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Travel to Hawaii during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN staffUpdated 20th May 2022
Hawaii is like nowhere else in the United States
Editor's Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated in its entirety on May 20.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Hawaii, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest

The federal mask mandate for public transportation was struck down in April by a judge. Masks currently are not required on planes, trains or other forms of public transportation. The Department of Justice filed an appeal to the ruling in April.
Hawaii dropped its statewide mask mandate for indoor settings at 11:59 p.m. March 25. The mandate came to an end the same day as Hawaii's Safe Travels program expired.

The basics

Visitors arriving from domestic points of origin no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a pre-travel negative test result to bypass a mandatory five-day quarantine.
The expired Safe Travels program applied only to domestic arrivals. International arrivals must still follow federal requirements (see below).
Hawaii's entry policy for international travelers aligns with the federal rules for air travelers that went effect on November 8, 2021, requiring noncitizen or legal permanent resident international arrivals 18 and older to be fully vaccinated.
Arriving US citizens and legal permanent residents are not required to be fully vaccinated.
Since December 6, all inbound international travelers 2 and older are required to test within one day of departure for the United States, regardless of vaccination status. This does not affect domestic travel.

What's on offer

Spectacular surfing, sandy beaches, traditional Pacific culture and rugged volcanoes await Hawaii visitors. Hawaii's geographical position and proud history make it unlike anywhere else in the United States.

Who can go

Fully vaccinated travelers are now allowed entry into the United States, including Hawaii.
As of November 8, unvaccinated travelers from abroad are no longer allowed, with very limited exceptions. Among those exceptions are unvaccinated children who are 17 and younger.
Americans are still allowed to travel to Hawaii, regardless of vaccination status.

What are the restrictions?

All restrictions on intercounty travel have been lifted, meaning no pre-travel testing or quarantining is needed for travel between the Hawaiian islands.

What's the Covid situation?

With more than 265,000 cases and more than 1,440 deaths reported as of May 20, Hawaii has seen relatively low Covid numbers compared with other US states. It had some of the strictest travel measures of any state.
In January, Hawaii saw cases of Covid-19 soar to the highest levels of the pandemic with the spread of the Omicron variant.

What can visitors expect?

Statewide limits on social gatherings, restaurants, bars, gyms and other social establishments were lifted in December. All county-imposed restrictions have been lifted.
On the island of Oahu, the Safe Access O'ahu program, which required proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter businesses such as restaurants, bars and gyms, ended March 5.
Maui County updated its rules on February 21, lifting vaccination or testing requirements for indoor public spaces.
Hawaii also has a statewide Malama Hawaii initiative that encourages visitors to give back to the destination.

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