Hawaii is finally reopening (without the need for the 14-day quarantine). Yay!!! However, before we all get too excited planning a dream Hawaiian adventure, let me give you the important information you need to know.
You may have read or heard the news that the State of Hawaii has been working hard of implementing proper precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Most of the local businesses have been closed since the lockdown in March and residents have sacrificed so much to keep their families and communities safe during this pandemic. Now that they are welcoming visitors once again, they are asking for your Kokua (help) to keep Hawaii safe while you enjoy your stay.
As part of this initiative and to make your trip an enjoyable and safe one for you and everyone else, the state of Hawaii have implemented their “Safe Travels Hawai‘i” travel program allows travelers who successfully complete a pre-travel test to not be subject to the state’s 14-day quarantine program.
Things you need to know the “Safe Travels Hawai‘i” program:
- All adults 18 years of age and older are required to create an online account and register with the State of Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels Hawai‘i program. Accompanying children will be registered along with the adult’s application.
- Travelers ages 5 and older are subject to pre-test requirements.
- You need a proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test. Current approved and trusted testing partners can be found on Hawaii COVID Testing & Partners
- You’ll need to complete a State Department of Agriculture paper form (distributed on all flights) prior to arrival.
- Upon entry, you need to provide written confirmation from a state-approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from a test administered within 72 hours from the date of the final leg departure. (This means that you must have received your test no later than 72-hours before departing the final city in route to Hawaii.)
- Travelers will be able to upload their negative test result before their travel and health forms on the Safe Travels digital system: travel.hawaii.gov
- Should you not receive your test result and upload it in time for your travel, you will be required to quarantine immediately upon arrival. You will be released once you receive your negative test result and have uploaded it. NOTE: You will not be allowed to use a result from a test performed after your arrival (it is a “pre-travel test” program)
- Please note that visitors who are NOT able to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result would be required to quarantine for 14 days. Violation of the quarantine is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both. Enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaii’s four counties.
- Most state and national parks are open, but Hawaii’s state parks on each island are at different levels of reopening. Please visit the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) website for more information. Hawaii’s national parks on each island are also at different levels of reopening. Please visit the National Park Service (NPS) website for more information.
- Everyone must wear a face mask. It is considered a sign of showing Aloha to others😊
- Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) and Kauai will allow inter-county travel. This includes travel between Kauai, Oahu, and Maui County. Travelers will need to follow similar procedures as the 72-hour pre-travel testing protocol. The Big Island (Hawaii County) is still under the 14-day inter-county travel quarantine and not participating at this time.
- Four Hawaii counties have varying guidelines, details by island:
Hawaii’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism, so we ask to keep all the precautions needed and be safe at all times during your visit to Hawaii.
Please email me with any questions you may have and I am here to guide you every step of the way to your Hawaiian adventure during these unprecedented times.