Know Before You Go — Travel Restrictions & Island Transportation

Kupaa Kauai

Current requirements To Travel To Hawaii:

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 covidexemptions@hawaii.gov.

Kauai County has also re-establshed gathering rules to no more than 40 people inside and 100 people outside. Restaurants may book up to 50% capacity only. But for events exceeding that, event planners must register the event with the county and verify the full-vaccination status or negative COVID test results taken within 24 hours of the event for all participants.

Masks are required indoors statewide at least through November 30th: 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 or pre-test results.

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.

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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.

      1. LUIS says:

        VACCINATE AND TEST NEGATIVE ON MAIN LAND(CALIFORNIA) NEED DEPARTURE TEST?

        1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

          Aloha Luis, No need for a departure test, though I believe New York may be requiring a test to enter. Have a great trip to Kauai and enjoy.

          1. Dawn says:

            We are travelling from Vancouver Canada to Kauai at the end of November. My husband and I are fully vaccinated with 2 shots of Pfizer vaccine. Do we still need a negative PCR test 72 hours before we arrive or is showing our Vaccine passport with QR code from Canada sufficient to fly?

          2. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

            Aloha Dawn, We’re glad you’re headed for Kauai. Your proof of vaccine uploaded to the Safe Travels website will be sufficient. However, bear in mind that while in Kauai, if you feel any symptoms whatsoever, please get a COVID test as break-through cases occur.

          3. Martine Dupuis says:

            Hi we have a trip planned to Oahu and Kauai, booked Lodging and rental cars a while ago. We are fully vaccinated canadians, i thought we needed a PCR test prior to entering Hawaii, from Canada even if we are vaccinated?
            We will need a PCR test to return to Canada, do you know where i can get one in kauai?
            Thanks!

          4. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

            All you will need is to register with the Hawaii Safe Travels program and upload a pdf of your vaccine card. PCR tests are available in the islands from several resources, depending upon the island. Those are also found on the Safe Travels Program site. We’re delighted you’re including Kauai on your itinerary.

      2. Rachel says:

        I am traveling with an unvaccinated traveler to kauai in october. If they receive the 72 hour covid test, do they still have to quarantine upon arrival for 10 days? or once they arrive and test for covid in kauai, do they only have to wait until the results come back? Are vaccine cards mandatory?

        1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

          Aloha Rachel, Quarantine is not necessary if your companion uploads a negative COVID test from an approved Hawaii State testing facility 72 hours before the last leg of departure and upload those results to Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program. Your companion may not wait to be tested in Hawaii. You will also need to upload a pdf of your vaccine card to the Safe Travels program in order to be cleared for entry into Hawaii. Hope this information helps.

      3. Gretchen says:

        Hello.

        I’m planning on traveling to Kauai at the end of November. We are a family of 4- 3 of us are fully vaccinated but our youngest has been to young to get the vaccine. Where do we get her a test prior to coming that is approved? We are coming from the state of Utah. Are beaches and activites still open on Kauai? Thank you in advance.

        1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

          Aloha Gretchen, We’re glad to know you and your family are headed to Kauai in November. If your youngest child is younger than 5 no test is necessary. If older than 5, a COVID test would have to be taken at an approved Hawaii Safe Travels partner location no more than 72 hours before the final leg of your departure. Check the Safe Travels site for information on approved partners. However as the date approaches, keep checking back to this page for updated information, if the rules change.

    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. german says:

            i need to get tested before going to hawaii, do i have to get tested in hawaii before coming back to california?

          3. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

            Aloha German,
            No testing required to return to California. Have a great time on Kauai.

  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.

  27. JoAnn Matthews says:

    Aloha! We are planning a trip to Kauai in July. We will fly from the mainland to HNL then to LIH. Due to the airlines, these are 2 separate flights. Mainland to HNL – American Airlines and HNL to LIH – Hawaiin Air. I understand we will need the Negative Covid test 72 hours before leaving the mainland, but will we need an additional test in Honolulu if we do not leave the airport and simply board the next flight? THANK YOU!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha JoAnn, Are your tickets linked, i.e. is Hawaiian Airlines the connector to Kauai? Part of the total booking through American Air? If so, the 72 hour advance testing parameter would be considered before the time of your mainland departure. Though we advise making sure you have printed copies of your results in addition to what you have uploaded to the Safe Travels site along with your QR code. I hope this helps.

