Headed to sand and surf in Hawaii?

The State of Hawaii has made adjustments to the ‘Safe Travels Hawaii’ Program‘s entry requirements relating to COVID-19.

The following information details changes to the ‘Safe Travels Hawaii’ Quarantine and the ‘Safe Travels Hawaii’ Health Questionnaire.

‘Safe Travels’ Quarantine Changes

  • Starting Jan. 3, the ‘Safe Travels’ Mandatory Quarantine period will be reduced from 10 days to 5 days.
  • For travelers who are currently on 10-day quarantine, if they’ve hit their 5-day “mark” on Jan. 3 or later, they will be released from quarantine after the 5th day. For example, if Jan. 3 is their 5th day, they will be released from quarantine on Jan. 4.
  • For travelers who arrive without a pre-travel test result or aren’t fully vaccinated, their quarantine period is five days.
  • Day 1 is counted from the day of arrival, i.e., arrives on Jan. 3 -> quarantine through Jan. 7; released on Jan. 8.
  • This affects only domestic travel from the U.S. and its Territories. (Direct international travelers fall under Federal CDC guidelines.)

Revised COVID positive isolation and quarantine policy – details may be found here.

Guidelines for COVID-19 positive travelers will change:

If COVID-19 is Positive Regardless of Vaccination Status:

  • Isolate for at least 5 days and until symptoms are gone.
  • Continue to wear a mask for five days after isolation.
  • If a traveler is still symptomatic on day 5, the traveler is advised to seek medical attention and quarantine until a COVID-19 test can be taken. If it’s positive, isolate in place for an additional 5 days and don’t travel.

‘Safe Travels’ Health Questionnaire Changes

The completion of the Health Questionnaire before departure will no longer be required. Travelers who wish to be exempt from the 5-day mandatory quarantine must submit the same documentation as is currently required. Once their exemption documentation has been accepted, their QR code will turn green. The green QR code is a tool to help expedite screening operations.

The traveler must still be screened and a green checkmark will appear next to “Screened: Yes” after the screening process is completed. This is what the updated “Trips” page will look like when hotels and rental car agencies check travelers’ exempt status. If the traveler has minors on their ‘Safe Travels’ trip, those minors must also be exempt from the QR code to turn green.

For more information about the Hawaiian Islands, visit gohawaii.com.

Source: Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau