Do You Still Have To Quarantine For Hawaii Travel?

While several states had mandatory quarantines for visitors and returning residents in the early months…

While several states had mandatory quarantines for visitors and returning residents in the early months of the pandemic, Hawaii has been the lone holdout. As the pandemic enters its second year, will the Aloha State end its quarantine like many other destinations?

How Long Is The Hawaii Quarantine?

While it’s possible to waive the quarantine requirement, the Safe Travels Hawaii protocol currently requires visitors and returning residents to quarantine for five days or the duration of the trip, whichever is shorter.

The quarantine period was originally 10 days but shortened in early January 2022 in line with the latest CDC travel recommendations.

Travelers no longer need to complete the health questionnaire that was necessary to enter the state even if you waived the quarantine period. Not completing the form could have resulted in legal fines and penalties.

How To Waive The Hawaii Quarantine

Thankfully, it’s possible for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers arriving from the U.S. mainland or territory to waive the quarantine period.

Option 1: Proof Of Vaccine

Fully vaccinated travelers can show proof of full vaccination when arriving at least 14 days after the final dose. To qualify for this exemption, you must upload your vaccination details to the Safe Travels portal or a digital health pass like AZOVA, CLEAR, or CommonPass. It’s also necessary to have a printed copy of the vaccination record to show airport screening authorities.

There is chatter that the Hawaii state government will soon begin requiring receiving a booster shot to be fully vaccinated if it’s been several months since your initial vaccine.

You’re currently eligible for a coronavirus booster shot five months after the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two months for the Johnson and Johnson.

Option 2: Negative Pre-Arrival Test

Unvaccinated travelers can waive the quarantine with a negative pre-arrival test. You can take the test up to 72 hours before departing for Hawaii from a trusted testing center. At this time, only Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) are eligible. 

It’s possible to upload the test results to the Safe Travels portal before takeoff or show a paper copy at the Hawaii airport upon arrival.

Flying To Hawaii From Overseas

The entry requirements are stricter when flying to Hawaii from a foreign country because of federal travel regulations. For example, the United States federal government requires non-citizens to be fully vaccinated to visit the United States. Along with the vaccine mandate, any traveler at least two years old must have a negative pre-arrival test taken no sooner than one day before departing for the United States.

In a nutshell, foreigners must be fully vaccinated and have a negative entry test result to comply with the stricter federal entry guidelines. As a result, they can automatically waive the Hawaii quarantine requirements. 

In comparison, Americans on domestic flights can either show vaccination proof or a negative test result.

Maui Travel Requirements

While Maui County (one of Hawaii’s most popular destinations) doesn’t require a quarantine, the local community requires customers to be fully vaccinated and have a booster to enter indoor restaurants, gyms and other venues. 

People who are not eligible for the booster yet are still considered fully vaccinated and can visit the affected businesses. 

So, potential travel conflicts can arise for tourists until Hawaii updates its definition of fully vaccinated to include the booster for eligible travelers.

Summary

While Hawaii still has a quarantine for the foreseeable future, it’s easy to waive the requirement and enjoy your entire visit restriction-free. However, future travelers planning a trip in the next couple of months will need to monitor the booster shot requirement to avoid an unexpected quarantine while waiting for a negative test result.

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