As of the time of this publication in mid-October, new policies have gone into effect governing travel into the State of Hawaii and between the neighbor islands. For the first time in many months, mainland travelers can arrive in the state without quarantining for 14 days. The gist of the travel program is that if a passenger brings a negative Covid-19 test, from within a 72 hour period prior to their arrival to Hawaii, from a cooperating testing partner of the State, then that individual will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine. Without this test result, the quarantine period will still be required for travelers. This policy is implemented at the State level, but the Governor has given each county’s mayor the right to opt out of this policy.
As pertains to Kauai, at current, visitors who arrive with a negative test result, in accordance with the state policy, will not need to quarantine. If case counts increase to a certain threshold, this policy will be reversed. Kauai has defined a four-tiered guideline for the way social and business restrictions will go into effect during this re-opening period with the tier status determined by the daily average new case counts across a 7-day period. If Kauai enters a tier 2 status, the mayor has stated that the pre-travel test quarantine exemption will be eliminated and all new arrivals will once again need to quarantine.
For specifics on these latest policies, please see Emergency Rules #19 and #20 at County of Kauai Emergency Proclamations.
For statewide statistics on cases, as well as additional specifics about the state’s pre-travel testing program, please visit hawaiicovid19.com.