Update: Hawaii outlines full reopening plans, including dropping all travel and capacity restrictions

Jun 8, 2021

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Hawaii’s easing of restrictions on social gatherings and restaurants once 60% of Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated.


After months of eager anticipation, all systems are nearly a go for full, unrestricted travel to Hawaii.

The one criteria that hinge on it all? Vaccination rates.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced detailed plans to make inter-island and trans-Pacific travel easier — and the eventual elimination of all COVID-19-related restrictions. Notably, this will include travelers vaccinated in Hawaii as well as those vaccinated in the mainland U.S.

Here’s what that plan looks like.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our free daily newsletter.

In This Post

Hawaii Inter-island travel

All inter-island travel restrictions — including testing and quarantine requirements — will end on June 15, 2021. This coincides with the state approaching a 55% vaccination rate. As of June 7, 53% of Hawaii’s residents have been fully vaccinated.

Currently, inter-island travelers must either undergo a 10-day quarantine, take an approved test within 72 hours of arrival or provide proof of vaccination in the state of Hawaii (proof of vaccination elsewhere is not permitted).

The state of Hawaii on May 11 rolled out its new vaccine passport program inside its current travel entry system, Safe Travels.

Related: Hawaii’s vaccine passport is available — but with two big caveats

Travel between the mainland U.S. and Hawaii

(Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy)

When Hawaii reaches a 60% vaccination rate, individuals vaccinated anywhere in the U.S. (including those in the mainland) will be able to bypass all testing and quarantine requirements with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program.

Unfortunately, there is no firm date when this will happen. But as noted above, 53% of Hawaiian residents are fully vaccinated (as of June 7).

However, if you were vaccinated within the state of Hawaii, there is an exact date when you can bypass all COVID-19 travel requirements for trans-Pacific travel between the mainland U.S. and Hawaii — June 15.

Related: Everything you need to know about visiting Hawaii

When will all travel and capacity restrictions be lifted?

Gov. David Ige announced that once Hawaii achieves a 60% vaccination rate, restaurants will be allowed to increase their capacity to 75% while up to 25 people can gather indoors and up to 75 people can gather outdoors. This won’t impact structured events such as weddings.

Once 70% vaccination is hit, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the Safe Travels program will end.

Presumably, this means that even if a traveler is not fully vaccinated, they will be allowed to enter Hawaii without having to take a test or quarantine.

In a written press release, Ige said, “The easing of travel restrictions is a direct result of our robust vaccination rate…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.”

However, Ige did hint that even if the state does not reach the 70% vaccination threshold, he would still consider lifting travel restrictions if COVID-19 infection rates are low.

Related: I visited a reopened Kauai in Hawaii — 5 things to know before you go

Featured photo by okimo/Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 100,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $2,000

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Our best offer ever! Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,250 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 100,000 points are worth $1,250 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.