COVID-19 Update

Last updated 2/10/2021

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.



Here are a few updates we received regarding COVID-19:

(For more information, please refer to the OFFICIAL STATE OF HAWAII COVID-19 websites)


SCAM ALERT: The State of Hawaii DOES NOT charge fees to: apply for the Safe Travels program, or create a Safe Travels account, or access the Safe Travels application, or for any Safe Travels information. The OFFICIAL STATE OF HAWAII websites for the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program are: and

Any other website is NOT affiliated with the State of Hawaii or the State of Hawaii Safe Travels Program.


CANCELLED/DELAYED FLIGHTS: A traveler who takes a test within 72 hours from the scheduled final leg of departure, and has a negative test result, and whose departure is delayed by the airline, will not be subject to the State’s 10-day quarantine. *This provision will not apply to any additional County-imposed quarantine rules separate and apart from the State’s pre-test waiver.*

Traveler’s 72-hour window will still be approved when the flight time changes, or delays are caused by the airline. Travelers should hold onto original boarding pass and inform airport screener upon deplaning (they should already be aware before landing). Travelers shall input new/rescheduled flight information into Safe Travels account, as it should match updated boarding pass.


TRAVELERS WHO HAD COVID-19 AND ARE RECOVERED: There is an exemption for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered. To be considered for this exemption, you must upload 1) a copy of your positive COVID-19 test result, and 2) a signed letter from your medical provider stating you are symptom free and cleared to travel.

Here are the special instructions for travelers recovered from COVID-19:


1. Positive COVID-19 Test: The positive COVID-19 test result MUST be:

a. A molecular test (NAAT, PCR, RNA);

b. Processed by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) certified lab with the name and CLIA number of the lab

    clearly printed on the result; and

c. Dated no more than 90 days and no less than 11 days from your departure date for Hawaii.

                     i. If the laboratory name and CLIA number are not on the lab result, you must obtain this information and include it in the

                       “Details” section of the application.


2. Medical Provider Letter: The medical provider letter MUST be:

a. Dated at least 10 days after your positive result and no earlier than 14 days before your departure date for Hawaii;

b. Signed by your medical provider with your medical provider’s name and National Provider Identifier (NPI) clearly listed;

c. Clearly written to indicate you are currently symptom free, or your symptoms have resolved, or you are cleared to travel.


3. Departure Date for Hawaii: We do not accept tentative departure dates for Hawaii. You must have a confirmed departure date

    because your exemption is based on the date of your test result and medical provider letter. If your travel date changes after you

    received an exemption, you will need to re-apply for another exemption.


4. Antigen and Antibody Test: Antigen and antibody tests are NOT acceptable for this exemption. Applications submitting these test

    results will be automatically closed and you will not receive a response.


5. Release from Isolation Letters: Release from isolation letters DO NOT satisfy the requirements stated in #2 above.


6. Pre-Travel or Post Travel Testing: If you receive an exemption under this category, you are not required to have pre-travel or

    post-travel testing.


7. Exemption Request after Arrival in Hawaii: We can process exemption request submitted after your arrival in Hawaii if you

    provide the documents required for this exemption. We do not accept medical provider letters dated after your departure date for



8. Returning Residents: If you are a returning resident, use your date of return to Hawaii as your arrival date, leave the

    departure date blank, and choose the location you are traveling from as your State of origin.


9. 48 to 72-Hour Processing Time: Applications are usually processed within 48 to 72 hours, but processing times can vary

    depending on volume, completeness, and thoroughness of your application. Submitting multiple applications for the same travel

    date will also increase processing time and/or result in a denial of your request.




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’



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