Employees Returning from Out-of-State Travel

To mitigate the risk of introducing post-travel infections into our campuses, the University of Hawaiʻi is strongly recommending that all employees, vaccinated and unvaccinated, who are returning from out-of-state travel, business or personal, show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering a UH campus or workplace. Employees must also follow all State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travel guidelines and UH COVID-19 Guidelines, including being cleared by the LumiSight UH daily health check app to be on campus and wearing face masks indoors when on campus.

For employees who are reporting to work immediately after returning from out-of-state travel, it is strongly recommended that the employee obtain two negative COVID-19 test results: the first should be obtained before returning to the workplace, and the second should be obtained within three-to-five days of returning from travel.

Both the PCR test or the Antigen test will be accepted, though the PCR is preferred. UH will pay for testing for business travel and employees are responsible for the cost of the test for personal travel.

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

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.

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

Information for Students, Faculty and Staff

Non-essential university-sponsored out-of-state travel must be approved by campus leadership. 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.

Information for travelers entering the U.S.

The U.S. Department of State requires “air travelers aged two and older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are required to show documentation of a negative viral test result taken within one day of the flight’s departure to the United States before boarding.” More information.

Last modified: January 10, 2022