  28. Leo Stewart says:

    I am a medical professional from Oahu with an exemption for travel. I have had both vaccines. AM I allowed to stay overnight at a resort bubble property or must I fly in and out from Oahu daily.

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Leo,

      With the new vaccination proof parameters, Kamaina are free to travel between islands as long as their vaccination card is uploaded to the Safe Travels site. Hope this helps.

  29. Cathy says:

    Departing Kauai to Oahu (airport only) then mainland is there anything we need to do? We did the requirements coming in just can’t find info for departure mahalo

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Cathy, Departure back to the mainland doesn’t require testing, unless your state requires it of all in-bound passengers. I believe that New York may be the only one. Have a great time on Kauai.

  30. Naiana says:

    I’m still a bit confused. My situation is: we’re leaving from continental US and having a connection in Honolulu before heading to Kauai. It’s a 2b connection. Should we count the 72h from departing from Honolulu-Kauai or SFO-Honolulu?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Naiana,

      The 72 hour window is in relation to your mainland departure as long as your Oahu time is simply a transfer. Hope this helps. Have a great time on Kauai.

  31. Chana says:

    Hello there. We are flying from Los Angeles into Kona on 6/9/21. Spending 4 days on Big Island. And then we have a flight from Kona to HNL at 8:44am and then connecting HNL to LIH at 10:25am landing in Kauai at 11:09am. I just want to clarify that 72 hour window for testing. Since we have to take a test on the Big Island 72 hours before, is it based on the 8:44am departure flight from Kona, or 72 hours from the connecting flight out of HNL into Kauai?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      As long as your Oahu Kauai flight is a transfer, your 72 hour test will work, though to be really safe than sorry, test 72 hours before your Kauai departure.

  32. Marisela says:

    What age do the children need to be tested i have a 3 year old?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Marisela, Children 5 and over need to be tested. Have a safe trip to Kauai.

  33. Melisss says:

    Sorry but I’m still confused about the 72 hours. If I do my test 72 hours before I arrive in Hawaii, but there are plane delays and I arrive later. Meaning I arrived past 72 hours .Or I get stuck in the long lines to show my QR code, will I have a problem? So when does the 72 hours begin and end again?

  34. Stephanie Metcalf says:

    Hi, my family of 6 will be traveling to Oahu and Kauai 1 month from today. YAY!!!! 🙂 With all of the changing requirements and restrictions, I just have some questions about the testing. I do NOT want to arrive and find out that I thought I knew what was expected and then be incorrect. We will be flying from Arkansas and will get a test from a trusted partner in Arkansas no more than 72 hours before departure. We are actually going to do a test 24 hours before, that is ok, right? It is a rapid test from an approved partner. We will spend 4 nights on Oahu and then on the 5th day fly to Kauai with an additional covid test taken after we have been in the state of Hawaii for 72 hours. In doing that and assuming the tests are negative then we can go straight to our accomodations without having to quarantine, correct?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Stephanie,

      As far as your test for your Arkansas to Oahu travel, the test needs to be within 72 hours of your final leg of departure, not from the time of your Arkansas departure. Please make sure your testing provider is an approved State of Hawaii testing partner and that the results will come through before you leave. That’s the important part. From first hand experience, I know that Walgreens can be very fast. Yes, you can go straight to to baggage and then your accommodation if you’re wearing the pre-clearance wrist-band provided by the airlines, otherwise, screeners at the airport will to a quick look at your Safe Travels information and QR code. If you’re renting a car, please expect a wait at the agency for awhile as all customers also have to provide the Safe Travels information including the QR code; then you’ll also have to provide that at your accommodation. Please make sure your rental car is lined up. There is a shortage nation-wide. Hope this information helps.

