Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Hawaii Traveler Information

All Travelers

Should you arrive in State without an approved negative pre-travel test, you will receive this manual process for clearance letter.

The State has added Diagnostic Laboratory Services to it’s list of trusted testing partners for Inter-County Travel.

Gov. David Ige announced eight trusted testing partners for inter-county travel. Inter-county passengers arriving in Kauaʻi and Maui counties may bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take an FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from the certified CLIA lab of a trusted testing and travel partner no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and receive a negative result.

Click on this link for Hawai‘i Travel FAQs, which includes information on Hawai’i’s Pre-Travel Testing Program.  

The State of Hawaii continues to enforce the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirements for out-of-state travelers.  There is an inter-island travel quarantine only for travelers arriving in the counties of  Kaua’i, Hawai’i, Maui and Kalawao (Kalaupapa), with updates to the self-quarantine exceptions. 

The Governor’s thirteenth supplementary emergency proclamation identifies the Rules Relating to COVID-19 Health Screening Process and Travel Self-Quarantine, referred to ask “Travel Rules”.  A negative COVID-19 test exception shall become effective October 15, 2020.  

The State of Hawaii traveler information is now captured in digital format.  All travelers are highly recommended to use the State’s  Safe Travels program before arriving.  Upon arrival, all travelers that use the program will have to show their Safe Travel’s QR code to the State screener and will be processed quicker.  Those that arrive without a QR code will need to create a Safe Travels account onsite to obtain a QR code.  Once the QR code is screened, the traveler is released from the airport. All passengers will be required to have a valid email address to receive the QR code.The Safe Travels program collects the traveler’s required health and travel information, within 24 hours of departure.  Once completed, the 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 Safe Travels process can be found at the following links:

For technical assistance, contact the Safe Travels Service Desk (10 a.m. to 10 p.m. HST): 1-855-599-0888

Calls outside of working hours will go to voicemail and be returned the next business day.The order for self-quarantine may be found here, https://ets.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Updated-Order-for-Self-Quarantine-2.pdf

Interisland Travel

People traveling interisland can find additional information and the interisland limited quarantine request by visiting the following county webpages:

NOTE: Travelers who are subject to the 14-day traveler quarantine are prohibited from interisland travel while in quarantine.

Continental United States and International Travelers

All travelers arriving from the Continental United States and International locations shall use the State of Hawaii online Safe Travels program which is mandatory for all travelers effective September 1, 2020.

The travelers shall present their Safe Travels QR code along with a pictured Government I.D. during their arrival process.

Enforcement

To report violators contact local law enforcement by utilizing the following resources:

General Info

More information on the process can be found by clicking here.

View the COVID-19 informational card to travelers.

View the Order for Exempt Persons.

For questions about exemptions, Link to Travel Information and Exemption.

View more information from the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation here.


State Adds Diagnostic Laboratory Services to List of Trusted Testing Partners for Inter-County Travel

Oct 21, 2020 – The State of Hawai‘i has added Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS) to the list of eight other trusted testing partners for inter-county travel. Inter-county passengers arriving in Kauaʻi and Maui counties may bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take an FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from the certified CLIA lab of a trusted testing and travel partner. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure, and the traveler must receive a negative result to bypass the quarantine requirement.

Beginning today, inter-county travelers to Hawaiʻi County who follow these protocols will have two options to opt out of the 14-day mandatory quarantine. They can either take the test no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure, or they can elect to get a post-arrival test from a trusted partner. This would require the traveler to remain in quarantine until the negative test is reported and verified. MORE>>

Gov. Ige announces inter-county pre-travel trusted testing partners

Oct 17, 2020 – Gov. David Ige today announced eight trusted testing partners for inter-county travel. Inter-county passengers arriving in Kauaʻi and Maui counties may bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take an FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from the certified CLIA lab of a trusted testing and travel partner no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and receive a negative result.

The eight trusted testing partners for inter-county travel are:

  • Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii
  • CVS Health (Longs)
  • Hawaiʻi Pacific Health
  • Kaiser Permanente (for members only)
  • Minit Medical
  • Walgreens
  • Urgent Care Hawaii
  • Vault Health

MORE>>

Governor Announces Additional Details on Pre-Travel Testing Program

October 13, 2020 – Governor Ige held a news briefing today to discuss additional details of the pre-travel testing program, which is set to launch Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. All counties will be participating in the pre-travel testing program, which allows travelers to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine, though there will be different rules in different counties:

  • Kauaʻi County has established a voluntary testing program the third day after arrival.
  • Maui County has established a voluntary post-arrival test.
  • Hawaiʻi Island will require an antigen test for all arriving transpacific travelers who are participating in the pre-travel testing program.
  • The City and County of Honolulu is exploring its capacity for post-arrival testing.

