How to bypass Hawaii’s quarantine upon arrival

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UPDATE DEC. 2, 2020: Effective immediately, the island of Kauai is enforcing a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all incoming passengers, with or without a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test result.

Kauai has temporarily opted out of the statewide pre-travel testing program.

The rest of Hawaii is currently participating with the pre-travel testing program, with a statewide reduction in quarantine time for travelers arriving without an approved negative COVID-19 test; the mandatory quarantine for those passengers is now 10 days rather than the previous 14.

The state of Hawaii’s official COVID-19 website notes the following:

  • The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS.
  • All trans-Pacific travelers who board a plane on the final leg of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands without first securing a negative test will be subject to mandatory quarantine. Tests must be taken with trusted testing and travel partners within 72 hours of departure.
  • The negative test result must be uploaded onto the Safe Travels website prior to departure or printed out prior to departure, with hard copy in hand upon arrival in Hawaii.
  • Travelers without a negative test result before boarding the final leg of their flight MUST quarantine for 10 days or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.

Visit the state of Hawaii’s COVID-19 travel website for the latest information.


Hawaii is officially reopening.

The state’s pre-arrivals testing program begins on Thursday, October 15, 2020, meaning that, for the first time in months, incoming travelers have the option to bypass a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the islands.

Under Governor David Ige’s plan, any inbound traveler who can produce confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test from one of Hawaii’s approved testing partners can bypass the 14-day self quarantine. The negative result must be administered within 72 hours of the final leg of departure.

Planning to head to the islands? Make sure you register on the state’s Safe Travels website beforehand. All incoming travelers are required to create a profile and fill out an online health questionnaire on the site.

Ige confirmed on Tuesday that all islands will participate in the pre-arrival testing program for trans-Pacific travelers, with voluntary post-arrival tests being implemented on Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Travelers going from Honolulu to Maui or Kauai will also be able to get a pre-travel test within 72 hours of departure and avoid quarantine.

Ige also said the state is “exploring a pre-travel testing relationship with Japan,” and that he hopes to announce more details soon.

Reopening to tourism is a tall order for the islands, with the mandatory two-week quarantine having been in effect since late March and the pre-arrivals testing program having been pushed back several times.

The program was first announced in June and originally planned to begin on August 1. It was then pushed back, first to September 1, then to October 1 and finally to October 15.

If you’re heading to the islands any time soon, consult the resources below for the latest information, to ensure you’re compliant with pre-arrival testing procedures. Failure to meet the requirements will result in a mandatory 14-day quarantine, with stiff penalties still in place.

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