Coronavirus travel restrictions for visitors to Hawaii in 2020

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With all the coronavirus headlines in the news, you may be wondering what sort of effect it’s had on Hawaii. Naturally, we’re  concerned and paying close attention to the crisis. As such we are updating this page daily. Additionally, when there’s major news about Hawaii travel in this Coronavirus/COVID-19 era, we covering that news with new articles. Subscribe to our free email updates to be alerted to new information as well as our ongoing Hawaii travel advice.

Should you travel to Hawaii now?

The short answer is no. mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for all people arriving in Hawaii extended through at least July 31, 2020. There is good news, though. Starting August 1, 2020, with a negative COVID-19 pre-travel test, visitors can come to Hawaii without a quarantine. Click the following link to read our article with the announcement of the non-quarantine option to visit Hawaii with a negative COVID pre-test.

What are the requirements of the 14-day quarantine? 

On March 26, 2020, Governor Ige initially enacted a mandatory two-week quarantine for all incoming visitors and residents who travel to Hawaii. This order is currently in effect until July 31, 2020, however it will be extended beyond July 31, 2020 for all arriving passengers who do not obtain pre-travel COVID testing.

Here are the details of the quarantine per Governor Ige’s press release:

All visitors and residents arriving through Hawaiʻi’s airports will be required to complete a Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed onboard their flight. They will retain the form when disembarking the aircraft. Upon arrival, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with a valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint. The form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties.

The mandatory 14-day self-quarantine orders are:

    1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form.
    2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of your stay in the State of Hawai‘i, whichever is shorter.
      • If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your place of residence.
      • If you are a visitor, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.
      • You can only leave your designated quarantine location for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
    1. Do not visit any public spaces, including but not limited to pools, meeting rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
    2. Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider, or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by the Director of HIEMA.
    3. Comply with any and all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.
    4. If you become ill with a fever or cough:
      • Continue to stay in designated quarantine location, avoid contact with others and contact a healthcare provider for further instructions on treatment or testing.
      • If you are older or have any medical conditions (e.g., immune compromise, diabetes, asthma), consult your regular healthcare provider.
      • If you feel you need medical care, contact healthcare provider and inform them of your travel history.
      • If you need urgent medical care (e.g., have difficulty breathing), call 9-1-1 and let the dispatcher know your travel history).

Failure to follow this order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.  Enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaiʻi’s four counties.

The traveler is fully responsible for the cost of the quarantine.

When passengers arrive in Hawaii their temperature is checked and they are required to present a completed heath screening form as well as detailed information about the place of lodging and contact information.

>> For further information regarding restrictions and declarations, see the alerts page at the Hawaii Tourism Authority. <<

If you have any questions regarding this quarantine order, email local government at: CovidExemption@hawaii.gov.

So, quarantine requires that the visitor or returning resident must proceed directly from the airport to their place of lodging and stay confined to their hotel room for the entire 14-day period. There is no freedom to go out for exercise or get food or anything outside of your specific lodging. Violators have been cited, arrested, jailed and sent back to the mainland.

Precautions Hawaii has and is taking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

In late March 2020, Hawaii enacted the 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers – both visitors and traveling residents. This order decreased arrivals by approximately 30,000 per day. Incoming arrivals must complete a health form  and beginning the week of April 5, 2020, the Hawaii National Guard began screening passengers at Hawaii airports per HNN

Residents were asked to stay at home with few exceptions. Gatherings, dine-in restaurants and many recreational attractions were closed through May.

Officials advise social distancing and wearing a mask.

Restaurants are re-opening for dine-in service.

Many festivals, concerts and events that attract crowds have been cancelled for spring and summer 2020. Any event scheduled for fall or winter may or may not happen.

Hawaii attractions were fully or partially closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of June, some attractions are reopening to some extent.

Most Hawaii hotels were closed and boarded up through June. With the June announcement of reopening tourism starting August 1st with a negative COVID pre-test, hotels are beginning to announce their reopenings for August.

When will Hawaii be back to “normal” after the Coronavirus?

