Aloha Travelers,

Governor Ige held a press conference and confirmed Thursday, October 15, as the start of Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program. Following is an excerpt of the September 16 news release:

Honolulu — Gov. David Ige today announced a new leadership team that will oversee the state’s public health response to COVID-19 and the pre-travel testing program for COVID-19, which will start October 15.

Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), performed using a nasal swab, and can show proof of negative test results from a CLIA certified laboratory. Travelers also will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out a travel and health form. Upon arrival in Hawai‘i, passengers unable to provide proof of an approved negative test will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days or until they can provide proof of negative test results.

The gohawaii website has the most current, up-to-date information. The Pre-Travel Testing Program outline as of today:

  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab
  • Travelers are exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine if testing is completed no more than 72 hours in advance of arrival with proof of a negative result.
  • If result is not available by time of arrival, quarantine is necessary until test result is received.
  • All travelers (returning residents and visitors) of all ages subject to pre-test requirement.
  • Individuals are responsible for testing costs.
  • Travelers (returning residents and visitors) are not able to test upon arrival in Hawaii because this is a pre-travel testing program.
  • No commercial COVID-19 NAAT testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. Travelers without the pre-test will be in quarantine.
  • CVS and Kaiser Permanente are testing partners and details are forthcoming.
  • All Travelers complete the online Safe Travels Program form.
  • Information about how to submit test results are forthcoming.

Thank you for your continued support as Hawaii begins to reopen to trans-pac travelers, and your continued responsiveness to keep customers informed about the destination’s latest updates.


John Monahan
President & CEO
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau