Hawaii: Latest Travel Information

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Update Sept 8, 2021:

County officials are calling Maui’s new set of rules “Safer Outside.” It includes the previously announced vaccine guidelines for eateries, and newly announced reduction in capacity for commercial recreational boating, ground transportation, and commercial tour operators. There will also be no spectators at indoor or outdoor sporting events.

Several key changes were outlined by Baz and include the following, effective Sept. 15, 2021:

  • Commercial events: must apply for an exemption for any event planned for more than 50 people. Commercial events are under the management of professional event planners or professional caterers and are hosted at a commercial venue. Group organizers will be responsible for ensuring compliance.
  • Restaurants, bars and other high risk activities:
    • Maui County will be limiting operations for these businesses to close by 10 p.m.
    • Patrons must remain seated with no mingling among patrons.
    • Maui County is also modifying the current rule, requiring that indoor operations may operate at the 50% capacity, provided that all customers over the age of 12 provide proof of full vaccination.
    • Completed vaccination cards and original photo copied or digital form, or other similar vaccination documents from a health care provider are acceptable proof. The governor is working on an electronic system for that verification right now.
    • Unvaccinated patrons must be served in outdoor dining areas or with takeout or drive-thru service only.
  • Gyms, fitness centers and other high risk businesses: may operate at a 50% indoor capacity, again with all customers over the age of 12 showing proof of being fully vaccinated. Operators are responsible for verifying vaccination status.
  • Commercial recreational boating shall operate at no more than 50% capacity, down from 75%.
  • Ground transportation and commercial tour operators: must operate at no more than 50% capacity, also down from 75%.
  • Sports: No spectators will be allowed at any indoor or outdoor sporting events. This still will allow those who are playing the sports to play. Coaches and support staff are still able to attend, but no spectators. This was a compromise so that kids could still play sports, but that gatherings surroundings such activities could be reduced.

Read the full story on Maui Now

 

Update August 4, 2021:

Safe Travels Hawai‘i Registration

Completing the State of Hawaiʻi’s Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program application form, uploading COVID-19 test result or vaccination record document (if applicable) and obtaining your QR code PRIOR TO departure will significantly reduce your airport screening and processing time at arrival.

Prior to your departure for Hawai‘i, if you are an adult (age 18 years or older) you will need to create an online user account and register with the State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels Hawai‘i program.

Once you create your Safe Travels Hawai‘i account, you will next need to enter your traveler information and trip details on the program’s application form. It is important to get the correct test and upload the correct form or vaccination record document. Visit Safe Travels Hawai‘i Help for answers to questions about the online application form.

 

Update July 1, 2021:

HONOLULU – The state is finalizing preparations for the July 8 launch of the State of Hawai‘i’s vaccination exception program for domestic, Hawai‘i-bound travelers vaccinated in the United States or U.S Territories. The program allows these travelers to bypass the state’s quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination.

Travelers vaccinated in the U.S. or U.S. Territories may participate in the exception program starting on the 15th day after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine — or starting the 15th day after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In addition, Hawai‘i-bound travelers should:

  • Upload one of three vaccination documents to their Safe Travels Hawai‘i account, prior to traveling to Hawai‘i. One of the following documents must be uploaded:
    • A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
    • VAMS (Vaccination Administration Management System) printout OR
    • DOD DD Form 2766C

The Safe Travels digital platform is now allowing vaccine document uploads for trips arriving in Hawaiʻi on July 8 and beyond.

  • Sign the online legal attestations on Safe Travels Hawaiʻi, confirming the uploaded documentation is true and accurate.
  • Bring a hard copy of their vaccination documentation to show screeners at the gate prior to boarding and/or upon arrival in Hawai‘i. Screeners will review/verify the vaccination documents, match photo IDs, name and DOB as well as confirm that the attestations are signed.

NOTE: Children under 5 years old are not required to test and will not be quarantined if traveling with an adult who has a pre-travel test exception or a vaccination exception. Children 5 years and older who have not been vaccinated must participate in the Pre-Travel Testing Program and test with a Trusted Testing Partner to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

The state successfully launched the vaccination exception program for travelers vaccinated in the State of Hawai‘i, on June 15.

