If you’ve been itching to get out to Hawaii, There is great news! After six months of mandatory quarantine for visitors, Hawaii is opening it’s doors beginning on October 15th, 2020 to visitors who test negative for COVID-19!
To help you prepare for travel to our islands, we’ve assembled some info to help you understand the regulations and avoid a quarantine.
- Get Tested for COVID-19 72 hours before travel
- Plan for additional precautions at the airport
- Your guests will also need to be tested
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More details listed on the State of Hawaii’s website here:
Department of Health Travel Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Beginning on October 15,2020 Hawaii COVID-19 travel restrictions will require documentation of a negative COVID-19 test in order to avoid the Hawaii quarantine.
How to travel to Hawaii without quarantine
Considerations for a safe and carefree trip to Hawaii:
- It would be best not travel to Hawaii before October 15, 2020.
- If you travel to Hawaii before October 15, 2020 you will be required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of any testing you completed before traveling.
- Take the test within 72 hours before your trip – You must take a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days (72 hours) BEFORE traveling to Hawaii – testing will not be provided at the airport
- Travelers of all ages are required to pre-test
- All travelers will be responsible for their own testing costs
- Be sure to take the test PRIOR to traveling. If not, you will need to quarantine for 14 days, even with a negative test result once in Hawaii if you do not take the test prior to traveling.
- Sometimes test results can take longer to receive, so plan accordingly and ask your provider for their standard delivery timeline
- If the results are not ready by the time you leave, you must quarantine until your test results come in and are negative. If you do not want to test or unable to test, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. If your trip is less than 14 days, you must quarantine for the duration of your trip.
- During a quarantine, you will be allowed to leave your accommodations only for a medical emergency.
- An antibody test will NOT be accepted
Currently approved testing partners are: CVS and Kaiser Permanente. Approved testing partners are entities that understand exactly what the State requires in terms of this program. Additionally, the state will accept test results from other sources so long as they meet the testing parameters set forth by the DOH, which are an FDA-approved NAAT test processed by a CLIA certified lab. Whether through CVS, Kaiser or another source, it is the traveler’s responsibility to confirm they are receiving the correct test.
Here is what you can expect to happen at the airport on the day of travel:
- You’ll need to complete a travel declaration form either printed or online
- You’ll complete a health screening prior to boarding your flight here and again when you land
- If you have a fever before boarding, you may be prohibited from boarding the flight
- If you have a fever when you arrive to Hawaii, you will receive a further medical assessment
- You will also have to show your completed health form again after arriving at Hawaii
We are looking forward to moving forward and meeting you for your big day in paradise.
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