Hawaii ending all restrictions on inter-island travel

Jul 7, 2021

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Hawaii is ending all restrictions on inter-island travel July 8, 2021, Hawaiian Airlines confirmed. 

Those traveling within the Hawaiian Islands will be exempt from travel requirements, including pre-travel COVID-19 testing, vaccination and quarantine.

The lift of inter-island restrictions aligns with Gov. David Ige’s announcement on June 24 that the state would be eliminating all pre-travel testing and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated domestic travelers due to an anticipated 60 percent vaccination rate.

Screenshot of email from Hawaiian Airlines saying inter-island travel restrictions have lifted.
(Screenshot courtesy Hawaiian Airlines)

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For those coming from the continental U.S. to Hawaii, travel restrictions will continue to be enforced. Vaccinated travelers must upload their CDC-issued vaccination card to the state’s Safe Travels Program and also bring the paper card with them for review upon arrival, in addition to completing a mandatory health questionnaire via Safe Travels. Vaccinated travelers can bypass an otherwise mandatory 10-day quarantine on day 15 of being fully vaccinated.

For those unvaccinated who do not wish to quarantine upon arrival, you may do so by taking a pre-travel COVID-19 test from a state-approved testing provider and uploading negative test results to Safe Travels prior to your flight to Hawaii. Otherwise, you will be subjected to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine.

Related: Testing requirements ending July 8 for the fully vaccinated

Capacity for social activities will also be increased on July to 25 people and 75 people indoors and outdoors respectively, along with will restaurants who will be able to serve up to 75 percent of patrons.

Related: Maui mayor asks airlines to send fewer visitors to the Hawaiian island

“We anticipate that on or about July 8, Hawai‘i will have achieved a 60% vaccination rate. Our residents have sacrificed and worked hard to get to this point, but we still have more to do,” Ige said in a statement. “Please get vaccinated to protect yourselves and your loved ones. We are close to achieving a 70% vaccination rate, at which point all restrictions will end and we can return to the lives we remember.”

Face masks are still required at airports and on flights.

(Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Our complete guide to visiting Hawaii right now can be found here.

Featured image of Kona International Airport March 15, 2021 in Hawaii by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.

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