As we’ve already stated, the 14-day quarantine order is under effect through at least July 31, 2020. A plan is being developed that will allow visitors to travel to Hawaii without a quarantine starting August 1, 2020 on the condition that the traveler pre-tests negative for COVID-19 within 72-hours of arrival. Details of this pre-travel test have not been announced yet.

With social distancing requirements as well as the directive to wear masks, there’s a new normal, at least for now. Restaurants, hotels and attractions are having to determine how to best keep them and their clientele safe.

Potential “travel bubbles or corridors” with destinations that also have low COVID-19 infection rates is also under discussion. Opening travel with Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are the most likely initial travel corridor partners.

Subscribe to our free email updates to be alerted to new information as well as our ongoing Hawaii travel advice.

Additionally, check our homepage for any new updates. Our homepage is www.GoVisitHawaii.com.

How many cases of Coronavirus are there in Hawaii?

Unfortunately, yes, there are positive cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Hawaii. Through midday July 7, 2020, there are 1071 cases of Coronavirus. Cases have been identified on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii (Big) Island and Molokai.

  • On March 6, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Hawaii. The patient is a Hawaii resident of Oahu who traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship. The patient is reported as being in quarantine at home and doing well. (See this news report for more details.)
  • On March 8, 2020, a second case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Hawaii. The second patient is an elderly man who lives on Oahu and had visited Washington State. He is in isolation at a hospital on Oahu. (See this news report for more details regarding this case.)
  • On March 14, 2020, officials reported that two visitors from Indiana visiting Kauai tested positive for Coronavirus COVID-19. Prior to their arrival on Kauai, they visited Maui, where they initially showed symptoms. They are currently in isolation on Kauai and away from the general public.
  • On March 14, 2020, two more confirmed cases. The fifth case is a person who had traveled to Colorado from Oahu who was under investigation for the coronavirus and tests came back positive. The sixth case is an Air Canada flight attendant now on Maui. She had been exposed o a coronavirus patient in Germany.
  • On March 15, 2020, the seventh Oahu case was reported. The individual traveled to Florida, then back to Oahu.
  • On March 16, 2020, the eighth, ninth and tenth cases were reported. The eighth case  is a young, female, tour guide at the popular Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. The ninth case is a healthcare worker on Oahu who traveled to Las Vegas, which is now an area designated for community spread of COVID-19. The tenth case is a visitor on Maui.
  • On March 17, 2020, four more cases were confirmed positive. Here’s what’s reported so far about these cases:
    • On the Big Island – a visitor from the mainland. (This is the first case on the Big Island.)
    • On Oahu, the two cases are residents who have traveled to Japan and the Philippines.
    • On Maui, one new case, but initial reports did not indicate details.
  • On March 18, 2020, two more cases were confirmed positive. Both patients are Oahu residents who traveled outside of outside of Hawaii.
  • On March 19, 10 more cases were reported per Hawaii News Now. Eight of the new cases are on Oahu and the other two are on Maui.
  • On March 20, 11 more cases were reported per Hawaii News Now. Ten are on Oahu and one on Kauai.
  • On March 21, 2020, 11 more case were announced. Seven new cases are on Oahu. Two new cases are on Maui. The Big Island also added two new cases.
  • On March 22, 2020, eight new cases were reported. Six of the newly identified cases are on Oahu and two are on Maui per the StarAdvertiser.
  • On March 23, 2020, 21 new cases were reported per Hawaii News Now.
  • On March 24, 2020, 12 new cases were reported.
  • On March 25, 2020, six new cases were reported, bringing the total to 95.
  • On March 26, 2020, 11 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 106.
  • On March 27, 2020, 14 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 120.
  • On March 28, 2020, 31 new cases were identified bringing the total to 151.
  • On March 29, 2020, 24 new cases were added bringing the total to 175 per Hawaii News Now.
  • On March 30, 2020, 29 new cases were reported, which brings the total to 204. There have been no deaths reported. To date, 12 people have had to be hospitalized.
  • On March 31, 2020, 20 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 224. Sadly, the first death in Hawaii due to COVID-19 was recorded. Of the 224 total cases, 58 people have recovered per KITV.
  • On April 1, 2020, 32 new cases were identified bringing the total to 258.
  • On April 2, 2020, 27 new cases were reported bringing the total to 285. Sadly, one new death occurred due to COVID-19 bringing the total deaths to two people.
  • On April 3, 2020, 34 new cases were reported bringing the total to 319. Officials also announced a third person has died in Hawaii due to COVID-19.
