Know Before You Go — Pre Travel Testing and Quarantine Guidelines

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Kauai is back in Hawaii’s Safe Travels program aligning itself with its sister islands, and allowing visitors to avoid quarantine with proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of leaving on the final leg of departure, or departing from another island. Pre-travel COVID tests must be from an approved State of Hawaii Safe Travels partner.

Visitors may  take advantage of Kauai’s new Kokua card, offering discounts among 60 Kauai businesses, if taking a second COVID test after arrival. These cards will be handed out at a number of lodging properties with information on where to test.

Kamaaina and out of state visitors staying on another island will be able to bypass quarantines with a negative test result taken within 72 hours before flying to Kauai or flying from Kauai to another island. To qualify as an inter-island traveler, a flier would need to be physically present in the state on one island for at least 72 hours. This rule is not exclusive to state residents. After 72 hours, travelers would take a COVID test using a Safe Travelers Trusted Testing Partner, and fly to Kauai with negative test results uploaded to the Safe Travels site, and bring a hard copy.

 If negative test results cannot be produced, travelers will need to quarantine at their accommodation or home.

Check Kauai County’s informative page with the latest updates:  https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.

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 already 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.

Keep Kauai Open — Wear a Mask. Visitors and residents must conform to strict mask guidelines (on all islands) wearing masks covering nose and mouth in all buildings, lobbies, check-in areas and outdoors when approaching, passing by or being near another person. Activity companies, restaurants, shops, services, hotels, inns, and condominium resorts require masks in all public areas. 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) continue to be guarded against proliferation of COVID-19 — a devastating scenario on an island where medical facilities are limited with limited resources and hospital bed.

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.

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  1. James Exon says:

    The above rules are ambiguous when it comes to outdoor public areas of a hotel or condominium resort. It says “hotels and condominium resorts require masks in all public areas”. Does this apply to outdoor areas? If so, that appears to be more stringent than the mayor’s orders, which appear to be masks required when you are within 6 feet of another person outdoors. I am just looking for clarity of what the actual rules are, not recommendations or opinions… just the actual real rules.

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha James,
      It’s our understanding that masks should be worn in outdoor spaces when people are closer than 6 feet. Example — waiting in lines outdoors, frequenting a poolside bar, participating in an activity outdoors where people cannot socially distance — like a boat tour or air tour; or passing someone closely. Our blog post was based on research, however your comment inspires us to search for more specifics. We will update with new information as it comes along.

    2. Michelle says:

      Aloha, I am inquiring about the second test done when I arrive. The cost of the test before I leave the mainland is $139, What will the second test cost or is there cost for the second one?

      1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

        Aloha Michelle, Please check with your Resort Bubble property on the cost of the second test (administered on the property). Otherwise, your other option is to go to the Kauai War Memorial Convention Center for a free County post-test, however you would need to take a taxi or bus to get there.

        1. Stephanie says:

          Hello!

          I am wondering if I will need to quarantine if I received a negative covid test by the time I fly into Kauai, but am not staying there. I then am catching a flight to Oahu. Would I still need to quarantine if I plan on not leaving the airport? Let me know. Thank you.

          1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

            Aloha Stephanie, As long as you have fulfilled the State of Hawaii’s pre-test requirements to “transit” via Kauai into the State, then yes you can travel on to Oahu, however the process is a bit different since LIH to HNL flights don’t get scanned because it’s interisland. The Lihue Airport screener can scan and exempt you should your test result be in compliance with the Safe Travels Program rules. Please make sure you’re taking a test from a Trusted Partner: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/. Test is taken 72 hours from your final leg of departure, and the result is uploaded prior to departure (also have a hard copy handy upon arrival). Once on Oahu, when you’re coming back to Kauai you will again need a 72 hour test from a Safe Travels Partner with a negative test result.

            For your “trips” information, please select reason for travel “pleasure/vacation.”

  2. Tony says:

    If someone comes to the island without their negative test, they have had a test but do not have results, are they allowed to quarantine in a one bedroom apartment with a family until their test results come back. That seems to be defeating the whole purpose if they’re quarantining and members of the family are still allowed to come and go as they want period please let me know as soon as possible as this is happening today.

