Hawaii is once again open for business—but only to visitors from certain countries, and only with a specific set of restrictions in place.
As one of the first regions to reopen to tourists amid the coronavirus pandemic, Hawaii has rapidly become one of the most popular destinations on earth.
That being said, there are a few things you should know before you even begin planning your trip.
Who Can Go To Hawaii?
Most Hawaiian islands are currently open to travelers from the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Visitors from those countries do not need to complete Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine period, provided they meet a number of requirements (which we’ll cover below).
Beyond those countries, Hawaii is adhering to the latest CDC guidelines for travel. That means that anyone who has been in Brazil, China, the European Schengen Area, Iran, Ireland, South Africa, India and the United Kingdom in the last 14 days in not currently allowed to visit.
Visitors from other countries can visit Hawaii, but must undergo state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine period.
What Travel Restrictions Are In Place?
Travelers from the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan can visit Hawaii without undergoing the standard 10-day quarantine period, provided they produce a negative test result from a “trusted partner.”
Travelers from all other nations — other than those barred from entering the US by the CDC — must complete the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
All travelers must provide a negative test result before departing on the final leg of their trip to Hawaii. Those test results must be uploaded on Safe Travels Hawaii.
All travelers over 18 must register with Safe Travels Hawaii as soon as their flights are booked.
What Can You Expect During Your Visit?
Hawaii is still the home of picturesque beaches, majestic volcanos, luxurious resorts, amazing food, and world-class surfing. Not even a pandemic can change that. However, things are a little different on the ground these days.
There is currently a state-wide mask mandate—masks must be worn in public—with more specific rules in place from island to island.
Every Hawaiian island also currently has restrictions on public gatherings.
On Oahu, social gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed—including in restaurants and at functions like indoor weddings. Commercial recreational boating is allowed at up to 50% capacity.
Maui, Molokai and Lanai all allow gatherings of up to five people. Beaches and parks are currently open.
Hawaii Island (the Big Island), finally, allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, provided masks are worn and social distancing measures are respected. Indoor gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed. Beaches are open.
Because so many people are flocking Hawaii currently, you may have some difficult finding accommodations. Rental car shortages have also been noted—with some visitors renting Uhauls to bypass the problem.
While a vacation in Hawaii is not as easy as it was before the pandemic, it’s still absolutely doable, and well-worth the extra effort. Paradise awaits!