Coronavirus (COVID-19) transportation related information and resources

To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Hawaii and avoid strain on our healthcare system, Governor David Ige enacted a mandatory 14-day traveler quarantine and passenger verification process for those traveling to the Hawaiian Islands.

Beginning Sept. 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 test from a CLIA certified laboratory. These plans are in development and the process and requirements are to be determined in the coming weeks. To view Governor David Ige’s announcement on the subject click here.

Governor David Ige announced the partial reinstatement of the interisland quarantine, effective Aug. 11, 2020. The 14-day quarantine requirement will apply to any person traveling to the counties of Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao. Additional details will be announced in the 11th emergency proclamation, which is currently being finalized. The mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers was lifted on June 16, however it is being partially reinstated in response to the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases on Oahu, which is the result of large gatherings in uncontrolled environments. The interisland quarantine continues through Aug. 31 unless it is terminated or extended by a separate proclamation. For information regarding interisland travel and to submit the form prior to Aug. 11 please visit https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

Frequently asked questions can be found below.

COVID19

Who needs to self-quarantine?

Persons entering the State of Hawaii must quarantine for 14-days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter. This applies to visitors and residents arriving at Hawaii airports through Aug. 31, 2020. You can read the Governor’s 10th supplementary proclamation for COVID-19 here. Essential employees can submit an exemption request by emailing [email protected]

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, exemption should be sought prior to travel through [email protected])

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.

Can someone in quarantine drive another person to get medical care?

Call 9-1-1 for transport of persons needing emergency medical care.  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. Remember to wear a mask when going out.

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 14-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.

If I live with others that did not travel will they need to self-quarantine too?

If you live with other people who are not subject to the travel quarantine, they do not need to quarantine. Only the traveler must quarantine. If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your doctor. Based on a medical assessment, your household may need to self-quarantine. Remember, visitors should not be allowed at your shared residence until you complete your traveler quarantine.

Can I walk pets on a leash outside while in self-quarantine?

No. If you have a private yard or lanai you may exercise your pet there. Do not break quarantine by leaving your property.

When can I break a travel quarantine to perform essential work?

Those identified as essential workers by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), see list here, or their employers should contact [email protected] prior to travel for written authorization to break self-quarantine to perform their work.

Do essential CISA workers need to follow any guidelines?

Persons entering the State to perform critical infrastructure functions should note they are subject to self-quarantine while away from their work site. What this means is they may break self-quarantine to perform their critical infrastructure only (and not for grocery shopping, or outdoor exercise, or anything else outside their self-quarantine location) and must wear appropriate protective gear and follow social distancing requirements.

How are those under traveler quarantine tracked?

Those entering the state or traveling interisland are screened at the airport and their information is confirmed. Visitors and residents will receive calls from the State of Hawaii COVID-19 Quarantine Enforcement Task Force. Calls from this task force will appear as the phone number (808) 468-9952 (for visitors) and (808) 377-4760 (for residents). Responses to these calls are either tracked until the end of the visitors or resident’s quarantine period, elevated to law enforcement, or removed from the list (in the case of essential workers).

How can I report someone breaking quarantine?

For violations call local law enforcement on their non-emergency lines. On Oahu, call 9-1-1 and ask for the non-emergency line; Maui County’s non-emergency line is (808) 244-6400 or email [email protected]; Hawaii County’s non-emergency line is (808) 935-3311; Kauai County offers online reporting at https://www.kauai.gov/KPD-Online-Reporting

If I am transiting through HNL to a neighbor island, to the mainland or internationally, do I have to quarantined for 14 days in Honolulu?

Passengers who have a layover in Honolulu do not have to quarantine if they will not be leaving the airport. However, passengers who are transiting through Hawaii and their connecting flight is not the same day and therefore will be leaving the airport, will need to quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their stay in Hawaii.

Can I use the hotel facilities while in quarantine?

No. Remain in your designated quarantine location for 14 days or the duration of your stay, whichever is shorter. Do not visit any public spaces, including but not limited to, pools, fitness centers, meeting rooms, restaurants or any other hotel facilities.

Can I have guests over while in quarantine?

Do not allow visitors inside of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider, or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by the Director of HI-EMA.

Can I rent a car while in quarantine?