  • On April 4, 2020, 32 new cases were identified and an fourth person has dies in Hawaii due to COVID-19. The total cases stands at 351 per HNN.
  • On April 5, 2020, 20 new cases were reported, increasing the total to 371. At this point, 21 people have required hospitalization. Of the 371 cases, 85 people have recovered and have been released from isolation.
  • On April 6, 2020, 16 new cases were added, bringing the total to 387. Another death was reported, which now totals five. Of those identified in Hawaii, 89 have been released from isolation.
  • On April 7, 2020, 23 new cases were identified bringing the total to 410.
  • On April 8, 2020, 25 new cases were identified and sixth death was recorded in Hawaii due to COVID-19.
  • On April 9, 2020, officials reported only seven new cases bringing the total to 442. Of all the cases identified so far, 251 of them have been released from isolation so far.
  • On April 10, 2020, 23 new cases were identified bringing the total to 465. The seventh and eighth deaths were reported.
  • On April 11, 2020, 21 new cases were reported bringing the total to 486. The ninth death attributed to COVID-19 in Hawaii was reported.
  • On April 12, 2020, 13 new cases were announced bringing the total to 499.
  • On April 13, 2020, only five new cases were confirmed bringing the total to 504.
  • On April 14, 2020, 13 new cases were identified bringing the cumulative total to 517. Of all the cases so far, 304 of them have recovered and have been released from isolation.
  • On April 15, 2020, 13 more cases were added bringing the total to 530.
  • On April 16, 2020, 11 more cases were added increasing the cumulative total to 541.
  • On April 17, 2020, 12 more cases were identified bringing the total to 553. Of those cases, 390 have recovered.
  • On April 18, 2020, 21 new cases were reported. Most of those cases were from the Big Island of Hawaii, where there’s been a cluster of cases related to the McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona.
  • On April 19, 2020, six new cases were identified bringing the total to 580. Of those positive cases 414 have recovered and been released from isolation. Sadly, the tenth death was reported. The patient was a visitor in the age range of 40 to 59.
  • On April 20, 2020, only four new cases were identified bringing the total to 584.
  • On April 21, 2020, only two new cases were reported, bringing the total to 586. Sadly, two more deaths were reported, which brings the total deaths to 12.
  • On April 22, 2020, six new cases were reported, bringing the total to 592.
  • On April 23, 2020, four new cases were reported increasing the total to 596.
  • On April 24, 2020, five new cases were reported bringing the total to 601. Sadly two new additional deaths due to COVID-19 were reported bringing that total to 14.
  • On April 25, 2020, three new cases were reported bringing the total to 604.
  • On April 26, 2020, two new cases were reported bringing the total to 606.
  • On April 27, 2020, only one new case was reported bringing the total to 607. Of the positive cases, 493 of them have recovered and been released from isolation. Unfortunately two new deaths were reported bringing the death toll to 16.
  • On April 28, 2020, only two new cases were identified bringing the cumulative total to 609. Many of them, over 500, have recovered and been released from isolation.
  • On April 29, 2020, four new cases were reported bringing the total to 613.
  • On April 30, 2020, five new cases were reported bringing the total to 618. There’s some good news in that all of Kauai’s cases are recovered. More good news in that for the first time in weeks, there were no new cases identified on Oahu.
  • On May 1, 2020, one new case was reported bringing the total to 619. Of all the cases so far, 532 have recovered and been released from isolation.
  • On May 2, 2020, one new case was reported bringing the total to 620. Over 540 of them have recovered and been released from isolation.
  • On May 3, 2020, two new cases were reported and also two duplicate cases were identified, which keeps the total at 620.
  • On May 4, 2020, only one new case was reported along with the 17th death.
  • On May 5, 2020, four new cases were reported bringing the cumulative total to 625.
  • On May 6, 2020, only one case was identified bringing the total to 626.
  • On May 7, 2020, three new cases were identified bringing the total to 629.
  • On May 8, 2020, there were no new cases!
  • On May 9, 2020, there were three new cases, bringing to the total to 631. (It appears that there have been some data correction by the DOH.)
  • On May 10, 2020, there was one new case bringing the total to 632.
  • On May 11, 2020, there were two new cases bringing the total to 634. Of those cases, 561 have recovered and been released from isolation.
  • On May 12, 2020, there was one new case bringing the total to 635. The Big Island of Hawaii has reported that they have no active cases, joining Kauai as the other island without an active case.
  • On May 13, 2020, there were three new cases reported, which brings the total to 638.
  • On May 14, 2020, there were no new cases reported. The total remains at 637. Note that a calculation error was discovered, as yesterday’s total was reported at 638. The error has been corrected to 637.
  • On May 15, 2020, there was one new case reported, which brings the total to 638. Note that this case was later deemed a false positive. So the total continues to remain at 637.
