Know Before You Go — Pre Tests and Arrival Expectations

Kupaa Kauai Hawaii now allows visitor arrivals without having to quarantine, with proof of being COVID free via an FDA-approved NAAT PCR nasal swab test within 72 hours of arrival.  Those with pending results may not travel. Positive test results must be uploaded  as a PDF (not a photo) on the State’s Safe Travels Program . Check out the approved pre-test providers here — make sure to check on outlets or mail in options. More guidelines are also provided provided by the Hawaii Visitors Bureau.

Anyone who has not uploaded their test results MUST quarantine until the State’s Safe Travels Program gives them the approval. Due to the volume of pending tests, this may take 2-3 days to be reviewed.Travelers may take a voluntary second test 72 hours after arrival. The cost, $150, is counter-balanced with a $150 certificate from a participating Kauai business.https://www.kauai.gov/visitorposttest . In addition to the test results, travelers to Hawaii must undergo a health screening process and temperature checks upon arrival. Before boarding their flights, they must fill out travel and health forms, which will provide a QR code to speed up the arrivals process. In addition Kauai County has four-tiered criteria for tightening restrictions, depending upon the number of active cases. See Mayor’s Rule #19 at https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19

Keep Kauai Open — Wear a Mask. Visitors 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.

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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.

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