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. Details about each option are provided below. 

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”).

  • The Club at Kukui’ula
  • Timbers at Hoku’ala
  • The Cliffs at Princeville
  • Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
  • Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
  • Kaua’i Marriott Resort and Beach Club
  • The Point at Poipu – effective Feb. 1, 2021
  • Hanalei Bay Resort – effective Feb. 1, 2021

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 arriving on Kaua‘i 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”).

  • The Club at Kukui’ula
  • Timbers at Hoku’ala
  • The Cliffs at Princeville
  • Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
  • Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
  • Kaua’i Marriott Resort and Beach Club
  • The Point at Poipu – effective Feb. 1, 2021
  • Hanalei Bay Resort – effective Feb. 1, 2021

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 1/14/2021 but is subject to change.

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