Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i: A Unified Vision for Our Island’s Recovery

For Travelers

Travelers arriving on Kaua’i now have options to participate in a pre-travel testing program to avoid the 10 day quarantine.

  • Transpacific travelers have the option of a 3 day Enhanced Modified Quarantine at a “resort bubble” property. This option includes a pre-travel and post-travel test. 
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  • Inter-island travelers have the option to participate in the Safe Travels program. This option involves taking a pre-travel test within 72 hours of arrival on Kauai to avoid quarantine.

Both visitors and residents can participate in these programs. 

Flow chart showing how to avoid a 10-day quarantine on Kauai. Category 1 of 3: Interisland Traveler (In state for 72+ hours). Step 1: Participate in the state’s Safe Travels Program Step 2: Take a pre‐travel test using a Safe Travels Trusted Testing Partner (Test cannot be taken on Kauai). Step 3: Upload negative test result to Safe Travels or bring hard copy, if available at the time of travel. Step 4: Fly to Kauai. Step 5a: If negative test result has been uploaded to Safe Travels or if a hard copy of the negative test result is available at the time of travel upon request, free from quarantine! Step 5b1: If negative test result has not been uploaded to Safe Travels or if a hard copy of the negative test result is not available at the time of travel upon request, self‐quarantine until results come in. After results come in, upload results to Safe Travels. Step 5b2: Free from quarantine! Category 2 of 3: Out‐of‐State Traveler Direct to Kauai. Step 1: Participate in an Enhanced Movement Quarantine “Resort Bubble” Program. Step 2: Take a pre-travel test within 72 hours of last leg of departure to Kauai using any FDA-authorized PCR or antigen test. Step 3: Fly to Kauai, even if tests are pending. Step 4: Stay in Resort Bubble for 72 hours. Step 5: Take a second PCR or antigen test arranged by EMQ/Resort Bubble with a negative test. Step 6: Free from quarantine! Category 3 of 3: Out‐of‐State Traveler with Stopover on Oahu, Maui or Hawaii Island. Step 1. Stay on a neighbor island for at least 72 hours to qualify as an interisland traveler. Step 2. Take a pre‐travel test using a Safe Travels Trusted Testing Partner Step 3. Upload negative test result to Safe Travels or bring hard copy, if available at the time of travel. Step 4. Fly to Kauai. Step 5a: If negative test result has been uploaded to Safe Travels or if a hard copy of the negative test result is available at the time of travel upon request, free from quarantine! Step 5b1: If negative test result has not been uploaded to Safe Travels or if a hard copy of the negative test result is not available at the time of travel upon request, self‐quarantine until results come in. After results come in, upload results to Safe Travels. Step 5b2: Free from quarantine! For more information on the Safe Travels program, or for the list of Trusted Testing Partner labs, visit www.hawaiicovid19.com For more information on the Resort Bubble program or Interisland travel, visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19 Interisland travelers wishing to apply for a modified quarantine, visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19 Essential workers traveling from Out-of-State should apply for a modified quarantine from the State of Hawai‘i at https://ag.hawaii.gov/travelexemption

Transpacific travel Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) “resort bubble” option

Travelers arriving from out of state now have the option of a shortened three-day quarantine by participating in the resort bubble post-travel testing program. Both visitors and residents can participate in this pre and post-travel testing option if they stay in the EMQ properties upon arrival on Kauai. 

The following properties are approved to participate in the Enhanced Movement Quarantine option (also known as “Resort Bubbles”)

To qualify for this option, travelers must do the following:

  • • Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Travel and Health Form at: https://travel.hawaii.gov/
  • • Take a pre-travel test within 72 hours before the final leg of departure for your trip to Kauai and receive a negative test result. This test can be any COVID-19 diagnostic test (antigen or PCR test) with emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The lab does not need to be on the state’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners list for use in Kaua‘i’s resort bubble program.
  • • Make a reservation at an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) “resort bubble” hotel.
  • • Complete the County of Kaua‘i arrival form by visiting www.kauai.gov/COVID-19 and clicking on the “Kaua‘i Arrival Form” button at the top of the page.
  • • Guests should consult their resort for transportation options as travelers will not be allowed to rent a car until released from quarantine.
  • • Provide proof of your negative pre-travel test result to resort staff upon check-in.
  • • After three days on Kaua‘i, take a post-travel test. Guests should consult resort on post-travel testing options.
  • • Resort staff will verify your negative post-travel test result and will update the system to release you from quarantine. 

Inter-island travelers who have been in the State of Hawai‘i for more than three days to participate in the Safe Travels Pre-Travel Testing Program.

Gov. Ige signed Mayor Kawakami’s Amended Emergency Rule 23, allowing inter-island travelers who have been in the State of Hawai‘i for more than three days to participate in the Safe Travels PreTravel Testing Program for quarantine exemptions effective January 5, 2021.

Inter-island travel option

Travelers flying to Kaua‘i from O‘ahu, Maui County, or the Big Island of Hawai‘i, who have been in the State of Hawai‘i for more than 72 hours before departing for Kaua‘i, can avoid quarantine by taking the following steps:

  • • Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Travel and Health Form at: https://travel.hawaii.gov/
  • • Take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawai‘i’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners after you have been in Hawai‘i for more than three days, but within 72 hours of arriving on Kaua‘i: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/
  • • Upload negative test results to your Safe Travels account. The Safe Travels program is currently being updated to accommodate Kaua‘i travelers. For now, travelers should plan to present a hard copy of their negative test result for review at Līhu‘e Airport.
  • • Safe Travels records will be used to verify that you have not traveled out of state in the past three days. 

Accommodations Options on Kaua‘i

The following properties are approved to participate in the Enhanced Movement Quarantine option (also known as “Resort Bubbles”).

Properties interested in learning more about becoming an EMQ may email the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at kema@kauai.gov.

You can view a full list of properties that are open and able to accept guests in quarantine here. This list was last updated on 2/1/2021 but is subject to change.

You can also view a list of Open Activities. This list was last updated on 2/18/2021 but is subject to change.

Special Offers:

Suite Paradise has partnered with Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort, to offer guests a special all-inclusive rate. This Suite Paradise package includes your EMQ stay, along with your Suite Paradise stay, transfers, and a FREE 4-day rental car. You must call 888.974.7021 to book your stay.

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