Last Update, July 13, 2020* : General Information—Quarantine.
Does Hawaiʻi require any quarantine?
Any traveler coming into Hawaiʻi after March 26, 2020, faces a mandatory self quarantine for 14 days. Gov. Ige announced the decision that requires visitors to remain in their hotel or place of lodging. Returning residents will be required to stay in their homes. Medical emergencies and treatments will be the exceptions.
As of June 16, the inter-island 14-day self-quarantine mandate has been lifted. Individuals traveling within the state do not need to self quarantine for 14 days.
What is UH-sponsored travel?
Travel is considered “UH-sponsored” if it is:
- Paid for with UH (or RCUH) funds, grants and/or contracts.
- UH work related.
- Officially sponsored by UH.
- Part of a UH program of study.
- Undertaken by an individual “acting in the capacity of a UH employee.”
- Supported by a third party if the traveler is representing UH.
Note: All UH-sponsored travel must be approved by the appropriate v supervisor.
What is personal travel?
Travel by employees/students on their personal time and not in their capacity as a UH employee/student. Personal travel is not funded by the university.
Important to remember
The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. Travel to and from Hawaiʻi, including within the United States, may be restricted on short notice. This may delay an individual’s return to Hawaiʻi and/or they may be quarantined or asked to stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.
What is social distancing?
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention recommends these steps to monitor your health and social distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (or 2 meters) from other people
- Do not gather in large groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
- Wear a cloth face mask that covers you mouth and nose while in public
The CDC recommends social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Domestic and other international travel
Is UH-sponsored out-of-state travel allowed?
As of this update, No new non-essential UH-sponsored out-of-state travel may be planned, and most 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.
It is important to remember that the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. Travel to and from Hawaiʻi, including within the United States, is restricted. This may delay an individual’s return to Hawaiʻi. They will be asked to quarantine and stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.
If you are considering travel, everyone is strongly encouraged to follow the travel recommendations of the CDC, the U.S. State Department and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health.
Can I travel interisland for UH purposes?
Interisland travel is subject to all normal university procedures and approvals, as well as all conditions imposed by the State relating to airline transport within Hawaiʻi
Should I cancel my personal travel plans?
It is up to the individual. It is important to remember that the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. Travel to and from Hawaiʻi, including within the United States, may be restricted on short notice. This may delay an individual’s return to Hawaiʻi. They will be asked to quarantine or to stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.
UH study abroad students
How will my FAFSA and UH Scholarships be affected if I had to cancel my study abroad program because of the COVID-19 travel advisories?
Check with financial aid administrators who have statutory authority to use professional judgement to make adjustments on a case-by-case basis.
Will I be allowed back into Hawaiʻi if I travel out of the United States?
Once an individual’s entry into the State of Hawaiʻi is cleared by the government, visitors and returning students and employees are welcome on all of our campuses. “Travelers will be asked to stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.” No additional restrictions are required beyond what is already mandated by government authorities.
* Are there any precautions I should take if I am hosting someone for work or study who arrives in Hawaiʻi from outside of the state?
Once an individual’s entry into the State of Hawaiʻi is cleared by the government, visitors, returning students and employees are welcome on all of our campuses. No additional restrictions are required beyond what is already mandated by government authorities such at the 14-day quarantine.
There will be exemptions to the 14-day quarantine for out-of-state UH students. Plans are being developed for out-of-state college students registered to attend school in the fall. (Applies only to Oʻahu and Kauaʻi campuses.)
Faculty or staff: If I am required to quarantine after my travel, will there be accommodations for me to complete work/assignments remotely?
Faculty and staff will need to discuss individually with their supervisors.
Travel cancellation policies for UH-funded travel (does not apply to grant-funded or extramurally funded travel)
What happens if the event, or part of the event, that I was traveling for is cancelled?
If you already have travel-related arrangements (made before the March 6 message on travel) and the associated event or travel has been cancelled for reasons outside of your control (i.e., host cancels event, airlines cancels travel or pursuant to UH’s travel restriction policy), then UH will be responsible for all non-refundable cancellation costs.
May I cancel my travel even if the event itself is not cancelled?
If you made travel arrangements before March 6, 2020, and the event or travel has NOT been cancelled but you want to cancel your travel for personal reasons, UH will honor the traveler’s choice to cancel or delay and and will be responsible for all non-refundable cancellation related costs.
What if I made my travel arrangement after the March 6 message to employees on travel?
If you make travel arrangements after the message to employees on travel was issued March 6, 2020, and the event or travel has NOT been cancelled at the time of your scheduled departure, but you elect to cancel your travel for personal reasons, UH will not be responsible for any cancellation related costs, including any out-of-pocket expenses and charges made on UH PCard.
Can I get reimbursed if I used my personal credit card to purchase my airline ticket?
- If you had approval to travel and booked prior to the March 6 message to employees on travel, upon cancellation, you will receive a credit for your the airline ticket in your name.
- You will only be reimbursed for the cancellation fee
- If you use the credit for your airline ticket for future UH travel, then UH will reimburse you upon that future travel completion
- It is okay to use the airline ticket credit for personal travel
- If you never use the airline ticket credit and it expires, then UH will reimburse the out-of-pocket purchase upon expiration.
Will UH be reimbursed if a UH credit card was used for travel expenses?
- If you had approval to travel and booked prior to the March 6 message to employees on travel, UH covers all costs (cancellation fee + air fare)
- You will receive airline ticket credit in your name
- You must agree to use the airline ticket credit only for UH travel
- UH will track and manage outstanding credit to be used for future UH travel
- If the airline ticket credit is never used, then it expires
Does UH pay for travel insurance?
Will UH pay for a “refundable” ticket?
No, however, UH will pay for a “changeable” ticket.
Can I still get an advance on travel?
Until further notice, all travel advances will not be approved or processed after March 6, 2020, except for athletics programs at both UH Mānoa and UH Hilo.
Where can I go if I have more questions about UH-funded travel?
Please see your fiscal administrator with any specific questions or concerns or email them to COVID19@hawaii.edu.