Hawaii can be a great destination for vacation and travel for many, and has a booming tourist industry during most of the year. This is because it’s a gorgeous island with plenty of attractions and is also a U.S. state which means travel is generally a bit easier for Americans coming to Hawaii than for Americans going to other countries in the world.
However, since the pandemic hit in early 2020 there has been a great deal of change made to all kinds of travel including Hawaii’s regulations. And if you’re someone interested in travel outside of home for vacation or other purposes, particularly to Hawaii, it’s nice to know what to expect when it comes to planning for or traveling to this island state. Here’s what you need to know about the current Hawaii vacation travel restrictions and rules.
Testing And Vaccines
Anyone that has been vaccinated in the United States can upload their records to Safe Travels or bring a copy of vaccination records to be able to travel to Hawaii without the necessary testing and pre-travel routine as well as without quarantine upon arrival that help to prevent pandemic spread, starting July 8th. Otherwise, to bypass quarantine time in Hawaii you will need to have proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to the last part of your trip to Hawaii, which has to be performed by trusted practitioners. Safe Travels gives an outline of these procedures and answers to important questions.
If you do not meet the needs for avoiding a quarantine upon arrival to Hawaii, United States resident or not, you have to partake in a mandatory 10 day quarantine. This starts when you arrive in Hawaii and means you can’t travel in the state or go to attractions until you’ve spent 10 days in isolation to prevent any possible sickness from being spread.
Lifting Restrictions and Help
Hawaii has set its goal to reach 70% vaccination in the state, and when that goal is reached Hawaii plans to lift most if not all travel restrictions that are currently in place. Updates on this goal and travel restrictions can be found in a variety of ways, but is most trusted through any Hawaii government site or social media. If you need help figuring out how to avoid quarantine, whether you’re traveling from the U.S. or outside countries, or how to properly prove your vaccination or negative COVID test before arrival to Hawaii there are a few useful resources to help. As mentioned above, Safe Travels is one main option for this, but other options include CLEAR and Common Pass.
Travel updates are continuously happening as some of the main restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic are lifting and travel is becoming more and more possible for leisure as well as for business or education throughout the world, so if you do plan a visit to Hawaii you should check for updated rules and regulations of the current time yourself.
Understanding what restrictions are in place can help you to best prepare for your trip as well as be mentally and emotionally prepared for what may come out of your vacation or travel plans. As long as you understand what to expect and what’s expected of you to keep yourself and others safe from becoming sick, you can enjoy a lovely vacation option in Hawaii with plenty of things to see and do while there including great resorts, beaches, and more.