COVID-19: Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine for all Arriving Passengers Remains; Partial Interisland Quarantine Reinstated

August 20, 2020


All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.

The start of the state’s Pre-Travel Testing Program has been delayed to October 1, at the earliest.


The mandatory 14-day interisland self-quarantine has been partially reinstated. This applies to any person arriving to Kauai, Hawaii Island or Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai), and traveling between these islands. It does not include interisland travelers arriving on Oahu. The period of self-quarantine will begin immediately upon arrival, and last 14 days or the duration of the person’s stay on the island, whichever is shorter. The interisland quarantine continues through September 30 unless it is terminated or extended by a separate proclamation.


Pre-Travel Testing Program: During a press conference held on August 18, Governor David Ige announced that the state is delaying the start of the Pre-Travel Testing Program. The program will not begin until October 1, at the earliest.

Through the Pre-Travel Testing Program, all travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Hawaii, and to show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The FDA-approved NAAT test from a CLIA-certified laboratory will need to be done prior to arrival. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. Click here for the initial July 13 press conference and here for the news release.

New information will also be posted here. Program outline:

  • 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 Hawaii airports

Statewide Mandatory Quarantine: The 14-day mandatory self-quarantine applies to all arrivals at state airports, including private and commercial aircrafts. All arriving passengers are required to initial and sign this order confirming they are aware of the 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. The period of self-quarantine begins from the time of entry into the State and lasts 14 days or the duration of the person’s time in Hawaii, whichever is shorter. Click here for the order and here for the twelfth supplementary proclamation.

Pre-travel Checklist – 24 Hours Before Flight

  • Check in with your airline
  • Domestic/International Travel: Download, print and fill out the mandatory Travel Declaration Form

Once travelers get to a Hawaii airport, they will have to show proof they completed their form and provide identification. After that, they will be expected to check-in daily during their mandatory 14-day quarantine. Visitors will be required to self-quarantine in their accommodations, and residents in their homes, but they may leave for medical emergencies.

Information provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority