Inter-County Travelers Vaccinated in Hawaiʻi May Bypass Pre-Travel Testing, Quarantine Starting May 11

  • Starting May 11, individuals fully vaccinated in the State of Hawaiʻi may travel inter-county without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination.
  • Travelers who arrive in Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi counties before they are fully vaccinated or before the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination, will be placed into mandatory quarantine for the full 10 days, unless they meet the criteria for other exceptions (pre-travel testing and CISA). The City and County of Honolulu does not have an interisland travel quarantine order.

Vaccinated individuals traveling inter-county will need to:

  • Provide a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with name, birthdate, type of vaccine, date(s) vaccine was administered and lot number(s) for each vaccine dose.
  • Create an online account and register with the State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Hawaiʻi web program.
  • Affirm that they are fully vaccinated, and that the uploaded CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is accurate and authentic.
  • Upload a PDF file or digital image of a properly filled CDC Vaccination Record Card to the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi web program.
  • Bring a digital image as well as the original CDC Vaccination Record Card with you in case you are asked to produce it.

At this time, the State of Hawaiʻi is accepting only the “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” or a printout from the Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS). Vaccinated individuals who did not receive the CDC card or VAMS printout, must return to the provider that administered their vaccination, for a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. State or territory Department of Health issued cards will not be accepted.

  • Travelers age 5 and under may bypass quarantine requirements, provided they are traveling on the same itinerary as a parent/guardian who has met vaccination verification requirements.
  • Travelers over age 5 who are not yet eligible for vaccinations may participate in the pre-travel testing program and meet county testing requirements if seeking an exception to mandatory quarantine requirements.
  • Travelers ages 16 and 17 who are fully vaccinated should follow the vaccination verification requirements for adults.
  • Travelers must continue to monitor for symptoms and must follow local county regulations – wearing a mask, physical distancing and hygiene practices.

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

Everyone over the age of 18 is required to register online with the State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Program before traveling to Hawaiʻi or inter-island, 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. Go to hawaiicovid19.com/travel/getting-to-hawaii for more information.

Students traveling to Oʻahu to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Spring 2021 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.

  • All 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.
  • Transpacific and 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 transpacific and international travelers obtained after arriving in Hawaiʻi will not be accepted. 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.

Currently, international travel restrictions prohibit European and other countries from traveling to the U.S.

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: April 20, 2021