Hawaii has reopened for tourism since October 2020, and there have been a number of changes to the pre-travel testing regulations over the past few months,

With restrictions being relaxed, there are a number of ways that travelers can avoid the Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Testing is not required for interisland travel (flights between the islands of Hawaii), and Hawaii residents that have been vaccinated in Hawaii will no longer need to provide pre-travel testing results when traveling into the state of Hawaii.

And as of July 8th, 2021, travelers who have been vaccinated in the U.S., and can provide proof, will also not have to do pre-travel testing.

Here is a “how to” on what you will need to do to prepare for your Hawaiian vacation.

Step One: Book your flight

The first thing you will want to do is book your flight on one of the many airlines currently flying to Hawaii.

Don’t forget that Federal guidelines require that you wear a mask while at the airport and on-board the aircraft to ensure that you and your fellow travelers will arrive into Hawaii safe and sound. (source)

Here are just a few of the airlines that you can book:

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

United Airlines

Southwest Airlines

You will want to check if your airline participates in the Pre-Clear program since this will make your Hawaii arrival process much easier.

Step Two: Sign up for the Safe Travels online program (even if you are vaccinated!)

The state of Hawaii requires all incoming travelers to sign up for the Safe Travels online program.

This digital form will allow travelers to provide their required health and travel information before they arrive at the airport.

You MUST sign up and fill out all of the necessary online forms before you arrive, even if you are vaccinated, or you will have a long screening process upon your arrival into Hawaii.

Please do the following:

  • Sign up for an account


    Click HERE to sign up for a Safe Travels account.

  • Fill out the Hawaii Travel and Health Form

Step Three (Not Vaccinated): Take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours from the final leg of departure

COVID-19 test result

Travelers who are not vaccinated, but wanting to bypass the mandatory 10-day Hawaii quarantine, must test negative for COVID-19 with a FDA-authorized Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified CLIA lab.

This test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to your departure for non-stop flights, or the departure of your final leg of your travels for flights with a layover.

Currently a number of airlines and even airports are offering testing services.

Pre-travel testing can only be completed by Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. Test results from providers other than those listed on the Hawaii State Trusted Testing and Travel Partner will NOT be accepted.

Testing options include in-person testing at a clinic, drive-through testing, and video supervised at-home testing.

Make sure that all non-vaccinated travelers in your party, including minors 5 years old and older, are tested.

Antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted.

Not sure when to take your test? Here are some examples below!

  • Flight departs at 10:00 am EST on Sunday – Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 10:00 am EST on Thursday
  • Flight departs at 10:00 am EST on Monday – Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 10:00 am EST on Friday
  • Flight departs at 10:00 am EST on Tuesday – Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 10:00 am EST on Saturday
  • Flight departs at 10:00 am EST on Wednesday – Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 10:00 am EST on Sunday
  • Flight departs at 10:00 am EST on Thursday – Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 10:00 am EST on Monday
  • Flight departs at 10:00 am EST on Friday – Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 10:00 am EST on Tuesday
  • Flight departs at 10:00 am EST on Saturday – Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 10:00 am EST on Wednesday

Do not worry about your Hawaii arrival time. The important thing to check is what time you depart, and for flights with layovers, what time your final leg departs.

Important! You MUST have your negative test result uploaded prior to arriving into Hawaii.

Step Four (Vaccinated): Upload your COVID-19 vaccination card to the Safe Travels website

Currently returning Hawaii residents and vaccinated travelers from the mainland U.S. will not need to participate in the pre-travel testing or 10-day mandatory quarantine.

You will still have to upload images of your vaccination card to your Safe Travels and fill out all forms properly. Just bringing your vaccination card with you will not be enough. If you do not complete the necessary steps in the Safe Travels account, you will have a long wait to exit the airport while a Hawaii airport screener assists you.

  • Travelers eligibility begins no sooner than the 15th day after your final vaccination dose.
  • Travelers must upload a good quality PDF or image file of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card, VAMS printout or DOD Form DD 2766C to their Safe Travels account.
  • Please only upload the side that includes your name, date of birth, and vaccination information.
  • Complete ALL forms required in your Safe Travels account BEFORE you depart to Hawaii.
  • Upon arrival at the airport, travelers must have their CDC COVID-19 vaccination card, VAMS printout or DOD Form DD 2766C in hand for verification

Step Five: Fill out the Safe Travels Travel Health Questionnaire 24 hours before your flight

24 hours prior to your flight, log into your account, upload your negative test results and fill out the Travel Health Questionnaire.

You will receive a QR code upon completion which you can either display on a mobile device, or print up and bring with you on your flight.

If you have not received your test results before your departure and Hawaii arrival, you will need to quarantine for the mandatory 10 days.

Should you have any trouble with the Safe Travels system, you can call the service desk at 855-599-0888 from 10:00AM to 10:00PM HST or visit the FAQ site.

Step Five: Hawaii airport arrival procedures

There are two options that can occur once you arrive at a Hawaii airport:

  1. If your airline participates in the Pre-Clear pre-travel screening, you will skip the post-arrival screening in Hawaii.
  2. If your airline does not participate in pre-travel screening, you will need to go through a screening process once you arrive into Hawaii.

When you check-in for your flight to Hawaii, ask the counter agents if the airline participates in the Pre-Clear program and if you can be screened before boarding. This will include scanning Safe Travels QR Code, and once completed, you will receive a wristband that will allow you to exit any Hawaii airport as per usual.

If your airline does not participate in pre-travel screening at the time of check-in, you will need to go through post-arrival screening once you reach your final Hawaii destination.

While your Safe Travels account contains all of the necessary information needed by the State of Hawaii, additional paperwork may need to be filled out upon arrival.

For non-vaccinated travelers, if you do not receive your negative test result prior to your arrival, you will need to complete the mandatory 10-day quarantine. This quarantine must be completed even if you receive your negative test result during your quarantine.

Important! You MUST have your Safe Travels QR Code ready to be scanned either before departure or upon arrival into Hawaii.

Experiencing & staying safe in Hawaii

Hawaii has implemented a tier system for reopening, and this tier policy is based on the current percentage of vaccinated Hawaii residents, and this will determine what sectors and businesses will be open and what capacity.

Be sure to check the group and area restrictions depending on which island you are going to.

Take a look at our vast collection of available tours and activities and begin planning your Hawaiian holiday.

Tours and activities are filling up quickly, so make the most of your Hawaii vacation by booking in advance!

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at support@veltra.com at anytime, or call us at (808) 690-9990 Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM HST, and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00AM to 4:00PM HST.