2022, unless terminated or superseded by a separate proclamation.

Inter-island Restrictions have ended

As of June 15, 2021, the inter-island restrictions have now officially ended between all islands. No pre-travel testing is required for travel between the Hawaiian Islands at this time.

'Vaccine Pass' program now in effect on Oahu & Maui

Required for entry into Oahu & Maui establishments

On Oahu, as of September 13, 2021, as per a 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.

On Maui, as of September 15, 2021, vaccine cards will be required to dine indoors at Maui restaurants. 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."

More details about these new programs for Maui and Oahu can be found on our page for Hawaii Vaccine Passports →

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As always, we'll continue to monitor Hawaii travel policies and the latest news related to visiting Hawaii and provide daily updates here and through our email list.

Vaccinated domestic U.S. Traveler Update

As of July 8, 2021 - travelers vaccinated anywhere in the U.S. will no longer need a pre-travel test to skip quarantine

As of July 8, 2021, the state of Hawaii is now allowing all domestic 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 their original physical vaccination card(s) with them when they travel to the Hawaiian Islands. More information, including the steps to take for travelers who have been vaccinated, can be found on our Health / Vaccine passport page here.

We've also now included a new frequently asked Hawaii travel and vaccine FAQ section that may help answer commonly asked vaccination and traveling to Hawaii-related questions.

Official Steps for Traveling to Hawaii with the vaccine exemption

On July 8, 2021, the State of Hawaii began granting quarantine exceptions to travelers on domestic flights (from U.S. states and territories) who uploaded proof of full vaccination (two Moderna or Pfizer shots or one Johnson & Johnson shot plus 15 days) received within the 50 U.S. states and U.S. territories. Unfortunately, there is still confusion, so we wanted to stress to potential travelers that to qualify for this exception, you must do the following prior to departure:

  • Create a Safe Travels Hawaii online account including your trip information, and
  • Upload the required vaccination documentation to your Safe Travels Hawaii account
  • Additional details on this program, including a full explanation of steps to take for travelers who have been vaccinated, can be found on our Health / Vaccine passport page here.
  • Additional frequently asked questions pertaining to the vaccine are located here: Hawaii travel and vaccine FAQ →
If I have recovered from COVID-19, but still test positive for the virus, do I still have to quarantine?

In order to qualify for a COVID-19 exemption to the 5-day (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022) quarantine, you must submit the following two pieces of information:

  1. A copy of a positive molecular COVID-19 test (NAAT or PCR) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory taken no more than 90 days and no less than 11 days prior to your departure date.
  2. A signed letter from a medical provider stating that you have not exhibited symptoms and are fully recovered – this letter must be signed at least 10 days after your positive test and no more than 14 days from your departure date.

To request an exemption, go to https://ag.hawaii.gov/travelexemption. Please allow a week for processing.

Inter-Island Travel Restrictions have now ended

As of June 15, 2021 - Inter-Island Travel changes, Vaccine Exemption for those vaccinated within Hawaii

Governor David Ige has announced that as of June 15, 2021traveling inter-island within Hawaii no longer requires a pre-travel test, and there are no quarantine requirements for inter-island travel. There are currently no restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.

COVID Test Results must be in hand PRIOR to departure to Hawaii

Hawaii Governor David Ige has announced that travelers to the Hawaiian Islands, not vaccinated within the U.S., wanting to bypass the state's 5-day (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022) mandatory quarantine must have COVID-19 test results, from a trusted travel partner, prior to departure to the islands.

Notice on updated CDC Guidelines for Travel
  • On May 25, 2021, Governor Ige announced that masks are no longer required outdoors, and that ocean sports would again be allowed in Hawaii. The Governor also added the amended outdoor mask rules are effective immediately and apply to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still required for all indoor activities ― across the board.
Summary of Updated Travel Restrictions for non-U.S.-vaccinated travelers
  • All trans-Pacific travelers, not vaccinated within the U.S., who board a plane on the final leg of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands without first securing a negative test will be subject to mandatory quarantine. Tests must be taken with trusted testing and travel partners with 72 hours of departure.
  • Travelers heading to Hawaii must upload their negative test results to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of their negative test results with them when boarding their flight. The State of Hawaii highly recommends that all transpacific travelers departing for Hawaii carry a hard copy of their negative test result as a backup.
  • This change means that test results will not be accepted once a traveler arrives in Hawaii. Travelers who did not have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawaii must self-quarantine for 5 days (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022), without exception. Post-arrival testing and results will also not be accepted once a traveler has arrived in Hawaii.
  • This policy change applies to domestic trans-pacific flights and additionally includes all flights from international locations in which pre-travel testing programs are in place. It does not apply to inter-county travelers.
  • As noted above, there are now vaccination exemptions available for those vaccinated domestically within the U.S. as of July 8, 2021. See above for additional details or refer to our Vaccine Passport page for more information.
  • As of November 8, 2021, if you are an International Traveler, please see the new International Travel rules and requirements for travel to Hawaii.

