Hawaiʻi Tours | Covid Travel Updates

Hawaii Travel businesses are currently subjected to a STATEWIDE ORDER BY GOVERNOR DAVID IGE to get tested before arrival.

Complete details for visitors to Hawaii Island are below.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has the specific rules and this guide to all travel-related business operators. Visitors can gain insights from understanding the rules we are dealing with from our county, state and federal government.

We look forward to serving you again soon. Our plants miss you!


HTA Letter to Hawaii’s Visitor Industry (April 27)

Letter from President and CEO Chris Tatum to HTA’s Board of Directors (April 16)

HVCB Letters to U.S. Media

HTA Daily Tourism Brief – COVID-19 Update (May 26, 3:30 p.m. HST)

Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air From Outside the State (May 26 News Release)

DBEDT Interisland Passenger Arrivals by Air

List of Hawaii Closures on GoHawaii.com

Presentation by Hawaii Governor David Ige – Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawaii (May 18)

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), April 28, 2020
Photo credit: Hawaii Department of Transportation

The enhanced passenger verification process continues at Hawaii airports with positive results. A Washington man flew to Honolulu without a reservation or means to pay for lodging so he was sent back to Seattle. Another person will also fly back to Seattle. Upon landing in Hawaii passengers are having their temperature taken, their contact information and reservations are verified, and they must sign a document acknowledging they understand it is a criminal offense if they disobey the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine order. Additional photos are available here.


Waikiki, March 26, 2020
Additional photos are available here.
Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority

Statewide Order by Hawaii Governor David Ige

On May 18, Governor David Ige issued the eighth supplemental proclamation, effective through June 30, 2020. The proclamation extends the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers arriving in the state of Hawaii, as well as for interisland travelers, through June 30.

Under the current “Act with Care” phase, all persons within the State of Hawaii are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence, such as hotels or condominiums. Individuals may leave for essential activities or to engage in essential businesses and operations. Outdoor exercise is also permitted, including swimming, surfing, running, jogging or walking on the beach, as long as social distancing requirements are observed. Click here for the news release.

On May 5, Gov. Ige issued a seventh supplemental proclamation, which authorized the first group of businesses to re-open. However, everyone is advised to check the restrictions in place in each county, as they may differ. Click here for the news release and here for the proclamation, which outlines specific safety requirements and guidelines for these businesses in Exhibit G (page 69).

  • Agriculture (non-food), such as landscape, ornamental plant growers, and nurseries
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Car Washes
  • Childcare Services, licensed or authorized under the law
  • Pet Grooming Services
  • Observatories & Support Facilities
  • Retail & Repair Services, such as apparel, florists, watch & surfboard repair
  • Shopping Malls – limited to retail and repair services

Select state parks have re-opened for hiking and beach access, but not gatherings. Click here for the news release and here for the status of the state parks.

All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate — the first such action in the nation — applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircrafts. Click here for the order and here for the second supplemental proclamation.

In addition, anyone traveling between the Hawaiian Islands is required to self-quarantine in their home or other lodging for 14 days. This does not apply to those who are considered essential workers, but they are required to wear personal protective equipment during flights.

During a press conference Gov. Ige stated, “We want this action to send a message to visitors and residents alike that we appreciate their love for Hawaii but at this time we believe our community is very important and we need to come together to fight this virus. We are asking them to postpone their visits to our island community.”

On April 10, the Hawaii Department of Taxation in partnership with the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism launched a new web-based app called “Safe Travels.” It allows travelers who are subject to the 14-day quarantine to fill out the information required to travel electronically, including where they’re staying, prior to their trip. Once travelers get to a Hawaii airport, they will have to show proof they completed their registration and provide some form of identification. After that, they will be expected to check-in daily during their mandatory 14-day quarantine. Visitors will be required to self-quarantine in their accommodations, and residents in their homes, but they may leave for medical emergencies.

Visitors and residents arriving through Hawaii’s airports are required to complete a Hawaii Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed onboard their flight. They will retain the form when disembarking the aircraft. After landing they will have their temperature taken. Anyone with a high temperature will receive a medical assessment by paramedics stationed at the airport.

Passengers who do not have a fever will then go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with a valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint.

Photo credit: Hawaii Department of Transportation

The passenger will move to the self-quarantine station, initial and sign the order confirming they are aware of 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense and they are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. For more information, click here.

