Know Before You Go — Travel Restrictions & Island Transportation
On August 23rd, Hawaii’s Governor requested that travelers from the mainland, U.S. territories and Canada postpone their non-essential trips to Hawaii until October to give the sharp rise in COVID cases a chance to decrease.
Requirements To Travel To Hawaii as of August 23, 3021:
• Fully vaccinated travelers (Pfeizer, Moderna or J&J) from the U.S. and its territories may travel without a negative COVID test.
• PDF proof of the vaccination must uploaded to Hawaii’s Safe Travels program and travelers must carry their paper vaccination card with them to show at the arrival airport.
• Non vaccinated travelers must take a pre-travel COVID test within 72 hours of their last leg of departure from an approved testing partner.
• PDF proof of the negative COVID testing results uploaded to the Hawaii’s Safe Travels program. Carry a paper copy as well,
• Travelers who fail to comply to the above will be returned to the mainland or they will be required to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel or condominium resort.
• Release from quarantine requires permission from Hawaii’s Attorney General through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii has also reestablshed gathering rules to no more than 10 people inside and 75 people outside. Restaurants may book up to 50% capacity only. Event organizers need to file a mitigation plan ahead of time with the appropriate county. This now applies to all counties for organized events of more than 50.
Masks are required indoors statewide. Visitors must anticipate wearing masks covering nose and mouth in any enclosed building including restaurants, shops, services, and public areas in hotels, inns and condominium resorts. Going without a mask while outdoors is okay, but please remember certain activities will require masks. Social distancing is highly recommended while being outdoors without a mask. Not wearing a mask is considered disrespectful of our local residents and other visitors. Kauai’s medical resources and large population of Kupuna (older generation) and children, continue to be guarded against proliferation of COVID-19 — a devastating scenario on an island where medical facilities and resources are very limited. Note: Hawaii’s governor has recently mandated a fine of up to $250 for mask violations and up to $5,000 for falsifying a vaccine card.
Check Kauai County’s informative page with the latest updates: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.
Please note: Rental cars are in short supply in Hawaii through the summer and are currently high-priced. Consider booking a rental car before booking your air fare. Otherwise, check out our alternative shuttle and transportation options at Get Around Kauai, Kauai County’s one-stop information source.
Flight Delays? If travelers encounter a flight delay through no fault of the passenger and as a result they are outside the 72 hour window, their test will still be accepted. The traveler should tell the passenger verification screener the situation and show them their boarding pass with the original departure time that was inside the 72 hours window. If there are any additional questions, the screeners are able to check with the airline agent at the gate to confirm the delay status. Travelers who inquire — have your original boarding pass handy, electronic versions, too.
Also, we encourage travelers to download the COVID Exposure Alert app which is available in 24 states, including Hawaii. For iphone users it’s found in your settings under Exposure Notifications. For Android phones, app downloads are available for each state. This Washington Post article provides links to each state’s download site. When arriving in Hawaii, you’ll be provided a link to switch to our State.