Traveling to Hawaii and COVID-19 Restrictions

Traveling to Hawai'i and COVID-19 Restrictions

Hawai'i is now open for tourism! Are you wondering what it takes to safely visit the islands? 

We get a lot of questions about Hawai'i, so we made a step-by-step guide that we hope clears up any questions you have. 

The state of Hawai'i has established a COVID-19 testing and screening process required for travel, which varies by island. 

We hope this information helps! As always, we aren't health or government officials.  We're just trying to relay helpful info.  Be sure to check official sources linked in this email — travel conditions in Hawai'i change frequently. 

Check out this link for 
general travel info from the Hawai'i State Department of Health.

TRAVEL PROCESS - before departure


Click here to create your 'Safe Travels' account (each traveling adult will be required to create their own account) - for more information on how to set up your account check out this helpful video.

Click here for the list of Trusted Testing Partners approved for COVID-19 testing for travel to Hawai'i - these are the only test locations that will be accepted by the State of Hawai'i!

Pssst! Tests through certain Walgreens locations may be free!

Be sure to make an appointment for your COVID-19 test as most locations fill up quickly! Also be sure that your test is taken no earlier than 72 hours before your last leg of departure.


TRAVEL PROCESS — upon arrival


Having everything completed through your Safe Travels account & the QR code(s) & test result ready on your phone will make the arrival process easy & quick!

Caution: If you do have to quarantine once you arrive in Hawai'i, you will have to designate a hotel or motel as your chosen quarantine location. Be aware that short-term & vacation rentals, as well as operations that rent vehicles, may not rent to any person subject to the 14-day quarantine.


Additional testing requirements by island —

Some islands have additional testing once you arrive. Here's more information on what you can expect upon arrival on each island.



(HNL airport)

No additional or voluntary testing required upon arrival on the island of Oahu.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Oahu



(OGG airport)

The island of Maui encourages visitors to take a voluntary second test 3 days after arrival, at no cost to the traveler. This is not required.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Maui



(LIH airport)

 As of 11/27, the island of Kaua'i has decided to impose a temporary stop in its participation in the state of Hawaii's Pre-Travel Testing Program.
This means that starting December 2nd, all travelers to the island of Kaua'i will have to quarantine for 14 days regardless of getting tested.

This is a temporary pause due to Kauai's increase in cases. The island will go back to allowing visitors through the Pre-Travel Testing Program once the cases are under control again, there is currently no set date for when this is expected.

COVID-19 Kaua'i Quarantine Information


BIG ISLAND (Hawai'i)

(KOA or ITO airports)
The island of Hawai'i (Big Island) will administer an antigen arrival test once you arrive at the airport. Results will be received within 15 minutes.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Hawai'i (Big Island)


Another thing to keep in mind is that each county (island) of Hawai'i can change their travel requirements at any time, so it's important to do a little further research on whatever island you are planning to travel to!



Q: Where can I get tested for COVID-19 that will be approved by the State of Hawai'i for travel & how much do the tests cost?
    A: The State of Hawai'i is only accepting tests through Trusted Testing Partners, which can be found 
here. Most locations do require a testing fee of $140+, however, certain Walgreen's locations, are offering free testing depending on your health situation. Information about the requirements for each trusted location can be found here.

Q: What ages need to get tested before traveling to Hawai'i?
     A: The Pre-Travel Testing Program requires passengers five and older to be tested before traveling to Hawai'i.

Q: Do I need a QR code for each leg of my trip?
     A: If you have a layover somewhere before arriving to Hawai'i you will only need to enter the last leg of your trip into your 'Safe Travels' account, which will only require 1 QR code. For example, if your trip is SLC > SFO > HNL you will only need to enter the leg for SFO > HNL. The only requirement for needing more than 1 QR code is if you have a stop on another Hawaiian island.

Q: Do I need to get re-tested if I have a layover on a different island?
    A: As long as your test was taken 72 hours before you leave for your final leg of departure you will not need to get re-tested.

Q: What if I plan to visit multiple islands while on my trip to Hawai'i?

     A: For travel to the islands of Kauai & Maui after a stay on another island you will need to receive another COVID-19 test via a trusted testing & travel partner no more than 72 hours before departure with a negative result.
          There are no additional requirements for travel to the island of Oahu.
          For travel to the Big Island (county of Hawai'i) you have 2 options when traveling from one island to another.
             1. Either test for COVID-19 via a trusted testing & travel partner no more than 72 hours before departure with a negative result or
             2. Be tested after arrival.
You will need to include this additional travel information in your 'Safe Travels' account and receive an additional QR code for traveling.
More information on specific island testing requirements can be found 

Q: What if I haven't received my test results before arriving in Hawai'i?
     A: You will have to quarantine for 14 days. There is no longer an option to bypass the quarantine if you get your results after arrival.  


We hope this information is helpful to our Pomelo subscribers, 
feel free to share this with anyone who might find it helpful!

Any other questions about travel to Hawai'i during this time, 
please send an email to
[email protected]!

— The Pomelo Team