  35. Bill says:

    If traveling to Maui for 4 days and then to Kauai, is there a requirement that I be IN Maui 72 hours BEFORE I am allowed to test in order to gain entrance into Kauai?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Bill, As of June 15th, all that is required is one negative test within 72 hours of departure of your last leg of travel to Maui. Once on Maui, you may fly to Kauai without a pre-test. Have a good time.

  36. Susan says:

    If one is traveling from the mainland with a transit flight (layover) in Maui and final destination to Kauai, is the testing window 72 hours from mainland departure to first island arrival in Hawaii (Maui here for brief layover), or within 72 hours of time of final island leg of Kauai?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Susan, As of June 15th, all that is required is one negative test within 72 hours of departure of your last leg to Maui. Once on Maui, no need for any test to get to Kauai. Hope this helps.

  37. Mark says:

    We are flying directly from California to Kauai. Both of us are vaccinated and are getting retested 3 days before landing.
    Assuming we pass ar there any other
    hoops?

    We heard that some test status results use “not detected” instead of ” negative”
    Is that going to be a problem?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Mark, All that is required now is one pre-test prior to arrival on Kauai. I’m not aware of the “not-detected” result. Most approved travel partners for testing would provide a pdf of the result which would typically state negative. Please clarify with the testing site whether they report negative or not detected and if not detected, find out from the site if negative can be the result.

  38. Diana says:

    Hi there! We will be flying from California to HNL then to LIH. Just to confirm, we will need 1 negative COVID test within 72 hours of our departure from CA? And will we need a test to return to CA? Thank you for all this information!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Diana, If you’re departing from July 8th on and fully vaccinated, you will no longer need a negative COVID test. If you’re not vaccinated or traveling before July 8th, you will need one from a Safe Travels approved testing partner within 72 hours of you last leg of departure from the Mainland. You will not need any test to travel between islands, once arriving in Hawaii, nor will you need a test to leave the islands. Hope this helps.

  39. Cynthia Spagnoli says:

    Family of 5 from Massachusetts, 3 adults, 2 children, arriving Honolulu 7/9/2021. Adults fully vaccinated, children too young – ages 5/6. Children scheduled for testing 7/6 – 72 hrs prior to flight. Worry is that results of testing could be delayed. CVS can’t guarantee timeline. What is our recourse should this happen? Mahalo for assistance

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Cynthia,

      Another option for a pre test is through Walgreens, which is an approved testing partner and, from my experience, is fast with the results (and there was no charge). Have a smooth trip and enjoy Kauai.

  40. C. Malmberg says:

    Aloha! Thank you for your time and helpful answers. I’m wondering what happens with mainland visitors if they catch Covid in Kaua`i and their hotel is not able to host them during their recovery (either because the hotel is full or remaining rooms are too expensive)? Are there other emergency quarantine hotels or shelters on the island for visitors? Mahalo!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha, I checked in with the Kauai Visitors Bureau on your question and here is their reply. “We have a few properties that have been able to help with rooms for COVID positive guests, however, we have lost some of that option due to many of the properties being at 100% capacity for summer. It is a case by case situation and we work with the Dept. of Health to find a good location that suits their needs. Hope this helps

  41. Mary Graff says:

    Aloha,
    we have a trip planned to Kauai in January, we are staying in a VRBO, can you provide a status update on restaurants, shops etc?

    Thank You
    Mary Graff

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Mary,
      Glad to know you’re coming to Kauai. The status of operations in January for most businesses will be dependent upon how the situation with the Delta Variant unfolds, and whether COVID is truly on the retreat. I suggest checking in on Hawaii’s situation about 2 months from your planned departure. Hope this helps.

  42. Alyssa says:

    How is Kauai right now? My family is coming September 1 and we are wanting to come if things are open…we have heard restaurants are required reservations to be guaranteed to eat there. Will there be things to do? If I was able to get rent a car but not until a day after we get there…will be able to rent I have heard they want to see proof of a negative test but that will be after the 72 hours we arrive. Just wondering if this is all worth going

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Alyssa, With restaurants being limited to 50% capacity right now due to COVID, they are indeed full. It’s a good idea to make reservations well ahead. Otherwise, you may not be able to eat at a restaurant. There is a lot to do. Most of the activities are running, many of them daily. The proof of a negative COVID test if you haven’t been vaccinated is required to be uploaded to the Hawaii Safe Travels program before you depart. That COVID test must be taken within 72 hours before your final leg of departure. I hope this information helps. If you have been vaccinated, all you need is to upload a pdf of your vaccine card to the Safe Travels program. Hope this information helps.

