COVID-19 as of July 13, 2020 12:00 p.m.
Governor David Ige held a press conference on Monday, July 13. Due to the rise of confirmed cases on the mainland United States, supply chain for testing supplies interrupted because of outbreaks, and anticipated uptick in cases when schools reopen, the pre-travel testing program has been postponed to Tuesday, September 1. This new date is tentative and will be re-evaluated.
The mandatory 14-day travel quarantine will remain in place through August 31.
What Happens if I Travel to Hawaii Now?
The mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for all passengers (visitors and returning residents) arriving into the state of Hawaii on or before August 31. Additionally, operations, including peer-to-peer platforms or sharing services, may not rent vehicles to any person who is subject to a 14-day traveler quarantine order unless an exemption is granted.
People who are required to self-quarantine for 14 days must designate a hotel or motel as their designated quarantine location. No person who is subject to the mandatory self-quarantine is allowed to stay in a short-term or vacation rental.
The state of Hawaiiâ€™s Department of Transportation website further explains the entrance and quarantine process.
Every adult traveler (including officers and crew members) flying from the continental U.S., and international must complete the Mandatory Travel Declaration Form and the revised 14-day Order for Self Quarantine Form.
As this would mean that visitors would need to remain in their rooms for most or all of their vacation, travelers are strongly urged to postpone any trips to Hawaii.
Governor Ige has lowered the alert level to yellow – “Act with Care” – which enables more businesses to reopen. Everyone must continue to wear facial masks when entering places of business and as outlined in the governorâ€™s Emergency Rules.
Guidelines for Pre-Travel Testing Program â€“ Tentative Launch on September 1
Governor Ige said that the state still believes the pre-travel testing program will help Hawaii stay safe. He announced that progress on the program is being made and more details will be in place by September 1. Reiterating the outline of the program:
Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab
Travelers exempt for mandatory 14-day quarantine if testing negative no more than 72 hours in advance of travel
If results are not available by time of arrival, quarantine necessary until test results received
All travelers of all ages subject to pre-test requirement
Individuals responsible for testing costs
No commercial testing provided at Hawaiâ€˜i airports
The governor says the pre-test is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks, completion of the State Travel and Health form, and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher.
No COVID-19 NAAT testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. Therefore, we strongly encourage anyone not willing to get pre-tested, to please refrain from visiting Hawaii as our 14-day quarantine regulations will remain in place and are stringent (guests are not allowed to leave their room except to seek medical care or to go to the airport to return home; food is to be delivered to your door for the full 14 days; all costs for the 14 day quarantine are borne by the visitor). Your adherence to them is closely monitored. Violators are prosecuted.
Further details are forthcoming, such as: how long the pre-arrival testing requirement and quarantine process will be in effect, whether this only applies to travel from the mainland United States or does it also apply to travel from other countries, and how this affects residents returning to Hawaii. We will continue to update this page with confirmed information.