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Tony, You may travel to Kauai without the result if it’s not in yet, however you and your family will need to stay in a Resort Bubble accommodation and take a post arrival test no earlier than 72 hours after arrival.

      1. Carl says:

        Hi, Where can we stay after staying 72 hours in a “resort bubble” resort?

        1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

          Aloha Carl, Once you receive the negative test results you may stay at a number of open resorts or vacation rentals. On the Royal Coconut Coast that includes Hotel Coral Reef, Pono Kai Resort, Kauai Kailani, The ISO, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach, Plantation Hale, Islander on the Beach, Premier Kauai Vacation Rentals, Fern Grotto Inn, Hilton Garden Inn (also a bubble resort) and Kaha Lani. Check availability dates by going to our accommodations pages under the “Stay” tab.

  3. Jennifer Michelle Duczak says:

    Hello I’m not sure I’m understand. If my family has negative test within 72hours we still can’t go places? I’m looking to visit with a family of 6 but not to stay in a room. Thank you

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Jennifer, If your entire family has a negative test, you still have to stay in a Resort Bubble accommodation until you can have a post-arrival test no earlier than 72 hours later. At that resort you may use the property facilities, such as pools and walking areas, but may not go beyond the resort. Once the 2nd negative result is confirmed, you may move on to another accommodation.

  4. Susan McFetridge says:

    If we have had both vaccinations and more than 14 days have passed since 2nd vaccine dose, do we have to quarantine at a Bubble location?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Susan,

      It’s our understanding that all visitor arrivals have to quarantine for at least 3 days in a Resort Bubble until there is a negative test result. The State is still formulating recommendations for those who have had their vaccinations.

  5. Gabby says:

    Hi! Is there a list of company’s that provide the COVID test after the 72 hour quarantine? How does this process work?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Gabby,

      Go to this site and you’ll see on the left a link about visitor or resident post-travel testing: https://www.kauai.gov/covid-19
      Hope this helps.

  6. Moné says:

    If I have a negative covid19 test result and quarantine in my home in Kalaheo for 10 days, do I still need a post travel test to move about?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha,

      Thanks for your question on our Know Before You Go page. It’s our understanding that once arriving on Kauai and going into quarantine, you may be released from quarantine with proof of a negative test that would be uploaded to the safe travels program.

      Check out the chart at : https://kauaiforward.com/travel/

  7. Linda & Tom Summers says:

    If you have quarantined for 10 days in your family home, and you say you need a post negative test before leaving the family home, where can you get the post test done showing proof of being negative. Would this test be taken upon arrival at Kauai Airport prior to you going to your family home? If so, and after 3 days,
    you get the negative result, can you then leave your family home earlier than the 10 day quarantine? so confusing!!!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Linda,

      The infographic at https://kauaiforward.com/travel/ is interesting providing a flow chart for travelers outlining inter-island travel.

      Also, this provides locations for resident post travel tests: https://www.kauai.gov/residentposttest

      Hope this helps.

  8. Carl says:

    What can happen once a visitor has successfully tested negative after a 72 hour stay at a “resort bubble” and is free leave the “resort bubble”? Are there resorts or vacation rentals that a visitor can stay at after clearing quarantine at a “resort bubble”?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Yes, once you receive the negative test results you may stay at a number of open resorts or vacation rentals. On the Royal Coconut Coast that includes Hotel Coral Reef, Pono Kai Resort, Kauai Kai Lani, The ISO, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach, Plantation Hale, Islander on the Beach, Premier Kauai Vacation Rentlals, Fern Grotto Inn, Hilton Garden Inn (also a bubble resort) and Kaha Lani. Check availability dates by going to our accommodations pages under the “Stay” tab.

