Are you vaccinated? Have you had your booster shot? No, this is not a political post about the pros and cons, but just a post to inform of you upcoming changes.
Currently when entering the State of Hawaii from the US mainland there is a 5 day mandatory quarantine. It was recently reduced from 10 to 5 days. There are two ways to bypass the quarantine.
- show proof of full Covid vaccination (plus fourteen days)
- show proof of a negative Covid test taken at a ‘trusted travel partner’ testing facility
Both proofs have to be uploaded onto the Safe Travels website.
Hawaii Governor Ige said yesterday that booster shots will become mandatory for proof of full vaccination in the near future. He said he’d give at least two weeks’ notice.
We don’t have any details yet. There are many questions. Keep an eye on the official State of Hawaii Covid Travel website for updates as there is apparently one coming soon. Of course travelers can still show proof of a negative Covid test.
****PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK THE OFFICIAL STATE OF HAWAII COVID TRAVEL WEBSITE FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE and CORRECT INFORMATION****
Maui booster requirements
On Maui you will need to show proof of Covid booster shot for all indoor dining, bars and gyms starting January 24, 2022. Note, this rule just applies to indoor settings. Many restaurants are open air or have outdoor sections, and of course, you can still do take out.
Definitely do make reservations for eating out. The staffing shortage is being exacerbated with increasing Covid cases.
What about international arrivals?
International arrivals are not subject to the mandatory quarantine. Instead they have to abide by the CDC rules for international air travel, which currently are
- You must be fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane.
- You are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when you travel to the United States by air, taken no more than one day prior to travel.