Fully Vaccinated Inter-County and Domestic U.S. Travelers May Bypass Pre-Travel Testing, Quarantine

Hawaiʻi is looking to change restrictions on statewide and domestic travel based on vaccination rates.

  • Fully vaccinated inter-island and U.S. transpacific travel restrictions are dropped for travelers arriving in Hawaiʻi who can provide proof of being fully vaccinated. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to Safe Travels or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaiʻi. The State of Hawaiʻi will also accept vaccine records that are digitally validated by Digital Health Pass Partners. Travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaiʻi are already eligible for this exception.
  • At 70%, all restrictions will be dropped.

The below restrictions will still apply till the above benchmarks have been reached.

State of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 Pre-Travel Testing program for Hawaiʻi Inbound Travelers

Everyone over the age of 18 is required to register online with the State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Program before traveling to Hawaiʻi and follow the required steps. The 10-day quarantine will remain in place for those travelers who choose not to follow the pre-testing program and are not fully vaccinated. Go to hawaiicovid19.com/travel/getting-to-hawaii for more information.

Students traveling to Oʻahu to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are expected to utilize the Safe Travels Program as successful completion of the Safe Travels Program ensures no need for quarantine and no restrictions on activities.

  • Unvaccinated domestic (U.S.) and all international transpacific travelers are required to have a negative test result from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner (TTTP) within 72 hours of their departure for the State of Hawaiʻi. If not, travelers are required to quarantine for 10-days upon arrival. Only test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partner approved by the Hawaiʻi Department of Health will be accepted.
  • Unvaccinated U.S. transpacific and all international travelers heading to Hawaiʻi must upload their negative test result to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative, bring a hard copy of their negative test result with them when boarding their flight. The State of Hawaiʻi highly recommends that all transpacific travelers departing for Hawaiʻi carry a hard copy of their negative test result as a backup.
  • Test results of unvaccinated transpacific and all international travelers obtained after arriving in Hawaiʻi will not be accepted. Unvaccinated transpacific and international travelers who did not have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawaiʻi must self-quarantine for 10 days at the individual’s own expense, without exception.
  • For students living on campus in Student Housing Services, any need to quarantine must occur off campus and at the student’s own arrangements and expense.
  • All incoming transpacific Hawaiʻi travelers will receive temperature checks upon arrival at the airport. Temperature scans will be taken via thermal temperature screening. Photos will be temporarily retained only for persons with elevated temperatures of 100.4 degrees F and above for identification and additional assessments by airport representatives.
  • Go to hawaiicovid19.com/travel/getting-to-hawaii for more information.
  • For students attending campuses on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi who are geographically unable to secure a test from a TTTP, e.g., your country is not a TTTP or your city does not have any TTTPs, email us at uhmq@hawaii.edu.

UH Employees and the Pre-Travel Testing Program

UH employees who travel out of state, for professional or personal reasons, must present proof of having met the State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Hawaiʻi Program requirements before physically returning to their campus/office. This does not apply to employees who are teleworking. Employees must provide a screenshot of their Safe Travels Exemption information in the Safe Travels application/webform (example below) that states they are exempt from the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Example or the Hawaii state Safe Travels Hawaii Program webform which shows a Q R code and information on trip origin to destination, dates, flight number, airline, name of traveler and party memberss, screened, quarantee information and exemptions.
State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Hawaiʻi Program webform sample

Global Health Advisory

With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory. U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for their destination(s) on Travel.State.gov.

Information for Students, Faculty and Staff

Non-essential university-sponsored out-of-state travel must be approved by campus leadership. Already scheduled travel should be canceled. If you have previously scheduled UH-sponsored travel, contact your supervisor and/or fiscal administrator for guidance on canceling or postponing travel. While the university does not set requirements for personal travel, everyone is encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State COVID-19 travel guidelines as well as the State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Hawaiʻi Program.

Last modified: August 16, 2021