Gov. Ige encourages those who have scheduled trips to Hawaii to postpone and reschedule their plans at this time. Visitors currently in the Hawaiian Islands should adjust their travel plans to end their vacations accordingly. Please click here for the flyer and contact hotel and activity operators directly for the latest information.

State Department of Health Issues Guidance to Restaurants, Retail Food Markets and Food Manufacturers to Support Recovery Efforts

Hawaii restaurants will now gradually begin to reopen their doors to customers, aligning with the state’s Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience. To further guide the food service industry, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has developed detailed guidance on safe practices for reopening. At a minimum, customers are required to wear a cloth face covering when moving through a food establishment or while waiting for a pick-up order, and their masks may be removed only while eating.

In addition, the DOH issued the following additional stipulations for dine-in service:

  • No more than 50 percent or half of the total seating capacity should be available for dining-in use.
  • Dining tables at least six feet apart for indoors and outdoors. (Outdoor seating does not count toward the total seating capacity.)
  • Restaurants are encouraged to require reservations for dine-in service for greater control of customer volume.
  • Consider allowing customers to pre-order while making reservations to decrease the length of time they are in the establishment.
  • Maximum of six customers, not living in the same household, per group per table, with a maximum of 10 customers, living in the same household, per group per table.
  • No self-service salad bar or buffet.
  • Restaurants should also post signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted in the restaurant.

County Mayors Issue Additional Orders

City and County of Honolulu – Effective through June 30, all individuals on Oahu are mandated to stay at home and work from home except for certain essential activities and businesses. Click here to read “Hooulu i Honolulu 2.0,” or “Restore Honolulu 2.0,” Emergency Order No. 2020-11.

Short-term rentals (lodgings that provide guest accommodations for less than 30 days, other than hotels and motels) may not operate during the term of the order (as may be extended), and they are not legally recognized places for visitors to lodge or self-quarantine at this time.

All Oahu beaches and sandbars are open, with the following restrictions:

  • All groups are limited to members of the same household or living unit.
  • Those who are not members of the same household shall comply with social distancing requirements.
  • No group can exceed ten persons.
  • The beach or sand area may only be used one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, unless the person is fishing or exercising.

Individuals must wear face masks when in public and at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All public and private gatherings (except outdoor one-on-one sports and group exercise of no more than 10 participants within city parks) of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.

Certain businesses and operations in the City and County of Honolulu are allowed to re-open, by following specific guidelines detailed in Emergency Order No. 2020-10. It allows individuals to shop at retail businesses and shopping malls that comply with specific operations guidelines.

City parks (except Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Koko Head Shooting Complex) and botanical gardens are open for authorized park activities, such as individual exercise including walking, jogging, running, and bicycle riding. One-on-one sports and group exercise activities with maximum 10 participants are allowed as long as individuals can maintain six-feet of physical distance between each other. No social gatherings are allowed.

Other businesses and operations that are allowed to be open with limitations include:

  • Public and private golf courses within the City operating in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Professional Golfers’ Association’s “Procedures for Reintroduction to the Game and Business of Golf” as may be updated/amended.
  • Automated service providers that do not require human interaction between the service provider and the customer, including fully automated car washes.
  • Mobile service providers including, but not limited to, mobile pet grooming and car washing/detailing businesses.
  • Floral businesses to the extent that all orders are taken remotely and fulfilled either by delivery or pick-up in compliance with social distancing requirements.
  • Retail and repair service businesses with specific guidelines (see Exhibit A).
  • Public and private outdoor sport fields and courts under certain conditions.

Beginning June 5, restaurants may resume table service dining under the requirements noted here. Bars and nightclubs are to remain closed.

Maui County – All individuals in Maui County (Maui, Molokai and Lanai) are mandated to stay at home (or place of lodging) and work from home except for essential activities, essential businesses or government operations. For a list of government or private services or businesses that may remain open, click here. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to provide takeout and delivery service only.

The operation of bed and breakfast homes and short term vacation rentals is permitted only for the purposes of providing housing to exempt personnel.

All golf courses and select County parks and beach parks are now open. Click here for the news release. All golf courses are encouraged to follow United States Golf Association and Professional Golfers Association guidance for operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail and repair services are also allowed to open. County beaches are open for lounging, sunbathing and ocean activities as long as physical distancing is observed and no more than 10 people can gather.

