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Hawaii Says Aloha, Again: Here's What You Need To Know About Planning a Trip to Hawaii in Today’s World

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The news keeps getting better for travelers with their sights set on a Hawaii vacation as more people become vaccinated. Hawaii is open and welcoming all guests, regardless of vaccination status. 

If you're planning a trip to Hawaii and have questions, you're not alone. Some travelers may not need to provide proof of negative test before entering the islands. To find out if you do, review Hawaii's Safe Travels Program 

Still have questions? Here are our answers to some of the top questions about planning a trip to Hawaii during COVID-19. 

1. How do I get a pre-travel COVID-19 test?

Mother will two small children wearing face coverings looking at a tablet at the airport.    

First, all travelers 18 years or older must register with Hawaii Safe Travels and follow the instructions, including:

  • Testing negative for an approved COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival in Hawaii.
  • Uploading your negative test results to Hawaii Safe Travels before landing in the islands. 
  • Completing a health questionnaire 24 hours before arrival.
  • Presenting your Safe Travels QR code to local officials upon arrival. 
Hawaiian beach with the text "aloha, again, know before you go." Click for free printable.   

Lastly, it's important to take an approved COVID-19 test. The Hawaii Safe Travels website keeps updated information on its trusted testing and travel partners.

If you're traveling with children, keep in mind that while children under five are not required to test, older children are. Confirm your test provider tests children over five years old.         

Print out these step-by-step directions for stress-free planning. 

2. Which airlines are flying to Hawaii?

As you plan your trip, you'll notice fewer flights to and from the Hawaiian Islands. However, there are perks to flying with certain airlines—they'll coordinate your COVID-19 testing. 

Airlines providing COVID-19 testing concierge:

3. Are Hilton Grand Vacations Hawaii resorts open?

Roof top movie theater at Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations in Hawaii.          

Currently, all Hilton Grand Vacations' Hawaii resorts are open. However, select properties have resumed operations with limited services. Please contact the Hawaii resort for which you have questions for up-to-date information. 

Additionally, read our Hawaii Travel Alerts page for current information about traveling in the Hawaiian islands. 

4. What are Hilton Grand Vacations Hawaiian resorts doing to keep Owners and guests healthy?     

Hilton CleanStay Graphic promoting social distancing to stay safe and health while traveling with Hilton Grand Vacations.   

We're working hard so you can travel with peace of mind. Through our participation in Hilton CleanStay™, we've enhanced our already high housekeeping and cleanliness standards. 

5. What will it be like when I get there?

Since implementing the new travel protocols in October, Hawaii has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors from the U.S. mainland. To give you an idea of what to expect when you get to Hawaii, Hiro Y., a Hilton Grand Vacations Owner, shared his experience with us.

"I recently stayed at the Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations. I’ve been to Hawaii 100 times in my life, and in the past six to seven years, I go three to four times a year, and whenever possible, I stay at Hokulani. It’s a great location, and everything is walkable. I was there two weeks ago, a couple of days after Hawaii opened up."

"The new practices and protocols around the property were fantastic. I appreciated that everyone followed the mandatory face-covering policy. The plexiglass partitions at the front desk were new. There were signs everywhere about how much they sanitized everything, and there were hand sanitizers every place you looked. It was fantastic." 

There was also a sticker that covered the door jam in my room, and it showed how the room had been sanitized. That was really comforting, and I didn’t worry for a second."

— Hiro Y., Hilton Grand Vacations Owner since 2001

6. What if I want to travel between islands?

Once you've passed the mandates for entering Hawaii, you'll want to adhere to local restrictions when traveling between islands. Refer to the Hawaii Travel Alerts page and Hawaii's Safe Travels Program for details on island-hopping.  

Travel Safely

Whether now is the right time to travel to Hawaii is a personal choice. However, when you're ready, we're ready for you. Our team members can't wait to say aloha, again. 

Read Hawaii Hiking Adventures for ideas on how to explore the islands and stay healthy.



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The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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