The details of the pre-travel testing program are outlined in the 14th emergency proclamation which the governor signed today. It allows the mandatory 14-day quarantine to continue, with the exception of the pre-travel test option. MORE>>

Gov. Ige announces COVID-19 test exception effective October 15, 2020

September 23, 2020 – Gov. David Ige today signed a thirteenth supplementary emergency proclamation that identifies the Rules Relating to COVID-19 Health Screening Process and Travel Self-Quarantine, referred to as “Travel Rules”.  

The emergency proclamation identifies that all persons entering the State of Hawaii shall submit to a health screening as determined by the Director of Emergency Management.  A negative COVID-19 test exception shall become effective October 15, 2020.

The proclamation also leaves in place the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirements for out-of-state travelers and the inter-island travel quarantine only for travelers arriving in the counties of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, Maui and Kalawao (Kalaupapa), with updates to the self-quarantine exceptions.

New Online Safe Travels Program Mandatory on Sept. 1

Sept 1, 2020 – The State of Hawaii traveler information is now captured in digital format.  All travelers are highly recommended to use the State’s  Safe Travels program before arriving.  Upon arrival, all travelers that use the program will have to show their Safe Travel’s QR code to the State screener and will be processed quicker.  Those that arrive without a QR code will need to create a Safe Travels account onsite to obtain a QR code.  Once the QR code is screened, the traveler is released from the airport. All passengers will be required to have a valid email address to receive the QR code.  The Safe Travels program collects the traveler’s required health and travel information, which is critical to protecting the health of our residents and visitors alike. The traveler’s health information is entered within 24 hours of departure.  Once completed, the 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.

Announcement – New Online Safe Travels Program Mandatory on Sept. 1

August 28, 2020 – The State of Hawaii is announcing that the new online Safe Travels program will be mandatory for all travelers on Sept. 1.  This new digital program, 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.  The program can be found at https://travel.hawaii.gov. MORE>>

Gov. Ige extends COVID-19 emergency period through September

August 20, 2020 – Gov. David Ige today signed a twelfth supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the COVID-19 emergency period through Sept. 30.

The emergency proclamation leaves in place the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers and the inter-island travel quarantine only for travelers arriving in the counties of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, Maui and Kalawao (Kalaupapa).

Temperature screening equipment installed at all gates at Hawaii’s five busiest airports

Aug 20, 2020 – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is happy to announce that phase two of the new thermal temperature screening equipment installation has been completed at Hawaii’s five airports that accept trans-Pacific flights. A total of 133 cameras statewide are operational and available to detect people with a body temperature of 100.4 degrees and above. The equipment is now installed at all gates and departure security checkpoints at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) and Hilo International Airport (ITO). MORE>>

New thermal temperature screening equipment in use at Hawaii’s airports

August 5, 2020 – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division is pleased to announce the thermal temperature screening equipment is now in use to help detect passengers with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and above. MORE>>

Governor Ige Extending 14-Day Quarantine for Travelers

July 17, 2020 – Gov. David Ige has signed the 10th Emergency Proclamation, which keeps the mandatory 14-day quarantine in effect for travelers entering the State of Hawai‘i. Under the proclamation, travelers arriving in Hawai‘i will continue to undergo a mandatory screening process at the airport. MORE>>

Governor Ige announces pre-travel testing program for Hawaii arrivals delayed until September 1

July 13, 2020 – Gov. David Ige today announced he will delay the launch of the pre-travel testing program for incoming travelers to Hawai‘i. The program is now scheduled to begin on Sept. 1. This means all travelers entering the State of Hawai‘i will be subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine until Sept. 1, when the pre-travel testing program is scheduled to begin. MORE>>

Governor Ige signs emergency proclamation, extending 14-day quarantine for travelers entering State of Hawaii

July 17, 2020 – Gov. David Ige has signed the 10th emergency proclamation, which keeps the mandatory 14-day quarantine in effect for travelers entering the State of Hawai‘i. Under the proclamation, travelers arriving in Hawai‘i will continue to undergo a mandatory screening process at the airport. MORE>>

State to launch COVID-19 pre-travel testing program for out-of-state travelers August 1

