Hawaii Vaccine & Health Passports for Travel

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Hawaii Vaccination & Health Passports

'Vaccine/Health Passport' provides verification to travel

Last Updated: January 27, 2022, at 8:30 pm HST

The challenges of tracking and providing proof of vaccinations, and now potentially 'boosters,' from what continues to be countless providers/locations, remain a lot different than the original 'Safe Travels' program that helps track negative pre-travel testing. The U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) and CDC have issued a COVID-19 vaccination card to track individual vaccinations. Hawaii has currently proceeded using that method for verification of vaccine "passport" travel. The DoD has called its card the "simplest" method of tracking vaccinations while also saying, "Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had... Let's do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone's going to get that."

'Boosters' to soon be required for Hawaii 'Safe Travels'

Potential mid-February 2022 timeline for implementation

We're continuing to hear updates that point to Governor Ige implementing a Hawaii requirement for 'Boosters' to be considered "fully vaccinated." This change would affect the 'Safe Travels' Hawaii vaccine exemption when it takes effect. As noted below, Maui is already implementing a 'booster' policy effective January 24th, for select establishments. Governor Ige has previously said he would provide at least two weeks' notice before implementing the changes.

According to the latest from Beat of Hawaii, this rule change on 'boosters' is likely to occur on February 18, 2022. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi suggested last week that February 18th was the 'target date' at this time. An announcement from Governor Ige would thus come around February 4, 2022, or earlier. According to khon2, Gov. Ige, on January 25th, confirmed a booster shot requirement will soon be added to Hawaii's Safe Travels Program. We'll keep you posted...

We'll keep this page updated accordingly with 2022 updates.

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Hawaii Vaccine Pass

'Vaccine Pass' program on Oahu & Maui

Required for dining-in at local establishments on Oahu & Maui

Oahu 'Vaccine Pass' & Safe Access Oahu program details

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

Some rules and regulations were relaxed on Oahu beginning December 2021.

Maui 'Vaccine Pass' program details

On Maui, as of September 15, 2021, vaccine cards will be required to dine indoors at Maui restaurants; part of Maui's new 'Safer Outside' program. 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."

Some rules and regulations were relaxed on Maui beginning December 2021.

Maui now requires a booster to be considered "fully vaccinated"

Starting January 24, 2022, a new rule has gone into effect on Maui. Maui now requires proof of 'boosters' to be considered "fully vaccinated" to visit indoor establishments.

At this time, we only expect this rule to affect restaurants, bars, and gyms, and that it will NOT affect the 'Safe Travel' requirements for Maui visitors. We'll closely 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."

Travel update for those Vaccinated within the U.S.

Currently, travelers vaccinated in the U.S. no longer need a pre-travel test to skip quarantine

Currently, the state of Hawaii is now allowing all 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 the physical original vaccination card(s) with them when they travel to the islands.

For those who are not vaccinated, the current Hawaii Travel Restrictions will remain in place after July 8th, including pre-travel testing requirements. See our travel restrictions page, for additional information on all the testing requirements, Hawaii's current quarantine policies, restrictions by island, etc.

See below on this page for full details and steps to follow for the vaccine exemption program that began on July 8, 2021.

Vaccination and Travel to Hawaii FAQ's

We encourage all travelers to check out our new Hawaii Travel & Vaccination FAQs →

Travel update for all International Travelers

Updated Rules have gone into effect

New rules and requirements went into place on December 6, 2021, for International Travelers and for U.S. citizens flying from International Destinations, when the State of Hawaii began welcoming international travelers under updated federal requirements.

NON-U.S. citizens traveling directly to Hawaii from an international destination must present BOTH a vaccination record AND a negative COVID-19 test result (NAAT or antigen) within three days (within one day beginning December 6, 2021) of boarding a flight to the United States.

See our Travel Restrictions page and the section for International Travel for full details.

Current Vaccination Rate within Hawaii

Currently, as of January 27, 2022, Hawaii had a statewide vaccination rate of 74.6%, with 33.8% 'boosted,' according to local state data from the Hawaii Department of Health.

  • We're continuing to monitor this situation closely and will post updates accordingly here on this page.

