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Hawaii Officially Reopening For International Tourism On October 15

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Hawaii will be reopening for tourism to national and international tourists on October 15 without the need for a mandatory 14 day quarantine.

Hawaii Governor David Ige confirmed the news in a new proclamation on September 23rd.

Incoming travelers must have a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Hawaii and must show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport in order to avoid the 14-day quarantine.

Current travel bans are in effect to the United States from select countries. See the United States COVID-19 Entry Requirements for banned countries. 

Tourist on Hammock in Hawaii

Mainland and international travelers who cannot produce a valid negative test result must still abide by Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine, which remains in effect. Violating the order can lead to a fine up to $5,000 and a year in jail.

Hawaii Road With Palm trees

While acknowledging there are still concerns regarding tourism and the Covid-19 pandemic, Ige stated his administration is hopeful that pre-testing will work as it has in Alaska, allowing the state to welcome visitors without a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

“We believe this process of pre-testing does allow us to bring travelers back to Hawaii in a way that maintains a priority on the health and safety of our community,” he said.

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As Hawaii plans on reopening its borders for tourism, both Canadians and Americans will be looking forward to booking their winter vacations. 

With Travel Insurance that covers Covid-19 available for both Canadians and Americans, announced on August 1st, it appears there is once again hope that travel is slowly getting back on its feet. 

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Countries Allowed to Travel To Hawaii Starting October 1st, 2020

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

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Entry Requirements for Hawaii as of October 1st:

  • Incoming travelers must have a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Hawaii and must show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport
  • Complete the safe travel form
  • Follow guidance from your airline regarding physical distancing, mask wearing, and sanitation process
Hawaii Beach

Isn't the U.S border closed to Canadians?

No, air travel is NOT restricted. Only the land border is closed. Canadians are free to travel to the United States by air at anytime. 

“A lot of Canadians don't know they are allowed to travel by air to the United States,” Montreal-based travel expert Ricky Zhang told CBC

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Read More: 

Travel Insurance that covers Canadians for Covid-19

Travel Insurance for Americans that cover Covid-19

Countries Reopening their borders for Canadian Tourists

Countries Reopening Their Borders for American Tourists


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Disclaimer: Hawaii's reopening news is ever-changing 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.

Source: Hawaii Governor

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Chris G

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Open for international travelers but how can I go if I'm flying from Korea? The pre-tests that are accepted are only from American companies...


Wednesday 30th of September 2020

If you have not stayed in a banned country for 14 days you can visit the US even if you are from a banned country I understand, can you confirm that? Thanks!

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Some people have been using this 'loophole' to get into the USA (like someone from France going to Mexico for 14 days prior to entering the USA) and it has worked for many, but we have had readers submit reports that it has NOT worked for them. Because of this, we cannot confirm. It would be best to get a written response from border police


Saturday 19th of September 2020

Thank you! I thought so :(


Friday 18th of September 2020

Hi Kashlee, thank you, I know, I checked this site before I asked but i did not see anywhere there information about international travellers. I serached also on other Hawaii gov websites with no luck. I also know that US is closed for EU visitors. That is why I would like to clarify the information about possibility for foreginers to go to Hawaii :)

Trevor Kucheran

Friday 18th of September 2020

Hawaii follows U.S. laws which means all travelers from EU, China, Brazil, UK, Ireland and Iran are still banned.


Thursday 17th of September 2020

Hi, where does the information about opening Hawaii to international tourists comes from? I do not see such an information on the governor site. I checked other sites and I found an information that "the governor Ige confirmed on September 16, the start date of the pre-travel program for US mainland travelers will be October 15.". I would appreciate if you could clarify this, could you? Thanks in advance.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 17th of September 2020

Hello Dorota, all sources are linked at the bottom of the article