FOR TRAVELERS TO MAUI COUNTY

Trans-Pacific Travel

Trans-Pacific Travel

Trans-Pacific travelers are those who fly directly from a mainland gateway city into Kahului Airport.
This includes returning residents.

All travelers arriving into Maui County must complete the State of Hawaii Safe Travels online application.
SAFE TRAVELS PROGRAM/APPLICATION
Effective, June 15, 2021, those who are fully vaccinated (plus two weeks) with at least one (1) dose IN HAWAII no longer need to do a pre-travel test, AND you can bypass quarantine with a COVID-19 vaccination exemption when traveling from the U.S. Mainland to Hawaii. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to the Safe Travels Program or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii.

Other travelers (those NOT vaccinated in Hawaii), need to follow the instructions below.


Step-by-step instructions for travelers who are NOT fully vaccinated

Schedule a test within 72 hours of your flight

All travelers ages five and over will be required to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab in order to bypass the State of Hawaii’s 10-day mandatory quarantine. This includes those who are not fully vaccinated or who did not take at least one (1) vaccine dose in Hawaii.

The State of Hawaii will accept test results ONLY from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS.

Enroll in the State's Safe Travels program

Sign up for the State' of Hawaii's SAFE TRAVELS TEST.

Those who test negative on a pre-departure COVID-19 test no earlier than 72-hours prior to departure to Maui County (Maui, Molokai, and Lanai) may bypass Hawaii's mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Receive and upload your COVID-19 test results

Once you receive your negative pre-travel test result, you will need to upload the result to your Safe Travels Hawaii account PRIOR to departure or print out prior to departure with hard copy IN HAND when arriving in Hawaii. This step is crucial, as it will be the only means for airport officials to verify your Safe Travel Hawaii information upon your arrival in Hawaii. Failure to do either will result in a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Hawaii.

If you receive an indeterminate result or inconclusive result prior to departure, you will be placed in 10-day quarantine upon arrival.

Bring your QR code

Upon your completion of the Safe Travel form, a QR code will be emailed to you for each leg of your trip, which you need to present to airport personnel upon deplaning in Hawaii. The QR code can be either on paper or on your mobile phone, and must also be presented with a legally valid photo ID. Obtaining your QR code(s) for Hawaii airport processing PRIOR TO departure will significantly reduce your arrival airport screening.

Upon arrival, take a rapid COVID test

Maui County will provide an exception for fully vaccinated trans-Pacific travelers from the post-arrival rapid COVID test requirement with proof of vaccination. Trans-Pacific travelers will still need to take a pre-departure test (as specified by the Safe Travels Program) to be receive the travel quarantine exception. Upon disembarking your aircraft, your proof of vaccination will be confirmed, after which you may bypass the post-arrival test and depart the airport. Only original vaccine documentation to be exempt from post-arrival test, no copies or photos will be accepted.

Fully vaccinated means receiving both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, plus completing 14 days after your final dose. Proof of vaccination means presenting your original CDC vaccination card or certificate of vaccination downloaded from the CDC’s Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS). Please note that falsifying a federal document is a felony punishable by high fines, prison time, or both.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am fully vaccinated with at least one dose taken in Hawaii, must I take the post-arrival rapid COVID test?

Good news! Effective June 15, 2021, individuals who are fully vaccinated with at least one (1) dose done in Hawaii no longer need to do a pre-travel test, and they can bypass quarantine with a COVID-19 vaccination exemption when traveling from the U.S. Mainland (or Alaska) to Hawaii. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to the Safe Travels program or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. Upon disembarking your aircraft, your proof of vaccination will be confirmed, after which you may bypass the post-arrival test and depart the airport. Only original vaccine documentation to be exempt from post-arrival test, no copies or photos will be accepted.

Fully vaccinated means receiving both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, plus completing 14 days after your final dose. Proof of vaccination means presenting your original CDC vaccination card or certificate of vaccination downloaded from the CDC’s Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS). Please note that falsifying a federal document is a felony punishable by high fines, prison time, or both.

I was not vaccinated in Hawaii, can I bypass quarantine with a negative COVID test?

Travelers who were not vaccinated in Hawaii or who did not take at least one vaccine dose in Hawaii, can continue to bypass quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken from a trusted partner no more than 72 hours before beginning the final leg of their trip. Anyone without a negative test prior to departure must quarantine upon arrival. The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. For more information, visit HawaiiCovid19.com.

What if my test results are positive?

If you receive a NEGATIVE TEST RESULT or an INDETERMINATE TEST RESULT while you are in quarantine in Hawaii, you will need to remain in quarantine for 10 days.

If you receive a POSITIVE TEST RESULT while you are in quarantine in Hawaii, you will be required to go into isolation until you recover and at least 10 days have passed since the start of symptoms or positive test, and at least 24 hours have passed without a fever without the use of fever reducing medicine. Health services guidance will be provided to you by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH). If you are traveling with others, they will be required to quarantine in Hawaii for 10 days since their last contact with you, plus an additional 10 days after you are cleared from isolation IF staying together.

How much does the rapid test cost?

There is no cost to the traveler. 

How long will it take to get test results?

Your rapid test results should be available to you within 15 to 20 minutes.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Should your rapid antigen test return positive, you will be asked to return to take a confirmatory PCR test at the airport testing facility. You will be notified right away if your confirmatory test returns negative. Should you refuse to take a confirmatory test, or if your confirmatory test is positive, you will be required to complete the full 10-day quarantine at your designated place of lodging at your own expense.

I am traveling with children, are they required to take the post-arrival rapid COVID test?

Children 4 years and younger are not required to test.  Children 5 to 15 years old who travel with a parent or guardian will be required to take the post arrival rapid COVID test.  Children 16 to 17 years of age who are fully vaccinated and can provide proper vaccine documentation are exempt from the post-arrival rapid COVID test.

Why are you requiring a post-arrival test?

Maui County is first and foremost a community, so our top priority is the health and well-being of our residents. The post-arrival test provides an additional layer of protection given the limited healthcare capacity we have within the County.  Travelers who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to get a voluntary post-arrival test 72 hours after arriving into Maui County. The second test is completely free to travelers, who provided a pre-departure test. You can pre-register at: www.minitmed.com/travelers-voluntary.

What else should I know?

Maui County’s Public Health Emergency Rules remain in full force. Effective May 25, 2021, Governor David Ige's emergency proclamation rescinded a portion of the state’s mask mandate that required people to wear masks outdoors within 6 feet of others. Masks are still required indoors. Other restrictions include reduced occupancy limits in restaurants, retail businesses and activities. Maui Police Department officers regularly cite or arrest those who refuse to comply with the County’s mandatory public health rules.

Why does Maui County have such strict requirements?

As an isolated island community, our healthcare resources are limited so we must be vigilant about preventing COVID-19 infections, especially from new variants. Leisure travelers opposed to Maui County’s public health rules should choose a different vacation destination or delay travel to Maui County until public health mandates are no longer necessary.

What if I lost my original COVID-19 vaccination card?

If you lost or damaged your Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card and need a replacement, contact the hospital, pharmacy, or community clinic where you received your vaccine.

If you were vaccinated at a Department of Health POD in Hawai‘i County, Kaua‘i County or Maui County, click here to view your District Health Office phone number. Lost vaccination cards cannot be requested in-person at district health offices.

If you got vaccinated at Leeward Community College or Windward Community College, or if you don’t know who operated your vaccination site, call 808-586-8332. The Department of Health does not have the information needed to issue replacement cards for other vaccination sites such as hospitals, pharmacies or community clinics.

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