Inter-Island Travel Restrictions have ended

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

Hawaii Smart Health Card

Digital Vaccination Proof available to Hawaii residents

The Hawaii Smart Health Card is being utilized within Hawaii as a method of providing digitial proof to restaraunts, businesses, and other establishments of an inidividuals COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

  • Participants must have received their COVID-19 vaccine within the state of Hawaii to utilize the Hawaii Smart Health Card
    • Additionallly, it needs to have been at least 14 days since their last dose to qualify for use.
  • There is currently no timeline for expanding the Smart Health Card to other states, but we'll monitor this situation and keep this page updated accordingly. As noted above, currently, those not vaccinated within Hawaii can present a hard copy of a vaccination document as proof.
  • Those who are eligible to use the program can register via the digital online platform for Safe Travels and navigate to the Smart Health Card section. Participants will be required to upload a photo of their vaccination card and then enter their vaccination information. Once your information is validated by Hawaii officials, you'll then receive a QR code that can be used to enter businesses with vaccination requirements.

Governor Ige recently said, "The digital Health Card supports counties that require proof of vaccination at certain businesses and venues. ... It's another step toward protecting the health and safety of our residents and visitors, while also balancing the need to support local businesses and Hawaii's economy."

Editor's Note...

Hawaii's re-opening has honestly been an evolving process with numerous changes and ongoing updates. Unfortunately, we recognize that this causes confusion to potential travelers, and we are continuing to monitor this situation closely. We will provide additional pertinent vaccine & health passport updates here regularly, from official sources, on this page as additional information becomes available to us. We also encourage our readers to sign up for our 'Hawaii Travel Update' emails to receive pertinent information on all of the recent developments regarding travel to Hawaii, including vaccination policy and health passport updates.

Feel free to post your related travel comments in the discussion section below. Additionally, 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 →

Utilization of 'Vaccine Passports'

Hawaii Safe Travels + Vaccination Card rollout

July 8, 2021 was the start date for Hawaii vaccination "passport" travel to begin

Phase 1 - May 11, 2021, for Inter-Island Travel (residents vaccinated in Hawaii)

The first phase of allowing vaccinated travelers to visit Hawaii, and bypass the testing and quarantine requirements, will entail a combination of the current 'Safe Travels' program combined with providing evidence of your vaccination card issued when you received your COVID-19 vaccine.

As of June 15, 2021, all travelers vaccinated within Hawaii may also now bypass the pre-travel trans-Pacific test when flying to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland. See below on this page for full details on this program.

Phase 2 - July 8, 2021, for domestic U.S. Vaccine Passport Travel (those vaccinated within the U.S.)

As of July 8th, travelers vaccinated anywhere in the U.S. are now able to submit documentation proving their vaccination status and are able to skip the pre-travel COVID testing and bypass the mandatory quarantine.

For travelers who choose not to get vaccinated, or for those not located in the U.S., we believe the current restrictions, testing requirements, and quarantine policy are likely to remain in effect for most, if not all, of 2021 and potentially beyond.

As noted in detail below, the small white vaccination cards everyone is issued when receiving their first/second dose will be the method Hawaii uses to verify vaccinations for travelers at this time. According to Hawaii officials, a photo of travelers' vaccination cards will be required to prove vaccination. The photos will then need to be uploaded to the official Hawaii 'Safe Travels' website. As things appear now, upon arrival, all travelers will additionally be required to provide the actual vaccination card for inspection. Travelers who want to participate in the vaccination exemption will be required to have completed vaccination at least 15-days prior to visiting Hawaii. See below on this page for full details and steps to follow on the vaccine exemption program that began on July 8, 2021.

Phases to Hawaii Vaccine / Health Passport Travel

  1. First, inter-island travel will be permitted for vaccinated travelers, with the Governor's approval. This phase officially began on May 11, 2021, initially only for Hawaii residents vaccinated in Hawaii.
  2. Second, the inter-island travel rules will be expanded to all travelers, including non-residents. This began June 15, 2021, when inter-island travel restrictions were dropped for all travelers. Additionally, those vaccinated within Hawaii can begin traveling on trans-Pacific routes without a pre-travel test.
  3. Finally, trans-pacific travel from the U.S. mainland is now permitted, if you're fully vaccinated. Exemptions for U.S.-vaccinated travelers began on July 8, 2021. Trans-Pacific travelers, vaccinated within the U.S., will still need to utilize both the Safe Travels digital program plus show proof of their physical vaccine card upon arrival.
The Bottom Line Currently...
  • As of June 15, 2021traveling inter-island within Hawaii will no longer require a pre-travel test and there will be no quarantine requirements for inter-island travel. There will be no restrictions flying between islands within Hawaii.
  • Also as of July 8, 2021, all travelers vaccinated within the U.S. are now able to travel via trans-Pacific routes without a pre-travel test. As of July 8th, travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in the U.S. may bypass the quarantine without a pre-travel test. Additional information is included here.
  • At this time, to the best of our knowledge, children ages five (5) and older who are not vaccinated will still need to follow the current pre-travel testing procedures.
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Guidelines & Steps for Travelers Vaccinated in the U.S.

