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Pre-Travel and Arrival at Kahului Airport

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

UPDATE: As of March 26, 2022, the State of Hawai'i lifted all COVID-related travel requirements for domestic passengers. That means you no longer need to complete any special pre-travel or arrival procedures at this time! Note that the information below is no longer in effect.

In preparing for your trip, take some time to review the latest travel advisories, which can be found at both the Hawai'i Department of Health and Hawai'i Tourism Authority websites. In our experience, the State of Hawaiʻi's pre-travel and arrival procedures can seem complicated, but they're actually pretty straightforward. Let us help break it down for you.

Before you go:

  1. Create a Safe Travels account. This is the platform the State of Hawaiʻi uses to screen all incoming travelers.

  2. Enter your upcoming itinerary under the Trips section of your Safe Travels account.

  3. If you aren't yet vaccinated, then take a COVID-19 test within the 72 hours before the departure of the final leg of your trip to Hawaiʻi from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner. If you are vaccinated, then no test is needed.

  4. Once you receive your negative test result, upload a pdf of your result to your Safe Travels profile. If you're vaccinated, do the same with your vaccination card. Print hard copies and bring them with you.

  5. Complete the Health Questionnaire section of your Safe Travels account within 24 hours of your departure.

Arrival at Kahului Airport

Screening line to the kiosk

Before you can leave the terminal and head to baggage claim or pick up your rental car, you’ll need to go through a screening process. There will be a QR code located under the Trips section of your Safe Travels profile. Pull this up.

This is what you’ll need to show the screening agent, along with your ID. The agent shouldn’t need to see a hard copy of your COVID-19 test result, but it might be good to have one printed in case it didn’t upload to your profile.

There were at least two screening booths that we saw during a recent visit. If the line that’s closest to your gate gets a little long, consider heading towards the other wing of the terminal and quickly checking out the other booth.

An agent uses the QR code to verify your test result or vaccination status

Once the agent verifies your negative test result, the QR code will be updated to reflect the fact that you’ve been screened and are exempt from quarantine, and you're free to go!

If you’ll be renting a car, be prepared to show your QR code to the rental agent. They’ll use that to confirm that you’re free to hit the road. The cell signal can be a little spotty at the airport’s main car rental desk terminal, so you may want to take a screen grab just in case!

QR code screening Kahului Airport
After screening, your QR code will show that you've been screened and are exempt from quarantine

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