My Vacation Lady was so excited that Hawaii was reopening to tourism on Oct 15, but it seems that not all of the islands are on the same page.

Sunrise over Haleakala

What you need to know:

  1. You will need to take a Covid test within 72 hours of the time of the departure to Hawaii.  So if you are flying from Boston to Los Angeles and then Los Angeles to Maui, the Covid test MUST be taken within 72 hours of your departure from Los Angeles – Not Boston.
  2. Not all Covid tests are accepted.  It needs to be an FDA approved nucleic acid amplification test process by a CLIA certified lab.  So far the only approved testing partners are CVS pharmacies and Kaiser Permanente.  If you take the antibody or antigen test by mistake, you have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  3. The island of Hawaii (Big Island) is not participating in the pre travel testing program.  You will still need to quarantine for 14 days in your hotel for 14 days after arriving in the Big Island.
  4. You must fill out the Safe Travels Form online 24 hours BEFORE your flight.  You’ll upload your negative pre-travel test result and after you fill it out, you’ll get a QR code, which you can save to your smartphone or print out.
  5. Once you arrive at any Hawaii airport, you’ll have your temperature taken and you’ll need to show proof of the Safe Travels form (QR code) and provide ID.
  6. Keep this negative test results handy, since some hotels may ask for proof.
  7. Follow all local rules for stores, excursions, hiking in parks and hanging out at the beaches.  Capacity is being controlled.  In Tier 1 (current as of Oct 6), social gatherings (including hiking and hanging out at the beach) is limited to 5 people.  Bars and nightclubs are still closed.
  8. If you are flying from Oahu to any other Hawaiian Island, the 14 day mandatory quarantine is still in effect until Oct 31.  That means, if you are flying from Honolulu airport to Kauai, you must quarantine in Kauai for 14 days.  If you are flying from Kauai to Honolulu, no quarantine is required.

You can read the full article HERE 

My Vacation Lady LOVES Hawaii and we were planning to go in Dec 2020 but right now, we have postponed all of our clients trips in 2020.  I would probably not recommend traveling to Hawaii until it hits tier 3 (test positivity of between 1 and 2.49%).  We’re not sure when that will be put we are hoping that by early next year, we’ll be able to really explore Hawaii and do island hopping again.

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