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Kaua‘i rejoined state’s Safe Travels program

Effective April 5, 2021, all travelers to Kauai can bypass the State’s mandatory 10 day quarantine by participating in the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program. This option requires all travelers ages 5 and older to have a negative Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) result only from a State Trusted Testing and Travel Partner within 72 hours of departure of the final leg of the flight to Hawaii to avoid quarantine. Note: PCR and the Abbott ID Now Rapid Molecular tests are forms of NAAT.

Please be aware, Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine remains in place even for fully vaccinated passengers. Vaccinated passengers must take a pre-travel test within the confines of the Safe Travel’s program if they want to bypass the mandatory quarantine.

To participate in the State’s Safe Travels program and bypass the mandatory quarantine on Kauai, travelers need to create an account on the Safe Travels website and complete a trip profile, where they will upload their negative test results prior to boarding, as well as complete their health questionnaire 24-hours prior to departure to Hawaii. Please consider watching the video on the home page of travel.hawaii.gov for an overview of the process.

To learn more about the Safe Travels program, visit the State of Hawaii COVID-19 Portal (https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/) and see the travel FAQ. To find the most up-to-date list of Trusted Testing and Travel Partners, visit: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/. For more information about Kauai’s Travel options, please visit the County’s official COVID-19 webpage.

Inter-County Travelers

Travelers flying to Kaua‘i from O‘ahu, Maui County, or the Big Island of Hawai‘i can avoid quarantine by taking the following steps:

  • * Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form at: https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/.
  • * Take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawaii’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners within 72 hours before departure of the final leg of your trip to Hawaii.
    • Please note, you must take a test while off-island; a test cannot be taken on Kauai and used to get out of quarantine on Kauai.
    • If you arrive on Kauai with a test from any non-qualifying lab on the list, or that test is not an NAAT test, you will have to quarantine for 10-days (or the length of your stay whichever is shorter), or participate in the Resort Bubble program, or leave the state.
  • * Upload negative test results to your Safe Travels Account prior to arriving on Kauai.
    • As an inter-County traveler, if your test results are not available prior to arriving on Kauai, you will have to self-quarantine until your negative results do come in. Once they come in, upload your results to your Safe Travels account and email your updated QR code to the Kauai Emergency Management Agency at kema@kauai.gov. You will not be able to break quarantine until KEMA confirms you are “released” from quarantine.

Please note, trans-pacific travelers who left the airport on another island are considered inter-County travelers and must take a pre-travel test within 72 hours of departure to Kauai to bypass the quarantine on Kauai.

UPDATE – On April 20th, 2021, Governor Ige announced that inter-county travelers vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass pre-travel testing, quarantine starting May 11, 2021. For more information on this Vaccination Travel Protocol Program, read the full press release here. For more information, see the Vaccine Exemption Program details below.

Vaccine Exemption Program

On April 20th, 2021, Governor Ige announced that inter-county travelers vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass pre-travel testing, quarantine starting May 11, 2021. The Vaccine Exemption Program is now available for travelers who are vaccinated in Hawaiʻi and flying inter-county. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated on the 15th day after the completion of their vaccine. To participate in the vaccine exemption program, travelers will need:

  • 1. A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued in the State of Hawaiʻi with your name, birth date, type of vaccine, date(s) vaccine was administered, and lot number(s) for each of the vaccine doses.
  • 2. Create an online account and register with the State of Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels Hawai‘i web platform.
  • 3. Create an intercounty trip.
  • 4. Complete the required Safe Travels Hawaiʻi forms and upload your Vaccination Record Card in the digital platform. At this time, the system will only allow intercounty travelers to upload their vaccine card or Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) printout if it is linked to a trip.
  • 5. Bring the original CDC Vaccination Record Card or VAMS printout with you when you travel to show the screeners.

The program is currently only for people who are vaccinated in Hawaiʻi. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated on the 15th day after the completion of their vaccine. Travelers who fly before their completion date will need to participate in the Safe Travels Pre-Testing Program. If they do not, they WILL BE subject to the Order of Self Quarantine and placed into mandatory quarantine for 10 days.

For more information regarding this program, please go to the State Safe Travels FAQ 

Trans-Pacific Travelers

Travelers coming to Kauai from out of state can avoid the quarantine by taking the following steps:

  • * Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form at: https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/.
  • * Take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawaii’s State of Hawaii’s U.S. Domestic, International, or Airline Trusted Testing and Travel Partners within 72 hours before departure of the final leg of your trip to Hawaii.
    • If you arrive on Kauai with a test from any non-qualifying lab on the list, or that test is not an NAAT test, you will have to quarantine for 10-days (or the length of your stay whichever is shorter), or participate in the Resort Bubble program, or leave the state.
  • * The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure with hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii.
    • Travelers arriving from out of state must have their negative test results before flying to Hawaii. Travelers will not be able to obtain an accepted COVID-19 test upon arrival at any Hawaii airport. If you receive your results after traveling to Hawaii, you will have to quarantine for 10-days (or the length of your stay whichever is shorter), or participate in the Resort Bubble program, or leave the state. You will not be able to be released from quarantine once you receive your negative results.

Voluntary Post Travel Test 

If you have successfully completed the Safe Travels program, mahalo (thank you) for taking the time to get tested before your trip. Kauai County encourages our travelers to take a voluntary post travel test three days or more after your arrival. 

Testing Options for Visitors:

Please check with your accommodations for post travel testing options. Many accommodations have agreed to offer the voluntary second test to their guests. You can also receive post travel testing from the following testing providers:

Visitors who take a voluntary post travel test will receive a Kōkua Kaua‘i Card good for special discounts at local shops, restaurants, and activities.  The Kokua Card is a way to show our gratitude for your commitment to the health and safety of our community. Please note, the Kokua card is not offered to Kauai residents.

The Kokua Card includes a QR code that links to a website featuring the various discounts and incentives offered by Kauai businesses. The Kokua Card will be presented to each visitor who agrees to take a voluntary second COVID test three days post-arrival on Kauai. Visitors are responsible for the cost of the test. 

Testing Options for Kauai Residents:

We encourage Kauai residents to take a free post travel test any time Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Līhuʻe at the War Memorial Convention Hall.  No appointment necessary.  For more information: visit Kauai.gov/covidtest

Activities and Accommodations

Accommodations available for those subject to the State’s mandatory quarantine:

Short-Term Vacation Rentals and TVRS:

  • ·        Travelers who successfully follow the State’s Safe Travels pre-travel test program and arrive on Kauai with a negative COVID-19 test are able to stay in a TVR.
  • ·        Per the Governor’s Eighteenth Proclamation, persons who require paid or commercial lodging while subject to the mandatory self-quarantine shall not designate as their quarantine location a short-term rental. Only the listed property owners are able to quarantine in short-term rentals. 

You can also view a list of Open Activities. This list was last updated on 5/14/2021 but is subject to change.

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