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Pre-Travel Testing Program

Last Updated: April 20th 2021


A Pre-travel test from an Approved Hawaii State Testing Partner is required to avoid 10-day quarantine in Hawaii for all travelers 5 years of age and older.


State of Hawaii Official Site:   https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

State of Hawaii Safe Travels Portal:  https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/

Tests  are ONLY accepted from HAWAII TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS. See Trusted Partners here.

Pre-Arrival tests must be NAAT Tests. Antigen and Antibody tests are NOT accepted.

Test results must be RETURNED BEFORE you fly to Hawaii. Tests must be done within 72 hours of flight leg to Hawaii’s departure time. Passenger pays for test. Currently there is no exemption for trans-pacific travel with vaccines.


New: County of Hawai’i (Big Island) will no longer be performing a 2nd test at the airport starting May 1st.

Please be aware that information is constantly changing and we’ll do our best to keep this updated with information.

Negative Test results are to be loaded into the Safe Hawaii Travels  site:  https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/


Useful TIP:   Vault Health is a good option if you are not located in a major city with easy access to quick testing.    We have seen many visitors do this successfully.   One really important tip is to do a separate zoom call for each person taking the test in the family.     That way each zoom call is recorded separately.  We have one family that did everyone over a single Zoom call which led to confusion.   Thanks to Chris D. for the tip!  Also make sure to mark your package “STAT HAWAII”.

Please note you will need to show the QR code on your phone showing you are not subject to quarantine to the car rental company.   After that guests were free to enjoy a wonderful vacation on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Where can I get tested ?

  • Vault (Mail In Supervised over Zoom - Home test)

    At-home tests with real-time audio-visual supervision are available with Vault Health, the first FDA-authorized saliva test.

    Tests are mailed with accurate results in 72 hours or less.

    Information and costs can be found at Vault COVID Testing

    Note: Vault just lowered price to $119. Guest experiences: 10/17 - We have been hearing test results over the last two weeks within 36-48 hours from the time the test is taken until results which includes the overnight UPS shipment. We have helped arrange for Canadians to do this test. Contact us to discuss.

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines near SFO & LAX

    Hawaiian Airlines has a great website with their testing details both drive-through about 10 miles from SFO and mail-in options through VAULT.

    Our guests can visit www.schedulecovidtesting.com to book an appointment for the Droplet Digital PCR tests, a “gold standard” COVID-19 screening offered by Worksite Labs that meets state of Hawai‘i guidelines and is available to travelers of all ages, including children. Test results, which are guaranteed within 36 hours for $90, or $150 for day-of-travel express service, should be uploaded to the state of Hawai‘i’s online Safe Travels form.

    Hawaiian Airlines Testing Program

    Hawaiian Airlines is also partnering with Vault Vault COVID Testing

  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines at SFO

    United Airlines is offering travelers ability to book a test at SFO for COVID.

    Results are available in 15 minutes. Pricing is currently listed as $250.00.

    United has indicated it plans to expand the airports it will offer testing for over the next several months.

    United Airlines Hawaii COVID Testing

    Guest experiences: 10/17 - Guest tested 2pm and received results overnight at the off-airport COLOR testing center. Other guests tested at more expensive airport testing with very quick results.

  • Carbon Health - Alaskan Airlines -Seattle
  • CityHealth - Oakland (OAK) & SanFrancisco SFO Airport areas
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Color (United Airlines )

    Color supports the nation’s first COVID-19 testing program for airline passengers. Information can be found at Color United Airlines

  • CVS

    Beginning October 10, travelers may schedule an appointment up to two days in the future at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations. Pre-registration is required. Registration instructions and costs can be found at Book your appointment through CVS Testing for Travel

    Guest experience: 10/17 - assorted guests from across US reported Walgreens report tests this week were under 48hrs

  • Kaiser Permanente (members only)

    Kaiser Permanente members may schedule a test online, or contact the appointment call center or nurse advice line in their home region for scheduling instructions. Kaiser Permanente members returning home to Hawaii may call the Away-from-Home Travel Line at 951-268-3900 for scheduling instructions. Information can be found at Kaiser Testing for Travel

    Guest experience - 10/17. Results in 24-36 hours at Pleasanton and Oakland

  • Discovery Health MD (Seattle)

    Beginning October 12, individuals traveling to Hawaii may schedule testing online with same and next day results at designated testing sites. A limited number of walk-ups can be accommodated. Information can be found at Discovery Health MD

  • American Family Care Clinics - Oregan

    COVID-19 tests are available at clinics on the AFC Urgent Care website. Schedule in advance to guarantee appointment availability.

