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Hawaii Will Require Tourists To Have A Booster For Entry

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Updates to Hawaii’s entry requirements will mean that arrivals will need a Covid booster to be considered fully vaccinated and skip the quarantine requirements for entry.

It’s been a year since the Covid vaccine roll out, and governments are grappling with what the term ‘fully vaccinated’ truly means.

Hawaii Governor David Ige announced earlier this week that he's considering making changes to the guidance of the state’s Safe Travels program. According to his statement, the updates will mention that arrivals flying into Hawaii will need to show proof of a booster shot to be considered a fully vaccinated traveler. 

rainbow scenic view over the popular surfing place Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

While this is still being considered, Governor Ige assured that any updates to the Safe Travels program will be given at a few weeks notice.

As he said to reporters of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this week, “We know that the community needs time to react to that, so we would have to provide at least two weeks for those who may not be up to date to go to have the opportunity to go and get vaccinated if they need to.”

View on Na Pali Cost on Kauai island on Hawaii in a cloudy day

What Are Hawaii’s Entry Requirements?

Hawaii’s current entry requirements mandate that all domestic arrivals (from other U.S. states and territories) need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test prior to departure in order to bypass the 5-day quarantine requirement upon arrival. 

tourist taking picture on a cliffside overlooking the ocean in Hawaii

Here are Hawaii’s entry guidelines in detail:

  • Domestic travelers arriving to Hawaii without a pre-departure test or proof of vaccination will need to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival to the state.
  • This quarantine requirement was updated on January 3 from 10 to 5 days in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
  • Travelers can show proof of full vaccination to bypass quarantine and testing requirements.
  • All passengers can upload their documents to the Safe Travels site and print it out before departure and show a hard copy upon arrival to Hawaii. Alternatively, travelers can show proof of vaccination in digital form via Digital Health Pass partners (AZOVA, CLEAR, CommonPass).
  • Travelers without proof of vaccination can show a negative Covid test result for travel to Hawaii.
view from a cruise ship at the dock in Hawaii Waikiki
  • All accepted Covid tests for travel must be taken from one of the state’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners, no later than 72 hours prior to departure for Hawaii. According to the state’s guidance, test results that are digitally validated by Digital Health Pass Partners will also be accepted for travel to Hawaii.
  • Passengers should upload their test results to the Safe Travels website or print them out before departure and show the hard copy upon arrival.
  • If you’re traveling to Hawaii directly from an international destination, then the U.S. travel entry restrictions apply at departure.

You can see the official government guidance here

Stunning view of Na Pali Coast along Kalalau Trail on Kauai, Hawaii.
Stunning view of Na Pali Coast along Kalalau Trail on Kauai, Hawaii.

Will Boosters Be Required For Travel In 2022?

As the virus multiplies and new variants cause travel cancelations and delays across the globe, it looks like updates will keep coming to travel entry restrictions in the United States and abroad.

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control currently considers someone fully vaccinated if they’ve received a full course (two doses) of a two-dose vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna or the single required dosage of a one-shot vaccine like Johnson & Johnson.

traveler with a mask on the beach in Hawaii

Currently, federal travel restrictions for the U.S. state that all international arrivals must be fully vaccinated (two or one dose proof) to enter, and a booster is not yet required to skip any quarantine or extra testing requirements for entry.

However the past few weeks however, some nations around the world have added a booster shot to their list of entry requirements for international arrivals.

resorts by the water in Hawaii, aerial photo

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Concerned traveler

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Testing before departure and after arrival should be required.


Tuesday 18th of January 2022

They need to go into depth with the covid requirements. I just left Hawaii and they don't tell you the test has to be 72hrs including layovers. For example my Covid test wasn't approve because it was out of the 72hr mark due to my layover time so I had to quarantine for 5 days which was my whole trip. Another thing that is not mentioned one the Hawaii travel site is even if you have a negative covid test to get in the state you still have to take a Covid test every two days to go into certain establishment. For example, if you fly in January 12th you would have to take another test on the 14th, then another on the 16th and so on until you fly out. And that's hard especially with every place being booked. So that's the only thing that blew my trip not experiencing certain things.


Sunday 16th of January 2022

I hope California does this.


Monday 17th of January 2022

@Amon, πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ Good for you for standing up to her. Her comments are rude and discriminatory and constantly insult people who are unable to get vaccinated. I have family members who were injured by the vaccine which has put me off getting it, and it’s abhorrent how Cali libs claim to love people of color but segregate them unless they get force vaxxed


Monday 17th of January 2022

@Dee, As a black California man, I hope this doesn't happen. I hope California stops being so liberal and the laughing stock of America. So called "liberals" like yourself say they love black people but then are fine with us not being able to go into a restaurant in Los Angeles unless we get endless booster shots which don't even stop transmission. If it was like a small pox vaccine and worked, I would understand but the covid vaccines simply don't stop the spread. They weaken the symptoms but are high risk. Over 1,000,000 adverse reactions documented by VAERS (extremely undereported) from 85% doctor reports. If your so confident about your vaccine, then please leave us alone and stop discriminating.


Sunday 16th of January 2022

@Dee, Why do you hope that? Neither the original vaccine nor the booster stops transmission of the virus -- this per the CDC, et al. Hysteria and illogic.