  • On May 16, 2020, there were two new cases reported, bringing the total to 639.
  • On May 17, 2020, there was one new case, bringing the total to 640.
  • On May 18, 2020, there were no new cases, so the total remains at 640.
  • On May 19, 2020, there was one new case added bringing the cumulative total to 641. Of the total, 578 have recovered.
  • On May 20, 2020, there were two new cases added, which increases the total to 643.
  • On May 21, 2020, there were four new cased identified, bringing the total to 647.
  • On May 22, 2020, there were no new cases. There were minus 5 cases, if you will, as the numbers were adjusted to remove some tests which were inconclusive. That brings the statewide total to 642.
  • On May 23, 2020, there was one new case bringing the cumulative total to 643.
  • On May 24, 2020, there were no new cases, which keeps the total at 643.
  • On May 25, 2020, there were no new cases, which keeps the total at 643.
  • On May 26, 2020, for the third day in a row, there were no cases keeping the total for 643.
  • On May 27, 2020, there was one new case reported increasing the cumulative total to 644. Of all those cases 600 have been released from isolation and the death toll still stands at 17.
  • On May 28, 2020, there were three new cases reported increasing the total to 647.
  • On May 29, 2020, there were three new cases. The new total is 649 as a previous presumptive positive specimen was retested and determined to be negative.
  • On May 30, 2020, there were three new cases, bringing the total to 652.
  • On May 31, 2020, there was one new case, bringing the total to 652 with new data correction. Of the total number of cases, 608 people have been released from isolation.
  • On June 1, 2020, there were no new cases, which keeps the total to 652.
  • On June 2, 2020, there was one new case, which brings the total to 653.
  • On June 3, 2020, there was one new case bringing the total to 653 with data correction. At this reporting, there were 24 total active cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii.
  • On June 4, 2020, there were two new cases reported, which increases the cumulative total to 655.
  • On June 5, 2020, there were six new cases reported along with three “old” cases that were added back into the database. The increase in new cases over the recent trend is being attributed to Memorial Day. The new cumulative total is at 664.
  • On June 6, 2020, there were nine new cases reported bringing the total to 673.
  • On June 7, 2020, there were two new cases, which brought the total to 675.
  • On June 8, 2020, there was one new case increasing the total to 676.
  • On June 9, 2020, there were six new cases, bringing the total to 682.
  • On June 10, 2020, there was a net 3 new cases bringing the total to 685.
  • On June 11, 2020, there were 7 new cases which increases the total to 692.
  • On June 12, 2020, there were 15 new cases which increases the total to 706.
  • On June 13, 2020, there were 17 new cases, which brings the total to 723.
  • On June 14, 2020, there were 5 new cases bringing the total to 728.
  • On June 15, 2020, there were 8 new cases increasing the cumulative total cases to 736.
  • On June 16, 2020, there were 4 new cases increasing the total to 740.
  • On June 17, 2020, there were 5 new cases, however the net total increase went to 744.
  • On June 18, 2020, there were 18 new cases increasing the total to 762.
  • On June 19, 2020, there were 27 new cases, which is the largest single day increase since April. The cumulative total is now at 789.
  • On June 20, 2020, there were 14 bringing the cumulative total to 803.
  • On June 21, 2020, there were 11 increasing the total to 814
  • On June 22, 2020, there were four new cases bringing the total to 816. (Note that the DOH indicated that two cases have been removed from the total due to an update.)
  • On June 23, 3030, there were three new cases increasing the total to 819.
  • On June 24, 2020, there were 16 new cases bringing the total to 835.
  • On June 25, 2020, there were 16 new cases bringing the total to 850 with data correction.
  • On June 26, 2020, there were 17 new cases. With data correction, the total increased to 866.
  • On June 27, 2020, there were 6 new cases increasing the total to 872. Sadly today, the 18th death was announced.
  • On June 28, 2020 there were 27 new cases announced, which brings the total to 899.
  • On June 29, 2020, there were two new cases. With data correction, the total number of cumulative cases was increased to 900. At this point 82% of the people who have contracted COVID in Hawaii have recovered. Hawaii has the lowest mortality rate in the U.S.
  • On June 30, 2020, there were 18 new cases. With data correction, the total increased to 917.
  • On July 1, 2020, there were 9 new cases increasing the total to 926.
  • On July 2, 2020, there were 20 new cases bringing the cumulative total to 946.
  • On July 3, 2020, there were 29 new cases increasing the total to 975. Sadly the 19th death was recorded.
  • On July 4, 2020, there were 24 new cases bringing the total to 999.
  • On July 5, 2020, there were 25 new cases. With data correction, the total was increased to 1023.
  • On July 6, 2020, there were 7 new cases increasing the total to 1030.
  • On July 7, 2020, there were 41 new cases, which is the largest one day total.

