All Travelers must continue to meet the Federal CDC requirement for entering the United States. 

Starting November 8, 2021 there will be a new policy in place for international travelers coming to Hawaii. There is a difference between U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

Starting Nov. 8

• NON-U.S. citizens traveling directly to Hawaii from an international destination must present BOTH a vaccination records AND a negative COVID-19 test result (NAAT or antigen) within three days of boarding a flight to the United States.

U.S. citizens flying directly to Hawaii from an international destination have two options:

1) Fully vaccinated travelers must provide proof of vaccination and present a test taken within three (3) days of boarding flight to U.S.; OR

2) Travelers not fully vaccinated must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test result within one (1) day of boarding flight to U.S.

There will be no additional State of Hawaii requirements for passengers flying directly into Hawaii from an international destination. The airlines will screen passengers prior to their departure to the U.S. If foreign passengers fail to meet BOTH requirements and if U.S. citizens fail to meet ONE of the two requirements, they will not be allowed to board the flight. Once in Hawaii, the CDC will conduct compliance checks.
Note: When traveling internationally, tests do NOT have to be done with Trusted Travel Partners under the new international federal requirements, but they  MUST be done with a Trusted Travel Partner for unvaccinated domestic travel.

Non-Direct International Travel to Hawaii

Starting Nov. 8 international passengers entering the U.S. from another state or territory will be treated as domestic travelers when entering the State of Hawaii. The Safe Travels Hawaii program remains in place for domestic travelers.

Military options for exemption to quarantine.
MILITARY EXEMPTION: (Currently in effect for both domestic and international travel). Military members can produce written orders on arrival to prove official purpose in Hawaii. They will be granted exemption meaning they follow the restriction of movement dictated by their command (ROM). Military members traveling to Hawaii on leisure (not on official travel), military dependents, military civilians, and military contractors must meet the Safe Travels Hawaii exemption requirements below.

GENERAL EXEMPTION (Orders not required)
1) A negative NAAT test from a TTP in the required timeframe.
2) Proof of vaccination with an approved US issued vaccine.

Hawaii will fully accept vaccination for military members, military dependents, military civilians, and military contractors who were vaccinated by the military (including on international US facilities) for domestic travel only.

For Transpacific travel exemptions to the 10-day self-quarantine order, please go here – www.travelexemption.hawaii.gov /

Hawaii Expands Pre-Travel Testing Program to South Korea Gov. David Ige announced today that starting Friday, Feb. 5.

Travelers from South Korea can now bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative result from a trusted testing partner in South Korea. Hawai‘i’s pre-travel testing program expanded to South Korea on Feb. 5, 2021. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure.

In addition to the state’s program, effective January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States.

“The pre-travel testing program is just one layer of the state’s comprehensive Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, which has served us well in protecting our residents and visitors. We are excited to safely welcome back travelers from South Korea,” – Gov. Ige.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu welcomed the launch of this program, saying that it will contribute to expanding people to people exchanges between South Korea and Hawaiʻi while taking necessary safety measures. The following four trusted testing partners in Korea have been approved as of today:
– Yonsei University Health System, Severance Hospital, https://sev.severance.healthcare/sev
– Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, www.kbsmc.co.kr
– Inha University Hospital, www.inha.com
– Asan Medical Center, www.amc.seoul.kr

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The counties of Kauai, Maui, and the island of Hawai‘i are each managing their own inter-county travel quarantine processes. If you wish to seek an exemption from the quarantine requirements of these counties, please contact the appropriate county office listed here: County of KauaiCounty of MauiCounty of Hawaii.

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