Overview of steps to bypass Hawaii's 5-day quarantine

  1. For domestic Hawaii travel, for travelers ages, five (5) and over, take a pre-travel NAAT test from one of the state's Trusted Testing Partners, no more than 72-hours prior to departure from the final city on the mainland before arriving in Hawaii. You will need the negative test results prior to departure.
    • As of July 8, 2021, if you have been vaccinated within the U.S., you may show proof of vaccination, following these steps, and skip the pre-travel test for trans-Pacific travel.
    • As of November 8, 2021, if you are an International Traveler, please see the new rules and requirements for travel to Hawaii at this time.
  2. Create a Safe Travels account for visiting Hawaii. Completing the application and obtaining your QR code(s) ahead of time will significantly reduce your arrival airport processing time. After creating your account, enter your traveler information and trip details, and then upload your negative COVID-19 test result (remember, it has to be from a Trusted Partner) to the correct form.
  3. Fill out and complete the mandatory Hawaii Travel & Health form (this specific requirement ends January 4, 2022) through your Safe Travels account. All adult travelers will receive a notice 24 hours prior to their departure time to the Hawaiian Islands to complete the Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form via the Safe Travels Hawaii program set up in Step 2.
    • Travelers should be prepared to enter the names of each child traveling with an adult, as they also need to be registered.
    • Upon completing the Health form, a QR code will be emailed to each traveler for each leg of their trip, which will need to be presented to airport personnel upon deplaning in Hawaii.
    • The QR code can be either on paper or on your mobile phone, and must also be presented with a legally valid photo ID
  4. Arrive in Hawaii; be prepared to wear your mask indoors (removal of face coverings is allowed for both young children and those with health conditions preventing them from wearing a mask), practice social distancing, and take proper sanitation precautions. All incoming trans-Pacific Hawaii travelers will likely receive temperature checks upon arrival. Temperature scans will be taken via thermal temperature screening. All incoming trans-Pacific Hawaii travelers who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, or for any traveler who is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, will be required to complete a secondary screening at the airport performed by trained health care staff.

Hawaii Travel Restrictions on Individual Islands...

The response to COVID-19 by the different Hawaiian counties has created a patchwork of emergency rules, orders, and proclamations. Naturally, we recognize this may cause some confusion to visitors. This is especially true since some of these rules and regulations are universal for all of Hawaii, while other rules differ between the individual counties. Below we've posted an up-to-date list of the unique measures and emergency orders for each individual island/county. We've also included links to the most relevant official resources.

Additionally, we've updated the social gathering limits for each island on this page: Hawaii - What's Open, Closed, and Reopening Soon →

Oahu Travel Restrictions in 2021

Oahu Restrictions

Oahu travelers can read more about what activities are allowed, the various openings, and the respective group sizes for each tier on the One Oahu website.

'Vaccine Pass' program to begin Sept. 13th on Oahu:

On Oahu, beginning September 13, 2021, as per a 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.

More details about this new program can be found on our page for Hawaii Vaccine Passports →

As noted above, you can read more about Oahu's re-opening plans and tiered system at OneOahu. For further details about Oahu restrictions, click here.

Big Island of Hawaii Travel Restrictions in 2021

Big Island Restrictions

You can find the most recent updates on the Big Island via the county of Hawaii COVID resources web page. All Big Island of Hawaii emergency rules and emergency proclamations can be found on their website.

As of early January 2022, the Big Island of Hawaii has re-imposed a reduced 10-person limit (previously the limit was up to 25-persons) on social gatherings.

Kauai Travel Restrictions in 2021

Kauai Restrictions

Kauai rejoined the 'Safe Travels' program on April 5, 2021

You can find the most recent information and updates for Kauai on the official Kauai COVID-19 webpage. All emergency rules and emergency proclamations for Kauai county can additionally be found on their website.

Maui Travel Restrictions in 2021

Maui Restrictions

Including Maui, Molokai, and Lanai

You can find the most recent updates on Maui via the Maui county website. All Maui emergency rules and emergency proclamations can be found on the Public Health Emergency Rules web page.

On Maui, as of September 15, 2021, vaccine cards will be required to dine indoors at Maui restaurants. 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." More details about this new program for Maui can be found on our page for Hawaii Vaccine Passports →

Maui to require a booster to be considered "fully vaccinated"

Starting January 8, 2022, a new rule will go into effect on Maui. Currently, we do not expect this new rule to impact the requirements of the Safe Travels program for Maui visitors; it primarily affects restaurants, bars, and gyms. We'll monitor this situation and keep you posted. County director Sandy Baz has said the mayor is changing "the definition of fully vaccinated to include a booster shot for those that are eligible."

