Due to the recent pandemic, Hawaii has taken great measures to keep both it’s residents and visitors safe. For a while, the only way to enter Hawaii was with a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Are Hawaii beaches open?
Are Hawaii borders open?
Will Hawaii 50 come back?
These are just a few of the questions we get asked all the time.
Eventually Hawaii deemed it safe to allow pre-travel testing in mid-October. By December, the quarantine period in Hawaii for travelers without pre-arrival testing was reduced from 14 to 10 days, following the adjusted CDC guidance.
There are new reports that Hawaii might announce a system for vaccinated travelers to visit and travel around Hawaii without quarantine.
Currently (since March 2020) there has been a multi-day quarantine, currently 10 days, and multiple Hawaii travel restrictions.
However, Hawaii has now relaxed the mandatory 10-day quarantine policy, if travelers can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, from state-approved trusted testing partners.
Here’s how pre-clearance works:
- Enroll in the Safe Travels Program at https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/
- Complete your health questionnaire within 24 hours of departure to receive a QR code
- If applicable, upload a negative COVID-19 NAAT test from one of Hawaii’s Trusted Partner sites (https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/) taken no more than 72 hours before departure (read more below)
- Your airline will give you further instructions before your flight
For all travelers who do not get properly pre-tested:
Hawaii mandates all visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands without pre-testing to self-quarantine for 10 days. All passengers traveling to Hawaii (visitors and returning residents) must self-quarantine for 10 days following their arrival.
If you are planning to do the pre-clearance it is highly important that you present your test (no more than 72 hours) before your departure. A friend (a returning Hawaii resident) recently got pre-tested, but the test itself didn’t make it in time before his flight. As a result, he has to quarantine for 10 days like everyone else.
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We hope you enjoy your stay with much Aloha (and safety)
And yes, Hawaii beaches are open 😉