County of Kauai – All individuals on Kauai are mandated to stay at home through May 31. Kauai’s Rule is available here.

Transient vacation rentals and homestays are not hotels or motels and therefore must cease all operations, including advertising, for the period identified in the Governor’s Emergency proclamation(s). Current occupants of transient vacation rentals and homestays may stay until the end of the pre-booked period.

Effective between May 15, 2020 and May 29, 2020, beaches and sandbars in Kauai County are open. Under Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami’s Emergency Rule 8:

  • All groups should be part of the same household, and no group can exceed 10 people;
  • Any and all persons on the beach who are not part of the same household shall comply with social distancing requirements, with the exception of caregivers escorting a dependent;
  • Beaches or sand area may only be used a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, unless a person is engaged in shoreline fishing or permitted outdoor exercise; and
  • All other restrictions found in the Governor’s Safer-at-Home order must be followed, such as quarantine restrictions.

Under Emergency Rule 10, outdoor-based tours and guided experiences may re-open. These include, but are not limited to, zipline operations, ATV tours and horseback tours.

Hawaii County – Everyone is directed to stay at home, except essential businesses and operations, and persons engaged in permitted activities.

Bed and breakfasts, short-term vacation rentals and timeshares must cease operations except that workers of essential businesses or operations (such as medical personnel, first responders, or workers in critical trades) may rent or stay in these accommodations during the proclamation period. Current occupants may stay until the end of the pre-booked period.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim issued Emergency Rule #4 which further identifies businesses that may re-open in Hawaii County. The rule also opens certain parks for walking, jogging and running. It also re-opens private and public golf courses with modified rules for play and social distancing requirements in effect.

Along with those businesses identified in the Governor’s 7th Supplemental Proclamation, the Mayor’s Rule #4 clarifies designated businesses that may re-open in Hawaii County:

  1. All real estate services.
  2. Florist, nursery, plant sales.
  3. Other retail sales, such as bicycle shop sales and repair; bookstores; jewelry shop sales and repair; pet grooming and boarding; shops that sell walking/running shoes, apparel and exercise equipment; and surf and swimming equipment shop sales and repair.
  4. Automated service providers.

All County beach and shoreline parks, except Hakalau Beach Park and Kuhio Kalanianaole Park, are open from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. daily with the following restrictions:

  • No group shall exceed 10 persons and physical distancing is required;
  • All pavilions, playgrounds, sport courts and fields, indoor facilities and similar areas where gatherings could occur shall remain closed; and
  • Commercial activities are not allowed.

Beginning June 1, restaurants may reopen for dine-in service in accordance with CDC Interim Guidance for Restaurants and Bars, National Restaurant Association Guidelines, and any updated CDC guidance. This includes food courts. Bars and nightclubs may not reopen.


As of 12:00 p.m. HST on May 26, there have been 643 (0 newly reported) cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii. Of those cases, 13% have required hospitalization, and 582 (91%) were residents.

COVID-19 Positive* Cases in Hawaii

Total cases: 643 (0 newly reported)
Required Hospitalization: 83
Hawaii Deaths: 17
Released From Isolation: 593

Honolulu: 414 (389 released from isolation, 58 required hospitalization, 11 deaths)
Maui County: 118 (106 released from isolation, 22 required hospitalization, 6 deaths)
Kauai: 20 (19 released from isolation, 1 required hospitalization, 0 deaths)
Hawaii Island: 81 (79 released from isolation, 1 required hospitalization, 0 deaths)
County Pending: 0
Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state: 10

*Includes presumptive and confirmed cases, and data is preliminary and subject to change.

Hawaii COVID-19 Epidemic Curve, Graphs and Maps (updated daily)


On April 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships. This order ceases operations of cruise ships in waters in which the United States may exert jurisdiction and shall continue in operation until the earliest of three situations. First, the expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency. Second, the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order based on specific public health or other considerations. Or third, 100 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.


CDC Travel Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices


The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging everyone to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness by practicing physical distancing and doing these everyday actions:

  • Wear a cloth mask when conducting essential tasks in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Seniors and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid large crowds.
  • Sign up for public notifications at https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidance on Large Gatherings and Events (updated 3/29/20)
During the next 30 days, individuals and organizations should cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the U.S.