Notes:

  • The Department of Health has done periodic data correction to eliminate false positives and duplicate reports.
  • With the initial cases in March more details were provided. As time progressed and, unfortunately, the number rose, and details were not reported.
  • Most of the cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii are on Oahu, which is the most populated island.
  • The vast majority of all cases in Hawaii are island residents who traveled outside of Hawaii. In late March, it was determined that 80% of the cases were brought in by residents who traveled outside of the state. That number has most likely increased after the severe drop (100 to 400 instead of 30,000 per day) in tourists coming to Hawaii.
  • Though not proven directly connected to Hawaii, it’s worth noting that there was a Japanese couple, a Canadian doctor and an Colorado nurse practitioner who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to their homes from their vacations to Hawaii.

We will continue to monitor this Coronavirus situation and update this page as new reports are released.

What you need to know about the Coronavirus

The following Hawaii Department of Health’s flyer provides information about the virus and the precautions everyone should take.

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Additional resources for information on the Coronavirus in Hawaii

For more information, check the following resources:

Hawaii Tourism Authority alerts related to the coronavirus COVID-19 Note that this alert page lists many resources as well as travel waivers notices from airlines.

Hawaii Department of Health advisories page for the coronavirus

Center for Disease Control page for the coronavirus

A word of caution as you read the comments below:

This situation has changed rapidly. Policies that may have been valid weeks, days or even hours ago, may no longer be valid. If you read the comments, be sure and note the date.

We are updating this article multiple times per week. It’s better to read this article rather than the comments to know the latest and most up to date information.

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  1. My wife my daughter and my sister in law are scheduled to visit the big island in mid April 2020 for a week. Are there any restrictions pertaining to their trip?
    Thank you
    Steve

      1. has any of this changed if i wanted to fly there to see my husbdand within the next few days can i? fly there from WV?

        1. Be sure and read the dates of any comments as this situation has changed rapidly! Read the article and not the comments for up to date information.

