What you need to know before you go
What you need to know before you go

What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health authorities warn that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying at home is the best way to prevent infection. Below is information on what to know if you are still planning to travel, last updated in full on February 22nd.

If you plan it trip to Hawaii, here’s what you need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basic

Hawaii has aligned its entry policy for international travelers with the federal policy for air travelers, which came into force on November 8, 2021, and requires international arrivals to be fully vaccinated and have a negative Covid-19 test result.

Since December 6, all incoming international travelers 2 and older are required to test within one day of departure for the United States, regardless of vaccination status. This does not affect domestic travel.

It’s part of one general tightening of U.S. travel rules due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Hawaii has completed its pre-travel test and quarantine requirements for domestic travelers if they have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 in the United States.

Governor David Ige recently announced that booster shots will not be required to be considered “fully vaccinated”, although they are still strongly encouraged.

U.S. visitors who are still not fully vaccinated must give a negative Covid-19 test result from one of the state Trusted travel partners taken within three days of their flight departing for Hawaii to enter the state and circumvent a mandatory five-day quarantine.

You can get all the details on revised isolation and quarantine policy hereand you can find out more at Safe travel program.

What is offered

Spectacular surfing, sandy beaches, traditional Pacific culture and rugged volcanoes await Hawaii guests. Hawaii’s geographical position and proud history make it unlike anywhere else in the United States.

Who can go

Fully vaccinated travelers are now allowed to enter the United States, including Hawaii.

As of November 8, unvaccinated travelers from abroad are no longer allowed, with very limited exceptions. Among these exceptions are unvaccinated children aged 17 years and under.

Americans are still allowed to travel to Hawaii, regardless of vaccination status.

What are the restrictions?

To enter the United States, being fully vaccinated is the key requirement for international travelers 18 years and older, as well as a test taken before departure to Hawaii for all travelers 2 years and older.

Travelers from the United States and its territories who choose not to join the state Safe travel the program must be quarantined for five days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.

Travelers from the United States and its fully vaccinated territories can enter Hawaii without prior testing and quarantine. The vaccination record must be uploaded at Safe travel and printed out before departure. The traveler must have a hard copy in hand when he arrives in Hawaii.

All restrictions on intercounty travel have been lifted, meaning there is no need for testing or quarantine prior to travel for travel between the Hawaiian Islands.

What is the Covid situation?

With at least 234,500 cases and over 1,300 deaths reported per February 22, Hawaii has seen relatively low Covid-tal compared to other US states. It has maintained some of the strictest travel measures in any state.

In January, Hawaii saw cases of Covid-19 soar to the highest levels of the pandemic with the spread of the Omicron variant.

What can visitors expect?

On December 1, state-wide boundaries for social gatherings, restaurants, bars, gyms and other social institutions were lifted. Going forward, the counties may impose their own boundaries. You can find out more details here.

The state-wide indoor mask mandate remains in force.

On the island of Oahu, Safe Access O’ahu eased some of its restrictions on 1 December. The current rules, which are to be repealed on March 6, include:

– No restrictions for informal, non-commercial social gatherings.

Companies can operate at 100% capacity, but masks must be worn indoors, and confirmation of vaccination or negative test results is required for all indoor fitness facilities and for all indoor and outdoor establishments where food or drink is served.

Maui County updated its rules on February 21 and abolished vaccination or testing requirements for indoor public spaces – click here for the full set of rules (PDF). Highlights include:

– Indoor social gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed.

– The requirements for vaccination or testing are abolished for indoor spaces such as restaurants, bars, gyms and indoor sporting events.

Hawaii also has a statewide Malama Hawaii Initiative that encourages visitors to give back to the destination.

Useful links

CDC requirements for international flights

Covid-19 State of Hawaii portal

Hawaii Trusted Travel Partners

Safe travel program

OneOahu.org

HawaiiGuide.com

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