United States entry requirements

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Hawaii travel requirements

Updated Dec. 6, 2021

The United States recently established new entry requirements for international travel, requiring that all non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants entering the country by plane be fully vaccinated. Limited exceptions apply.

In addition, the State of Hawaii removed its current entry requirements for international travel and aligned to the U.S. government’s order. If all U.S. entry requirements are met, travelers flying from another country directly into Hawaii do not have to quarantine (unless traveling with an exception that requires quarantining).

Those who travel from outside the U.S to the U.S. Mainland or a U.S. territory before traveling to Hawaii (even for a layover) will need to follow U.S. domestic travel requirements under the Safe Travels program to bypass quarantine. This includes creating a Safe Travels account and either showing proof of vaccination (vaccine must be approved by WHO) or a negative COVID-19 test taken from a Hawaii trusted testing partner no more than 72 hours prior to departure from that U.S. state or territory.

A summary of entry requirements is outlined below. Full details on the new U.S. entry requirements can be found on the CDC’s website. A flow chart outlining the process can also be found here.

Requirements for all international travelers as of Dec. 6, 2021:

  • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen) taken no more than 1 day prior to the last leg of departure to the U.S. All travelers 2 years and older need to complete this step. Please note that this new 1-day requirement was previously 3 days, so plan accordingly.
  • Sign a CDC attestation. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding. Forms for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens can be downloaded and printed prior to arriving at the airport.
  • All non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants must be fully vaccinated to enter the country by plane (limited exceptions apply – see below). U.S. citizens are not required to be vaccinated, but they do need to meet the pre-travel testing requirement and sign the CDC attestation mentioned above.
  • Vaccinated travelers need to show proof of full vaccination status prior to boarding. See details on accepted vaccines, as well as acceptable forms of proof of vaccination. Children under the age of 18 are not required to show proof of vaccination.

Exceptions for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants

  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be able to board a flight to the United States unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the U.S. government proclamation and CDC’s Order. See the full list of exceptions and requirements for each listed here. Please note that some exceptions will require post-arrival testing, quarantine upon arrival or possibly even agreement to vaccination after 60 days in the U.S., so it’s critical that you read through the full requirements.
  • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen) taken no more than 1 day prior to the last leg of departure to the U.S. All travelers 2 years and older need to complete this step.
  • Sign two attestations; one confirming your negative test result and the other confirming that you are excepted from the requirement to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Download and print the form prior to arriving at the airport. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.