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Last updated Jan. 7, 2022    |      Reverse Route

Requirements for traveling to Oahu

The United States recently established new entry requirements for international travel, requiring that all non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants entering the country by plane be fully vaccinated. Limited exceptions apply.

In addition, the State of Hawaii removed its current entry requirements for international travel and aligned to the U.S. government’s order. 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 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.

Requirements for all international travelers as of Dec. 6, 2021:

  • Show proof of a negative 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 CDC attestation. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.
  • All non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants must be fully vaccinated to enter the country by plane (limited exceptions apply – see below). U.S. citizens are not required to be vaccinated, but they do need to meet the pre-travel testing requirement and sign the CDC attestation mentioned above.
  • Vaccinated travelers need to 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.

All international travelers

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the right to meet the requirements necessary for entering the U.S. and State of Hawaii. If you do not meet these requirements, you will not be able to board your flight.

Please note that some exceptions apply for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants:

  • 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 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. Download and print the form prior to arriving at the airport. 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 1 day 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.


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.

If you are an unvaccinated U.S. citizen, you do not need to show proof of vaccination, but will need to complete all other steps.

Print and complete the CDC forms

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


Print and complete the CDC 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 following CDC passenger forms either at home (recommended) or during check-in at the airport. Be sure to present your completed 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 and allow you to board the plane. Once screened at the gate, you do not need to be screened or quarantined upon arrival in Hawaii.

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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

Returning to Japan

Non-residents of Japan traveling from the United States within the past 10 days are currently restricted from entering the country. Additionally, as of Dec. 20, 2021 JST, all travelers coming from Hawaii (including Japanese nationals) are required to self-quarantine for 6 days in a government-designated facility upon arrival.

All residents returning to Japan from the United States are required to complete the following steps:

  • Provide a certificate of inspection no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. The certificate of inspection includes providing a negative PCR test result that meets Japan’s requirements. Click here for full details.
  • Provide a written attestation to abide by the following for 10 days:
  • Not use public transportation.
  • Self-quarantine
  • Download a required app and provide your location information

For more information, please click here.

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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