          Hawaii officials are considering a 14-day mandatory quarantine on incoming visitors. When/if this is implemented, we don’t yet know.

  2. I feel the best advice to help Hawaii, is watch people all people coming into Hawaii right now March 8, before we have the Covid 19 out of control in Hawaii, because for one we have a lot of people coming in from Asian countries, that bring our bread and butter money in Hawaii. I live on Maui and is born here on Maui, I’m 67 years old I have said nothing before about people coming into my islands that I was born on and live here, but this time I’m opening my “MOUTH” by saying please help us older ones and watch who is coming into our islands! Aloha…..

    1. We wish we had a definitive answer for you, but unfortunately no one does.

      All we can do is point you to the facts that are known as of now. There are two confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Hawaii and those individuals both live on Oahu.

      If you are concerned about your trip, it might be helpful to consider your options. Many airlines are offering travel waivers.

      1. I am have resversation at the 4 seasons in kona , for 3/20 , cant deciied if we should cancel

  3. Are they testing anybody? Hard to have positive cases if no testing is happening. How many have been tested negative in Hawaii?

    1. James,
      Therein lies the problem
      I’m attending an MCAA conference in Mauii this weekend
      and I’m alot concerned that the DOH in Hawaii has turned a blind eye to this
      for whatever reason. I gotta feeling its going to get ugly this weekend after a number of test results come back. I guess they can afford it, attendance will be more profitable than any litigation it may bring.

        1. The Star-Advertiser is a reputable news source.

          Have you checked to see if you can cancel your flight, accommodation and such? Many airlines and hotels are offering the travel waivers in light of the Coronavirus.

  4. I Have a family trip planned for the last week in May. Should I be concerned that the trip will be cancelled?

  5. I’ve been planning a trip since last year for May 14th-17th. I’m concerned because my elderly parents live with me, and I’m going with my 3 year old. I don’t want to go if everyone is in panic mode, or if there is a long quarantine period.

    1. So much could happen between now and then that it’s impossible to know what to do now. Your trip is two months away … thinking hopefully, that could possibly provide enough time for the virus to slow down significantly.

    1. It’s as “safe” as any other travel…arguably “safer” than flights to/from outside of Hawaii due to the shorter duration. However, the Hawaii Department of Health states the following advice:
      “Seniors are at a greater risk for COVID-19, especially those who have underlying health conditions. Older adults and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid non-essential travel, including cruises. Neighbor island residents with scheduled medical treatment or follow-up care on Oahu should consult with their doctors. Seniors should avoid large crowds, wash their hands often, and keep medications and groceries on-hand.”

  6. Supposed to come to Kona on April 1st and we are still wanting to come. I have read the articles and will stay up to date. My questions though is will restaurants be open, and will there be food/supplies in the grocery stores? We will be in a condo so we are fine with cooking all of our own meals but want to make sure there will be food available!

    1. We haven’t heard of any plans to shut down food supplies and/or restaurants. As of today, restaurants are operating as normal, though probably not as busy as normal.

  7. Hi Sheila,

    I live in the UK and am due to travel to Honolulu on the 31st March. Does the recent travel ban by the US include Hawaii?

  8. We are due to travel to Waikiki staying at the Sheraton princess on the 25th may what should we do ????

  9. As a visitor to Maui, we told there will be no restaurants opened as of tomorrow. Where can we get food?

    1. In the governor’s press conference yesterday, he said restaurants should stop dining room service. Instead, he recommended restaurants move to take-out only.

  10. I work for one of the major activity company located on Waikiki Beach, offering Surf/SUP lessons, Outrigger Canoe Surfing and Beach Umbrella & Chair rentals. The business is still open. It would be best to contact the hotel directly and also activity companies that you were interested in participating and to visit to see if they’re open.

  11. I’m scheduled to fly to Maui tomorrow. I had reservation for a Haleakalā sunrise which was cancelled. Is there any restrictions in doing to Road to Hana?

