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Hawaii Travel Restrictions: How to Travel to Hawaii and What to Expect

Hawaii Travel Restrictions: How to Travel to Hawaii and What to Expect

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Updated: April 23rd, 2022

Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program ended on March 25th, 2022. Domestic arrivals into Hawaii are no longer required to show a negative COVID test or a vaccination card.

Hawai’i’s Safe Travels Program has Ended

On March 1st, Governor Ige announced Hawai’i’s Safe Travels program for domestic trans-Pacific travelers will end on March 25th. Travelers arriving after March 25th will no longer be required to complete a Safe Travels application to enter Hawai’i.

The requirement to upload a vaccine card or a negative COVID test taken within 72-hours if unvaccinated in order to bypass the mandatory 5-day quarantine is no longer be required.

In a nutshell, domestic passengers can enter Hawai’i like it is 2019 again and party like is 1999 again. There will be no COVID restrictions for travel to Hawaii on March 26th, 2022.

For our international friends, the federal requirements are still in place. Direct international travelers who start their flight in a non-U.S. state or territory and end their flight in Hawaii must present both a vaccination record and a negative COVID-19 test result (NAAT or antigen) within one day of boarding a flight to the United States. Read our Hawaii International Travel Requirements Guide for details (we try to simplify the requirements).

And last but not least, the mask mandate.

Hawai’i’s Indoor Mask Mandate has Ended

The indoor mask mandate was dropped at midnight on March 25th, 2022.

The government stressed that masks may still be required on buses, public schools, jails, and airports. Private businesses also have the right to require patrons to wear masks, much like shirts and slippers (flip-flops).

We recommend you look for posted mask signs and keep a mask in the car or your pocket when visiting this spring.

Restrictions by Hawaiian Island

COVID restrictions set by island mayors have all been sunset. The last program to end was Safe Access Oahu, the program that required patrons to show a vaccine card or negative COVID test to enter restaurants, bars, and gyms. Safe Access Oahu ended on March 8th, 2022.

Maui, the Island of Hawai’i, and Kauai have no COVID restrictions in place that will impact your vacation. Restaurants have been allowed to return to full capacity but many have not due to staffing shortages. As mentioned above, a mask will be required to be worn indoors or in crowded settings until March 26th, 2022 on all the Hawaiian Islands.

Maui, like Oahu, had a requirement to show a vaccine car or a negative COVID test to dine indoors at a restaurant or bar but that requirement was dropped in February 2022.

Many state and county campsites are taking reservations again! Check the state and county websites to book.

Note on Inter-Island Travel

There used to be a testing requirement for anyone island hopping, but that requirement has been lifted. Now once you are in Hawaii and are not subject to quarantine, you are able to travel between the islands freely.

How to Enter Hawaii for International Travelers

We did our best to summarize the process for our international friends who seek a Hawaii vacation. Read our Hawaii International Travel Requirements Guide for assistance and official links for travel to Hawaii from an international airport or for international travelers coming from a USA domestic airport prior to Hawaii.

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