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Hawaii Is Open For Tourism But Requires Vaccine Pass For Most Activities

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

Fully vaccinated mainland travelers are allowed to bypass quarantine and testing restrictions from July 8, but it may change over the next few days.

Local governments have imposed stricter restrictions since the beginning of September.

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HAWAII Opening for Tourism – Latest Updates

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September 15 – Honolulu now request customers to show proof of vaccination

After multiple failed strategies to stem the spread of the virus and reduce hospital occupancy, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardin decreed that starting Sept. 13, customers and employees of hundreds of tourist establishments will have to bear proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to be permitted entry. 

“We don’t want a lockdown (…) I am on the record as saying that. We don’t want a lockdown. But we need to all work together to make sure we don’t have to do that, and this is a good, safe way to get it done” Blangiardin said.

The order is intended to last at least for 60 days. 

Source: Hawaii News Now

August 24 – Gov. Ige urges travelers to visit Hawaii for essential reasons only.

Hawaii has started rolling back some of the reopening mandates reducing restaurant and bar capacity to 50% and reintroducing mask wearing. However this has not been enough to contain the spread of COVID-19 caused by the massive overtourism. 

“I think it’s important. I’ve stressed with the airlines and the visitor industry that now is not a good time to visit Hawaii.” 

According to Ige, another factor impacting the spread of the Delta variant are the residents who travel elsewhere, get infected and return.

Source: Hawaii Tribune

August 10 – Hawaii would reimpose pre-travel COVID-19 testing for ALL visitors, says government 

Hawaii could reintroduce COVID-19 restrictions such as limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings and pre-travel testing by the end of this week. 

Gov. David Ige and county mayors are set to discuss the possibility of requiring all visitors to submit a negative COVID-19 taken no longer 72 hours prior to arrival in Hawaii.

In light of the surge in COVID-19 cases that’s threatening to overwhelm the state’s health care system, even fully vaccinated visitors will need to present the test.

What’s currently open in Hawaii?

Hawaii has been progressively reopening its tourist venues and other services. As of now visitors can visit or enjoy,

  • Outdoor restaurants 
  • Tattoo parlors, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons
  • Churches
  • Theaters
  • Outdoor recreation at State parks

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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 (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)
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland 
  • Brazil 
  • South Africa 
  • India 


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What is open in Hawaii?

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The Polynesian Cultural Center and the Hukilau Marketplace in Oahu Island and many other attractions have opened up for visitors again.

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’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.


Latest Update Archives:

July 25 – Hawaii to streamline travel with new CommonPass app

Hawaii has moved a step closer to lift most travel restrictions by letting fully vaccinated tourists sidestep COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements by digitally verifying their SMART Health Cards through the new CommonPass app.

In order to do so, travelers need to have been issued a digital vaccine record “SMART Health Card” at a CommonPass-approved site.

Hawaii plans to lift more entry restrictions once 70% of its population is fully vaccinated. 

Last Thursday the state saw 243 new COVID cases, the highest single-day rise in infections since January 5.

Source: Business Wire

July 9 – Hawaii dropped entry restrictions for fully vaccinated mainland U.S. travelers on July 8

Hawaii lifted quarantine and other entry restrictions for fully vaccinated mainland travelers from yesterday (July 8).

The Safe Travels program is also supposed to come to an end at the end of July. But for now, visitors still need to upload their vaccination certificate to be allowed entry.

Lt. Gov. and State’s COVID-19 liaison doctor Josh Green, asked travelers to be patient because airport screenings are going to be slow over the next few days.

“This is pandemic after all, you are traveling during a pandemic and have to be able to be patient” said Green. 

June 24 – Hawaii to move ahead with quarantine and testing restriction liftings before July

Hawaii is paving the way forward with the first massive stage of Covid-19 restriction liftings. 

This means the state did not want to wait until the end of July – as it was announced – to start lifting quarantine and testing restrictions for travelers who were vaccinated in the state.

In order to obtain this benefit, visitors must upload their vaccine certificate to the state’s Safe Travels site, a program that is also supposed to be eliminated by the end of July.  

“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 Hawaii safe,” said Gov. Ige said in a statement.