COVID-19 Update

Last updated 1/14/2021

Effective January 5, 2021 Transpacific Travelers have an option to shorten their mandatory

self-quarantine period to three days by participating in the “Resort Bubble” or EMQ program.


Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule#24 shortens the required mandatory self-quarantine period for arrivals, both interisland and Trans-Pacific, into the County of Kaua`i should a traveler participate in the Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) program described in Section IV.F of Governor Ige’s 17th Proclamation and Mayor’s Emergency Rule#16.


In addition to participating in the EMQ program, a traveler must receive both a negative test result for COVID-19 from a test administered at their own expense within 72 hours prior to the final leg of departure of their trip to Kaua`i and a second negative test result from a test administered at their own expense 72 hours or more after their arrival in order to be exempt from mandatory self-quarantine.


This exemption from mandatory self-quarantine is separate and independent of participation in the State Safe Travel program.


To qualify, travelers must do the following:

•  Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawai`i Travel and Health Form at:

•  Take a pre-travel test within 72 hours before arriving on Kaua`i and received 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” or EMQ program.

•  Make a reservation at an approved “Resort Bubble” or EMQ hotel.

•  Complete the County of Kaua`i’s arrival form at: and click on the “Kauai Arrival Form” button at the top of

    the page.

•  Guest should consult their Resort for transportation options as travelers will not be allowed to rent a car until released from


•  Provide proof of your negative pre-travel test result to resort staff upon check-in.

•  After three (3) 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.


The following properties are approved to participate in the “Resort Bubble” or EMQ program.

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 at Kalapaki Bay



Inter-island Travelers flying to Kaua`i from `Oahu, Maui or Hawai`i Island, 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:

•  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 (3) days, but within 72 hours of arriving on Kaua`i:

•  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 Lihu`e Airport.

•  Safe Travels records will be used to verify that you have not traveled out of the State in the past three days.


Travelers who do not voluntarily participate in the inter-island Safe Travels program or the “Resort Bubble”/ EMQ program will be subject to the 10-day mandatory self-quarantine in a non-“Resort Bubble” hotel.


Travelers may stay in non-“Resort Bubble” hotels/motels/resorts, but they will be subject to the FULL 10-day traveler quarantine without a post-travel testing opportunity, and cannot leave their units until after the 10th day.


ALL Travelers subject to quarantine must complete a Kaua`i Arrival Form upon arrival.

Forms can be submitted online prior to arrival by visiting and clicking on the “Kauai Arrival Form” button at the top of the page.




Effective December 17, 2020 State of Hawai`i has updated the
period of
self-quarantine to 10-days
as recommended by the CDC and Hawai`i Department of Health.

Governor Ige’s Seventeenth Proclamation is effective December 17, 2020 and states that the period of self-quarantine for travelers to the state shall begin from the day of entry into the State and shall last 10 days or the duration of the person’s presence in the State, whichever is shorter.


Effective December 2, 2020 the County of Kaua`i is
opting out of the State of Hawai`i’s pre-travel testing program.


Since the Safe Travels Hawaii program started there has been an increase in travel-related cases on Kaua’i. The County of Kaua’i would like to mitigate community spread by limiting travel once again.


Governor Ige has approved Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #23, that states the negative test exception as described in the Governor’s Proclamation shall not be in effect for any travelers entering the County of Kaua’i. Travelers entering the County of Kaua’i, without a valid exemption from the State, shall be required to enter a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. This means you are not allowed to test out of quarantine on the Island of Kaua`i.


Here are the quarantine guidelines for those in mandatory self-quarantine:

• Under self-quarantine, you are not allowed to leave the room at your place of lodging under any circumstances,

  except for a medical emergency or to depart the County of Kaua’i.

• Travelers subject to self-quarantine are prohibited from renting a vehicle or staying in a short-term rental or vacation rental until

   completion of the quarantine period, so please plan properly.

• Travelers who violate the terms of the 10-day mandatory self-quarantine will be prosecuted and may face fines of up to $5,000 and

   one year in prison.

• Travelers subject to self-quarantine will also be required to fill out the Kaua’i Arrival Form upon arrival. This form will be provided at

   the Lihue Airport and the submitted information will be used by law enforcement to conduct self-quarantine compliance checks.


Please keep in mind when traveling to the State of Hawaii, that cloth face coverings that cover your nose and mouth are required

while in public or when social distance is not possible.


Here are a few helpful websites:


     • All travelers must register an account with the Safe Travels Hawaii program and must complete the mandatory State of Hawaii

        travel and health form.

     • To review the list of “Trusted Testing and Travel Partners”, visit:

     • To review Frequently Asked Questions for the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Hawaii Program visit:

     • To review the County of Kaua’i Emergency Rules and Updates, please visit: https://www.Kaua’



Frequently Asked Questions

I am planning on visiting and want to know what restaurants are open?

We are not sure of the number of restaurants that are open but most that are open have limited hours of operation and limited service (i.e. takeout, delivery or dine-in). We suggest checking the social media pages of the restaurants you are interested in and the rules they have in place for a safe experience.

Shopping and Delivery Service:

808-822-5477 - -







Sueoka Market Delivery Service

- $50 minimum

- Email order to or contact 808-742-1611

Travel Requirements Flowchart

Safe Travels Hawaii Quick Facts

For a step-by-step overview of Hawai‘i’s pre-travel
requirement process and options,
click to download.

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