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Hawaii Opened to Tourism on October 15th with Restrictions

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HAWAII Reopening – Latest Updates

Update OCT 28

Is Hawaii open for tourism?

Yes, Hawaii reopened for tourism on October 15th from the US and all countries apart from countries banned from entering the US. Visitors do not need to quarantine for 14 days anymore.

All visitors need to register for Hawaii Safe Travel online program and submit a proof of negative PCR test taken no longer than 72hours prior to departure.

After reopening Hawaii reported success and only on the first day, 8000 tourists arrived to the islands. (Source: dailymail.co.uk)

Banned countries from visiting US:

  • 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

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Update SEPT 30

On September 16th, Hawaii’s Governor Davi Ige announced a new state team that will review the plan to start reopening for tourism on October 25th. (source)

This plan should allow visitors to come to Hawaii without staying in a 14-day quarantine. Only the PCR COVID-19 test (taken max 72 hours before arrival) and the airport health checks will be required!

As of September 30th, Hawaii has 12,536 confirmed COVID cases and 133 deaths caused by the virus. Day average in the last 7 days is approx. 100 new cases. (source: New York Times)

Update AUGUST 26

The local government is delaying reopening (again) from 1st of September to 1st of October, 2020. They also announced that travelers will most likely not be required to quarantine for 14 days anymore.

Only NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test) valid test made 72 hours prior to the arrival WILL BE REQUIRED. It’s still not 100% confirmed by the Government.

For the latest information on traveling to Hawaii, travel requirements and current restrictions visit the State of Hawaii Department of Health page.


Hawaii has long been favored and dream vacation destination in the US, for people from all around the globe. This tropical paradise is loved by all sorts of travelers. You can find honeymooners, beach lovers, luxury travelers, backpackers and surfers enjoying great Hawaiian vibes.

Entire coronavirus or Covid-19. As with all popular travel destinations, Hawaii’s islands have been hit hard by quarantine and social distancing restrictions.

Novel coronavirus was first identified by the World Health Organization in China in 2019. While there are numerous coronaviruses, the 2019 strain had never been identified in humans before. For that reason, little was known about it early on in its development.

Since mid-February, it has spread rapidly across the U.S. due to lukewarm reception to the seriousness of its devastation. Poor adherence to disease prevention methods (mask-wearing, hand washing, social distancing) in some parts of the U.S. led to huge spikes in Covid-19 cases to over 5 million cases and a death toll of 163,000+ Americans.

The United States had imposed travel restrictions on the following countries: China, Iran, Brazil, United Kingdom and the Schengen countries of the EU.


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Hawaii Travel Restrictions

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All those traveling to Hawaii must fill out a health evaluation form either a hard copy within 24 hours before boarding. After processing, passengers receive a QR code by email for a presentation at the airport.

A thermal screen and temperature check is conducted at the airport. A recorded temperature of 100.4 or above, may prohibit boarding. Quarantine for 14 days may be instituted with travel to other islands prohibited.

Hawaii’s hotels are looking forward to having specific testing measures in place to begin booking occupancy. The air carriers with routes to the islands are gearing up for testing procedures as well. United Airlines has already begun adding more flights.

While Hawaii’s Covid-19 caseload is on a slight upward trajectory, Governor David Ige is optimistic that Hawaiians will remain vigilant adding, “As I’ve said, though, we can only be successful…if we come together as a community.”

Hawaii and Covid-19 Pandemic

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Hawaii has seen recent surges in cases. David Ige, Governor of Hawaii, issued the following official mandates: After lifting restrictions, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has reinstated mask and social distancing edicts to try and curb the virus spread.

With roughly 132 new virus cases per day, a Johns Hopkins 7-day study reported an 85% increase. Hawaii officials fear without reinstatement of restrictions, deaths, as well as hospitalizations, will rise and overburden the state’s health care system.

Inter-island Hawaii travel restrictions

Governor Ige re-instated travel restrictions between islands as well as a 14-day quarantine order for travelers from Kawai, Hawaii, Maui, and Kalawao counties beginning August 11. County parks on the island of Oahu are closed from August 7 through September 5. This also includes beaches.

The U.S. has issued a level 4- “Avoid All Travel” advisory. While you can still leave your home state, you might be asked to quarantine for 14 days depending on your state of residence. However, not all states have quarantine restrictions.

Other States with travel restrictions

Maine April 25 to present—Travelers not presenting a recent negative Covid-19 test must self-quarantine. Travelers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York need not comply with this regulation.

Vermont March 30 to present—Self-quarantine for 14 days. Please see State of Vermont Depart of Tourism and Marketing for further detailed guidelines.

Massachusetts August 1 to present—Non-exempt travelers must fill out a travel form and have a recent negative Covid-19 test/self-quarantine for 14 days

Connecticut June 25 to present—Travelers from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days and fill out a travel health form at arrival: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

New York June 25 to present—Travelers from Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin must fill out a travel form.

New Jersey June 25 to present—Travelers from Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Kansas March 18 to present—Travelers from Florida must quarantine for 14 days. See Travel Kansas for more information.

New Mexico March 27 to present—All travelers from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days except essential personnel, military and airline employees.

Utah August 8 to present—All visitors must wear a mask in public and social distance.

Hawaii March 17 to present—See travel restriction guidance below

Alaska March 11 to present—A negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure or quarantine for 14 days. Travelers who are without recent covid testing or choose to get tested on arrival must quarantine for 14 days. All Alaska travelers are required to fill out a health declaration form on arrival.

In the current pandemic situation, check with state or local officials for any recent changes in travel restrictions. Rules may change, so “know before you go.” Lastly, make sure any travel insurance you purchase covers Covid-19.