Easing Travel Restrictions

As more of Hawaii’s residents are vaccinated against COVID-19, Hawaii eases COVID-19 travel restrictions.  With the Hawaiian Islands at the top of many American’s must-visit list, the easing travel restrictions is good news.

Hawaii was hard hit by the pandemic, implementing more restrictions than nearly any other U.S. state.  However, starting July 8, the state has reached about 60 percent of its population vaccinated. With vaccination numbers increasing, travelers coming from other U.S. states can forgo COVID-19 pre-travel testing and arrival quarantine requirements.  If you have a vaccination card, upload it to the Hawaii’s Safe Travels website. You can also avoid quarantine by uploading a negative COVID-19 test, however certain restrictions apply.  More on the COVID-19 test is included later in this article.

Hawaii has also lifted COVIDS-19 travel restrictions for inter-island travel. However, some restrictions remain limiting the number of people allowed to gather.  The result is that restaurants are limited to 75 percent capacity.  You are unlikely to walk-in during peak meal times and get a table.  Likewise, activities like sunset cruises also have less space onboard.

Hawaii still requires mask-wearing in indoor public spaces. The state also requests people to socially distance themselves even on public beaches regardless of vaccination status.  The limitations should not dissuade you from visiting as the islands Hawaii is undeniably gorgeous and make a fantastic travel destination for individual travelers and families alike.

The key to having a successful visit is advanced planning and staying informed on the last travel restrictions.

Make Reservations Prior to Arriving

Airline availability and lodging may seem plentiful but do not be complacent.  Hawaii Dream Realty LLC is already at 80 percent occupancy in July.  The July occupancy does not consider time for the rooms to “air out” between guest stays as part of our safety standards.  If you thinking about renting a car, supply and demand has caused prices to soar.  Additionally, Waikiki has limited parking.  We have had many guests contact us because they were unable to locate a parking stall nearby their accommodation. We do not recommend that you rent a car for your entire stay.  Car rental companies are available in Waikiki and 808 Smart Cars is located in the Kuhio Village Tower II lobby.  Also, if you rent by the day, you don’t need to worry about parking.

Staying Informed on Changing COVID-19 Restrictions

As the population continues to vaccinate, Hawaii intends to ease all COVID-19  restrictions. However, our restrictions are subject to everchanging updates and entry requirements.  We recommend that you review the Hawaii Tourism Authority website prior to planning your trip and periodically prior to departing.

Pre-Travel COVID-19 Testing

Currently, a pre-travel COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departing on the last leg of your trip is required to enter and bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine, if you aren’t vaccinated. The COVID-19 test must be a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT).  The test must be administered by one of Hawaii’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners.

All travelers must complete a health questionnaire and submit their proof of vaccination (or negative COVID-19 test results, if they aren’t vaccinated) on Hawaii’s Safe Travels website 24 hours before departure. Once you’ve answered the questions and uploaded your information, a QR code is emailed to you.

Along with printing a copy for peace of mind, know your Safe Travels website password and practice accessing your account on your phone, tablet or laptop. And make sure your device is charged as you will need to have it handy at the airport.  You will also need to provide your accommodation provider proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.

By staying informed and being proactive with your travel arrangements and itinerary, you will not have any surprises once you arrive and will be able to visit your favorite restaurants, luaus, and tours.