  9. Patricia says:

    We plan to come to Kauai after a 3 day stay on Oahu. Our flight into Honolulu arrives at 4pm on 3/8. Can we fly to Kauai with a negative test on a flight that leaves at 5:45p on the 11th…73.75 hours on Oahu. That is the last flight that day. Also if you arrive on Kauai having a negative test and stayed elsewhere for 72 hrs, can you rent a car on arrival?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Patricia, Kauai County’s site, https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19, specifies that if you’ve been on Oahu for more than 72 hours, you need to do another pre-test and upload it to your Safe Travels page, showing a negative result. With that result (also bring a paper copy), you may rent a car and go to your Kauai lodging property. Check that web page’s section titled, “Inter-island Travel”

      1. Andrea says:

        Hello, we are planning on traveling in May. If we fly from the states to Honolulu with our negative test results and stay in Honolulu for 3 days and then test again with negative results.
        Can we then travel to Kauai without any quarantine? We would want to rent a car upon arrival in Kauai. Thank you.

        1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

          Aloha Andrea, Yes, you can by-pass quarantine and rent a car with the negative result on the second test. That result needs to be uploaded to the Safe Travels system, plus bring a printed copy to Kauai. Glad to hear you’re headed our way.

  10. Ashley says:

    Is there a policy being created for those that have been fully vaccinated to not be required to 10-day quarantine?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Ashley, The State is currently working on creating a “Passport” program for travelers that have been fully vaccinated, projecting roll out for mainland travelers to May 1st. We will update our information as soon as the details are available. I hope this helps.

  11. Jennifer Holty says:

    Hi,

    I just heard today that Kauai is voting currently to reverse the 10 day quarantine and 3 day resort bubbles similar to the other islands. And if you have a negative test-you are ok to travel around the island. Is this actually happening and when do you think there will be an update.to this?

    I am traveling with my family in early April and need to know if we will be ok to keep trip as planned-staying at an Airbnb and only vacationing for 7 days .Do we cancel and switch to another island OR will Kauai be open?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Jennifer, The Hawaii State Legislature is working on a bill to standardize travel guidelines in all counties (Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island). Kauai is also working on details to more closely align with the Safe Travels program. Changes would likely occur in April. We will be updating our “Know Before You Go” page as soon as more details are known. Currently visitors coming to Kauai from the mainland (or from another island) would stay in a Resort Bubble for three days until they can be re-tested, and are then free to go to any lodging property of choice upon that 2nd negative test. On the Royal Coconut Coast, the Hilton Garden Inn is a Resort Bubble property and all of our accommodations members are currently taking reservations for the remainder of a person’s vacation. I hope this information helps your decision-making.

  12. Alex says:

    My husband and I have already had both doses of the vaccine. By the summer will we be able to travel to Kauai without quarantine and testing restrictions?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha , Keep checking in with Kauai’s COVID information, the State is currently looking at a “Passport” program to by-pass quarantine for those who are fully vaccinated. We imagine details will be worked out by sometime in March.

  13. Alessia Sanchez says:

    Thank you for this update!
    I would love some clarity on a few things regarding 10 day quarantine.
    As a non resident visiting, can I stay in someone’s house, such as friend or family without leaving the home? Do they also have to quarantine?
    Or is it better that I stay in a guesthouse or studio ?
    Thank you for your time!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      We recommend staying in a Resort Bubble first (the Hilton Garden Inn) on the Royal Coconut Coast, then with your second test after 72 hours, you may stay anywhere that is open or with your friends. At this time all of the accommodations connected to our website are taking reservations for visitors who have had a negative post-test.

  14. Alessia Sanchez says:

    Another question regarding non resident visitors. In the event of 10 day quarantine, how can I legally get to the unit ? Can a friend drive me with my luggage or do I have to take a bus/taxi?
    Thank you !

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Alessia, A taxi is your best choice to protect your friend and vice versa until you’ve had that second negative result.

  15. Deanna says:

    When does the 72 hours start? When your plane lands on the island or when you get to the hotel and the bracelet is placed on your wrist?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Deanna, When your plane lands on Kauai is when the 72 hours starts. Hold on to that boarding pass, and make sure you also travel with a printed copy of your first negative result. Hope this helps.

  16. Scott G says:

    How long is it currently taking to get results back from the tests administered at the resort bubbles?

