Hawaii and COVID-19 (updated Oct. 16, 2020)
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First of all, it must be said that Hawaii, as a U.S. member state, is currently inaccessible to visitors from those countries that the U.S. government lists as critical.
If you are allowed to travel to the U.S., the following applies to visiting Hawaii...
Before you fly to Hawaii, you need to register online. Upon registration an online questionnaire will be made available to you 24 hours before your departure. After submitting the completed questionnaire, you will receive a QR code via email. Have the QR code available on your mobile phone when arriving in Hawaii.
Beginning 15 October 2020, you have the following options:
- mandatory 14-day (home or hotel room) quarantine. Any violation is subject to a fine of up to USD 5,000 and/or a year imprisonment.
- you can avoid the mandatory quarantine by showing proof of negative result of a valid COVID-19 test if tested within 72 hours before arrival to Hawaii. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) performed using a nasal swab is required. You will need to show proof of negative test result from a CLIA certified laboratory. You can find the list of trusted testing sites here. Currently, testing partners in the U.S. include e.g. CVS, Walgreens and Kaiser Permanente. The test will cost between USD 120 to USD 140. Several airlines have also announced that they will offer testing. Hawaiian Airlines will give guests exclusive access to PCR testing near Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports (USD 90 for results within 36 hours, or USD 150 for day-of-travel express service). You may not opt for the test after arriving in Hawaii.
Please note that Big Island of Hawaii requires out-of-state arrivals to undergo an additional antigen test upon arrival, even if they have already tested negative before their flights.
After your arrival they will measure your temperature at the airport. If it is higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), you will be required to complete a secondary screening at the airport.
You can find an excellent summary of the whole process here.
Before an inter-island flight in Hawaii you must also fill in the online questionnaire. The process is the same as if arriving in Hawaii by a transpacific flight.
For inter-island travel, you must quarantine for 14 days if you go to the Big Island of Hawaii. For Kauai and Maui, travellers with a negative COVID-19 test will not need to quarantine. There is no test or quarantine required for travelling to Oahu from any of the other islands.
In everything else you can rely on our current itinerary, because it contains links through which you can check whether an activity is available or a restaurant is open. The itinerary provides tips on what to see and do in Hawaii. It offers much more than a regular travel guide to make your vacation in Hawaii unique.