Hawaii covid travel tips
I travelled to Hawaii for the fire time in November 2020, and it was a nervous flight, becuase I had to figure out approved covid test, QR codes and I was legitimately afraid that one little misake would mean they didn't let me in. Since then it's become more relaxed. Starting March 26 2022, testing, registering and QR codes should no longer be needed. Hawaii is pretty much the last state to give up and decide that covid is here to stay, and that restricting flights is hurting their tourism industry. I still think it's a good idea to wear a mask on the plane - it's probably still mandated, but even if they remove that restruction, it would be sad to ruin your Hawaii trip with any kind of bug that you catch on the plane (not just covid).
Traveling During Covid
March 26 2022 Onwards
Starting March 26th 2022 domestic U.S. travelers to Hawaii will no longer need to fill out online forms via Safe Travels, no longer have to worry about QR codes, no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or testing, and ultimately, there won't be any additional requirements or restrictions to fly to Hawaii on a domestic U.S. flight.
International travelers will need to continue to follow federal guidelines on traveling to the U.S. According to the HTA, passengers arriving to Hawaii on direct international flights must still adhere to federal U.S. entry requirements, which include showing proof of an up-to-date vaccination document and negative pre-travel COVID-19 test result taken within one day of travel.
Early 2020 to March 25 2022
Throughout this time range, everyone enetering Hawaii from other states (even between islands), had to register with: https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/welcome to get in!
From early 2020 til Oct 15 2022, visitors had to register their flight with travel.hawaii.gov AND quarantine in a hotel (never leaving) for 2 weeks else face a ($5000 + 2 years in jail) fine. Yes they take it seriously! From Oct 15 2020 til July 8 2021, you could register and show up with a Negative COVID test result (to skip the 2 week quarantine) *BUT* it's was not quite all that simple... the test had to be by an approved testing partner and within a certain time (72 hours) of your departure (they expect to see a QR code at the arrival AND departure now I believe), and skipping quarantine isn't supported by all islands. Details here:
- hawaiicovid19.com - Getting to Hawai‘i ... I think this the most official one, although gohawaii.com/travel-requirements also appears official.
- hawaii-guide.com - Things to know about visiting a reopening Hawaii ... less official, but good info.
- To find Wallgreens test sites: No-Cost COVID-19 Testing at Walgreens.. but I prefer "color".
From July 8 2021 till March 25th 2022, travellers who have been fully covid vaccinated within the US could use that vaccination card (presumably uploaded as a picture via the same site plus bring the physical card with them), instead of needing a test (news). This should make it much easier and take out the nervousness! I had a friend who forgot to get her QR code before leaving, so there was a panic at the airport, but thankfully she had been fully vacced... else she might have had to do an expensive airport test and/or quarentine 2 weeks and/or been sent back.