    A printed version of results is provided prior to leaving the clinic. Information and costs can be found at American Family Care Clinics

  • Bartell Drugs (Seattle area)

    Bartell Drugs has been added and is an Alaska Airlines partner. Bartell Drugs Testing

    Guest experience: 10/17 - 36 hours to get results from test

  • Walgreens

    Testing is available at no cost to eligible individuals who meet CDC criteria. Tests available for ages five and older. All drive-thru testing locations operate outdoors and patients do not leave their vehicles. Appointment required.

    Request the RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel or Rapid Point of Care (POC) test, which are both approved by the state of Hawaii. Information can be found at walgreens.com/covid19testing. Walgreen Covid Testing

    Guest experience: 10/17 - assorted guests from across US reported Walgreens report tests this week were under 48hrs

  • Inter-Island testing

    Interisland Travel Restrictions are being updated

    If you are transiting from the Mainland to the Big Island via Honolulu or Maui without layover (no overnight) then you do not need to quarantine. You may travel to Oahu from the Big Island without quarantine You may travel to Maui and Kauai from the Big Island with a negative test within 72hours of arrival on that island. You may travel from Oahu, Maui or Kauai to the Big Island and avoid quarantine with a negative test within 72hrs to avoid quarantine. New: starting May 11, 2021 if you are fully vaccinated you can travel inter-island without quarantine or the need for a negative test. You must have had your vaccine in Hawaii so they can validate (vaccines on the mainland are not qualified) and it must have been 14 days since your last dose.



    Sapporo Higashi Tokushukai Hospital (Hokkaido), National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Center Hospital (Tokyo)

    St Luke’s International Hospital (Tokyo), Nishi-Shinbashi Clinic (Tokyo),

    Kameda Kyobashi Clinic (Tokyo)

    Tokyo Medical University Hospital (Tokyo)

    Mita Kokusai Building Clinic (Tokyo)

    Loco Clinic (Tokyo)

    Karada Internal Medicine Clinic (Tokyo)

    T Care Clinic Hamamatsucho (Tokyo)

    Shiba Kokusai Clinic (Tokyo)

    CLINIC FOR Tamachi (Tokyo)

    CLINIC FOR Otemachi (Tokyo)

    Kameda Medical Center (Chiba)

    Shonan Kamakura General Hospital (Kanagawa)

    Travel Clinic Shin-Yokohama (Kanagawa)

    Fujita Health University Hospital (Aichi)

    Fujita Health University Bantane Hospital (Aichi)

    Fujita Health University Okazaki Medical Center (Aichi)

    Nozaki Tokushukai Hospital (Osaka)

    Yamasaki Family Clinic (Hyogo) (as of 10/27/20).

Hawaii State and County of Hawaii Government Links about Testing

  • What does the 14th Proclamation say about negative Covid test?

    From Gov Ige’s 14th Supplemental Proclamation

    "Persons who, upon entry into the state, provide written confirmation from a State approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from a test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the final leg of departure. Persons under the age of five accompanied by a traveler who meets the negative test exception are not required to obtain a test prior to travel.”

  • Where can I get updated information from the Government?
  • How is the State determining what tests are accepted?

    Exhibit B of the 14th proclamation: “State approved COVID-19 test” means a test to determine the presence of active COVID-19 infection that has been approved for use under these rules by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH). Currently approved is the processing by laboratories that are licensed or certified by Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of specimens for nucleic acid amplification testing approved or authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration, pursuant to an Emergency Use Authorization or other authorization for COVID-19 testing. For purposes of Sections 4 and 6, only tests administered by Trusted Testing Partners shall qualify.

    Please see HawaiiCOVID19 Site for latest list of approved partners.

  • Hawaii County (Big Island) Covid Information
  • Can I bypass negative test if I am vaccinated

    A negative test is required if you are traveling from outside Hawaii. Even if you are vaccinated you still need a negative test to come to Hawaii. There is no announced date to change this. For INTER-ISLAND ONLY (travel between Islands) starting May 11th, 2021 the State of Hawaii if you have been fully vaccinated (15 days after your final dose) you will be able to bypass the need for a negative test and quarantine. This ONLY applies to people who have been vaccinated in Hawaii by the state program (VAMS). See the Safe Travels Hawaii site for more information to confirm if this applies to you.