Hawaii re-opened to visitors on October 15, 2020, but many people are uncertain how to visit the Aloha State under the new testing guidelines. Fear not - this article will break down the process and make it easy to understand so that you can visit Hawaii with peace of mind.
Hawaii is allowing unrestricted travel if visitors can present two negative covid tests - one before arrival, and a second rapid test at the airport upon landing. Here are the steps to take:
1. Plan to take a covid test within 72-hours of arrival to the Big Island. Hawaii permits NAAT tests, which can be found at CVS, Kaiser Permanente or through at-home mail-in testing kits such as VaultHealth.com (more options will surely become available after this article is posted). From what we are told by guests, the mail-in tests take only 24 to 48-hours to process from the time they are sent out, and are a good option for people who do not live in a city.
2. Create an account on travel.hawaii.gov before you fly to Hawaii. This is the website where you will upload the results of your covid test that will be requested upon arrival.
3. Fill out the Health Declaration Form on the Travel Hawaii website 24 hours before your flight. The form is short and takes only a minute or two to complete.
4. Save the QR code that is e-mailed to you from the Travel Hawaii website after they receive your first covid test result. You will be asked to show the QR code (either electronically or a printed copy) at the Kona Airport.
5. After your flight lands in Hawaii, you will be placed in a line for visitors wishing to avoid quarantine. Then you will receive a second rapid nasal covid test at the airport. The results of the second test should be available within 15 to 30 minutes, at which point they will call out your name.
6. After you receive a negative test result, you are free to leave and enjoy the island. If the test result is positive (unlikely after testing negative days before) then visitors will be asked to quarantine at their lodging for the duration of the quarantine periood, which currently (October 2020) is 14-days.
Hawaii is open again and, with a little planning, the testing process can be simple and easy. We look forward to seeing more of our wonderful guests in the future!