People who are under the 14 day traveler quarantine period are not able to rent a car per Governor Ige’s seventh supplemental proclamation. Essential employees can submit an exemption request by emailing [email protected]

Passenger verification

How are airline passengers in Hawaii screened?

All arriving passengers from domestic or international airports will be provided two forms to fill out while en route to Hawaii. One is a Department of Agriculture declaration form which will be collected by the flight crew prior to landing. The other is the “Mandatory Travel Declaration Form” which must be completed by each adult and unaccompanied minors. Passengers will hold on to the travel declaration form to be collected after deplaning the aircraft. Upon landing, all passengers will have their temperature taken as they exit the plane to determine if they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above. Those without an elevated temperature will proceed to the passenger verification stations where airport representatives will verify the mobile phone number provided by calling it in front of the passenger to ensure it rings. The address provided will be verified with property tax records to ensure it is a legitimate address. The hotel will be called to confirm the passenger has a reservation. When all the information is verified the passengers are required to initial and sign the Order of Self Quarantine acknowledging they are aware of the traveler quarantine measures.

Are interisland passengers screened?

All departing interisland passengers are screened prior to entering the TSA checkpoint. Screening includes a thermal temperature check and submitting the completed Mandatory Travel and Health. For more information regarding travel between the Hawaiian Islands and to download the interisland travel and health form please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/

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

Thermal temperature screening equipment is now is use at Hawaii’s airports to help keep the community safe by detecting people with an elevated temperature of 100.4 degrees and higher.

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Travel Advisories and Updates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources
State of Hawaii Resources
HDOT Harbors Information and Updates
  • All HDOT harbors and airports in Hawaii continue to be open and operational. Any reports of their closing due to COVID-19 are inaccurate. Please remember to receive your information from official sources and do not spread inaccurate information.
  • Cruise ship guidance by the CDC and additional information regarding cruise ships.
  • Cruise lines have extended the time they are suspending operations. For a list of cruise cancelations and anticipated sail dates click here.
  • Cruise ships have temporarily suspended operations in Hawaii including Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Viking Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. Please click on the hyperlink associated with each company for additional details.
  • If any crew, passenger or other person aboard a vessel arriving to a port or place within the navigable waters of the United States has been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) in the previous 14 days, that vessel will also be denied entry via issuance of a Captain of the Port (COTP) order. Typically cargo ships take more than 14 days to travel from China to Honolulu. For additional details please click here.
General Airport Information
  • Additional verification measures have been implemented to confirm incoming passenger information before they leave the airport to help ensure people abide by the mandatory traveler quarantine order. For more information regarding the passenger verification process please click here. Photos of the process are below.
  • The Hawaii National Guard began supporting the Hawaii Department of Transportation with the medical screening of incoming and departing passengers as well as airline crews at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Hilo International Airport (ITO) and the Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole (KOA). The National Guard members are taking passenger’s temperatures as an added layer of protection against COVID-19. Those with a high temperature will have an additional screening with AMR paramedics stationed at the airport. For more information click here.
  • If an ill passenger requires ambulance transport to a hospital there are protocols in place to notify the facility before the patient arrives so the hospital personnel can make appropriate preparations. HNL has an isolation pod that can be deployed if needed.
  • Janitors in the airports and harbors are diligently working to clean and sanitize the facilities, especially restrooms and common touch points like handrails, doorknobs and elevator buttons. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in lobbies and high passenger volume areas.
  • HDOT has temporarily closed sections of its airports due to the low passenger volumes, which are down 99 percent from last year. Many shops and restaurants at the airports have also temporarily closed or reduced operating hours. At the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) the closures include all B and C gates and nearly half of the baggage claims. For an illustrative map of the closure areas click on the hyperlink on the name of each airport.
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) ground level baggage claim
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) the second floor gates 
  • Kahului Aiport (OGG)
  • Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole (KOA)
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO)
  • Lihue Airport (LIH)
  • Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) units stationed at HNL and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) have received COVID-19 training.
  • Many airlines are waiving fees regarding changing, postponing or canceling flights. Some are offering refunds or allowing passengers to reschedule for a later date. Ticketed passengers should consult their airline for additional information.
Highways Information and Updates
  • HDOT Highways offices are closed to the public as of March 20. More information is available by clicking here.
  • Weekly traffic volumes for major state routes are available here.
  • Guidance on driver’s licenses, State IDs, safety checks, and vehicle registration can be found under Highways FAQs at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/faqs/