Summary of Maui Restrictions:
  • A contact tracing requirement is strongly recommended for all travelers from both the mainland and interisland to Maui. See our special Maui notice section about the AlohaSafe Alert app.
  • Face masks are required indoors, and physical distancing of at least six feet between separate groups must be maintained at all times.
  • Beaches and county parks are currently open.
  • Vacation Rentals can be rented ONLY if you are not subject to the 5-day quarantine. This list of hotels is approved for quarantine for travelers at this time.

Maui County has set up a call center to help answer questions related to COVID-19. The call center will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HST each Monday through Friday and is reachable at (808) 270-7855.

AlohaSafe Alert app

AlohaSafe Alert app screenshot

Maui strongly recommends Contact Tracing for all travelers

'AlohaSafe Alert' App now requested for all Maui visitors

According to the MauiCounty.gov website as of November 2021, the County of Maui Public Health Emergency Rules strongly recommend the download of the AlohaSafe Alert application or other Google-Apple exposure notification system application for all travelers on the Safe Travels program.

  • For transpacific and interisland travelers, downloading the exposure notification app is strongly recommended. 
  • The AlohaSafe Alert app is compatible with Android and iPhones. Android phones should be Version 6 or above. iPhones should have iOS 13.7 or greater.
Exceptions to the Maui contact tracing requirements.

There are a few situations, as per the emergency rule quoted above, that will not require the AlohaSafe Alert app. The exceptions are:

  1. Traveler utilizes an alternative contact tracing app. (must be a Google-Apple Exposure Notification System).
  2. Any travelers under the age of 18.
  3. Any traveler who does not possess a mobile device, when at least one other person in the party has the app.
AlohaSafe Alert app Dashboard

AlohaSafe Alert app Dashboard

Details about the 'AlohaSafe Alert' App

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with aio Digital and the Hawaii Executive Collaborative (HEC), has launched AlohaSafe Alert, the free State of Hawaii officially approved exposure notification app to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Some key features include:

  • Participants may opt-in/out at any time.
  • The app allows smartphones to interact and exchange anonymous codes that are frequently changed, but it does not keep track of any geo-location or GPS data.
  • Only DOH authorities will have access to data, and all data will be kept anonymous.
  • Should you test positive for COVID-19, your identity is kept private from anyone who receives an alert, and their identities are kept private from you.
  • AlohaSafe Alert is interoperable with other similar official notification apps in other states and those apps can also be used by visitors to Hawaii.

To download the free app, go to the Google Play or Apple App Store on your phone. For more information visit www.alohasafealert.org

Hawaii Travel Rules & Restrictions for Travelers

Hawaii Travel Restrictions & Rules - Here's what you need to know...

Applicable to all Visitors until further notice

  • The new online Safe Travels application is now mandatory for all travelers. The online application can be found by clicking here.
  • For more information, see our updated section about the new Safe Travels program below on this page.
  • According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, people who are required to self-quarantine for 5 days (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022) must designate a hotel or motel as their chosen quarantine location.
  • No person who is subject to the mandatory self-quarantine is allowed to stay in a short-term or vacation rental.
  • Additionally, operations that rent vehicles may not rent to any person who is subject to a 5-day traveler quarantine order unless an exemption is granted.
  • The state of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation Website further explains the entrance and quarantine process.
  • Violation of the quarantine will be a misdemeanor and subject to a possible fine and/or jail time.
  • The quarantine mandate will continue until further notice for all arrivals, and visitors are responsible for quarantine costs.

Bypass Quarantine with Pre-Travel Test

Visitors may now bypass the quarantine requirements with a pre-travel test! Current approved & trusted testing partners can be found on our new pages:

Restrictions on Inter-island Travel in Hawaii

All Inter-Island Travel Restrictions ended on June 15, 2021

As noted above, Governor David Ige has announced that as of June 15, 2021traveling inter-island within Hawaii no longer requires a pre-travel test, and there are no quarantine requirements for inter-island travel. There are currently no restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.

Hawaii Travel News & Updates

What's Open, Closed, and Reopening Soon in Hawaii?

Now that Hawaii visitors can once again enjoy the state's remarkable natural beauty, great open spaces, unique experiences, and signature hospitality through the practice of Aloha, we've created a new article to cover everything you need to know about What is Open, Closed, or Reopening Soon →

On that page, we've compiled a list of all the major Hawaii resorts, hotels, b&b's, and inn's that have already reopened or plan too soon, and their reopening dates when applicable. Plus, we've included the current Hawaii rules for dining, entertainment, and attractions.

