With the State of Hawaii launching their pre-travel testing program on October 15th, a number of airlines (and currently one airport), are offering COVID-19 tests for travelers to Hawaii.

Travelers who can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure, will be able to skip the mandated quarantine, and immediately begin to enjoy their Hawaiian holiday.

Airlines & Airports Offering COVID-19 Testing

The following airlines have announced pre-travel COVID-19 testing:

  • Alaska Airlines
    Starting date: October 12th
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Cost: $135
    Alaska Airlines has partnered with Carbon Health to provide COVID-19 rapid testing in a number of pop-up clinics across the west coast and results will be ready within two hours.
  • American Airlines
    Starting date: October 15th
    Location: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
    Cost: Varies depending on test typeAmerican Airlines will be offering three options for pre-flight testing:
    1. An at-home test by LetsGetChecked which travelers will receive by mail, and also will need to mail afterwards. Results can take approximately 48 hours.
    2. In-person testing at designated CareNow urgent care locations.
    3. Airport on-site rapid molecular testing by CareNow via nasal swab with result ready within 15 minutes.
  • Hawaiian Airlines
    Starting date: October 15th
    Location: Labs located near the Los Angeles and San Francisco International airports (LAX & SFO)
    1. $150 for same-day drive-thru results
    2. $150 for a mail-in saliva test
    3, $90 for results within 36 hours
    Hawaiian Airlines has partnered with Worksite Labs to offer drive-thru PCR testing to travelers going to Hawaii from California.
  • United Airlines
    Starting date: October 15th
    Location: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    1. $250 for a rapid Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test performed by GoHealth Urgent Care on the day of travel.
    2. $80 for a mail-in test by Color which needs to be completed no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
  • Oakland Airport
    Starting date: October 15th
    Location: Oakland Airport North Field Terminal complex
    Cost: Free
    The general public may be tested on a scheduled basis through the CityHealth’s website.

Alternative COVID-19 Testing Options & Locations

Since airline and airport testing is limited to specific cities, travelers will have the option to utilize other testing facilities in their towns and cities.

The one thing you will need to remember is that the test must be administered no more than 72 hours prior to your flight. Be sure to check with your testing provider that they will be able to provide you with results in time for your flight.

You will want to check with your state or city’s health department to find testing locations. Some examples for these health department websites include pages for California, Texas, and New York City.

Certain private companies such as CVS are also offering on-site rapid result testing. Call or look online to check for availability.

More information regarding the State of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program can be found here.

Pre-travel Testing vs Quarantine

Anyone planning to travel to Hawaii once the pre-travel testing program is launched has two options come October 15th.

The first option is to utilize one of the many available testing options. With proof of negative results for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the flight, you will be able to start your vacation in Hawaii without any fuss or muss.

If you choose to not get tested, you will still be required to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine, but once that is complete, you will be free to explore the islands.

Hawaii Travel Flow Chart

Take a look at what you will need to do to travel to Hawaii!

Book & Plan Your Hawaii Activities in Advance

Tours and activities have begun to reopen in Hawaii, and to ensure a safe and memorable vacation, be sure to book in advance.

Take a look at our list of available tours here.

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