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Hawaii Covid-19 Travel Updates

The current status of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Hawaii, last updated 25 June 2020.

We’re missing Hawaii travel and can’t wait for the destination to re-open to visitors. Until then, this page is dedicated to keeping you up to date on Covid-19 as it relates to Hawaii vacations.

GOOD NEWS: Hawaii continues to carry the lowest infection rate in all of the United States! This is largely due to Hawaii’s location being the most isolated place in the world, separated by the Pacific Ocean. It’s also attributed to the strict guidelines put in place by the Hawaii State Government since March 2020 that helped to minimize the spread of the virus.

NEW CASES TODAY (25 JUNE 2020): 17

Note: We’ve had a spike over the last few days, and it is believed most of these cases are associated with one church.

Hawaii Coronavirus Need-To-Knows

  • LATEST NEWS: Starting 1 August 2020, visitors can avoid the 14-day quarantine if they get pre-tested for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before their departure from home and present negative results when they arrive at the airport in Hawaii. Click here for the Office of the Governor News Release.
  • Transpacific Flights: Travelers arriving from outside of the State of Hawaii must complete a Mandatory Travel Declaration Form and a 14-Day Order For Self Quarantine Form, and are subject to a self-quarantine period of 14 days. Both visitors and returning residents who break this mandate will be arrested and fined up to $5,000. Hawaii’s Governor Ige has extended this rule through 31 July 2020.
  • Inter-Island Travel: The self-quarantine period for inter-island travelers has been lifted as of 16 June 2020. Woohoo! This means local residents (and any visitor who has completed the self-quarantine period) can fly freely between the Hawaiian Islands. There are new inter-island travel procedures including the submission of a Mandatory Traveler Health Form and passing a health screening checkpoint at Hawaii’s airports.
  • Hotels and Resorts: During the Hawaii Covid-19 outbreak, hotels and resorts have been allowed to remain open with social distancing measures in place and proper cleaning procedures. Only a handful of accommodations have chosen to stay open, many have ceased operation until the self-quarantine period is lifted. Check individual properties for details.
  • Vacation Rentals: On Oahu, legal vacation rentals are still classified as ‘non-essential businesses’ and cannot operate at this time. On Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii, legal vacation rentals have been given the all-clear to operate.
  • Restaurant and Bars: Hawaii restaurants and bars have been given the green light to re-open dining services with restrictions including face masks, social distancing measures, and cleaning requirements. Patrons are required to wear a mask when entering and departing the venue, however, you may take the masks off while you are seated at the table. New alfresco dining spaces are popping up, some Counties have allowed restaurants to use city sidewalks for dining. Click here to read new guidelines that limit capacity, and activities inside bars as they reopen.
  • Shopping: Retail stores may re-open to shoppers, as long as patrons wear masks and business owners abide by social distancing practices, disinfect the premises as required, and limit the number of patrons in-store at any one time.
  • Public Parks and Trails: The Department of Land and Natural Resources are lessening restrictions and re-opening park areas and hiking trails in concert with County-specific rules and guidelines. Click here for Hawaii State Park announcements. Click here to check the accessibility of specific Hawaii trails.
  • Ocean Activities: Hawaii’s boating and water activity restrictions have been relaxed. Click here for the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation announcements. While beaches across Hawaii re-opened for sunbathers in May (swimming and surfing have always been allowed), some offshore islets remained closed. Click here for more information.
  • Other Services: Click here for a timeline of when salons, pools, campgrounds, and more can reopen across the Hawaiian Islands. Click here for an update on theaters, museums, and bowling alleys, reopening this week.
  • Canceled and Closed: Click here for an up to date look at cancelations and closures across the state.



Hawaii had a record-breaking 10 million visitors in 2019. Since the Hawaii Covid-19 epidemic, the 1.4 million kamaaina (local residents) have enjoyed a nice break and are now preparing to welcome guests back from around the world. The State of Hawaii is eagerly planning a staged re-opening of the economy and looks forward to the return of travelers, who have likely missed Hawaii’s natural beauty, friendly faces, and aloha spirit.

We can’t wait to welcome you back!

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