    1. As far as we know, the road to Hana is open for anyone to drive. You will likely encounter closures along the way. For example, one of the most spectacular parks along the way, Wai’anapanapa is closed.

      The governor of Hawaii has asked visitors to postpone trips by at least 30 days.

  12. I have flights to Honolulu from San Diego this Saturday. been to Hawaii many times so we wouldn’t be doing any sight seeing. was just thinking of hiking and going to the beach and getting take out food. I know the governor’s request not to visit. as a local living there, would you recommend that I cancel my trip?

    1. It would be unwise for us to offer any advice that differs from what government officials recommend.

  13. Hello there!

    This is such a helpful website especially for those of us who have planned trips to Hawaii. Okay so I have destination wedding I’ve been invited to attend mid July in Princeville Kaui. I’ve been planning this trip for a while. I’m hoping the virus will have slowed down significantly beacuse I really want to go. I’m hearing airline travel may still not be safe because of the recycled air in the cabins. If one person gets sick on a plane then it could spread to everyone else too and get them sick. Is this true? Will it be safe to travel in late July? How can I reassure my partner? Everything is up in the air and I’m not sure what to do. I’m praying for world’s speedy recovery and health these days. Thank you so much in advance.
    Miliana

    1. Thank you for the kind words.

      Many airplanes have HEPA filtration systems which filter out nearly all viruses. (HEPA filtration systems are used in hospitals to prevent the spread of airborn germs.)

      It’s the close proximity to people who may be carrying a virus that’s more of the concern. As you said, hopefully by then the virus would have slowed down and there won’t be as much of a chance of being near an infected individual.

  14. Thank you for informing the public on essential issues. I’m going to postpone my dream-trip to the big island for better times. In the case of a pandemic, every human has to be responsible and stay at home unless some urgent affairs.

  15. My wife and I have a fully paid for up front vacation for our 12th anniversary in last part of August / first week in Sept on Kauai. We are scheduled to fly into the Big Island airport, then a puddle jumper to Kauai.

    Do we need to cancel this trip ? Worst part about this is our drivers licenses will no longer be good to travel on after Sept. 20th, so a later trip is not possible for a long time.

    What do we do ?

    1. We have no way of knowing if this crisis will be over by then, but we would definitely hope so.

      1. Are there any travel or flying restrictions in place right now for the Big Island or Kauai ?

        1. There are no current travel restrictions or disruptions of flights between Hawaii (Big) Island and Kauai or any of the islands.

  16. My family will be traveling to Hawaii in June for 2 weeks and I was wondering if that is far enough out to be safe. I am hoping everything will be back to normal or closer to normal by then to be a good vacation., What do you think ?
    Just looking for some assurance I really really need this get away I work a high pressure job and I need the break.

  17. Everyone just needs to stay home for at least 2 to 4 weeks. I know Hawaii is a wonderful place to visit. But think of the local people that live there. Think about how big are the hospitals and are they able to take care of a lot of people if it blows up full force. A person can always reschedule. Its not the end of the world to postpone. Just stay home.

  18. Aloha,
    My family and I are visiting Molokai and will be returning to Kauai on 3/22/20.
    Do you know if there will be an inter- island quarantine between now and then?
    Mahalo,
    Chris

    1. We have not heard of plans for that, but that’s not to say that it could be within the realm of possibility.

  19. I am hoping to visit Maui this summer again, but I would not want to expose the people of Maui to any illness. I will schedule but if Covid-19 gets worse I will reschedule for sure. On the mainland where I live we have no confirmed cases. Praying this is over soon. Thanks for all your advice.

  20. ATTENTION:

    For anyone reading the comments, be sure and note the date. This situation has changed rapidly and what was true a week ago or days ago have probably changed.

    Be sure and read the main article to learn the most recent information. The article is updated multiple times per day.

  21. My family and I are planned to arrive on April 1. This trip was planned for months now however all experiences are closed and we are being asked to postpone our trip. My work schedule does not allow for a different time of the year to travel for vacation. IF we decided to continue with our travel, would there be a quarantine period is traveling from Michigan?

