Among the biggest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaii has eagerly awaited the return of both international travelers and those visiting from the US mainland. Given the state’s popularity as a worldwide tourism destination, authorities implemented quarantine and testing protocols for all arriving guests, with some regulations varying from county to county.

For travelers age 5 and over, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, a second NAAT pre-travel test from a designated testing site within 72 hours of their final leg of departure, and a completed Safe Travels Hawaii online form will allow them to bypass the state’s 10-day quarantine period.

Prior to travel, passengers should educate themselves and prepare for any additional county regulations. For example, passengers visiting Kauai must not only show proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test but must also test negative a second time after 72 hours on the island. A second test, as described above, is also required for travelers entering the Island of Hawaii. Maui asks travelers to obtain a second test, though it is not mandatory.

For the most up to date information, visit Hawaii’s COVID-19 website.

In a concerted effort to reduce passenger stress, Hawaiian Airlines (HA) is pre-clearing travelers departing from cities on the US mainland. HA’s Pre-Clear Program is available at the following US airports:

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Ontario International Airport (ONT)
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Phoenix International Airport (PHX)
Portland International Airport (PDX)
Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

For more information and requirements on Hawaiian Airline’s Pre-Clear Program, visit the airline’s Pre-Clear Program website.