Hawaiʻi Welcomes Worldwide Journey Below New Federal Necessities, Beginning Nov. 8


Flying into Maui. Picture Credit score: Cammy Clark

By Wendy Osher

The State of Hawaiʻi will welcome worldwide vacationers beneath the brand new federal necessities beginning subsequent Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in accordance with an announcement made at the moment throughout a press briefing hosted by Governor David Ige.

“For simply over a 12 months, the Secure Travels Hawaiʻi program has allowed passengers to bypass the journey quarantine interval with both a pre-travel take a look at or offering proof of vaccination. The Secure Travels program has been an essential a part of the state’s protection in opposition to the virus that causes COVID-19,” stated Gov. Ige.

“Final week the federal authorities introduced new necessities for worldwide vacationers getting into america. As of Nov. 8, 2021, vaccination and testing necessities will likely be in place for all vacationers getting into the United Acknowledged,” stated Gov. Ige throughout a press briefing on Tuesday.

Gov. Ige stated that because of this, the state of Hawaiʻi will align with federal necessities for entry into the US for worldwide passengers touring on to Hawaiʻi as of Nov. 8. The Hawaiʻi Secure Travels program will stay in place for home journey.


Worldwide vacationers who enter the nation elsewhere and will likely be transiting to Hawaiʻi, will likely be handled as home passengers for the needs of the Secure Travels Hawaiʻi program, “which signifies that they have to adjust to our program’s necessities–both be vaccinated, or have a destructive NAAT PCR take a look at,” stated Gov. Ige.

Maui Mayor Weighs In on Non-Important and Worldwide Journey:


We requested Mayor Victorino his ideas on the return of non-essential journey to the state (which resumed Nov. 1) and the return of worldwide journey, which is ready to renew on Nov. 8.

“We’ve by no means actually been a excessive vacation spot for worldwide journey, and particularly from the Far East–Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines–we’ve got some, however not a terrific deal. So we nonetheless, our major markets for Maui County have been the West Coast and US Mainland vacationers. So I’m searching for some uptick in that space, however not quite a bit like Oʻahu and a few others [like] Kona on the Large Island the place they’ve the entry factors and much more of the worldwide vacationers are available in,” stated Mayor Victorino throughout a press briefing on Oct. 19, 2021.

“So far as important employees, and a number of the reductions in federal mandates, the state nonetheless has Secure Travels, so I’m relying on that to assist defend our county and our group all through the adjustments… because the customer business begins to come back again and the vacation season [approaches], we’ll do it safely and with respect,” stated Mayor Victorino.


Gov. Ige stated Hawaiʻi continues to have amongst the bottom COVID-19 an infection charges and dying charges within the nation. “It’s due to so many individuals in our group have executed the accountable factor–bought vaccinated and abide by our restrictions and necessities,” stated Gov. Ige.

“We do wish to welcome extra vacationers, particularly these from worldwide websites. We’re prepared. We don’t count on a right away surge in worldwide vacationers. We do count on to see will increase via the months of November, and December and into subsequent 12 months,” stated Gov. Ige.

The next tips had been launched by the state to focus on and clarify upcoming modifications:

Direct Worldwide Journey to Hawaiʻi

Beginning Nov. 8

  • Non-US residents touring on to Hawaiʻi from a world vacation spot should current BOTH a vaccination information AND a destructive COVID-19 take a look at outcome (NAAT or antigen) inside three days of boarding a flight to america.
  • US residents flying on to Hawaiʻi from a world vacation spot have two choices:
    • Present proof of vaccination OR
    • Present proof of destructive COVID-19 take a look at outcome inside someday of boarding a flight to the US

There will likely be no further State of Hawaiʻi necessities for passengers flying immediately into Hawaiʻi from a world vacation spot. The airways will display passengers previous to their departure to the US. If overseas passengers fail to satisfy BOTH necessities and if US residents fail to satisfy ONE of the 2 necessities, they won’t be allowed to board the flight. As soon as in Hawaiʻi, the CDC will conduct compliance checks.

Word: Assessments do NOT should be executed with Trusted Journey Companions beneath the brand new worldwide federal necessities, however they MUST be executed with a Trusted Journey Companion for unvaccinated home journey.

Non-Direct Worldwide Journey to Hawaiʻi

Beginning Nov. 8

Worldwide passengers getting into the US from one other state or territory will likely be handled as home vacationers when getting into the State of Hawaiʻi. The Secure Travels Hawaiʻi program stays in place for home vacationers.

Present Secure Travels Hawaiʻi necessities for home vacationers embody:

  • Making a Secure Travels Hawaiʻi account on a digital machine
  • Coming into journey particulars
  • Filling out a well being type, and
  • Testifying that each one data is appropriate.

At present, vacationers could bypass the state’s obligatory 10-day quarantine in considered one of two methods:

  1. Add a vaccination doc; or
  2. Add a destructive NAAT take a look at outcome.
    1. The take a look at have to be taken by a Trusted Journey Companion inside three days of departure for the State of Hawaiʻi.

Additionally, starting on Nov. 8, the State of Hawaiʻi, in alignment with the federal authorities, will settle for vaccines authorised or licensed by the US Meals and Drug Administration, and vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Well being Group. A listing of at the moment accepted vaccines is posted on the CDC’s web site.

“Because of the individuals of Hawaiʻi for his or her endurance and for taking precautions to maintain our communities protected. Our state continues to see one of many lowest incidences of COVID-19 and dying charges associated to the virus. As increasingly individuals are vaccinated, we’re transferring to ease pandemic mitigation measures – together with journey restrictions– in a approach that ensures the well being and security of our communities,” stated Gov. Ige.

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