On September 9th, 2020, Hawaii’s Governor Ige spoke with Hawaii mayors regarding the program which would allow travelers who have proof of a valid negative COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours prior to the start of their trip to not be subject to a 14-day quarantine starting from October 1st, 2020. (source)

Pre-travel testing program summary

  1. The pre-travel testing program will begin on October 1st, 2020
  2. Out-of-state travelers must get a polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test from a testing location approved by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health.
  3. Travelers must provide a negative test result upon arrival into Hawaii.
  4. The test and results must be completed no more than 72 hours prior to their trip.
  5. No testing will provided upon arrival at the airport.
  6. Travelers who cannot provide the proper test results will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Details of which can be found here.

Where to get COVID-19 testing

The most important thing to do before traveling to Hawaii is to complete your COVID-19 test. This will need to be done no more than 72 hours prior to your flight.

You will want to check with your state or city’s health department to see how testing is being handled.

Some examples for these health department websites include pages for California, Texas, and New York City.

Certain private companies such as CVS are offering on-site rapid result testing. Please keep in mind that we are still waiting to know which testing locations will be approved by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health.

Pre-travel testing vs 14-day quarantine

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The main difference between qualifying for the pre-travel testing program and the quarantine which is currently in effect is that pre-travel testing will allow you enjoy Hawaii without the mandated 14-day quarantine.

Travelers are still allowed to opt for the 14-day quarantine if they do not get tested prior to their flight, but as a reminder, no testing will be allowed once you begin your quarantine.

Although you will not have to quarantine, you are still required to observe social distancing and wear a mask while on island.

Hawaii has been able to maintain some of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 in the United States. To continue this trend, it is vital that both residents and visitors maintain social distancing and wear a mask in public areas including the stores, restaurants, beaches, etc.

What you should know before you fly

  • Do not travel if you are sick: Your temperature will be taken at the airport, and if you have a fever, you will not be allowed through the TSA security checkpoint. If you are sick, please rebook and plan accordingly. After landing you will have your temperature taken once again. Anyone with a high temperature will receive a medical assessment by paramedics stationed at the airport.
  • Bring your face mask: All airlines flying into Hawaii require that guests wear masks during boarding, the duration of the flight, and while disembarking except for when drinking and eating. If you forget your mask, airlines will provide one for a nominal fee or at no cost to you.
  • Get to the airport early: In addition to the usual TSA screening, you will also need to take part in a health screening as well. To be safe, arrive at least 2.5 hours prior to your departure.
  • Fill out the Mandatory Travel Declaration Form: Download and print the mandatory Travel Declaration Form before you get to the airport. This form can be found here.

Packing tips

  • Travelers are now allowed to bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in your carry-on luggage.
  • In-flight beverage and food services are being greatly reduced on all airlines. Bring an empty reusable water bottle to fill up prior to boarding. You should also bring snacks and food.
  • Pillows and blankets have been removed from most flights. Please check with your airlines, but be prepared to bring your own should you require them.
  • Keep an extra mask on hand should you misplace one.

Plan your Hawaii activities in advance

Tours and activities are reopening in Hawaii every day. To make the most of your Hawaii vacation, be sure to book in advance!

Take a look at our list of available tours here.

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 9:00AM to 5:00PM.