Latest Hawaii COVID-19 Travel News & Headlines

Beginning October 2020, 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 →

Safe Travels Program in Hawaii

Click to Visit Safe Travels Program

Hawaii's 'Safe Travels' Program

Required for all travelers to the Hawaiian Islands

  • As noted above, the State of Hawaii's new online Safe Travels program is mandatory for all travelers.
  • This program, which collects the required health and travel information, is critical to protecting the health of residents and visitors alike.
  • For common questions or other issues with the 'Safe Travels' application, visitors can click here.
Recommendations & Process
  • Travelers are encouraged to enter their information and trip details well 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.
Additional Information
  • New features and data elements will be added in future phases, as the Safe Travels process and State travel requirements evolve.
  • Travelers without smartphones 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 (free services like Gmail, Outlook, etc. will work fine) to comply with the conditions of quarantine.
Program Updates - beginning 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 5-day quarantine (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022) 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.

*** Hawaii Traveler Alert ***

According to the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (HVCB), a number of travelers have reported using an unofficial Safe Travels website thinking that it was affiliated with the State of Hawaii's Safe Travels Program. The State of Hawaii DOES NOT charge fees to apply for the Safe Travels program, or to create a Safe Travels account, or to access the Safe Travels application, or for Safe Travels information.

The OFFICIAL STATE OF HAWAII websites for the State of Hawaii's Safe Travels Program are:

The following websites are NOT affiliated with the State of Hawaii or the State of Hawaii Safe Travels Program:

  • safetravels.com
  • hawaiisafetravel.com
  • safetravelshawaii.com
  • safetravelhawaii.com

International Hawaii Travel Restrictions

On November 8, 2021, the Travel Rules and Requirments were updated for all International Travelers. Please see the International Travel Update posted above for additional information.

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Currently, international travelers from Japan, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, and French Polynesia (Tahiti) are now the first international travelers allowed to bypass the multi-day quarantine if they've taken a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in their country of origin. The test must be taken no earlier than 72-hours prior to departure and the test must be negative.

The full list of international partners, which will be regularly updated, can be found here: Hawaii International Trusted Travel Partners →

We will continue to monitor this situation and update this section accordingly.

Hawaii Facemask during COVID-19

Are facemasks required in Hawaii?

All travelers to Hawaii should always wear a mask while visiting Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only because it's the right way to show Aloha, but also because in all indoor situations, wearing a mask is required by law. Governor David Ige has now implemented a statewide mask mandate in Hawaii. Unless you are in your room/house/condo, at the beach, or actively eating in a restaurant, you should wear a mask while in Hawaii, especially if you cannot properly socially distance (six feet minimum).

At this time, everyone must officially wear face masks in all public spaces in Hawaii. The requirements of this statewide mask mandate are set forth in Exhibit J, which will be enforced in each county.

May 2021 Update to outdoor mask policy
  • On May 25, 2021, Governor Ige announced that masks are no longer required outdoors, and that ocean sports would again be allowed in Hawaii. The Governor also added the amended outdoor mask rules are effective immediately and apply to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still required for all indoor activities ― across the board. Travelers and residents can read more on this story in the local news.

Each county may additionally have its own unique rules; we've included the individual county links below:

An owner or operator of any business or operation shall refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face mask or covering. Businesses or operations may adopt stricter protocols or requirements related to face coverings and face shields. Businesses or operations not enforcing this rule may be subject to enforcement, including fines and mandatory closure.

Stay Informed About Hawaii COVID-19 Info Receive the latest updates about Hawaii's re-opening, current restrictions, testing requirements, etc. with weekly email updates from GoUS Hawaii.



Additional Hawaii COVID-19 Information & Resources

The following resources have been compiled by GoUS Hawaii to better assist travelers in navigating the various restrictions and state-approved test requirements for visiting Hawaii during the COVID pandemic. If you have questions, we are always happy to assist, and you can contact us anytime. You may also want to direct your questions to an official state resource, and we've compiled an updated list of Hawaii Official COVID-19 Contacts for travelers, including phone numbers and email addresses when applicable.

Hawaii Health Protocols

We encourage all travelers to review the COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols for all of your travel planning resources within the Islands of Hawaii:

Visiting Hawaii

Upcoming Months of Travel

We think it is safe to say that any month of the year you will not be disappointed when you visit the Hawaiian islands. Here's an overview of what to expect in the coming months. Not sure when to visit? Read about the Best Month to Visit, where we present an overview of each month OR take the quiz on our Best Time to Visit Hawaii page.

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 Requirements page for more information regarding COVID-19 and re-opening in Hawaii.

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