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Hawaii Travel Updates | Kauai Rejoins Safe Travels Program

published on March 17, 2021 by

As of April 5, Kauai county will join the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii in participating in the state’s Safe Travels pre-travel testing program that allows visitors to forgo the required quarantine period if they have a negative COVID-19 test.

Kauai, Hawaii

Currently, traveling to Hawaii entails the following:

  • Complete a Safe Travels Form
  • Mandatory 10 Day Self-Quarantine (With the exception of travelers who complete a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted testing site traveling to islands participating in the Safe Travels Program)
  • To avoid the mandatory quarantine, take a COVID-19 test and upload negative test result to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or bring a hard copy of negative test result to the airport.

Safe Travels Program

The islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii currently all comply with the state’s Safe Travels pre-travel testing program.  Travelers must have their negative test results prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Governor David Ige has approved Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to rejoin the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program for Trans-Pacific travel, effective April 5, 2021. Existing rules for travel to Kauai remain effective until that date.

Restrictions for Interisland Travelers

Inter-county, or interisland passengers arriving in Kauai and Maui counties may bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID test from the certified CLIA lab of a trusted testing and travel partner no sooner than 72 hours prior to departure and produce a negative result.

Interisland passengers arriving to Hawaii County have two options to proceed without the 10-day quarantine: either test for COVID-19 up to 72 hours before traveling and receive a negative result, or be tested upon arrival. Individuals may break the self-quarantine to receive an approved test. A negative post-arrival test would allow the traveler to be released from quarantine.

Exemption seekers can submit their requests online as well as review a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at travelexemption.hawaii.gov. For more information, read about the state and county orders and check with the county websites for the latest information.

Image via Hawaii Tourism Authority

Before traveling, please review updated COVID-19 details by island:

Don’t forget to check current travel guidelines for your home country before traveling! Both the U.S. and Canada have current requirements for travel during COVID.

*The CDC released relaxed travel guidelines for U.S. travelers on April 2.

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Comments (2)

    • Avatar for James J.
      James J.
      Apr 13, 2021

      Are tests still required if you have been fully vaccinated?

      • Avatar for Marty D.
        Marty D.
        Apr 17, 2021

        When will Hawaii acknowledge vaccinations rather than tests?