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What you need to know about COVID-19 testing, vaccination
and regional travel requirements

Last updated Nov. 7, 2021    |      Reverse Route

Requirements for traveling to South Korea

A 10-day mandatory quarantine is currently in effect for travelers arriving in South Korea.

All travelers entering the country (including South Korean nationals) must provide a negative PCR test that meet these requirements:

  • The negative PCR test result must be issued within 72 hours prior to the date of departure.
  • Test result documentation must include the information listed here.

Travelers fully vaccinated in South Korea are able to bypass quarantine, provided that they meet the following requirements:

  • Provide a negative PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to the date of departure following this criteria upon arrival.
  • Have been fully vaccinated in South Korea (regardless of nationality) and are registered in the Korea healthcare system.
  • Depart South Korea a minimum of 15 days after receiving either a single-dose vaccine or the second dose in a two-dose series vaccine and are now returning to South Korea.
  • Take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in South Korea and test negative and are asymptomatic.

Travelers who were fully vaccinated outside of South Korea may also be able to bypass quarantine, provided that they submit an application and receive approval. Learn more.

Foreign nationals entering South Korea without a visa are also required to obtain a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA). To apply for a K-ETA, travelers need to provide personal and travel-related information through the K-ETA website at least 24 hours in advance. Learn more.


Returning to Oahu

The United States has established new entry requirements for international travel. These requirements vary based on the statuses of your citizenship and vaccination.

In addition, the State of Hawaii has removed its current entry requirements for international travel, as the U.S. government’s order supersedes it. 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 showing either proof of vaccination (vaccine must be approved by the U.S F.D.A or W.H.O) or proof of 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 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 U.S. CDC’s website. A flow chart outlining the process can also be found here.

Vaccinated non-U.S. citizen  |   Vaccinated returning U.S. citizen  |   Unvaccinated returning U.S. citizen  |   Unvaccinated non-U.S. citizen with exception

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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, 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 24 hours 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.

Vaccinated
non-U.S. citizen

This section pertains to vaccinated non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants and outlines the steps you need to take to enter both the United States and State of Hawaii. If you are flying from a non-U.S. country directly into Hawaii and meet the federal requirements listed below, you will not need to quarantine upon arrival. However, international travelers who fly to the U.S. Mainland or a U.S. territory before flying to Hawaii will be treated as U.S. domestic travelers and will need to follow the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program requirements to bypass quarantine.

Guidelines:

  • 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.

Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.


Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.

Make an appointment with a COVID-19 test provider in your area or purchase your test kit as soon as you’ve booked your flight.

Confirm the turnaround time for test results as well as the test type (viral NAAT or antigen test) with the test provider. Once confirmed, you will need to take your test no more than 3 days prior to the initial scheduled departure into Hawaii. Every traveler 2 years and older needs to take a test.


Take your test

Do this no more than 3 days before your flight to Hawaii.


Take your test

Do this no more than 3 days before your flight to Hawaii.

As a reminder, the test must be a viral NAAT or antigen test. Follow the testing instructions outlined by your test provider on the day of your test.

Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.


Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.

When you receive your negative test result, we recommend printing a copy and packing it in your carry-on bag. You may be asked to show a printed copy of your test result during the screening process.


Bring your vaccination card to the airport

Pack this in your carry-on bag, as you will be asked to show proof before boarding.


Bring your vaccination card to the airport

Pack this in your carry-on bag, as you will be asked to show proof before boarding.

Prior to boarding your flight to Hawaii, you will be asked to show proof of your full vaccination status by presenting your physical vaccination card. Have your card easily accessible in your carry-on bag.

Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.


Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.

Every traveler 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms either at home (recommended) or during check-in at the airport. Be sure to present your attestation forms at the ticket counter. 

Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.


Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.

From your departure airport, you’re able to get pre-cleared during check-in or at the gate. A Hawaiian Airlines Guest Services Agent will verify your documents. Once screened, you’ll be provided a wristband to indicate that you do not need to be screened or quarantined upon arrival in Hawaii.

Learn more

Traveling with kids?

If you’re traveling with keiki (children), here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Children two (2) years and older must wear a mask at the airport, while boarding, through the duration of the flight and while deplaning at their destination. Details on acceptable masks can be found here.
  • Children 2 years and older will be required to take a COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to enter the U.S. and Hawaii.
  • Every child 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms.

Review local policies and guidelines

Proof of vaccination is required at many establishments on Oahu and Maui.

Each island will have different requirements, so it is important to review the latest information on local policies and guidelines.

  • Oahu: Effective Sept. 13, the Safe Access Oahu program requires customers of restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to entering the business. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Please note that The Plumeria Lounge and HNL Premier Club Lounge are subject to this policy. See full requirements.
  • Maui: Effective Sept. 15, all bars and restaurants are required to ensure that all customers who wish to dine indoors are fully vaccinated. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Please note that the OGG Premier Club Lounge is subject to this policy See full requirements (page 11).
  • Hawaii Island
  • Kauai

Vaccinated
U.S citizen

This section pertains to vaccinated U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. lawful permanent residents and outlines the steps you need to take to enter both the United States and State of Hawaii. If you are flying from a non-U.S. country directly into Hawaii and meet the federal requirements listed below, you will not need to quarantine upon arrival. However, international travelers who fly to the U.S. Mainland or a U.S. territory before flying to Hawaii will be treated as U.S. domestic travelers and will need to follow the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program requirements to bypass quarantine.

Guidelines:

  • 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.

Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.


Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.

Make an appointment with a COVID-19 test provider in your area or purchase your test kit as soon as you’ve booked your flight.

