Hawaii is open for U.S. tourists and international visitors from 5 countries
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All arrivals in Hawaii need to either present a vaccine certificate or a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours from a trusted partner or agree to a 10-day quarantine.

Once freed from quarantine, travelers can enjoy the vast array of activities and places Hawaii has to offer. The islands have been progressively reopening their most popular attractions.

Fully vaccinated mainland travelers are allowed to bypass quarantine and testing restrictions from July 8.

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Hawaii, companies reopening for tourism
Hawaii, companies reopening for tourism

HAWAII Opening for Tourism – Latest Updates

Hawaii, reopening for tourism

July 25 – Hawaii to streamline travel with new CommonPass app

Hawaii has moved a step closer to lift most travel restrictions by letting fully vaccinated tourists sidestep COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements by digitally verifying their SMART Health Cards through the new CommonPass app.

In order to do so, travelers need to have been issued a digital vaccine record “SMART Health Card” at a CommonPass-approved site.

Hawaii plans to lift more entry restrictions once 70% of its population is fully vaccinated. 

Last Thursday the state saw 243 new COVID cases, the highest single-day rise in infections since January 5.

Source: Business Wire

July 9 – Hawaii dropped entry restrictions for fully vaccinated mainland U.S. travelers on July 8

Hawaii lifted quarantine and other entry restrictions for fully vaccinated mainland travelers from yesterday (July 8).

The Safe Travels program is also supposed to come to an end at the end of July. But for now, visitors still need to upload their vaccination certificate to be allowed entry.

Lt. Gov. and State’s COVID-19 liaison doctor Josh Green, asked travelers to be patient because airport screenings are going to be slow over the next few days.

“This is pandemic after all, you are traveling during a pandemic and have to be able to be patient” said Green. 

June 24 – Hawaii to move ahead with quarantine and testing restriction liftings before July

Hawaii is paving the way forward with the first massive stage of Covid-19 restriction liftings. 

This means the state did not want to wait until the end of July – as it was announced – to start lifting quarantine and testing restrictions for travelers who were vaccinated in the state.

In order to obtain this benefit, visitors must upload their vaccine certificate to the state’s Safe Travels site, a program that is also supposed to be eliminated by the end of July.  

“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,” said Gov. Ige said in a statement.

June 9 – Hawaii to fully reopen without restrictions by the end of July

Hawaii is expected to fully reopen by the end of July as vaccinations continue to rollout. By then, Governor David Ige plans to lift all COVID-19 restrictions once 70% of the population is fully vaccinated.

On June 15, all interstate measures such as quarantine and testing will be lifted for fully vaccinated local and mainland travelers. 

“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,” said Ige at a press conference earlier this week.

When the State reaches this milestone, the Safe Travels program will end, announced the governor. 


May 23 – Hawaii to issue written vaccination cards

Hawaii’s constant changes in new restrictions, restriction lifts, and government promises that never happen have led local media to constantly give visitors confusing instructions about what they can or cannot do in the State. 

Governor Ige had announced that starting May 11, visitors who had received two shots of an approved vaccine would be allowed to travel inter-island without testing or quarantine restrictions by using a digital “The Safe Travels Card.” The only issue is the App does not exist yet. 

Now the government has announced that Hawaii might use a method for vaccine verification called  “passport” travel. But now it will be in the form of a written card. 

“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due. Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that.”

What’s currently open in Hawaii?

Hawaii has been progressively reopening its tourist venues and other services. As of now visitors can visit or enjoy,

  • Outdoor restaurants 
  • Tattoo parlors, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons
  • Churches
  • Theaters
  • Outdoor recreation at State parks

To check 17 best things to do in Hawaii now, click here.

Banned countries from visiting US

Due to health concerns regarding the new highly contagious COVID-19 strains first detected in England and South Africa, the country continues to be closed to those who have been in any of the following countries over the last couple of weeks. 

  • China 
  • Iran
  • European Schengen (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland 
  • Brazil 
  • South Africa 
  • India 


COVID-19 cases in Hawaii

COVID-19 cases in Hawaii

What is open in Hawaii?

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The Polynesian Cultural Center and the Hukilau Marketplace in Oahu Island and many other attractions have opened up for visitors again.

Visitors can engage in the islands’ guided tours, surfing classes, hiking, excursions, kayaking, helicopter trips, water sports, and ranch adventures as long as they wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Hawaii’s Entry Requirements

  • Visitors need to download the Safe Travels app. 
  • To forgo the mandatory 10-day quarantine they can upload a negative PCR COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours and from a trusted partner. They must upload it before boarding and bring the original document with them.


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