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Hawaii remains open to tourism but requiring quarantine or test

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The Mayor of Kauai has requested that all visitors arriving to this Hawaiian island be compelled to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, regardless of their test results. 

The rest of the islands offer the possibility to either quarantine or submit a negative test result from a trusted partner. Be aware that some US States have hardened their policies for holiday travelers. Upon returning from your trip to Hawaii you may be asked to quarantine, get tested for COVID, or both.

HAWAII Opening for Tourism – Latest Updates

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.

Update November 30

The Islands of Hawaii are open for tourism from October 15. However, starting November 24, “travelers wishing to bypass the 14-day mandatory quarantine must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from a trusted testing partner” before their arrival to Hawaii. Said Governor David Ige. Please notice that with the new COVID-19 test rule, if you arrive in Hawaii without proof of your COVID-19 negative test result you must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay. And according to the Governor, there is no way around it.

Update October 28

Yes, Hawaii reopened for tourism on October 15 to all of the US and all countries apart from countries banned from entering the US.

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

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

Update September 30

On September 16, Hawaii’s Governor Davi Ige announced a new state team that will review the plan to start reopening for tourism on October 25. (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 December 17, Hawaii has 19,541confirmed COVID cases and 272 deaths caused by the virus. (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.


Hawaii has long been a 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.

Since mid-February, COVID-19 has spread rapidly across the US. 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 that is not slowing down.

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

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 to present at the airport.

A thermal screen and temperature check is conducted at the airport. A recorded temperature of 100.4 or above, and they may prohibit boarding. Visitors can choose to bring valid negative COVID-19 test results or to quarantine for 14 days. Traveling between islands is allowed but the local governments have different measures in their territories so make sure you research each location individually

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

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.


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