    1. As of today, we don’t yet know when a potential quarantine would be implemented or any details. This week, the Lt Governor proposed a quarantine of all visitors coming to Hawaii.

      1. When/if a quarantine is implemented, it will be identified and linked to for more details in the article.

  22. Aloha everyone-
    I live on Oahu. PLEASE do not visit our state right now; it is simply not a good time!More positive cases of coronavirus are popping up every day. All the attractions are closed, parks are closed, restaurants are take-out only (if they are even open), food stores are stretched thin, and emotions are running high. Do yourself-and us-a favor, and postpone your trip. PLEASE!

  23. For travelers who are visiting friends on the island, are they allowed to quarantine at the friends house or are they supposed to have separate lodging?
    I do understand that postponing or cancelling trips are probably the smartest thing to do but I just had to ask.

    1. That’s a question that should probably be directed to the governor’s office or county mayor’s office for clarification as we’ve not heard them addressing that scenario in press conferences.

    2. If I were the visiting friend, I’d stay home and not risk infecting my friends on the island by me quarantining at their home or risk loosing that friendship due to spreading the illness to them, or even death… even to others that I may infect in other lodgings or hotels, etc.
      That’s what a true friend would do, stay home.
      Your island friends will understand and appreciate your thoughtfulness immensely.

  24. If I’m already in Hawaii can I still fly back home without any issues? Or Are all flight leaving the islands canceled?

    1. Assuming you are well and not likely to infect others and assuming flights are available, you should be able to fly home.

  25. What are the new rules on travel out of Hawaii to the mainland from Hilo?
    We have to check luggage in Hilo, collect it at HNL then recheck it with American Air for our flight on April 29. As of right now, what restrictions/procedures are in effect?

    1. The governor’s new inter-island travel quarantine only appears to apply to people who are going to stay on the island they’re traveling to. It doesn’t specify any restrictions for in transient, inter-island travel. That’s merely our interpretation and we’re not affiliated with the government at all, so you should check directly with Hawaii authorities.

      You can check the governor’s orders and news here https://governor.hawaii.gov/category/newsroom/

      Inter-island flights and flights to the mainland are being cancelled, so check with your airlines to make sure your flights are still planned.

      Unless there’s a new rule we’ve not heard of, we’ve always been able to check our luggage straight to our final destination.

      Just take into account that today is April 1 and a lot can change in a month or a week or even a day’s time.

  26. Hello,

    I am visiting Hawaii as a necessary stop on the way to my final destination in Guam. Will I also be subject to this quarantine?

    1. If you are staying on island, yes. If your visit is less than 14 days, you will be in quarantine for the duration. For example, if you are staying for two days, you are in quarantine for two days.

  27. I’m in malaysia where we’ve had a movement lockdown. Probably won’t lift until mid May and at that time I’m hoping to come back to Hawaii. I haven’t been back to the usa in a decade but thought it might be good to return for 2-3 months to say goodbye to my dying mother and to wait until I can come back to work in Asia. What do you think will happen to me if I arrive in mid May?

  28. I have a trip to Maui for May 12th. Should I reschedule now or wait and hope things will get better? I realize you may not know the answer, although, I would like to know what you think.

    1. As you suspected, we do not know the answer.

      As we say in the article, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and move trips out further into the future.

  29. Aloha, we have a trip planned to Kauai in August. At this time the airlines (Alaska in our case) are only waiving change/cancelation fees for fights up to Memorial Day. Since most of them are taking government loans is there any pressure on them to waive their fees for the rest of the year? Mahalo Larry

  30. What is the likelihood that things will return to normal by Aug. 1st? We have a place rented for just over two weeks in Maui in early August.

  31. I am scheduled to arrive in Oahu on June 1st for a week long stay. In order to recoup some of my money I need to make a decision in the next week or so about cancelling. The longer I wait to make the decision the more money I lose. I know “nobody can know” what will happen over the next couple months, etc. BUT realistically, what are my chances of being to actually be able to take my trip as planned. We are booked at Aulani, which is currently closed.

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