Coronavirus (COVID-19) transportation related information and resources

Gov. David Ige 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 interisland quarantine mandate took effect on Wed., Apr. 1.

All who travel interisland will be required to fill out and sign an Interisland Declaration Form. It will include: Name; residential address; contact telephone number; and destination information. They must also indicate the purpose of their travel. The form can be completed prior to arriving at the airport.

People traveling interisland to perform essential functions are subject to self-quarantine while traveling, except when performing essential functions. Self-quarantine means travelers must remain in their hotel rooms, order food delivery, and not receive visitors. When they return to their island residence, they are not subject to quarantine, but are required to wear appropriate protective gear – primarily masks – and follow all social distancing requirements.

Those traveling for medical or health care are not subject to self-quarantine, as long as they wear appropriate protective gear and follow social distancing requirements.

Violations of this order could result in a misdemeanor with fines of up to $5,000 and/or up to one year in prison, or both.

Inquiries and requests regarding travel quarantine exemptions can be emailed to [email protected] 

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.

All visitors and residents arriving through Hawaiʻi’s airports will be required to complete a Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed onboard their flight. They will retain the form when disembarking the aircraft. Upon arrival, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with a valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint. The form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties.

The mandatory 14-day self-quarantine orders are:

  1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form.
  2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of your stay in the State of Hawai‘i, whichever is shorter.
    • If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your place of residence.
    • If you are a visitor, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.
    • You can only leave your designated quarantine location for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
  1. Do not visit any public spaces, including but not limited to pools, meeting rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
  2. Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider, or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by the Director of HIEMA.
  3. Comply with any and all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.
  4. If you become ill with a fever or cough:
    • Continue to stay in designated quarantine location, avoid contact with others and contact a healthcare provider for further instructions on treatment or testing.
    • If you are older or have any medical conditions (e.g., immune compromise, diabetes, asthma), consult your regular healthcare provider.
    • If you feel you need medical care, contact healthcare provider and inform them of your travel history.
    • If you need urgent medical care (e.g., have difficulty breathing), call 9-1-1 and let the dispatcher know your travel history).

Failure to follow this order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.  Enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaiʻi’s four counties.

To view the order for self-quarantine please click here.

To view the COVID-19 informational card to travelers click here.

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 Quarantine and Stay at Home/Work from Home Orders

State of Hawaii

State of Hawaii Emergency Proclamation (signed March 5, 2020)

State of Hawaii Supplementary Proclamation (signed March 16, 2020)

State of Hawaii Second Supplemental Proclamation (signed March 21, 2020)

State of Hawaii Third Supplemental Proclamation (signed March 23, 2020)

State of Hawaii Fourth Supplemental Proclamation (signed March 31, 2020)

City and County of Honolulu (effective March 23 – April 30, 2020)

Maui County (effective March 25 – April 30, 2020)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding temporary, interim procedures of the following:

Vehicle Safety Checks

Commercial Driver’s Licenses

Ignition Interlock


Travel Advisories and Updates
  • The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.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 or Iran within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.
  • As of Feb. 28, 2020, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Iran or Italy.
  • As of Feb. 24, 2020, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea.
  • 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 or Iran. 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.
  • There are no direct flights from Iran to Hawaii.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • By proclamation issued by the State of Hawaii, all passenger cruise ship reservations at HDOT Harbors have been canceled through April 30, 2020. Cruise ships requiring fuel and provisions will be allowed on a case by case basis.
  • HDOT has received confirmation from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) that six crewmembers on board the Pride of America cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the crewmembers have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The other cases have been isolated on the ship. For more information click here.
  • The Cruise Line International Association has announced its cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days. The temporary suspension took effect on Mar. 14, 2020. Additional information can be found by clicking here.
  • Some of the main cruise lines that are temporarily suspending operations in Hawaii include Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Viking Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. Please click on the hyperlink associated with each company for additional details.
  • For information regarding the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship please click here.
  • Additional cruise ships without passengers, including the MS Regatta, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Mariner, will be allowed to enter Honolulu Harbor for fuel and provisions. Crew will remain on the ship. There are no suspected cases of COVID-19 on the ships. For more details please click here.
  • The Pride of America cruise ship does not leave the Hawaiian Island chain and has a home port of Hawaii. It is currently docked in Honolulu during the suspension of operations. Crew members remain with the vessel, however there are no passengers on the ship.
  • HDOT Harbors Division is preparing to accept two cruise ship arrivals at Honolulu Harbor in order for the vessels to refuel and restock on food and supplies. However, passengers will not be allowed to leave the ship. While cruise ships are on a 30-day pause in operations, some ships including the Maasdam operated by Holland American Line and the Norwegian Jewel operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, were already at sea. For additional details click here.
  • The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. For additional information please click here.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard, State of Hawaii, and HDOT Harbors Division are working cooperatively with Holland America Line and the crew of the Westerdam to provide necessary services and to resupply the ship for further transit. The Westerdam departed from Manilla, Philippines on March 2, 2020 and is scheduled to arrive at Honolulu Harbor on March 16 and depart on March 17. The vessel has no passengers aboard and has not had passengers since Feb. 14. No crew have left the ship since Feb. 26. None of the previous passengers or crew have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The ship will have been at sea for more than 14 days prior to arrival in Hawaii. There are no confirmed reports of any COVID-19 cases associated with the vessel, according to Holland America Line and foreign government agencies. The Westerdam does not pose a risk of contagion for COVID-19 at this time.
  • The Coast Guard will monitor the Westerdam through the local agent prior to mooring at Honolulu Harbor to ascertain health of crew. While no issues are expected preventative measures are being taken. If the crew is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, an additional health check will be conducted in close coordination with the CDC. Movement of the vessel and crew are being coordinated with HDOT Harbors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • 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
  • 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 are being installed in lobbies and high passenger volume areas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.
HDOT Highways Information and Updates

 

 

Graphic Resources and References

CDC Health Alert for travelers from China in English and simplified Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

CDC CARE booklet for travelers to/from China

COVID-19 traveler information card in multiple languages

(Revised April 8, 2020)