Given the ever-evolving travel environment and Tuesday’s announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding new international testing requirements, we felt it appropriate to address the impact to Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program and reiterate Hawaii’s entry protocols. First and foremost, despite not being part of the contiguous United States land mass, Hawaii is very much a state and not subject to these new CDC international travel and testing restrictions.
Under the new CDC rules taking effect January 26, international air passengers, including U.S. citizens two years and older, will be required to get a viral test within three days before their flight back to the U.S departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy). Or, provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19. If the passenger chooses not to provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
In order to visit Hawaii, travelers who participate in Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program and have a negative result from a Trusted Testing Partner (TTP) are not subject to Hawaii’s 10-day quarantine or any other restriction. Currently, Hawaii has established TTPs in the United States, Japan, and Canada.
Hawaii is welcoming travelers who participate in the state’s Safe Travels Program. Although Safe Travels requires pre-testing, the U.S. visitor has the advantage of testing within their own community rather than in a foreign country. Since its inception on October 16, 2020, one million passengers have arrived in the state. A complete rundown of the state’s travel requirements and entry protocols can be found by visiting hawaiicovid19.com/travel, however, highlights are detailed below:
Safe Travels Program Registration
We appreciate your continued assistance in keeping your readers informed as to how they can safely visit the Hawaiian Islands and take advantage of our breathtaking natural beauty, extraordinary open spaces, and unique experiences.
President and CEO
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau