Hawaii has reopened for most tourists after a lengthy interval but has enforced strict guidelines to maintain safety for the islands and their locals. Since Hawaii is a United States state, US Citizens do not require a passport to travel. However, each tourist and returning citizen must submit a Travel and Health form, popularly known as Safe Travels.
Effective 7/8, Hawaii permits fully vaccinated travelers to by-pass pre-departure testing. All travelers must have their negative test results or vaccine proof before departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.
The Safe Travels is split into three sections:
The Safe Travels application does not work on Internet Explorer. We advise using Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
The current process to do it yourself takes more than 60 minutes. If you want to save time and stress, we recommend using Atlys. It will take you under 5 minutes, and Atlys will automatically handle all components of your application.
Start by creating an account on the official Hawaii Safe Travels portal. Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete your application.
Travelers have to log in with their emails to access the travel and health forms, at which point they are guided to a page that asks for their general information. The form asks you to input and verifies your phone number to save time at the Hawaii airport.
The second page requires the travelers home address.
The third section is only applicable for tourists traveling with members under the age of 18. If so, fill out the minor's information, and add a section for each member that the section applies to.
Submit your application after reviewing your information.
Once you submit the previous form, the website will direct you to enter trip details such as travel dates, flight number, and hotel accommodation. If traveling with minors, check the box next to their name to account for their stay as well. For those staying in an Airbnb, put down the address of the Airbnb and host details for contact information.
The good news is that regardless of your vaccination status, you can avoid the 10-day quarantine! The only way to be eligible for the exemption is by getting a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.
How to Apply for Exemption from Quarantine using COVID-19 Vaccine?
How to Apply for Exemption from Quarantine using COVID-19 RT-PCR test?
Don't upload screenshots of your phone, mobile device, computer, or photos of your test; they will fail.
If you're confused by the last point, let's walk through an example:
The test has to be taken on or after Thursday of that week. Hawaii goes by days and not hours! You can get the test at any time on Thursday.
Upload the documentation on the Safe Travels portal.
The status can be one of the following:
Twenty-four (24) hours before your flight, fill in the health questionnaire.
Trans-Pacific travelers may be randomly selected to take a County administered COVID-19 test upon arrival. Travelers may bypass the post-arrival test by presenting a hard copy of their CDC COVID-19 vaccination card showing they have been fully vaccinated. You are only considered fully vaccinated after at least two (2) weeks have passed since the final dose of your COVID-19 vaccination.
Inter-county passengers arriving on Oahu do not need to create a Safe Travels profile and do not need to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test.
Trans-Pacific travelers who are subject to the 10-day traveler quarantine are prohibited from inter-county travel while in quarantine.
Once approved, the QR code should look like this. Please save it to your phone, and have a printed copy too alongside your COVID-19 test.
Before you take off on your final leg into Hawaii, be sure to find where your airline is giving out PRE-CLEAR wristbands. (Alaska, Hawaiian, Southwest, and United currently are participating.) Having a Pre-Clear wristband will expedite your arrival in Hawaii; you’ll be able to bypass the QR Code screening line in Hawaii, because you will have already been screened in your mainland departure city.
What are Hawaii's trusted labs?
You can find the complete list here.
I do not see a QR code after uploading my test. Whom do I contact?
You can contact the Safe Travels help desk at 1-855-599-0888.
I am traveling with children, are they required to take the post-arrival rapid COVID test in Maui?
Children under the age of five are not required to take any post-arrival test. However, minors between the ages of 6 and 16 must be tested even if their parent or guardian is vaccinated. Vaccinated children aged 16 & 17 with vaccine documentation are exempt from the post-arrival test.
What happens if I do not get a COVID-19 test and approved Safe Travels QR code before departure?
The ramifications vary but tend to be severe. Several travelers reported being asked to go to an approval quarantine hotel, not allowed to rent a car (only Uber), or stop anywhere on the way. In addition, the authorities will call the hotel to verify that you've checked in. Your key card will only open the front door in most hotels once to prevent you from leaving your room. This is an extreme case, but it can happen. We highly recommend getting a Safe Travels QR code before departure.
My flight number isn't showing on the drop-down menu on the Safe Travels website. What should I do?
You can enter the flight number manually. Some travelers don't know the exact flight number until the very end. In that case, use the best estimate or enter "[Flight Code] NA" - "LH NA" for example.
My flight is delayed. Are my tests and Safe Travels pass valid?
Yes, as long as your test results have been uploaded to the Safe Travels portal.
What test do people from California have to take from Walgreens?
Walgreens only offers the Purple Dot test in California.