All Hawaii inter-island COVID travel restrictions to be lifted June 15, 2021. More restrictions to be eased as vaccination rate increases

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Hawaii’s Governor Ige held a press conference on June 4, 2021 to make several announcements regarding easing travel restrictions to and within the state.

Ige said, “The easing of travel restrictions is a direct result of our robust vaccination rate, and a community that sacrificed and did what it had to do over the past year and a half to stop the spread of COVID-19. We need to push hard now so we can get to the point where Safe Travels is no longer needed to keep the people of Hawaii safe.”

Hawaii inter-island travel restrictions to end June 15

Ige announced the end of all restrictions for inter-county travel starting June 15, 2021. This change means that anyone, whether vaccinated or not and whether a Hawaii resident or not, will be able to freely travel from island to island without pre-testing.

The governor stated that the only exception to this rule is that if a person is in quarantine, they are not allowed to travel.

Vaccinated Hawaii residents to be able to bypass testing and quarantine when returning to Hawaii from out of state

Additionally, the governor announced that beginning June 15, 2021, trans-Pacific travelers who have been vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test. Note the key qualifier in this easing of travel restrictions — that the traveler must have been vaccinated in Hawaii.

60% Hawaii vaccination rate will open travel for individuals vaccinated in the U.S.

When the state reaches a 60% vaccination rate, individuals vaccinated in the United States who are traveling domestically, will be able to bypass the pre-testing/quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program. Ige said that through June 3, 2021, Hawaii had reach a vaccination rate of 52%.

Non-vaccinated travelers from the U.S., will be able to travel to Hawaii without quarantine by obtaining the proper, pre-travel COVID test. See hawaiicovid19.com/travel/getting-to-hawaii/ for those existing requirements.

70% Hawaii vaccination rate will end all travel restrictions to Hawaii

The governor stated that when the state achieves a 70% vaccination rate, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the Safe Travels program will end.

For Hawaii’s current COVID travel restrictions and policies, go to hawaiicovid19.com/travel

3 comments
  1. Thank you for the info that you give us.
    My wife and I were set to travel there when the pre-arrival testing ended and vaccinations would be accepted. However, I have been reading and then inquired about rental car companies not honoring reservations and decided to hold off until I am more confident in getting a rental from an “established” car rental company. (I even contacted a known company and was advised that, based on demand, that a rental reservation may not be honored.) I will contact a company that offers hotel/rental car/ hotel packages to find out if they guarantee a vehicle when booking through them. I need a vehicle for the trips that I take.

    1. You are wise to consider the rental car shortage. Even the Hawaii Tourism Authority is advising that would-be travelers secure their rental car booking first before booking any other part of the trip.

      We’ve been told that cars are basically booked through August. Perhaps after the the summer rush and after rental car companies replenish their fleets, renting a car won’t be as much of an issue.

      Anecdotally, I have a friend who recently visited Hawaii’s Big Island. He booked via Costco and had no problem picking up his car upon arrival. Hopefully that bodes well.

  2. Thanks. I’m hoping that by the fall I can feel secure that a car will be there when I arrive.
    I did check with a known booking company, who advised me that even after I book a vehicle, “IF” the rental car company does run out of vehicles I can be out of luck.
    (I will check with COSTCO when and if the pretests are no longer required ).
    I need to be assured that once I pay in advance a vehicle will be waiting for me, or I won’t book.

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