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes (updated 4/28/20)

World Health Organization

U.S. Travel Association

Hawaii State Department of Health

Guidance for Reopening the Food Service Sector (updated 5/22/20)

Multi-Language Physical Distancing Posters and Social Media Graphics (updated 4/11/20)

FAQ Sheet: COVID-19 (English) (updated 3/31/20)
(Chinese – Simplified) (Chinese – Traditional) (Japanese) (Ilocano) (Korean)

Flyer: COVID-19 “What You Need to Know” (English) (updated 3/5/20)
(Chinese – Simplified) (Spanish)

Flyer: What To Do If You’re Sick or Think You Have COVID-19 (updated 2/5/20)

Flyer: Workplace Guidance (updated 3/12/20)

Hawaii State Department of Transportation

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Daily Visitor Statistics: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/visitor/daily-passenger-counts/

County Information – Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Island of Hawaii
County Emergency Management Agencies and Notifications: http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/get-ready/

Hawaii Foodbank – Oahu and Kauai







Island of Hawaii









Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on May 18, 2020:

Full Press Release:


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on May 5, 2020:

Gov. Ige signed a 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation that authorizes the first group of businesses to re-open since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of non-essential businesses across the state on Mar. 25. The latest proclamation also allows residents to leave their homes to patronize certain businesses and activities under the new “Safer-at-Home” order.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/governors-office-news-release-gov-ige-gives-first-round-of-businesses-greenlight-to-re-open/


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on April 25, 2020:

Gov. David Ige signed a 6th supplementary emergency proclamation extending the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31.

The stay-at-home order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, including healthcare, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawaii, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is also permitted – including swimming, surfing and walking pets. In addition, running, jogging or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.

Also extended through the end of May — the 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/governors-office-news-release-gov-ige-extends-stay-at-home-order-across-the-state-through-may-31/


Information from the State Department of Transportation news release issued on April 24, 2020:

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has implemented improved measures to verify incoming passenger information before they leave the airport to help ensure people are abiding by the traveler quarantine order. The enhanced process is underway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and will begin statewide in the coming days.

Full Press Release: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/04/24/improved-verification-process-implemented-for-airline-passengers/


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on April 17, 2020:

Gov. David Ige issued a fifth supplementary proclamation adding to existing emergency rules for the COVID-19 crisis. The governor is encouraging everyone to wear cloth face masks whenever in public places with the exception of exercising outside, as long as social distancing requirements are maintained. It also details limitations on activities outside your home or place of residence.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/office-of-the-governor-news-release-governor-ige-orders-eviction-moratorium/


Information from the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources news release issued on April 17, 2020:

Governor David Ige today, issued a fifth supplementary proclamation to his Emergency Rules. This one includes limitations on activities outside homes or places of residence and closes all beaches in Hawaii. It became clear that many people are continuing to access beaches, waters, and trails for social and recreational activities without proper social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. Such activity contributes to the risk of spread of coronavirus across the state.

Under these new rules, all beaches are closed, which means no sitting, standing, lying down, lounging, sunbathing, or loitering on beaches and sandbars.  People can still cross beaches to access the ocean for outdoor exercise like surfing, solo paddling and swimming as long as social distances are maintained.

Full Press Release: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/04/17/nr20-047/


Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) news release issued on April 9, 2020:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships. The No Sail Order reinforces the strong action by President Donald J. Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. President Trump acted early and decisively to implement travel restrictions on foreign nationals who had recently been to China and Europe and by issuing the 30 Days to Slow the Spread guidelines. These containment and mitigation strategies have been a critical component of the United States COVID-19 response, but despite these efforts, cruise ship travel markedly increases the risk and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak within the United States.

