Hawaii asks tourists to ‘postpone their vacations’ for at least 30 days due to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

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.

If you’ve been fantasizing about a tropical escape to the Aloha State, you’ll need to put those travel dreams on hold a little bit longer.

Governor David Ige of Hawaii on Tuesday announced a spate of new orders designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Hawaii News Now. These regulations will close bars, clubs, state parks and theaters; limit restaurants to take-out orders only; encourage tour operators to limit or suspend operations; halt nonessential travel, including inter-island travel; and increase screening at airports and cruise ship ports. Ige also asked tourists, including U.S. mainlanders, to stay away and avoid visiting Hawaii for a month.

Visit TPG’s guide to all coronavirus news and updates

“We know it will have a negative impact on our economy, but we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have quicker recovery when the crisis is over,” Ige said during a press conference. “With Hawaii’s aloha spirit and hospitality, we have always prided ourselves on sharing our islands and culture with the world. However, with the thread of COVID-19, we need to take care of our people and communities first. I am strongly encouraging our guests to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30 days, and reschedule it for a later date.”

Yes, that applies to mainlanders and theoretically extends to Hawaiians considering travel from one island to the next.

Of course, travelers shouldn’t just reconsider travel to Hawaii right now — all nonessential travel should be avoided right now.

Related: Should I travel? Advice for the coronavirus outbreak

Only you can make the very personal decision about whether or not to keep, postpone or cancel upcoming trips, but health officials say the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That means ceasing travel, except for essential and urgent reasons.

We support the travel industry and want to be there for it and encourage more trips, but only when the time is right. Instead of flying across the Pacific right now so you can work remotely from a Hawaiian island, we suggest you use this time to plan your next vacation. You don’t have to book yet, but figure out where you want to go and map out the right strategy for building up the right points and miles for those trips.

For travelers who want their first vacation after the situation improves to be a far-flung retreat in Hawaii, that probably means stockpiling your points, and learning the best ways to redeem them for flights to Hawaii.

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

You’ll also need to select your perfect Hawaii resort. So, consider this an opportunity for some serious armchair daydreaming while you’re waiting out the pandemic. Read up about our favorite ways to use credit card award-night certificates in Hawaii; experience a luxury retreat in Maui; and pick the right Hawaiian island for you.

Even if you don’t book a single night at a hotel or any flights, the best way to start preparing for life after the coronavirus may be to let your mind wander to faraway places. After all, destinations — especially those that rely heavily on tourism, including Hawaii — will be eager to welcome visitors back as soon as the crisis has ended.

And it’s safe to say we’ll all be in desperate need of a day at the beach. And maybe a mai tai or two.

Feature image by Melanie Lieberman / The Points Guy

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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.