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Is Hawaii Closed? | COVID Travel Updates

published on September 13, 2021 by

With the pandemic travel-scape changing constantly, and even more rapidly as the delta variant spreads, many travelers are once again approaching their travel plans with heightened caution. Some people feel more comfortable traveling this year compared to last, while others are still hesitant.

Given the recent changes, here are some recent updates regarding some of our most popular destinations:

Hawaii

The Safe Travels program is still in effect – with some exceptions. Visitors can bypass the now 10-day quarantine requirement with a negative COVID test pre-flight OR by proof of vaccination status. Inter-island travel is also exempt from testing and quarantine requirements. Travelers should check current requirements before leaving for the islands

On August 23, 2021, Governor David Ige called upon Hawaii residents and visitors to delay all non-essential travel through the end of October 2021. However, Hawaii has not been “closed” and has not yet modified entry requirements – the governor asked that travel be reduced as the islands are challenged by reduced hospital capacity, as well as restaurant & car rental services. As of September 1, Oahu is now requiring a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test mandate to eat at bars and restaurants, in addition to other indoor facilities, including Honolulu. This change will last for at least 60 days.

Starting on September 15, Maui will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining and drinking. Hawaii is also in the process of rolling out a digital health pass program.

Before booking a Hawaii vacation, travelers should ask themselves if these restrictions will put a damper on their trip. If a Hawaii vacation would not be complete in your book without eating out every night and perhaps even some bar-hopping, then now may not be your time to go. However, if you prefer to relax with your family on the beach and take in the sights, then the restrictions may not bother you as much.

Aruba

The island is now open to all visitors, provided they comply with entry requirements including a mandatory COVID test, temperature checks, mask usage, and the purchase of a medical insurance policy (between $15 – 21 USD/day/visitor). Quarantines (in a designated facility, not your resort) will be required for visitors who decline or fail screenings.

As of August 30, Aruba is implementing some local restrictions to curtail the spread of COVID – new curfews, alcohol restrictions, group gathering limits, and limitations on dining are in place.  Get details on current requirements here. Travelers should review the COVID restrictions on the island before booking a trip to Aruba in order to decide if they would be able to relax and enjoy themselves.

Mexico

Mexico is open to travelers. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, though most resorts ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. Additionally, travelers must complete a health declaration form upon arrival to the country.

As of July 21, the United States government has extended its ban on nonessential travel along the borders with Mexico as part of an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. The extension will last until at least September 21. Most travelers seem to be delaying their Mexico travel for at least a little while longer.

***Please note, the status of travel restrictions around the world are constantly changing. Updates are dated for mindfulness. If you see an update that has since been changed, please let us know.

Stay appraised of COVID travel updates via our Coronavirus Info Page.

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Comments (4)

    • Avatar for John S.
      John S.
      Sep 14, 2021

      It should be noted for Hawaii, that as of Sep 13, Oahu restaurants are required to obtain proof of vaccination and have reduced maximum capacity to 50%. This does not apply to take out only venues or if you are taking out from a sit down restaurant.

      • Avatar for Brenda S.
        Brenda S.
        Sep 14, 2021

        What about Ireland

        • Avatar for Kathleen G.
          Kathleen G.
          Sep 14, 2021

          CAN ANYONE FROM UNITED KINGDOM GET INTO USA NOW THEN ????

          • Avatar for Karen T.
            Karen T.
            Sep 16, 2021 (edited)

            CDC moved Aruba to Level 4 - HIGH RISK on Aug. 9th but it is hard to get actual information. Has anyone been there recently or going before end of Oct. My dr. recommended that my husband and I (high risk people) to not go now.