Full Press Release: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0409-modifications-extension-no-sail-ships.html


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 23, 2020:

Gov. David Ige signed a third supplementary proclamation Monday, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 25 through Apr. 30. Essential workers are exempt.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/office-of-the-governor-news-release-governor-ige-issues-statewide-order-to-stay-at-home-work-from-home-to-fight-covid-19/


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 21, 2020:

Hawaii Governor David Ige issued a second supplemental emergency proclamation ordering all individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate — the first such action in the nation — applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircrafts.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/governors-office-news-release-gov-ige-orders-mandatory-14-day-quarantine-for-all-individuals-arriving-or-returning-to-the-state-of-hawai%ca%bbi/


Information from the City and County of Honolulu news release issued on March 18, 2020:

Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a supplemental proclamation of emergency or disaster today to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The proclamation requires the closure of all bars and nightclubs for fifteen calendar days, and all restaurants and cafes that serve food, to close solely for drive-thru, pickup, or delivery service, also for fifteen days. This is effective March 20, at 8:30 a.m.

Full Press Release: http://www.honolulu.gov/cms-csd-menu/site-csd-sitearticles/1305-site-csd-news-2020-cat/38100-03-18-20-mayor-caldwell-issues-covid-19-supplemental-proclamation,-takes-action-on-bill-35.html


Information from the County of Maui news release issued on March 18, 2020:

Mayor Michael Victorino announced a number of Public Health Emergency Rules effective as of 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, directed toward limiting the gathering of groups of people and curtailing vehicular transportation except for essential activities or operation of essential business or government functions, such as travel to and from work and medical appointments.

The rules require restaurants and cafes that serve food within the premises to close; however, take-out and delivery service may continue. Bars, nightclubs, theaters, tourist attractions, and other venues where the public gather must remain closed.

Full Press Release: https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=9923


Information from the County of Kauai news release issued on March 18, 2020:

Kauai Mayor Derek S.K Kawakami has implemented, via emergency rule, an islandwide nighttime curfew beginning Friday, March 20. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. daily until further notice. Every individual within the County of Kauai must remain in their residence during these specified hours.

Mayor’s Emergency Rule #2 sets forth exceptions to the curfew, including:

1.  Commuting to and from work;
2.  Working for an essential service provider whose shifts are within the curfew window;
3.  Delivery services associated with food service establishments or stores that sell food and household supplies; and
4.  Seeking medical attention.

Mayor Kawakami also stated that airline travel to and from the island of Kauai be limited to essential needs only. “Until further notice, visitors should not be traveling to our island for recreational purposes,” emphasized the Mayor. “Kauai is on vacation!”

Further, vacation industry partners are urged to work with their marketing teams to refrain from marketing Kauai as a place to visit during this time in order to protect the health and safety of the community.

Full Press Release: https://www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Mayor/PIO/NR031820KEMA.pdf?ver=2020-03-18-140021-373


Information from the Hawaii State Department of Transportation news release issued on March 18, 2020:

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) informs the traveling public that Hana Highway (Route 360) between Kapakalua Road and Hana Town is restricted to local traffic until further notice beginning March 18, 2020.

The local access restriction is being put in place to address access and congestion concerns due to roadwork and vehicles along the two-lane highway.

HDOT is currently installing slope stabilization measures on Route 360 near Papaaea Road that requires a 24-hour lane closure.

An electronic message board informing the public of the local traffic restriction will be placed near the Haiku Community Center.

Full Press Release: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/18/hana-highway-route-360-restricted-to-local-traffic-until-further-notice/


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 17, 2020:

Gov. David Y. Ige announced today state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“The actions I’m announcing today may seem extreme to some of you, and we know that it will have negative effects to our economy. But we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have a quicker recovery when this crisis is over,” said Gov. Ige.

Gov. Ige strongly encouraged our visitors to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30-days and reschedule for a later date.

Effective this Friday (March 20), screening of all passengers disembarking cruise ships will be screened. Our airports are working on implementation plans for screening arriving visitors.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/proper-use-of-covid-19-tests-imperative-there-is-a-current-shortage-of-hand-sanitizers-and-toilet-paper-in-hawaii-in-part-because-of-the-publics-over-reaction-to-covid-19-the-hawai/


Information from Hawaiian Airlines’ news release issued on March 17, 2020:

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will suspend thrice-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport (CTS) from April 2 through July 18. Hawaiian, which has served Sapporo since 2012, is adjusting its global network in response to declining travel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full Press Release: https://newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com/releases/hawaiian-airlines-suspending-sapporo-service


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 16, 2020:

Gov. David Y. Ige signed today a supplemental emergency proclamation adding provisions to protect the health and safety of the people of Hawaii as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

“Across the globe and here in Hawaii, we’re seeing disruptions to every aspect of our lives. As more cases are confirmed, events cancelled, and social distancing measures taken, it’s understandable that people are anxious. This supplemental emergency proclamation allows us to take unprecedented actions to protect the most vulnerable members of our community and ensure that medical resources are available to those who most need them,” said Gov. Ige.

