CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TRANSPORTATION RELATED INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Hawaii and avoid unmanageable strain on our healthcare system, Governor David Ige enacted a mandatory 14-day traveler quarantine and passenger verification process for those traveling to or between the Hawaiian Islands. Commonly asked questions on this traveler quarantine can be found below.
Do all travelers have to self-quarantine?
Prior to March 26, 2022, travelers entering the State must self-quarantine for 5 days upon arrival unless they meet the criteria below:
- Persons arriving in the State on recreational boats that have been at sea for at least 14 days do not have to self-quarantine if no one on the boat is ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Persons traveling to the State to perform critical infrastructure functions (as described in the Proclamation) will be subject to self-quarantine but may break quarantine to perform their critical infrastructure functions (Note, exemptions should be sought prior to travel through https://ag.hawaii.gov/travelexemption/)
- Persons participating in the Safe Travels program that have a confirmed negative COVID-19 test from a trusted testing or travel partner taken within 72 hours of departure. See https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/ for details and the listing of trusted testing and travel partners.
- Persons that were vaccinated in the US or US Territories may participate in the Safe Travels Vaccination Exception Program. This program requires uploaded proof of vaccination to Safe Travels site prior to departure and verification of physical vaccination card upon arrival.
How do I self-quarantine?
You must go directly from the airport to your self-identified quarantine location. Do not leave to get food or other supplies and do not have visitors over. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. The full self-quarantine instructions can be found here.
Note: Vacation rentals of any kind for less than 30-days are not permitted as accepted self-quarantine accommodations.
For information on the vaccine exception program, go to: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs.
What if I need medical care while on quarantine?
Call 9-1-1 for medical emergencies. Let the operator know your travel history and that you are in travel quarantine. For non-urgent medical care, contact your doctor to see if you can arrange a telehealth alternative or if you can postpone regular appointments until after your quarantine ends.
Note: Travelers may leave self-quarantine ONLY to seek emergency medical services or return to the airport to depart the state.
How do I get food and other essentials?
Arrange for a friend or relative to drop off essentials or make use of a contactless delivery service. A list of delivery services operating in Hawaii can be found here.
Can I break traveler quarantine to pick up medication that cannot be delivered, such as a controlled substance?
No. Please consult with the prescribing physician on an alternative.
What if I need to care for someone else?
Please wait until your 5-day traveler quarantine period is over to leave your home to care for a loved one. If you are caring for someone within your home, you can do so provided you are monitoring your own health and not leaving the home for appointments and other errands. Please make other arrangements such as use of a paratransit service, taxi, or ride share to get your loved one to their appointments. If they are suffering from a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
Can I bypass quarantine if I have been vaccinated?
The transpacific vaccination travel program for those who are fully vaccinated in the US or US Territories began July 8, 2021. For instructions on how to upload your proof of vaccination if you meet the criteria, click here.
- The vaccination travel exemption only applies to individuals who were vaccinated in the US and US territories and travelling domestically. i.e. The 50 US states, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands.
- “Fully vaccinated” status is considered 15 days after your second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or 15 days after your single J&J shot. (Ex: Got second Moderna shot on July 1, 2021, considered “fully vaccinated” on July 16, 2021.)
- Note: Children 5 years and over who are not vaccinated will need to have negative COVID test 72-hours prior to departure. Children under 5 not required to test or quarantine if traveling with an adult who has pre-travel exemption or vaccination exception.
- Interisland travelers do not need to do anything in Safe Travels. The inter-county travel quarantine expired at 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2021.
- For more information on how to participate in the Vaccination Exception program: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/
How are airline passengers in Hawaii screened?
The State of Hawaii online Safe Travels system that is mandatory for all travelers, prior to March 26, 2022. This digital system, which will conclude on March 25, 2022, collects the required health and travel information critical to protecting the health of our residents and visitors alike. Safe Travels is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Travelers are encouraged to enter their information and trip details well in advance of their flight. Once their health information is entered within 24 hours of departure, travelers will receive a QR code via email. The QR code on their mobile device or printed on paper gets scanned by the airport screener upon arrival. More information on the process can be found by clicking here. A direct link to the program can be found by visiting https://travel.hawaii.gov Passengers completing the process acknowledge they understand the traveler quarantine measures as stated in the Order of Self Quarantine.
View the Arrival Questions section of the HawaiiCovid19.com FAQs page for more information on what to expect upon reaching Hawaii.
What happens if I refuse to provide the information or do not comply with the process?
Passengers who refuse any part of the airport verification process will be directed to law enforcement officers. Passengers will have the option of returning on the next flight back to the airport from which they came or they will be directed to law enforcement.
What if I do not have a confirmed reservation?
Passengers without a verifiable reservation will be allowed the opportunity to make a hotel reservation. If they are not able to confirm a reservation they will be able to book a ticket on the next flight back to the airport from which they came or they will be directed to law enforcement.
What is the penalty for violating the traveler quarantine order?
Failure to follow the order is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.
For State COVID-19 updates and information visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/
For COVID-19 updates and information from the Hawaii Tourism Authority visit https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/alerts/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/
County-specific COVID guidance and information
- For City and County of Honolulu: 808-768-2489 or [email protected]
- For Maui County: 808-270-7855
- For Kauai County: 808-241-4903
- For Hawaii County: 808-935-0031
Latest Airports COVID-19 News Releases
- Improved verification process implemented for airline passengers (April 25, 2020)
- Governor Ige issues emergency order requiring self-quarantine for interisland travelers (April 1, 2020)
COVID-19 Emergency Proclamations
- Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on March 5, 2020
- Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on March 16, 2020
- Second Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on March 21, 2020
- Third Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on March 23, 2020
- Fourth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on March 31, 2020
- Fifth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on April 17, 2020
- Sixth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on April 25, 2020
- Seventh Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on May 5, 2020
- Eighth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 signed on May 18, 2020