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COVID-19 Travel to Hawaii

Last Updated: May 28, 2021

Situation Summary

  • The state of Hawaii currently requires all persons entering the state to quarantine for 10 days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. Travelers who wish to avoid the mandatory self-quarantine must show proof of a valid, negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours from the final leg of departure to the state of Hawaii (also known as the “pre-test”). Refer to the “Travel & Testing Requirements” section for details.
  • An inter-island travel quarantine is in effect for all persons traveling to the counties of Kalawao, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii (also known as The Big Island). It does not include inter-island travelers arriving on Oahu. Refer to the “Inter-Island Travel” section for details.
  • Beginning May 11, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers who were vaccinated in Hawaii will be able to travel inter-island without being subject to quarantine or testing rules. Refer to the “Inter-Island Travel” section for details.
  • Travelers 5 years of age or older visiting Hawaii County (also known as The Big Island) must show proof of a valid pre-test taken no more than 72 hours before their trip to Hawaii County, as well as take a second rapid test (also known as the “arrival test”) upon arrival at a county-designated facility near the airport. Refer to the “Travel to Hawaii County” section for details.
  • All travelers (including Japanese nationals) who enter Japan, are required to obtain a “Certificate of Negative Test Result” before returning to Japan. Starting February 5, 2021, travelers from South Korea may bypass the state of Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in South Korea. Refer to the “Travel From Japan and South Korea” section for details.
  • Upon check-in at an HGV resort, please have your Safe Travel status ready to present. Owners and guests who are unable to do so must comply with Hawaii’s 10-day self-isolation order.
  • This is an evolving situation involving mandates from the state and various counties, and this information is subject to change by the government. HGV has no control over the changing government guidelines, and the information we are providing may not be the most current. Owners and guests are encouraged to check the websites listed on this page for the most up-to-date information.

Travel & Testing Requirements

We encourage you to become familiar with Hawaii’s (state and county) travel requirements before your trip. All incoming travelers who are 18 years of age and older are required to create a profile and fill out an online health questionnaire on the Safe Travels website. The website provides step-by-step instructions on all the steps, online forms and documents that need to be filled out before your trip. Go to the State of Hawaii COVID-19 Portal for the most up-to-date list of testing partners.

In addition to COVID-19 travel and testing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), travelers are required to follow the travel restrictions of applicable states. For additional Hawaii travel official information, visit:

A summary of Hawaii’s travel requirements is below:

  • All incoming travelers to the state of Hawaii who are 18 years of age and older are required to create a profile and fill out an online health questionnaire on the Safe Travels website. The website provides step-by-step instructions on all the steps, online forms and documents that need to be filled out before your trip.
  • Trans-Pacific travelers who wish to avoid the mandatory, 10-day self-quarantine must show proof of a valid, negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their flight to the state of Hawaii (also known as the “pre-test”).
  • A negative test result received after arrival in Hawaii does not apply to the exception for avoiding the mandatory, 10-day quarantine.
  • Trans-Pacific travelers who do not have a valid, negative pre-test uploaded to the Safe Travels website before arrival must quarantine for 10 days or for the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.
  • Inter-island travelers have five options for arrival to Hawaii County:
    1. Observe a 10-day quarantine
    2. Provide a quarantine modification or exemption
    3. Provide a negative pretest taken 72 hours prior to arrival
    4. Take a COVID-19 test after arrival
    5. Provide proof of being fully vaccinated and be 14 days from your last shot
  • Trans-Pacific travelers have three options for arrival to Hawaii County:
    1. Observe a 10-day quarantine
    2. Provide a quarantine modification or exemption
    3. Provide a negative pretest taken 72 hours prior to arrival

Inter-island Travel

An inter-island travel quarantine is in effect for all persons traveling to the counties of Kalawao, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii (also known as The Big Island). It does not include inter-island travelers arriving on Oahu. Beginning May 11, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers who were vaccinated in Hawaii will be able to travel inter-island without being subject to quarantine or testing rules. To bypass quarantine, vaccinated travelers must upload an image of their completed vaccination card to the Safe Travels website.

Travelers will need to provide the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card for each of the vaccine doses received by uploading a digital image to their Safe Travels Hawai‘i online account, as well as showing the original vaccination card to airport screeners, if asked.

Travelers aged 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.

For more official responses to frequently asked questions, visit the Hawaii Department of Health’s Travel page at hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/.

Finally, the state of Hawaii recommends travelers download the AlohaSafe Alert app, the state’s official exposure notification app. The app alerts users anonymously if they have been exposed to COVID-19 while in Hawaii. For more information about the app, visit alohasafealert.org/.

