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Special Alerts and Notices for The Hawaiian Islands

Special Alerts:

General Information -

COVID-19 as of August 12, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Governor David Ige held a press conference on Monday, July 13. Due to the rise of confirmed cases on the mainland United States, supply chain for testing supplies interrupted because of outbreaks, and anticipated uptick in cases when schools reopen, the pre-travel testing program has been postponed to Tuesday, September 1. This new date is tentative and will be re-evaluated.

The mandatory 14-day travel quarantine will remain in place through August 31.

What Happens if I Travel to Hawaii Now?

  • The mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for all passengers (visitors and returning residents) arriving into the state of Hawaii on or before August 31. Additionally, operations, including peer-to-peer platforms or sharing services, may not rent vehicles to any person who is subject to a 14-day traveler quarantine order unless an exemption is granted.
  • People who are required to self-quarantine for 14 days must designate a hotel or motel as their designated quarantine location. No person who is subject to the mandatory self-quarantine is allowed to stay in a short-term or vacation rental.
  • The state of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation website further explains the entrance and quarantine process.
  • Every adult traveler (including officers and crew members) flying from the continental U.S., and international must complete the Mandatory Travel Declaration Form and the revised 14-day Order for Self Quarantine Form.
  • As this would mean that visitors would need to remain in their rooms for most or all of their vacation, travelers are strongly urged to postpone any trips to Hawaii.
  • For more information about statements issued by Governor Ige, Click Here.

Partial Inter-island Travel Quarantine Goes into Effect on August 11.

  • On August 6, Governor David Ige issued the 11th Emergency Proclamation, which reinstates the inter-island travel quarantine, in part, on Tuesday, August 11. The quarantine requirement applies to any person traveling to and between the islands of Kauai, Hawaii, and the islands comprising the Counties of Maui and Kalawao (Molokai). It does not include inter-island travelers arriving on Oahu.
  • The period of self-quarantine will begin immediately upon arrival and last 14 days or the duration of the person’s stay on the island, whichever is shorter. The inter-island quarantine continues through August 31.
  • It does not include inter-island travelers arriving on Oahu.

What About Inter-island Travelers to Oahu?
  • Prior to boarding, all travelers must complete this form.
  • The online version of the form must be submitted 24 hours prior to flight departure. Once all the required questions have been completed, signed, and submitted, the passenger will receive an email with a QR code. This code must be brought to the airport, either on an electronic device (preferred) or printed.
  • Once at the airport, travelers will be thermal screened, and temperature cannot be above 100.4 degrees.
  • Travelers may be prohibited from boarding a flight if they refuse to complete the mandatory form, have an elevated temperature above 100.4 degrees, or are on the 14-day quarantine list prohibiting them from flying. (Visitors who are still in their 14-day quarantine are not permitted to fly to another island. This will continue to be the case through August 31.)
  • More information about inter-island travel can be found here.

Can I Travel Between the Islands During My 14-day Trans-pac Quarantine?

  • No. Visitors and residents who are still in their 14-day self-quarantine are not permitted to fly to another island.
  • Once the trans-pac quarantine is complete and should travelers opt to fly inter-island, the partial inter-island travel quarantine will apply. The traveler will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine based on the previously provided information.

On Oahu, Certain Businesses and Operations Are Restricted Beginning August 8.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that Governor David Ige approved the City and County of Honolulu’s amended order that restricts certain businesses and operations in an effort to further discourage social gatherings on Oahu. The “Act With Care – Do Not Gather” Order is effective Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 12 a.m. and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on September 4. This Order is issued in light of a resurgence of the community spread of the COVID-19 virus on Oahu. To protect the public health and for the long-term benefit of the economy, the City is taking targeted measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

All City parks, recreational facilities in parks (e.g., swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds), campgrounds, and Botanical Gardens will be closed. Parks will be opened for the limited purpose of traversing City Parks to engage in and return from ocean activities such as surfing, solo paddling, swimming, and other activities allowed by law. Pursuant to guidance by the Hawaii State Department of Health, outdoor organized team sports are also being suspended. For more information, click here.

Coordinating with and with the approval from the Governor and the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Mayor’s Order also closes all beaches and State parks effective Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 12 a.m., and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on September 4. For more information, click here.

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is closing all State forest land trails effective immediately on Oahu. This includes all trails in the Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program.

What About the Islands of Kauai, Maui Nui (Maui, Molokai, Lanai), and Hawaii?

The alert level is yellow - "Act with Care." Everyone must continue to wear facial masks when entering places of business and as outlined in the governor’s Emergency Rules. The counties have different and varying guidelines, details by island:

What About University Students Returning to Hawaii?

There are exemptions for out-of-state students returning to Hawaii. Following is more information about the programs:

Guidelines for Pre-Travel Testing Program – Tentative Launch on September 1

Governor Ige said that the state still believes the pre-travel testing program will help Hawaii stay safe. He announced that progress on the program is being made and more details will be in place by September 1. Reiterating the outline of the program:

  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab
  • Travelers exempt for mandatory 14-day quarantine if testing negative no more than 72 hours in advance of travel
  • If results are not available by time of arrival, quarantine necessary until test results received
  • All travelers of all ages subject to pre-test requirement
  • Individuals responsible for testing costs
  • No commercial testing provided at Hawaii airports

The governor says the pre-test is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks, completion of the State Travel and Health form, and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher.

  • No COVID-19 NAAT testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. Therefore, we strongly encourage anyone not willing to get pre-tested, to please refrain from visiting Hawaii as our 14-day quarantine regulations will remain in place and are stringent (guests are not allowed to leave their room except to seek medical care or to go to the airport to return home; food is to be delivered to your door for the full 14 days; all costs for the 14 day quarantine are borne by the visitor). Your adherence to them is closely monitored. Violators are prosecuted.
  • Further details are forthcoming, such as: how long the pre-arrival testing requirement and quarantine process will be in effect, whether this only applies to travel from the mainland United States or does it also apply to travel from other countries, and how this affects residents returning to Hawaii. We will continue to update this site with confirmed information.