This program does not cover international travelers.

Update June 4, 2021:

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the end of all restrictions for inter-county travel, starting June 15. The decision to terminate testing/quarantine requirements comes as the State of Hawai‘i approaches the 55% vaccination rate. As of today, 52% of Hawai‘i’s residents have been fully vaccinated.

The governor also announced that beginning June 15, travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in Hawai‘i may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test.

When the state reaches a 60% vaccination rate, individuals vaccinated in the United States who are traveling domestically will be able to bypass the testing/quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program.

When the state achieves a 70% vaccination rate, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the Safe Travels program will end.

Gov. Ige said the state’s fully vaccinated rate will be a major consideration in his policy decisions, along with the latest science and the best judgment of health officials.

“The easing of travel restrictions is a direct result of our robust vaccination rate, and a community that sacrificed and did what it had to do over the past year and a half to stop the spread of COVID-19. We need to push hard now so we can get to the point where Safe Travels is no longer needed to keep the people of Hawai‘i safe,” said Gov. Ige.

Additional announcements are expected next week when the governor issues a 21st emergency proclamation for COVID-19.

 

 

Update May 25, 2021:

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has issued an amendment to the 19th emergency proclamation lifting the mask mandate for all individuals outdoors, effective immediately.

Mask wearing is still highly recommended outdoors, when in large groups. The indoor mask mandate remains unchanged.

Gov. Ige also announced that the state will lift the suspension of ocean sports competitions beginning June 1. This includes surfing, canoeing and swimming events among others.

The state will resume issuing permits for ocean activities, and the counties will issue permits for the use of parks. Permits will be issued with the understanding that health and safety protocols are followed to protect communities, contestants, and spectators.

Gov. Ige expects to make changes to the Safe Travels program in June. The next step would be to provide quarantine exceptions to transpacific travelers who were vaccinated in Hawai‘i. In addition, the state continues to work with third-party verification services and hopes to offer the same quarantine exceptions to travelers vaccinated in other states later this summer.

 

Update April. 29, 2021:

The County of Maui released the following guidelines and advise travelers to read these FAQs before making plans to travel to islands within Maui County.

Some key programs beginning in the coming days include:

  • Starting May 11, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers who received their vaccine in Hawaiʻi may travel inter-county (Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi) without having to take a pre-travel test or quarantining for 10 days.
  • Starting May 4, 2021, the County of Maui will begin the soft rollout of a secondary test upon arrival at Kahului Airport for trans-Pacific flights (for both visitors and returning residents, including mainland arrivals).

Maui County will provide an exception for fully vaccinated trans-Pacific travelers from the post-arrival rapid COVID test requirement with proof of vaccination. Trans-Pacific travelers will still need to take a pre-departure test (as specified by the Safe Travels Program) to receive the travel quarantine exception. 

Read the full story on Maui Now

 

Click here for Travel FAQs

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

Update April. 21, 2021:

Travelers who have been fully vaccinated in Hawaii will be able to bypass testing and quarantine when going between counties starting May 11, Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday.

Read full story on mauinews.com

 

Click here for Travel FAQs

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

Update April. 8, 2021:

Maui County will soon require a second COVID-19 test upon arrival in hopes of learning how many traveling residents and visitors are contributing to cases on Maui.

Trans-Pacific travelers participating in the Safe Travels program — which allows travelers to bypass quarantine with a negative test from a trusted partner — will be subject to a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival at the Kahului Airport, Mayor Michael Victorino said during a news conference Wednesday.

The new rule will apply to anyone traveling directly from the Mainland to Maui. Those who refuse will be subject to the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

“This secondary test has been designed to determine if visitors and returning residents are contributing to the large rate of COVID-19 here in Maui,” Victorino said.

Victorino added that the county is in the process of hiring a company to administer the rapid tests and that the program may take about 10 working days to put into place.

“We’ve been working on it and I think we have it pretty much up,” he said. “Now it’s a matter of getting the machinery, the personnel trained and all of that. That all needs to be put in place, and we’re hoping we can do that in the next 10 working days, which will take us toward the end of April.”

