Know Before You Go — Pre and Post Travel Testing and Quarantine Guidelines
Kauai’s latest guidelines for visitors and kamaaina specifies that those traveling from a neighbor island to Kauai will be able to bypass the full 10-day quarantine beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5th. See full information at https://kauaiforward.com/travel/ that provides and excellent flow chart applying to kamaaina, trans-pacific arrivals to Kauai, and out-of-state visitors already on Oahu, Maui or the Big Island. Also see Mayor’s Rule #24 at https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
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, or bring a hard copy. If negative test results cannot be produced, travelers will quarantine in a Resort Bubble property until those negative results are produced, and may leave the participating resort for other accommodations with proof of a negative result. The Hilton Garden Inn at Wailua Bay, on the Royal Coconut Coast is included in the “resort bubble” (EQM) program. Resort bubble guests have access to hotel facilities around the property and agree to wear a special wrist band. Mask requirements and social distancing are mandated. Resort bubble properties also include The Cliffs at Princeville, Hanalei Bay Resort at Princeville Kauai Marriott and Timbers Ocean Club at Hokuala in Lihue and, in Poipu, Koa Kea Resort and The Club at Kukuiula.
Those arriving from directly from out-of-state must take a COVID test no more than 72 hours before travel from any FDA approved PCR or antigen test providing a negative test result. If results are pending, travelers may still fly to Kauai. In both cases travelers will have to stay in a Resort Bubble property and take a post arrival test no earlier than 72 hours after arrival. Travelers who do not participate in a resort bubble stay, must quarantine for 10 days at their accommodation or residence. In this case, visitors are not allowed to leave their rooms or units during this time nor are residents allowed to leave their home. Resorts on the Royal Coconut Coast that provide for 10-day quarantines are: Hilton Garden Inn, Hotel Coral Reef, The ISO Hotel, Plantation Hale Suites, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort and Pono Kai Resort.
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. For updates from Kauai’s Mayor, Derek Kawakami, go here: http://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19. Our Mayor has set up rules and guidelines for visitors and local residents on Kauai, which mirror statewide mandates from Hawaii’s Governor Ige.
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.