Know Before You Go — Pre Travel Testing and Quarantine Guidelines
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.