Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources

The HDOT Airports Division (HDOTA) is assisting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Hawaii Department of Health as well as multiple federal, state, county and private agencies regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is one of 20 airports in the country with a CDC Quarantine Station. For information regarding the quarantine stations click here.

HDOH COVID-19 traveler advisory flyer

 

HDOTA follows the direction of the CDC regarding additional screening practices at any of the airports in the state. HNL is one of 11 airports in the country that may accept passengers from China. Those passengers include U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents or their immediate family members. Foreign nationals who have traveled in mainland China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States effective Feb. 2, 2020 at 12 p.m. Hawaii standard time. For additional information please click here.

HDOTA will continue to monitor communication and developments with the CDC regarding the evolving situation. The CDC is the lead agency in charge and can answer additional questions regarding infectious disease screening at 800-232-4636 or 404-639-3286. Additional media questions may be directed to the CDC newsroom.

HDOT thanks Gov. David Ige for his leadership and coordination with the CDC, the State Department of Health, Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), and private sector for working on this issue. All are working to keep the public safe and to have the best possible response for Hawaii and its people.

People in Hawaii may call 211 (then select 5 when prompted) for referral services or to ask Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions.

Below are additional resources and information related to COVID-19.

Travel Advisories and Updates
  • U.S. Department of State International Travel Advisory
    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/China.html
  • World Health Organization:
    https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
  • Federal authorities have announced foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.
  • As of Feb. 24, 2020, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea.
  • As of Feb. 23, 2020, the CDC recommends that travelers practice enhanced precautions if traveling to Iran or Italy.
  • As of Feb. 19, 2020, the CDC recommends that travelers practice enhanced precautions if traveling to Japan. This includes avoiding contact with individuals perceived to be ill and to augment hygiene practices (i.e. sanitize public areas, wash hands).
  • As of Jan. 6, 2020, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the People’s Republic of China (this does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan).
  • Enhanced screening procedures are in place at HNL to help keep the public and traveling community safe. One of those features is the non-contact thermal temperature scanners that are used for incoming passengers from mainland China. The screening procedures are being conducted by federal authorities.
  • There are no direct flights from Wuhan, China to Hawaii. There was one direct flight from China to Hawaii, which was a non-daily flight from Shanghai to Honolulu, however that flight was temporarily suspended on Feb. 3, 2020. There are no regularly scheduled flights from mainland China to Hawaii at this time.
  • All travelers from China will be given CDC’s Travel Health Alert Notice (picture at bottom of page), educating those travelers about what to do if they get sick with certain symptoms within 14 days after arriving in the United States. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
  • HNL is one of 20 airports in the country that has a full-time CDC staff that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and prevent their spread. They are staffed with quarantine medical and public health officers from CDC. These health officers decide whether ill persons can enter the United States and what measures should be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
  • The 20 U.S. airports with CDC quarantine stations receive 90 percent of all airline passengers from China. Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-vice-president-pence-white-house-initiative-asian-americans-pacific-islanders-lunar-new-year-celebration/
  • China Eastern Airlines is the only carrier to fly direct from Shanghai, China to Honolulu. The airline temporarily suspended the flight beginning Feb. 3, 2020 and is no longer operating the route. To view the airline’s refund policy please click here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources
State of Hawaii Resources
HDOT Harbors Information and Updates
  • Effective Feb. 2nd, 2020, at 1700 EST/1200 HST, all arriving vessels that have been in any port in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) in the previous 14 days will be denied entry to any port or place within the navigable waters of the United States. There are no regularly scheduled passenger cruise ships from mainland China to Hawaii at this time.
  • 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 PRC (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
  • If an ill passenger is identified by the flight crew or self-reports the airport is notified in advance. The CDC officials will determine if necessary actions shall be taken.
  • ARFF units stationed at HNL and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) have received COVID-19 training.
  • 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.
  • Many airlines are waiving fees regarding changing, postponing or canceling flights to China. Some are offering refunds or allowing passengers to reschedule for a later date. Ticketed passengers should consult their airline for additional information.
  • Some airlines, including American, Delta and United Airlines, have announced they are temporarily suspending flights to mainland China airports. Other airlines are reducing the amount of scheduled flights to China.
Historical Information
  • The CDC quarantine station at HNL was established more than 20 years ago.
  • A working group in Hawaii was established more than 10 years ago in response to previous threats, such as SARS and the Avian Influenza. The group meets quarterly and includes the CDC, HDOT, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) units stationed at Hawaii’s airports, and American Medical Response (AMR). The structure of the group allows a seamless response to an infectious threat.
  • With experience from past infectious disease incidents, Hawaii has a working relationship with the federal/state/local/private agencies with protocols in place to closely monitor and respond to any potential patient needs.
  • Medical experts have maintained the risk to the United States remains low at this time.
  • Enhanced screening procedures are in place at HNL to help keep the public and traveling community safe. One of those features is the non-contact thermal temperature scanners that are used for incoming passengers from mainland China. The screening procedures are being conducted by federal authorities.
  • There are no regularly scheduled flights from mainland China to Hawaii at this time.
  • All remaining direct Beijing flights to Honolulu were suspended in 2019 or prior.

 

(Revised Feb. 26, 2020)