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Hawaii: COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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Hawaii has kept strict entry requirements in place preventing the spread of COVID-19 on the islands. Known for some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and almost perfect year round weather, Hawaii receives almost 10 million tourists a year. 

Here are the latest COVID-19 entry requirements and everything tourists need to know before traveling to Hawaii. 

The beautiful and unique landscape of coastal Oahu, Hawaii and the Kualoa Ranch where Jurassic Park was filmed (1)
The beautiful and unique landscape of coastal Oahu, Hawaii and the Kualoa Ranch where Jurassic Park was filmed

Countries Permitted To Visit Hawaii

All countries will be allowed to enter Hawaii under regular pre-pandemic entry rules with the exception of Brazil, ChinaEurope and the UK as they were banned by President Trump when the pandemic began. 

Complete the Hawaii Safe Travels Form 

All travelers must complete a Hawaii Safe Travel Form before their flight.

 24 hours before departure, travelers will 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.

The beautiful coastline Honolulu Hawaii shot from an altitude of about 500 feet during a helicopter photo flight over the Pacific Ocean. (1)
The beautiful coastline of Honolulu Hawaii

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

As of October 15th, 2020,  all Incoming travelers must have a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their final flight to Hawaii and must show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport.

Failure to present the test will result in a mandatory 14 day self quarantine. 

The test can only be done from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from these following TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS. (Only in USA and Japan)

Starting October 15th, 2020
Starting October 15th, 2020 (Hawaii.Gov)
Wailua Falls waterfall on the edge of a rainforest covered volcanic mountainside on Maui, Hawaii.
Wailua Falls on the edge of a rainforest covered volcanic mountainside in Maui, Hawaii.

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Before October 15th, 2020 all travelers arriving in Hawaii must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Starting October 15th, 2020 Travelers that do not present a negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test NAAT will be required to self quarantine for 14 days. Violating the order can lead to a fine up to $5,000 and a year in jail.

The skyline and coast of Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu, Hawaii
The skyline and coast of Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu, Hawaii

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

While not mandatory, Travel Off Path recommends all incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Hawaii

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Hawaii

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Hawaii:

  • Wearing a face mask when entering businesses and on public transit is required by state law
  • Follow social distancing markers and instructions
View on Na Pali Cost on Kauai island on Hawaii in a cloudy day
Na Pali Coast on Kauai island, Hawaii

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. Hawaii has not announced if they will require a proof of vaccine record (POVR) for entry in the future. 

Visa Entry Requirements For Hawaii During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Hawaii will need to follow regular United States visa requirements.

See our page on U.S. Entry Requirements for all the latest visa regulations during COVID-19.

Travelers that require a visa must apply at the U.S. embassy/consulate in their home country.  

Luxury oceanfront infinity pool in Maui

Hawaii Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete the Safe Travels Form 
  2. Get proof of a negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) completed within 72 hours of boarding final flight to Hawaii 
  3. Confirm you meet the latest United States entry requirements
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Hawaii

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Disclaimer: Current Hawaii travel rules can change without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

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Eric

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Im confused, can canadians travel to Hawaii currently? Following the news it seems like its not

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 20th of November 2020

Hi Again Eric. Now there is an option for Canadians to go to Hawaii with the new test program Westjet is offering :) (Click HERE to read)

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Canadians are permitted... however... there are no Canadian testing facilities that are on the approval list for Hawaii's criteria, so you would have to visit a testing site in the USA first and go from there

bob

Saturday 31st of October 2020

What a complete bureaucratic disaster! People are expected to pay a small fortune hoping they got the right test at the right 'partner' and go through all the right government hoops to visit Hawaii. This is a very bad way to treat people that come and visit and spend money supporting your economy.

Why wouldn't Hawaii simply set up FREE covid quick testing at the Honolulu airport for incoming passengers?

Ts

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Mayor Kim on the big island had opted out of the covid testing to avoid the 14 day quarantine. Is this still the case?

Laura Sharpe

Thursday 15th of October 2020

It appears all passengers must have their Covid test performed by one of Hawaii's 'trusted travel partners', of which, all are in the US. Hawaii has no agreement with any Canadian labs, so it seems Canadians cannot travel to Hawaii, unless they add a stop over in the US and try to obtain a test before flying onward.

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 20th of November 2020

Hi again Laura! Now there is an option for Canadians to go to Hawaii with the new test program Westjet is offering :) (Click HERE to read)

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Hi Laura - We will look into this

EdwardV

Friday 25th of September 2020

Yesterday United airlines announce they will offer pre-flight testing at SFO for $250, the results in 15 minutes. They do offer a mail in version for $80 which will be done though your personal doctor with emailed results in 36 hours. United airlines is the number one carrier to Hawaii. Future airports are being added as I'm sure LAX will be within weeks. Not to be undone, today Hawaiian offered drive through testing at a location near both LAX and SFO with 36 hour results at $90, and same day results for $150. Both of these services are for ticketed passengers of those airlines only.