United States entry requirements

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Hawaii travel requirements

As of Nov. 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. EST, the United States established new entry requirements for international travel that vary based on the statuses of your citizenship and vaccination.

In addition, the State of Hawaii will remove its current entry requirements for international travel, as the U.S. government’s order will supersede. If all U.S. entry requirements are met, travelers flying from another country directly into Hawaii will not have to quarantine (unless traveling with an exception that requires quarantining).

Those who travel to the U.S. Mainland or a U.S. territory before traveling to Hawaii (even for a layover) will need to follow U.S. domestic travel requirements under the Safe Travels program to bypass quarantine. This includes creating a Safe Travels account and either showing proof of vaccination (vaccine must be approved by WHO) or a negative COVID-19 test taken from a Hawaii trusted testing partner no more than 72 hours prior to departure from that U.S. state or territory.

A brief summary of entry requirements separated by traveler type is outlined below. Full details on the new U.S. entry requirements can be found on the CDC’s website. A flow chart outlining the process can also be found here.

Vaccinated non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant

  • Show proof of full vaccination status prior to boarding. See details on accepted vaccines, as well as acceptable forms of proof of vaccination. Children under the age of 18 are not required to show proof of vaccination.
  • Show proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen) taken no more than 3 days prior to the last leg of departure to the U.S. All travelers 2 years and older need to complete this step.
  • Sign two attestations confirming your negative test result and full vaccination status. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.

Vaccinated U.S. citizen, U.S. national or U.S. lawful permanent resident

  • Show proof of full vaccination status prior to boarding. See details on accepted vaccines, as well as acceptable forms of proof of vaccination. Children under the age of 18 are not required to show proof of vaccination.
  • Show proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen) taken no more than 3 days prior to the last leg of departure to the U.S. All travelers 2 years and older need to complete this step.
  • Sign two attestations confirming your negative test result and full vaccination status. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.

Unvaccinated U.S. citizen, U.S. national or U.S. lawful permanent resident

  • Show proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen) taken no more than 1 day prior to the last leg of departure to the U.S. All travelers 2 years and older need to complete this step.
  • Sign a negative test attestation. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.

Unvaccinated non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant with exception

  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be able to board a flight to the United States unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the U.S. government proclamation and CDC’s Order. See the full list of exceptions and requirements for each listed here. Please note that some exceptions will require post-arrival testing, quarantine upon arrival or possibly even agreement to vaccination after 60 days in the U.S., so it’s critical that you read through the full requirements.
  • Show proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen) taken no more than 1 day prior to the last leg of departure to the U.S. All travelers 2 years and older need to complete this step.
  • Sign two attestations; one confirming your negative test result and the other confirming that you are excepted from the requirement to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.