Hawaii is now welcoming back visitors with its pre-travel testing program, allowing travelers from out-of-state to proceed without the 10-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before they arrive in the islands. Some further restrictions vary by island, and travelers are strongly advised to stay up to date on current rules.
Note: This page is being updated as official information becomes available.
What you need to know before you go
Please keep in mind that Hawaii has managed to keep COVID numbers low, and we would like to keep it that way. Mask wearing compliance if very high here, and we ask that our returning residents and visitors also comply, along with social distancing and not meeting in large groups outside of your ohana (family). The state is attempting to strike a balance between keeping communities and visitors safe and healthy, while restarting the economy.
You must test negative within 72 hours of traveling to Hawaii and will be tested again upon arrival on Maui
Hawaii’s Safe Travel Plan requires travelers who want to legally skip the 10-day quarantine to obtain a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their final leg of travel to Maui. The test must be an FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test from a certified lab that is also one of Hawaii’s trusted testing partners. Travelers are encouraged to upload Negative test results, along with the state’s mandatory travel and health form, to the Safe Travels Digital Platform at least 24 hours before traveling. If you do not have a negative test from a State of Hawaii approved lab before boarding, you are subject to the 10-day quarantine.
We can’t emphasize enough that the test must be conducted by a provider on Hawaii’s list. The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept test results from trusted testing and travel partners.
Use the Aloha Safe Alert app
In addition to a valid negative COVID-19 test, people will need to download the Aloha Safe Alert App from Google Play or the Apple Store and present it to screeners at the airport. The app helps with contact tracing and can let someone know if they have been exposed to someone who has the virus.
If someone can’t get the app, another Google or Apple notification system can be downloaded. If a person does not have a smartphone, they must be travelling with someone who does and has the app. If not, they will be required to quarantine.
In addition, indoor spaces have been further restricted, including limiting stores to 30% of capacity. However, with current lower visitation, this is not expected to cause too many delays.
Without a test, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine, which is in effect for all Hawaiian islands. Here’s what quarantine means in Hawaii:
- It means no leaving your designated self-quarantine location for any reason—except for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
- Food must be delivered at your own expense, so no sit-down dinners at local spots, trips to the grocery store or picnicking on the beach.
- Vacation rentals are not permitted as a quarantine location.
- Failure to follow this order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or 1-year imprisonment.
What to expect upon arrival
Maui is now implementing a mandatory second test upon arrival for all trans-Pacific flights.
Proposed changes have been approved by the governor for the state’s Safe Travels program in Maui County. Trans-Pacific travelers arriving at Kahului Airport will be required to undergo a mandatory secondary COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival, or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine. The program is anticipated to start May 4, 2021. Travelers arriving on Maui on a trans-Pacific flight (including travel from the mainland), will be subject to the secondary rapid post test, even if they take the required pre-test 72 hours prior to departure of the final leg of their trip to Hawaiʻi and/or have been fully vaccinated. Further details are pending release.
Upon arrival, travelers will also be required to have completed a travel & health form that includes your length of stay and return flight confirmation. You should have download the Aloha Safe Alert App from Google Play or the Apple Store ahead of time. You will be asked to present it to screeners at the airport.
Inter-Island vaccine travel protocol program to launch on May 11
Beginning May 11, fully vaccinated travelers who received their vaccine in Hawaiʻi may travel inter-county (Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi) without having to take a pre-travel test or quarantining for 10 days under a new Vaccine Travel Protocol Program. People can already travel inter-island to Oahu without testing or vaccination.
The state is looking at opening up domestic transpacific travel in the future to those that have been vaccinated, but this new ruling affects only interisland travel, and is available only for those vaccinated in Hawaii.
People are fully vaccinated on the 15th day following their final vaccine dose. Travelers will need to create a Safe Travels Hawaiʻi account and check county websites for additional requirements. Those who aren’t vaccinated may bypass quarantine if they get a negative COVID-19 test result from a trusted travel partner under the current Safe Travels program. Since vaccinations are currently only offered to individuals ages 16 and older; and kids age 5 and under do not have to pretest–those in the gap between age 5 and 16 will still have access to the state’s Safe Travels program if they want to get a test to avoid quarantine when traveling in Hawaiʻi.
Keep up to date
Read the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels page for complete information before planning your trip.
Since pandemic policies and procedures are still a rapidly evolving situation, we recommend you bookmark and revisit this page. You can also find useful economic recovery information on the State’s Economic and Community Recovery Navigator.
- Indoor and outdoor social gatherings are restricted to no more than 5 people.
- Face masks must be worn in all public spaces unless exercising, eating or dealing with a medical condition.
- All people should maintain a minimum of 6-feet physical distance from people outside their household.
- Anyone who is sick should stay home or at their place of lodging
- Beach parks close at 7pm, and no grilling or tent structures are allowed
Help the community
If you would like to help those in need, the Maui Food Bank could use your support. You can donate online here: https://mauifoodbank.org/
Because of partnerships the Maui Food Bank has in place, their buying power to purchase food and other essentials is greater than we could do ourselves.
Mahalo for your continued support.
Your Destination Maui Realty Team