With travel becoming more secure for people, and Hawaii maintaining relatively low COVID-19 numbers, we are starting to see an increase in visitors. Effective July 8, 2021, rules have eased for those that have been vaccinated. Some mask rules have also eased and businesses can allow more people in the door. There no longer is a mandatory second COVID-19 test upon arrival, and you can travel interisland without retesting. Some further restrictions vary by island, and travelers are strongly advised to stay up to date on current rules.
Note: This page is being updated as official information becomes available.
What you need to know before you go
Please keep in mind that Hawaii has managed to keep COVID numbers low, and we would like to keep it that way. Hawaii’s Governor recently lifted the outdoor mask mandate. However, masks are still required indoors and in some outdoor situations like confined spaces. Mask wearing compliance if very high here, and we ask that our returning residents and visitors also comply, along with social distancing. The state is attempting to strike a balance between keeping communities and visitors safe and healthy, while restarting the economy.
Be fully vaccinated in the U.S. or test negative within 72 hours of traveling to Hawaii
Effective July 8, 2021, Hawaii’s Safe Travel Plan allows domestic travelers with a fully completed COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. to bypass testing and quarantine by uploading their information to the Safe Travels website. People are fully vaccinated on the 15th day following their final vaccine dose. Travelers will need to create a Safe Travels Hawaiʻi account and check county websites for additional requirements.
All others travelers who want to legally skip the 10-day quarantine still need to obtain a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their final leg of travel to Maui. The test must be an FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test from a certified lab that is also one of Hawaii’s trusted testing partners. Travelers are encouraged to upload negative test results, along with the state’s mandatory travel and health form, to the Safe Travels Digital Platform at least 24 hours before traveling. If you do not have a negative test from a State of Hawaii approved lab before boarding, you are subject to the 10-day quarantine.
We can’t emphasize enough that the test must be conducted by a provider on Hawaii’s list. The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept test results from trusted testing and travel partners.
Use the Aloha Safe Alert app
In addition to being fully vaccinated or having a valid negative COVID-19 test, people will need to download the Aloha Safe Alert App from Google Play or the Apple Store and present it to screeners at the airport. The app helps with contact tracing and can let someone know if they have been exposed to someone who has the virus.
If someone can’t get the app, another Google or Apple notification system can be downloaded. If a person does not have a smartphone, they must be travelling with someone who does and has the app. If not, they will be required to quarantine.
In addition, indoor spaces have been further restricted, including limiting stores to 50% of capacity. However, with current lower visitation, this is not expected to cause too many delays.
No test or vaccination?
Without a test or qualified vaccination, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine, which is in effect for all Hawaiian islands. Here’s what quarantine means in Hawaii:
- It means no leaving your designated self-quarantine location for any reason—except for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
- Food must be delivered at your own expense, so no sit-down dinners at local spots, trips to the grocery store or picnicking on the beach.
- Vacation rentals are not permitted as a quarantine location.
- Failure to follow this order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or 1-year imprisonment.
What to expect upon arrival
Upon arrival, travelers will also be required to have completed a travel & health form that includes your length of stay and return flight confirmation. You should have download the Aloha Safe Alert App from Google Play or the Apple Store ahead of time. You will be asked to present it to screeners at the airport.
Inter-Island restrictions have ended
As of June 15, 2021 restrictions on intercounty travel ended, meaning once you have entered Hawaii with your vaccination confirmation or negative COVID-19 test, you can travel to other islands within the state without retesting.
Keep up to date
Once vaccinations reach 70% in the state, it is anticipated more rules will ease even more.
Read the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels page for complete information before planning your trip.
Since pandemic policies and procedures are still a rapidly evolving situation, we recommend you bookmark and revisit this page. You can also find useful economic recovery information on the State’s Economic and Community Recovery Navigator.
- Face masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces unless exercising, eating or dealing with a medical condition.
- All people should maintain a minimum of 6-feet physical distance from people outside their household.
- Anyone who is sick should stay home or at their place of lodging
- Beach parks close at 7pm, and no grilling or tent structures are allowed
- Read the latest Maui County COVID-19 information.
- Read the latest Maui County COVID FAQs
Help the community
If you would like to help those in need, the Maui Food Bank could use your support. You can donate online here: https://mauifoodbank.org/
Because of partnerships the Maui Food Bank has in place, their buying power to purchase food and other essentials is greater than we could do ourselves.
Mahalo for your continued support.
Your Destination Maui, Inc. Team