June 25, 2020 – Beginning Aug. 1, 2020, all trans-Pacific travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will have the option to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. Evidence of a negative test result must be provided upon arrival in Hawaii. Without this, passengers arriving from out-of-state will be subject to the 14-day quarantine. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of the pre-travel test. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. The Health Department is in the process of developing this program but anticipates requiring an FDA-approved PCR test from a CLIA certified laboratory. These plans are in development and the process and requirements are to be determined in the coming weeks. MORE>>

Governor Ige extends COVID-19 emergency period through July — lifting quarantine requirement for interisland travel on June 16

June 10, 2020 – Gov. David Ige today signed a 9th supplemental emergency proclamation, extending the COVID-19 emergency period through July 31. The emergency proclamation lifts the quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers effective 12:01 a.m. on June 16, 2020.   MORE>>

Governor Ige lifting quarantine requirement for interisland travel on June 16

June 3, 2020 – Gov. David Ige announced that the state will be lifting the 14-day quarantine requirement for interisland travelers, effective June 16.

The state Department of Transportation will require thermal screening at the airport for everyone traveling interisland. HDOT will also require travelers to fill out a new form that will now also ask for health-related information to assist the state in tracking and responding to new COVID-19 cases. MORE>>

Governor Ige outlines re-opening, recovery plan – extends 14-day quarantine for travelers to Hawaii, inter-island travelers

May 18, 2020 – Gov. David Ige today signed the 8th supplemental emergency proclamation, extending the 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in the State of Hawai‘i, as well as for inter-island travelers through June 30. MORE>>

New Travel Declaration Form and Order for Self-Quarantine Form

May 19, 2020 Update – Mandatory Travel Declaration form has been updated.

May 14, 2020 – The State of Hawai‘i is implementing a new Mandatory Travel Declaration form effective Saturday, May 16, 2020.

All arriving International and Continental U.S. travelers shall continue to complete and submit the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plants and Animal Declaration form.

Safe Travels web program launched

April 9, 2020 – The State of Hawaii has launched a web program to collect traveler information.  Upon arrival, each traveler can now enter their information directly on the State’s web program at  Safe Travels website (website no longer available).

All arriving International and Continental U.S. travelers shall continue to complete and submit the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plants and Animal Declaration form.

Governor Ige gives first round of businesses greenlight to re-open

May 5, 2020 – Gov. Ige today signed a 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation that authorizes the first group of businesses to re-open since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of non-essential businesses across the state on Mar. 25. The latest proclamation also allows residents to leave their homes to patronize certain businesses and activities under the new “Safer-at-Home” order. Social distancing, travel quarantine requirements remain in place. MORE>>

Governor Ige extends stay-at-home and travel restrictions to end of May

April 25, 2020 – Gov. David Ige signed a a sixth supplemental proclamation  amending and restating prior proclamations and executive orders related to the COVID-19 emergency. The proclamation extends the stay-at-home order across the state including the 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers until end of May. MORE>

Improved verification process implemented for airline passengers

April 24, 2020 – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has implemented improved measures to verify incoming passenger information before they leave the airport to help ensure people are abiding by the traveler quarantine order. The enhanced process is underway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and will begin statewide in the coming days. MORE>>

Governor Ige issues eviction moratorium and enhanced social distancing requirements

April 17, 2020 – Gov. David Ige signed a fifth emergency supplementary proclamation that includes an eviction moratorium — which prevents any eviction from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent. In addition, the supplementary proclamation enhances social distancing requirements, ordering the closure of all state beaches in Hawai‘i and restricting recreational boating, hiking and fishing outings to no more than two people unless the group is from the same residential family. MORE>>

Governor Ige issues emergency order requiring self-quarantine for inter-island travelers

March 31, 2020 – Gov. David Ige today signed a fourth supplementary proclamation that requires all residents and visitors traveling between any of the islands in the State of Hawai‘i to self-quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine mandate takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wed., Apr. 1.  MORE>>

Governor Ige orders mandatory 14-day quarantine for all individuals arriving or returning to the State of Hawaiʻi

March 21, 2020 – Gov. David Y. Ige issued a second supplemental emergency proclamation ordering all individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaiʻi to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate — the first such action in the nation — applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircrafts. MORE>>

Additional hand sanitizer dispensers installed at airports statewide to help fight COVID-19

March 12, 2020 – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is installing 250 hand sanitizing dispensers with more than 12,000 boxes of anti-bacterial solution that will be placed in high passenger volume areas throughout the airports statewide. MORE>>


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