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Hawaii is Open for Tourism but Requires a PCR test or 10-day Quarantine

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All arrivals in Hawaii need to either present a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours from a trusted partner or agree to a 10-day quarantine.

Once freed of the quarantine measures, travelers can enjoy the vast array of activities and places Hawaii has to offer. The islands have been progressively reopening their most popular attractions.

The Polynesian Cultural Center and the Hukilau Marketplace in Oahu Island have recently allowed visitors again so has Maui’s Ocean Center and all national parks in the State. 

Visitors can engage in the islands’ guided tours, surfing classes, hiking, excursions, kayaking, helicopter trips, water sports, and ranch adventures as long as they wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Hawaii, companies reopening for tourism
Hawaii, companies reopening for tourism

HAWAII Opening for Tourism – Latest Updates

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March 21 – New reopenings in Honolulu

Starting last week, the new Honolulu Mayor, Rick Blangiardi decided to accelerate the reopening of multiple tourist venues and ignore his predecessor’s more conservative 4-tier system plan. 

Currently, visitors can visit bars in groups of up to 10 people. They will be allowed to attend funerals and conventions starting next month. Also, youth sports are set to resume on April 12, and adult sports are scheduled to restart on April 19. These won’t have spectators at the beginning but the city will consider this possibility too. 

Update February 25

Kauai Island has relaxed its restrictions for both transpacific and inter-island visitors. 

Instead of the mandatory 10-day quarantine, transpacific travelers can now bring a negative test result, quarantine for 72 hours in a “resort bubble” on arrival, and get retested before they can leave their quarantine. 

Interisland travelers who have been in the state of Hawaii for 72 hours can just take a pre-travel test to forgo quarantine on arrival. (Source)

16% of the population in the state has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The distribution of the shots has been slower than in other states but still within the country’s average. (Source)

Update February 1

All trans-pacific visitors can forgo the mandatory 10-day quarantine if they pre-upload or bring with them a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted partner.

This quarantine-or-negative-test policy applies to inter-island traveling as well, so travelers with multiple destinations will need to get retested every time they visit a new island. 

Visitors to Kauai will need to both bring a negative test and agree to quarantine, they can shorten the quarantine from 10 to 3 days if they get retested once they arrive on the island. 

Update December 17

Since November 27, all travelers to Kauai Island are required to quarantine for 14 days as requested by the local mayor, Derek Kawakami. All other islands continue with the policy set in place in October which allows travelers to either quarantine or bring valid COVID-19 test results.

Banned countries from visiting US

Due to health concerns regarding the new highly contagious COVID-19 strains first detected in England and South Africa, the country continues to be closed to those who have been in any of the following countries over the last couple of weeks. 

  • China
  • Iran
  • European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Ireland
  • Brazil


COVID-19 cases in Hawaii

Hawaii Travel Restrictions

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As vaccination campaigns rapidly advance in the state and the US Mainland, Hawaii’s Lt. Gov.  Josh Green has announced a plan to ease restrictions in the State and to fully reopen the islands.

In the first phase, February 15 to March 1, Green hoped to allow free inter-island traveling and to reopen all schools.

Later on, April 15 to May 1 approximately, authorities expect to be able to lift all restrictions and requirements to trans-pacific visitors who have been vaccinated.

Big events and businesses at full or near full capacity should be allowed by the summer. 

Hawaii’s Entry Requirements

  • Visitors need to download the Safe Travels app. 
  • To forgo the mandatory 10-day quarantine they can upload a negative PCR COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours and from a trusted partner. They must upload it before boarding and bring the original document with them.
  • Travelers will also need to get tested before every inter-island trip if they wish to avoid the quarantine. Oahu Island is the exception, when arriving on Oahu from another island in the State visitors won’t need to quarantine.
  • The island of Kauai requires a post-arrival test in addition to the pre-arrival one in order to shorten the quarantine requirements for visitors staying in their “resort bubbles” from 10 to 3 days. Travelers staying elsewhere will need to comply with the 10-day mandatory quarantine regardless of their test results.


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