  43. Karen Grorud says:

    If i have had a Covid shot do i have to do anything else before i go to Oahu at the end of Oct?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Just make sure you upload a pdf of your vaccination card to the Hawaii Safe Travels program and carry a paper copy with you. Glad to hear you’re coming to Kauai

    2. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Karen, Just make sure you have uploaded a pdf of your vaccine card onto Hawaii’s Safe Travels program, and carry a copy with you. Stay informed, however as there is discussion among Hawaii state officials about re-implementing pre and post testing as the surge from the Delta Variant has proved challenging.

  44. Jane Doe says:

    I am traveling to the U.S. from the CNMI, so if I am transiting through Hawaii, do I need a PCR test even if it’s just for an hour?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Jane,
      I imagine there are different rules for in-transit, coming from a foreign country. If you have been fully vaccinated and are carrying a your vaccine card, I’m sure you’ll be fine.

  45. Rick says:

    We were not aware of the 15 day window after second vaccination. Our trip is on 26th and the 15 window falls on the 28th. How strict are they with the 15 day window?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Rick, The 15-day window refers to the time for the second shot to be effective. I am guessing you’ll be okay, however, please stay informed as Hawaii is now discussing going back to pre and post testing as surge in the Delta Variant cases is a challenge for the islands right now. We will post information on our website page, Know Before You Go, as it becomes available.

  46. Shawna says:

    We arrive in Kauai October 21st 2021, will it be difficult to rent a car, and will the prices still be high? Also, if we have our paper vaccine card is it mandatory to upload it onto Hawaii’s Safe Travels?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Shawna, Please line up your rental car now. Fortunately October has less visitor traffic than in the summer so availability and prices may be more favorable. Check this site for more transportation information https://getaroundkauai.com. Hope you find this helpful.

  47. Shawna says:

    How do I upload my proof of vaccination on the “Hawaii’s Safe Travels” program?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Shawna, Please go back to the Safe Travels site and check the instructions. Hope you’re successful.

  48. Tammy says:

    We are planning a trip arriving Oct 18th. I am not vaccinated does Kauai mandate vaccinations to eat in restaurants or for indoor activities? If I get tested every 48 hours would that be good enough?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Vaccination cards are not currently required in restaurants. We recommend carrying with you a paper copy of your pre-travel COVID test results. Also please bear in mind that masks are required in all indoor settings. Once seated at your table, you may un-mask to eat and drink. Please make advance reservations for dining out. Restaurant capacity is at 50%. Have a safe trip.

  49. Lynn W says:

    I am travelling from Canada and require a post vacation test done 72 prior to returning home to Canada. Where can I get the test done and how much will it cost?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Lynn, Each of the island counties have testing sites that may vary. On Kauai I believe Costco offers testing, as do several medical facilities. Ask your accommodations host for recommendations. Hope this helps.

  50. Rachel says:

    Hi,

    I can’t seem to find any information on this, but if I am flying returning home from Sydney Australia to Vancouver Canada in January, the flight has a stopover for 8 hours (where I’d chill in airport) at Honolulu. Will I be subjected to a quarantine? I am fully vaccinated with Moderna but I just don’t know what the rules are for being on a flight and just stopping in transit when Hawaii is not the destination.

    I will have a negative PCR test to leave Sydney but not sure if that’s relevant or sufficient.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Rachel, Just to be fully cleared, I suggest you register with Hawaii’s Safe Travels program and upload your vaccine card. Carry a paper copy with you, same with the PCR results. Have a safe journey.

  51. Helene says:

    We are hoping to travel next May. What are the current rules for my granddaughter who is 18 months of age?

    1. Royal Coconut Coast Association says:

      Aloha Helene, Children under five do not need advance COVID tests. Hope this helps.

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