Confirm the turnaround time for test results as well as the test type (viral NAAT or antigen test) with the test provider. Once confirmed, you will need to take your test no more than 3 days prior to the initial scheduled departure into Hawaii. Every traveler 2 years and older needs to take a test.


Take your test

Do this no more than 3 days before your flight to Hawaii.


Take your test

Do this no more than 3 days before your flight to Hawaii.

As a reminder, the test must be a viral NAAT or antigen test. Follow the testing instructions outlined by your test provider on the day of your test.

Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.


Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.

When you receive your negative test result, we recommend printing a copy and packing it in your carry-on bag. You may be asked to show a printed copy of your test result during the screening process.


Bring your vaccination card to the airport

Pack this in your carry-on bag, as you will be asked to show proof before boarding.


Bring your vaccination card to the airport

Pack this in your carry-on bag, as you will be asked to show proof before boarding.

Prior to boarding your flight to Hawaii, you will be asked to show proof of your full vaccination status by presenting your physical vaccination card. Have your card easily accessible in your carry-on bag.

Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.


Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.

Every traveler 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms either at home (recommended) or during check-in at the airport. Be sure to present your attestation forms at the ticket counter. 

Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.


Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.

This is an optional step, but one that will help you avoid waiting in line when you arrive in Hawaii. From your departure airport, you’re able to get pre-cleared during check-in or at the gate. A Hawaiian Airlines Guest Services Agent will verify your documents before boarding the aircraft. Once screened, you do not need to be screened or quarantined upon arrival in Hawaii.

Learn more

Traveling with kids?

If you’re traveling with keiki (children), here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Children two (2) years and older must wear a mask at the airport, while boarding, through the duration of the flight and while deplaning at their destination. Details on acceptable masks can be found here.
  • Children 2 years and older will be required to take a COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to enter the U.S. and Hawaii.
  • Every child 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms.

Review local policies and guidelines

Proof of vaccination is required at many establishments on Oahu and Maui.

Each island will have different requirements, so it is important to review the latest information on local policies and guidelines.

  • Oahu: Effective Sept. 13, the Safe Access Oahu program requires customers of restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to entering the business. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Please note that The Plumeria Lounge and HNL Premier Club Lounge are subject to this policy. See full requirements.
  • Maui: Effective Sept. 15, all bars and restaurants are required to ensure that all customers who wish to dine indoors are fully vaccinated. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Please note that the OGG Premier Club Lounge is subject to this policy See full requirements (page 11).
  • Hawaii Island
  • Kauai

Unvaccinated
U.S. citizen

This section pertains to unvaccinated U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. lawful permanent residents and outlines the steps you need to take to enter both the United States and State of Hawaii. If you are flying from a non-U.S. country directly into Hawaii and meet the federal requirements listed below, you will not need to quarantine upon arrival. However, international travelers who fly to the U.S. Mainland or a U.S. territory before flying to Hawaii will be treated as U.S. domestic travelers and will need to follow the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program requirements to bypass quarantine.

Guidelines:

  • 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.

Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.


Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.

Make an appointment with a COVID-19 test provider in your area or purchase your test kit as soon as you’ve booked your flight.

Confirm the turnaround time for test results as well as the test type (viral NAAT or antigen test) with the test provider. Once confirmed, you will need to take your test no more than 3 days prior to the initial scheduled departure into Hawaii. Every traveler 2 years and older needs to take a test.


Take your test

Do this no more than 1 day before your flight to Hawaii.


Take your test

Do this no more than 1 day before your flight to Hawaii.

As a reminder, the test must be a viral NAAT or antigen test. Follow the testing instructions outlined by your test provider on the day of your test.

Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.


Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.

When you receive your negative test result, we recommend printing a copy and packing it in your carry-on bag. You may be asked to show a printed copy of your test result during the screening process.


Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.


Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.

Every traveler 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms either at home (recommended) or during check-in at the airport. Be sure to present your attestation forms at the ticket counter.

Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.


Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.

This is an optional step, but one that will help you avoid waiting in line when you arrive in Hawaii. From your departure airport, you’re able to get pre-cleared during check-in or at the gate. A Hawaiian Airlines Guest Services Agent will verify your documents. Once screened, you’ll be provided a wristband to indicate that you do not need to be screened or quarantined upon arrival in Hawaii.

Learn more

Traveling with kids?

If you’re traveling with keiki (children), here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Children two (2) years and older must wear a mask at the airport, while boarding, through the duration of the flight and while deplaning at their destination. Details on acceptable masks can be found here.
  • Children 2 years and older will be required to take a COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to enter the U.S. and Hawaii.
  • Every child 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms.

Review local policies and guidelines

Proof of vaccination is required at many establishments on Oahu and Maui.

Each island will have different requirements, so it is important to review the latest information on local policies and guidelines.

  • Oahu: Effective Sept. 13, the Safe Access Oahu program requires customers of restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to entering the business. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Please note that The Plumeria Lounge and HNL Premier Club Lounge are subject to this policy. See full requirements.
  • Maui: Effective Sept. 15, all bars and restaurants are required to ensure that all customers who wish to dine indoors are fully vaccinated. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Please note that the OGG Premier Club Lounge is subject to this policy See full requirements (page 11).
  • Hawaii Island
  • Kauai

Unvaccinated non-U.S. citizen with exception

If you are a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. immigrant who is 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.

Additional steps required:

  • You will also need to 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. It is recommended to print and complete the forms at home, then present the forms at the airport ticket counter.



Traveling to another island during your stay in Hawaii?

There are no entry requirements for travel between the Hawaiian Islands. Once you’ve completed your requirements to enter the State without having to quarantine, you do not need to complete a pre-travel test or create a trip within Safe Travels in order to travel between the Islands. Read more about what to expect when traveling between the Islands here.



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