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.

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Do all travelers have to self-quarantine?

Travelers entering the State must self-quarantine unless they meet the criteria below:

  1. 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.
  2. 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/)
  3. 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.

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.

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.

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 10-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 intercounty vaccination travel program for those who were fully vaccinated in Hawaii begins May 11, 2021. For instructions on how to upload your proof of vaccination for interisland travel, click here.

Note:

  • Fully vaccinated means it has been two weeks or more since you received your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Travelers can begin uploading a digital image of their CDC vaccination card to the Safe Travels platform on May 7 for interisland travel taking place on or before May 11.
  • Please check the county websites for more information on their requirements and rules
  • The intercounty vaccination travel program is another option if you meet the requirements (fully vaccinated in Hawaii with proof of vaccination on your CDC card). The intercounty pretesting and essential worker exemptions are also available as an alternative to a 10-day travel quarantine.

Passenger verification

How are airline passengers in Hawaii screened?

The State of Hawaii online Safe Travels system that is mandatory for all travelers. This new digital system, which collects the required health and travel information, is 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.

Are interisland passengers screened?

Screening for intercounty travel is directed by the applicable county.

People traveling interisland can find additional information by visiting the following county webpages:

Kauai County Kauai COVID-19 webpage: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19

Maui County Maui County COVID-19 travel page: https://www.MauiCounty.gov/travel

Hawaii County Hawaii County COVID-19 webpage: https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/

City & County of Honolulu Interisland passengers arriving on Oahu are not subject to intercounty quarantine.

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

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