    Also has there been any discussion regarding any potential exemptions for children (where a vaccination is not available) that are traveling with vaccinated parents (part pf the passport program)?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Scott, Please call the resort to confirm the time frame, though I believe it’s fairly rapid. Children will likely be exempted because vaccines are not yet approved for them. We’ll post the guidelines for fully vaccinated travelers as soon as they are available. Hope this helps.

  17. Judy says:

    We are staying at a bubble resort for only 3 days from 4/4 to 4/7 in Kauai before flying to Maui on 4/7/21. When can we take the second Covid-19 tests? Can the hotel provide onsite tests after 48 hours? Are we allowed to leave the resort before the 72 hours? We all have been vaccinated with 2 full doses except for my 10 y.o. kid. Will there be exemption in April for vaccinated travelers?. I would like to find out soon if I need to cancel my trip to Kauai? Thanks.

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Judy, Hawaii is now in the process of considering “by-pass-the-quarantine” guidelines for fully vaccinated travelers. Stay tuned on that. We’ll post our our Know Before You Go page when those become official. As to second tests (post arrival), check with your bubble resort on the options, though the time frame is 72 hours after arrival. Also, Kauai County is offering those tests at no charge at its Kauai War Memorial center, though you would have to hire transportation or take a bus until the second test results show up negative. No, you’re not allowed to leave the resort before the 2nd test and its results, except to get your second test of it’s off-proprty. Again check with the resort on your options.

  18. Beth Reyburn says:

    I have some confusion about the Hawaii safe travels program vs those for the County of Kauai. If we are flying directly to Kauai, do we need to test in a state approved Trusted Testing Partner? If not, the Safe Travels program says that we cannot upload the results of the test. Help! Which one is correct? We arrive on March 12. Thank you.

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Beth, Right now, Kauai allows any COVID-19 diagnostic test (antigen or PCR test) with emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if you’re traveling directly to Kauai. If you’re traveling to another island first, the test must be through a Safe Travels Partner. The infographic at this site is helpful on understanding the scenarios. Any change in the current system would likely occur in April. Hope this helps.

      1. Beth Reyburn says:

        Just to clarify then, if traveling directly to Kauai, we don’t use the Safe Travels portal, correct? Thank you so much for your help!

        1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

          Aloha Beth, You would still need to create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form at: https://travel.hawaii.gov/, plus fill in a Kauai Arrival form found at https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19. However you don’t have to use a State of Hawaii Safe Travels testing partner for your pre-test. Kauai allows any COVID-19 diagnostic test (antigen or PCR test approved by the FDA) taken 72 hours before departure, and showing a negative result. Bring your results both uploaded to your smart phone and also printed. Hope this helps.

  19. Tracy Redman says:

    We have a direct flight booked to Kauai from the states (March 27th). We plan to get tested in the states before departure. Can we fly from Kauai to Oahu that same day without being subject to quarantine? Would spend the required 72 hours in Oahu and get tested again before returning to Kauai. Thanks

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Tracy, As long as have fulfilled the State of Hawaii’s pretest requirements to “transit” via Kauai into the State, then yes you can travel on to Oahu, however the process is a bit different since LIH to HNL flights don’t get scanned because it’s interisland. The Lihue Airport screener can scan and exempt you should your test result be in compliance with the Safe Travels Program rules. Please make sure you’re taking a test from a Trusted Partner: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/. Test is taken 72 hours from your final leg of departure, and the result is uploaded prior to departure (also have a hard copy handy upon arrival). Once on Oahu, when you’re coming back to Kauai you will again need a 72 hour test from a Safe Travels Partner with a negative test result.

  20. January Pawluk says:

    Aloha! We just arrived on the big island last night. My family of four all have our negative tests uploaded into the safe Hawaii travel accounts, and had another test upon arrival at the airport. It is my understanding that we must have another test done before our departure to Kauai on Monday morning. Does the second test have to be within the 72 hours we are in the big island? Or after 72 hours(which might be impossible during 8pm-6am)?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha January, The second test has to be with a Safe Travels approved partner within 72 hours before you depart for Kauai. Glad to know you’re headed our way.