Read Full Story on Maui News.com

Click here for Travel FAQs

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

Update Jan. 19, 2021:

Click on the title below to see recent updates.

Rules and regulations are changing frequently, so please check Hawaii State and Maui County websites for the most up-to-date information.

 

Click here for Travel FAQs

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

Update Dec. 16, 2020:

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed a 17th COVID-19 emergency proclamation reducing the state’s mandatory self-quarantine period for travelers entering the state and traveling between counties from 14 to 10 days. The new policy takes effect, Thursday, Dec. 17 at 12:01 a.m.

The change is based on updated recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Health (DOH) in December.

Read Full Story

Click here for Travel FAQs

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

Update Dec. 10, 2020:

Governor David Ige has approved Maui County’s request to close bars and bar areas within restaurants for two weeks from Dec. 12 to 26, 2020. The bar closure provision is in Rule 7 of the County of Maui Public Health Emergency Rules.

The updated rules have been posted here.

With recent double-digit increases in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Michael Victorino sought approval from Gov. Ige for the temporary closure.

Read full story

Click here for Travel FAQs

 

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

Update Nov. 27, 2020:

Gov. David Ige has approved Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to place a temporary moratorium on Kaua‘i’s participation in the state’s pre-travel testing program. Effective Dec. 2 at 12:01 a.m., all transpacific and intercounty travelers arriving in Kaua‘i are subject to the 14-day quarantine regardless of testing.

Note: This does not affect travel to Maui, Oahu, or the Big Island.

See the entire press release here

Click here for Travel FAQs

 

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

Update Nov. 19, 2020: 

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced that starting on Nov. 24, travelers wishing to bypass the 14-day mandatory quarantine must have their COVID-19 test results – from a trusted testing partner – prior to departure for the State of Hawaiʻi.

If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter.

“We’re taking this added safety precaution now in response to the dramatically increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the continental United States and around the world. The health of our residents and visitors is our primary concern, especially as more people travel to Hawaiʻi to celebrate the holidays,” said Gov. Ige.

The new policy applies to domestic transpacific flights and international flights departing from locations in which the State of Hawaiʻi pre-testing programs are in place.

Canadian pre-travel testing program

Gov. Ige also announced that beginning in mid-December, travelers flying from Canada to Hawaiʻi may bypass the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from labs identified by Air Canada and WestJet. The test must be taken within  72 hours of travel to the State of Hawai‘i, and a negative test result must be received prior to departure. Travelers without proof of a negative test result prior to boarding their flight to Hawai‘i will be required to self-quarantine for 14-days or the length of stay, whichever is shorter.

See the entire Press release here.

Click here for Travel FAQs

 

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

 

Gov. David Ige announced plans for a Hawai‘i pre-travel testing program that gives travelers the option of possibly avoiding 14-day-long quarantine upon arrival to the state. This is viewed as one of the key measures for revitalizing Hawai‘i’s visitor-centric economy while providing protection for the spread of COVID-19. Key components of the pre-travel testing program include:

  • All travelers must either pre-test or go into 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the state
  • All travelers are required to have temperature checked and complete a health & travel questionnaire
  • As an alternative to quarantine, a traveler must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test no earlier than 72-hours prior to their flight arrival in Hawai‘i
  • The interisland quarantine for anyone arriving on any island other than O‘ahu continues through Sept. 30, unless terminated or extended by a separate emergency proclamation
  • FDA-approved NAAT tests, processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory are the only types of coronavirus tests currently approved
  • Currently approved trusted testing partners are CVS and Kaiser Permanente

View Full Press Release

Click here for Travel FAQs

 

You can find additional information at the links below: 

● Hawaii Department of Transportation: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/ 

● Maui County Covid-19 Updates: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

● Maui Now News Network: https://mauinow.com/category/coronavirus/ 

● State of Hawaii Covid-19 Website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ 

● Safe Travels: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/ 

● Travel Information and Interisland Travel Forms: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

 

 

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