U.S. vaccinated travelers may bypass pre-travel testing & quarantine as of July 8, 2021

Travelers vaccinated in the U.S. or U.S. Territories may now participate in the exception program starting on the 15th day after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine -- or starting the 15th day after they've received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Safe Travels digital platform is now allowing vaccine document uploads for trips arriving in Hawaii on July 8, 2021, and beyond.

All Hawaii-bound travelers should follow these steps:
  1. Any traveler who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States or U.S. Territories will be eligible for the domestic quarantine exception. This means two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson - plus 15 days after the last dose.
  2. Travelers must create an account in Safe Travels Hawaii, enter their trip details, upload their vaccination documentation, and sign the legal attestations.
  3. Travelers will need one of the following vaccination records as proof of vaccination:
    • A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (preferred)
    • VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) printout or certificate
    • DOD DD Form 2766C.
    • A SMART Health Card with your vaccine record (which can be uploaded via CommonPass) or a vaccine record uploaded to CLEAR Health Pass.
    • Proof of vaccination (source document) provided by a medical provider or authorized COVID-19 vaccination administrator.
  4. Vaccination card from countries other than the United States. Click here for vaccines listed for Emergency Use by the World Health Organization and accepted by Safe Travels.
  5. The documents listed above must clearly state:
    • Traveler's name and date of birth (which must match the name on the traveler's Safe Travels account and their official photo ID)
    • Accepted COVID-19 vaccine type (refer to above CDC link)
    • Date(s) vaccination was administered
    • Vaccination site or location, which for domestic travelers, must be within the United States or its territories.
  6. All information must be clear and readable. If a traveler's document is missing information, they should return to the provider to request a completed duplicate CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or proof of vaccination. Additionally, the traveler can contact their local Department of Health. If this requirement is revised in the future, it will be posted on the official Hawaii COVID-19 website.
  7. Create an online account and register with the State of Hawaii's Safe Travels Hawaii Digital Platform and
  8. Enter the trip information for your flight from the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, or U.S. Territory to Hawaii.
  9. Upload your vaccine documents – they can only be uploaded into the system when linked to a trip in your account – fill out the necessary information and sign the legal attestations.
    • Note: Once the vaccine data is verified either by the Department of Health's Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange (DOH HHIE) system or by airport personnel, it can be used for future trips. You will not have to upload your vaccine document again.
  10. Bring the original or hard-copy CDC Vaccination Record Card, VAMS printout, VAMS printout or certificate, DD 2766C, or vaccination source document with you when you travel to show the screeners either at your boarding gate or once you have arrived in Hawaii (physical documents are preferred but digital copies will be accepted subject to further scrutiny). Screeners will review to ensure that the uploaded documentation matches your photo ID and the name in your Safe Travels account, that the information is complete, and it is 15 days past the last shot. They will also verify that the documentation is uploaded and the attestations are signed.
Special Note for those traveling with children:

Children under five (5) years old are not required to test and will not be quarantined if traveling with an adult who has a pre-travel test exception or a vaccination exception. Children five (5) years and older who have not been vaccinated must participate in the Pre-Travel Testing Program and test with a Trusted Testing Partner to bypass the mandatory 5-day quarantine (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022).

Notice to all International Travelers
Updated Rules as of December 6, 2021

New rules and requirements went into place on December 6, 2021, for International Travelers and for U.S. citizens flying from International Destinations, when the State of Hawaii began welcoming international travelers under updated federal requirements.

See our Travel Restrictions page and the section for International Travel for full details.

Hawaii COVID Restrictions

What is required to visit Hawaii if I'm not vaccinated?

The pre-testing travel program began in October 2020

Effective March 26, 2020, and until further notice, Hawaii Governor David Ige is mandating all visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands to self-quarantine for 5 days (number of required days changed on January 3, 2022). This means all passengers traveling to Hawaii (visitors and returning residents), who have not been vaccinated in accordance with the current vaccine exemptions, must self-quarantine for 5 days following arrival. See our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page for additional information on the current status of COVID-19 in Hawaii.

The pre-testing travel program, which started last October 15, 2020, effectively re-opened the islands to visitors, as long as they bring along proof of a negative NAAT test (nucleic acid amplification test), from a state-approved trusted testing partner, upon arrival within the state.

The negative test will need to have been conducted by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory no more than 72 hours prior to the visitor's departure and will need to be an FDA-authorized NAAT test. Again, the test MUST come from a trusted partner at this time.

To reiterate, this test result must be confirmed prior to arrival in Hawaii and the visitor must present evidence of this test upon arrival. See our Hawaii Re-opening article for more information.

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