  21. Erika says:

    Does a 2.5 year old need a negative PCR test prior to departing for Kauai, if he is part of our family, for the Kauai resort bubble requirements? Or is it not required given his age?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Erika, Current COVID test guidelines require pre-travel tests for children 5 years and older. However, children 2 and older must wear a mask on airplanes. Enjoy your stay on Kauai.

  22. Natalie says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. We are traveling direct from the mainland to Kauai on April 6. Some members of our family want to visit Pearl Harbor and take a day trip and fly to Oahu on April 8. They would leave in the morning and return that evening. How does that work with COVID testing? Would they need to get tested on Oahu before they could fly back to Kauai? I’ve read everything I can find about inter-island travel and I’m still not sure. Thank you!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Natalie, Those who want to travel to Oahu for a day trip will need a pre-travel COVID test result to travel back to Kauai from an approved Inter-county Safe Travels Testing partner. The Inter-county approved testing partners are found here: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/. Kauai has Costco, CVS and Longs. I imagine those who want to go to Oahu beyond their 72 hour pre-test window from the mainland-Kauai trip on the 6th, it would mean taking another test before leaving for Oahu. I suggest that those planning the Oahu day-trip, get their second test a.s.a.p. and make sure the results are uploaded to the Safe Travels site.

  23. Andrew says:

    Hi – I am curious about the 72 hrs timeline for a Covid test. I am traveling from CA to Kauai with a connection at HNL (layover of a few hours). Does my test result have to be within 72 hrs of my flight to Lihue or is it okay if it is within 72 hrs from my flight to HNL? Given the test timing and layover, it is possible the 72 hrs are exceeded by the time of my connecting flight to Lihue.

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Andrew, The COVID test must be taken 72 hours before the final leg of departure in California through an approved Safe Travels partner. Your inter-island connection is okay, as long as your boarding pass shows Kauai as your final destination and you are transferring from your mainland flight directly.

  24. Kristin Wright says:

    We are traveling to Kauai in June and staying 4 nights and then we are flying to O’ahu. Would we then be required to take another Covid test in Kauai before flying to O’ahu 72 hrs before the flight? And if so, could we use Kaiser to test as we are doing before our flight to Kauai? Or will we need to pay for a test?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Kristin, For Inter-county travel between Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, travelers will follow similar procedures as the 72-hour pre-travel testing program. Enter your trip on Safe Travels. Test results will only be accepted from a test taken in the State of Hawaii: Inter-County Trusted Testing Partners are found here: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

  25. John Sedeski says:

    American Airlines, “Let’s get Checked” home PCR test. Some facts to share.
    Just arrived on Kauai on April 6th.

    From East Coast, Scranton Pennsylvania.

    No local source for prompt PCR test.

    1.) The American Airlines home test kit includes prepaid shipping to the Lab.
    2.) Test is performed during a Live Video Conference. All aspects, from opening test kit, holding up your I.D., performing swab, packaging results. They direct and record EVERY step, and certify the time. Very easy. Took 10 minutes.
    3.) Saturday UPS pick-up was not possible for us. Dropped the test at the local UPS store. Left there 1 hour later.
    4.) Delivered to the Lab 36 hours later.
    Scranton Pennsylvania to Monrovia California. (and this was over the Easter weekend)
    5.) The Lab confirmed receipt/time to us in an email an hour after UPS confirmed delivery. Then the Lab notified us with test result and documentation 9 HOURS LATER!

    PHENOMENAL turn-around.
    Made our 72 hour window.
    Highly recommended.

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Great informaton,John. Mahalo.

  26. Matthew says:

    Hi there, question regarding fully vaccinated travelers coming into Kauai. Under the current rules, besides getting a negative COVID test 72 hr beforehand. Do we still need to stay at a designated hotel for three days or is there an exemption if we provide proof of our full vaccination? Thanks, can’t wait to be in Kauai again!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Matthew. With a negative COVID test from a Safe Travels partner taken 72 hours before your final leg of your trans Pacific departure you are not required to quarantine anywhere and can go directly to your accommodation of choice. Hawaii is working on a possible vaccine passport program, but that’s not likely to go into effect until May or June. We’re so delighted you’re coming back to Kauai.

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