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What you need to know about COVID-19 testing, vaccination
and regional travel requirements

Last updated Dec. 6, 2021    |      Reverse Route

Requirements for traveling to Oahu

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 will not have to quarantine (unless traveling with an exception that requires quarantining). Those who travel 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 showing either proof of vaccination (vaccine must be approved by the U.S F.D.A or W.H.O) or proof of 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 U.S. 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.
  • Sign a CDC attestation. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.
  • 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.

All international travelers

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the right to meet the requirements necessary for entering the U.S. and State of Hawaii. If you do not meet these requirements, you will not be able to board your flight.

Please note that some exceptions apply 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, 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.

Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.


Schedule or purchase a COVID-19 test

Do this as soon as your flight is booked.

Make an appointment with a COVID-19 test provider in your area as soon as you’ve booked your flight. We recommend searching the Travel Pass Lab Locator to select a testing provider.

Confirm the turnaround time for test results as well as the test type (viral NAAT or antigen test) with the test provider. Once confirmed, you will need to take your test no more than 1 day prior to the initial scheduled departure into Hawaii. Every traveler 2 years and older needs to take a test.


Take your test

Do this no more than 1 day before your flight to Hawaii.


Take your test

Do this no more than 1 day before your flight to Hawaii.

As a reminder, the test must be a viral NAAT or antigen test. Follow the testing instructions outlined by your test provider on the day of your test.

Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.


Print your negative COVID-19 test result

Do this once you receive your negative test result.

When you receive your negative test result, we recommend printing a copy and packing it in your carry-on bag. You may be asked to show a printed copy of your test result during the screening process.


Bring your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate to the airport

Pack this in your carry-on bag, as you will be asked to show proof before boarding.


Bring your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate to the airport

Pack this in your carry-on bag, as you will be asked to show proof before boarding.

Prior to boarding your flight to Hawaii, you will be asked to show proof of your full vaccination status by presenting your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). Have your certificate easily accessible in your carry-on bag.

If you are an unvaccinated U.S. citizen, you do not need to show proof of vaccination, but will need to complete all other steps.

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Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.


Print and complete the CDC passenger attestation forms

Don’t forget to pack this with you before you depart for the airport.

Every traveler 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms either at home (recommended) or during check-in at the airport. Download the forms for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. Be sure to present your attestation forms at the ticket counter.

Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.


Get pre-cleared prior to departure

Allow extra time to do this before boarding the aircraft.

From your departure airport, you’re able to get pre-cleared during check-in or at the gate. A Hawaiian Airlines Guest Services Agent will verify your documents. Once screened, you’ll be provided a wristband to indicate that you do not need to be screened or quarantined upon arrival in Hawaii.

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Traveling with kids?

If you’re traveling with keiki (children), here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Children two (2) years and older must wear a mask at the airport, while boarding, through the duration of the flight and while deplaning at their destination. Details on acceptable masks can be found here.
  • Children 2 years and older will be required to take a COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to enter the U.S. and Hawaii.
  • Every child 2 years and older will need to complete the CDC passenger attestation forms.

Returning to Australia

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can travel overseas without an exemption, but will need to complete the following:

While all fully vaccinated Australians may leave Australia without an exemption, arrangements for returning to Australia will depend on the state or territory you are traveling to. The Australian Government has announced additional border measures as a precaution to protect Australians from the new Omicron Variant of Concern.

Visit the relevant state or territory government website for information about the current quarantine requirements that apply in that jurisdiction.

If you need to transit through a state or territory on your way to your destination state or territory, you may also need to take into account domestic travel restrictions.

Non-Australian travelers need an exemption to enter Australia, even if they are vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Learn more about vaccinations, pre-travel testing and travel requirements here.

Traveling to another island during your stay in Hawaii?

There are no entry requirements for travel between the Hawaiian Islands. Once you’ve completed your requirements to enter the State without having to quarantine, you do not need to complete a pre-travel test or create a trip within Safe Travels in order to travel between the Islands. Read more about what to expect when traveling between the Islands here.



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