Travel to Hawaii County

Travelers 5 years of age or older visiting Hawaii County (also known as The Big Island) must show proof of a valid pre-test taken no more than 72 hours before their trip to Hawaii County, as well as take a second rapid test (also known as the “arrival test”) upon arrival at a county-designated facility near the airport:

  • Fully vaccinated trans-Pacific travelers arriving in Hawaii County (also known as The Big Island) can be exempt from the post-arrival COVID testing program with proof of vaccination as long as that vaccination has occurred at least 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Travelers are not required to quarantine while waiting for the results of the second rapid test; the cost of the arrival test is free.
  • If your arrival test is positive or inconclusive for COVID-19, you will be referred to the state of Hawaii’s Department of Health Hawaii District Office for further handling.
  • HGV timeshare properties in Hawaii County may not be used for quarantine by travelers who must meet the state’s 10-day isolation order. This impacts all HGV properties on The Big Island.

For more official responses to frequently asked questions, visit the Hawaii Department of Health’s Travel page, hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/.

Travel To and From Japan and South Korea

All travel restrictions on U.S. travel into Japan and South Korea remain in place.

Japanese Travelers:

  • All travelers (including Japanese nationals) who enter Japan, are required to obtain a “Certificate of Negative Test Result” before returning to Japan.
  • The test must be conducted within 72 hours of the intended departure date.
  • Failure to obtain the certificate will be denied entry into Japan.

For more details, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s website at mofa.go.jp/.

South Korean Travelers:

  • Starting February 5, 2021, travelers from South Korea may bypass the state of Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in South Korea.
  • The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the test result must be negative.
  • The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) has approved the use of the COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) conducted by a laboratory authorized by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) in South Korea, for the pre-travel test. Refer to the link below for a complete list of trusted testing partners. (Please note this list is updated on a frequent basis.)
  • South Korean nationals traveling abroad are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country. Travel restrictions on U.S. travel to South Korea remain in place.

For more information, visit gohawaii.com/kr/special-alerts-information-korean.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there any travel restrictions for the state of Hawaii?
A: Yes. Before your vacation, please review and understand the restrictions currently in place for travel to and within the state, including local leisure restrictions in each city, face covering mandates, inter-island travel restrictions, 10-day quarantine orders and pre-travel testing requirements (starting October 15, 2020). All incoming travelers who are 18 years of age and older are required to create a profile and fill out an online health questionnaire on the Safe Travels website. For additional official information, visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority website and the government of Hawaii’s official website.

Q: Are there any pre-travel testing requirements for the state of Hawaii?
A: Yes. The state of Hawaii currently requires all persons entering the state of Hawaii to quarantine for 10 days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. Travelers who wish to avoid the mandatory self-quarantine must show proof of a valid, negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours from the final leg of departure to the state of Hawaii (also known as the “pre-test”). Visit the State of Hawaii COVID-19 Portal for the most up-to-date list of testing partners.

We encourage you to become familiar with Hawaii’s travel requirements before your trip. All incoming travelers who are 18 years of age and older are required to create a profile and fill out an online health questionnaire on the Safe Travels website.

Q: Will Hawaii also observe the CDC’s COVID-19 testing guidelines for air passengers entering the United States?
A: In addition to COVID-19 travel and testing guidelines from the CDC, travelers are required to follow the travel restrictions of applicable states. For additional official Hawaii travel information, visit:

Q: Are there any special check-in procedures when I arrive at my HGV resort?
A: Yes. In addition to wearing a face covering and meeting social distancing protocols, all Owners and guests must show proof of their clearance to bypass the 10-day self-quarantine upon check-in. To do so, please have your Safe Travel status ready to present at check-in. Owners and guests who are unable to do so must comply with the state of Hawaii’s 10-day self-isolation order. Please note that HGV timeshare properties in Hawaii County may not be used for quarantine by travelers who must meet the state’s 10-day self-isolation order.

Q: What happens if I’m traveling from Japan?
A: Japanese nationals traveling to Hawaii must abide by the state’s travel requirements and additional county and city mandates depending on their final destination. All travel restrictions on U.S. travel into Japan remain in place. In addition:

  • All travelers (including Japanese nationals) who enter Japan, are required to obtain a “Certificate of Negative Test Result” before returning to Japan.
  • The test must be conducted within 72 hours of the intended departure date. Failure to obtain the certificate will be denied entry into Japan.

For more details, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s website at mofa.go.jp/.

Q: What happens if I’m traveling from South Korea? Look at previous research
A: South Korean nationals traveling to Hawaii must abide by the state’s travel requirements and additional county and city mandates depending on their final destination. All travel restrictions on U.S. travel into Korea remain in place. In addition:

  • Starting February 5, 2021, travelers from South Korea may bypass the state of Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in South Korea.
  • The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the test result must be negative.
  • The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) has approved the use of the COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) conducted by a laboratory authorized by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) in South Korea, for the pre-travel test. Refer to the link below for a complete list of trusted testing partners. (Please note this list is updated on a frequent basis.)
  • South Korean nationals traveling abroad are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country.

For more information, visit gohawaii.com/kr/special-alerts-information-korean.

Q: Do I have to wear a face covering in Hawaii while I vacation at the property?
A: We ask that Owners and Guests follow local and state regulations as it relates to face coverings and CDC requirements. Hilton Grand Vacations Team Members will continue to wear face coverings indoors out of an abundance of caution and maintain six feet of social distancing.