Gov. Ige announced that he has appointed Ken Hara, director, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, to be the incident commander.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/governor-ige-issues-supplemental-emergency-proclamation-to-fight-covid-19/


Information from Hawaiian Airlines’ news release issued on March 15, 2020:

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will temporarily suspend nonstop service between Honolulu and its Australia and New Zealand gateways starting later this month due to new government entry restrictions being imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full Press Release: https://newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com/releases/hawaiian-airlines-suspending-australia-new-zealand-service 


Information from Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) news release issued on March 14, 2020:

CLIA ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.

“CLIA cruise line members are voluntarily and temporarily suspending operations from the U.S. as we work to address this public health crisis,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, CLIA. “This is an unprecedented situation. Our industry has taken responsibility for protecting public health for more than 50 years, working under the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and prides itself on its ability to deliver exceptional vacation experiences for guests, as well as meaningful employment opportunities for crew. This has been a challenging time, but we hope that this decision will enable us to focus on the future and a return to normal as soon as possible.”

The temporary suspension will take effect at 12:00AM EDT on 14 March 2020. CLIA ocean-going cruise lines are focused on the safe and smooth return of those currently at sea onboard ships that will be affected by this decision.

Full Press Release: https://cruising.org/news-and-research/press-room/2020/march/clia-covid-19-toolkit


Information from the Department of Homeland Security’s press release issued on March 11, 2020:

Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.

These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.

Full Press Release: www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/11/homeland-security-acting-secretary-chad-f-wolf-s-statement-presidential-proclamation


Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health’s news release issued on March 10, 2020:

Hawaii is shifting its COVID-19 response efforts into higher gear this week by launching a statewide surveillance testing program to identify cases of community spread of the coronavirus. This additional layer of testing helps detect COVID-19 cases earlier so that appropriate steps can be taken to contain the virus.

Full Press Release: https://health.hawaii.gov/news/newsroom/department-of-health-steps-up-testing-for-covid-19-about-200-tests-to-be-conducted-each-week/


Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health issued on March 8, 2020:

On March 8, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) identified a second presumptive positive test result of COVID-19 for an elderly adult who is hospitalized in serious condition on Oahu. The individual felt ill on March 2 in Washington State and traveled home to Honolulu on March 4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified and trace back investigations are being conducted. The Oahu hospital has taken protective and preventive measures and is working with healthcare workers to ensure health and safety. Information is still being gathered and as more information becomes available, the public will be advised.


Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health issued on March 6, 2020:

On March 6, DOH identified the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Hawaii. That individual was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise in Mexico from Feb. 11-21. After arriving in Mexico, the individual traveled home to Honolulu with no symptoms. While home in Honolulu, the individual became ill on March 1, sought medical care and was tested on March 6. The individual is currently isolated at home and is being monitored daily by DOH. The department is conducting a detailed trace investigation to identify, notify, and provide guidance to all close contacts as quickly as possible. The patient is a local resident and was likely exposed while aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship. There is no evidence of community spread at this time, but DOH is working to determine if the patient had any close contact with anyone while they were ill.


Information from Hawaiian Airlines’ news release issued on March 6, 2020:

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it would adjust flight frequencies between Hawaii and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) at the end of March due to slowing travel demand attributed to the COVID-19 virus.

Full Press Release: https://newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com/releases/hawaiian-airlines-adjusting-hawaii-haneda-frequency


Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 5, 2020:
Gov. David Ige today issued an emergency proclamation that allows the state to work quickly and efficiently to prevent, contain and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, and to provide disaster relief if necessary.

Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/office-of-the-governor-news-release-gov-ige-issues-emergency-proclamation-for-covid-19/


Information from Hawaiian Airlines’ news release issued on February 26, 2020:

Hawaiian Airlines today announced its decision to temporarily suspend its five-times-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Incheon International Airport (ICN), beginning March 2 through April 30, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in South Korea.

Full Press Release: https://newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com/releases/hawaiian-airlines-temporarily-suspending-incheon-service


Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health’s media update issued on February 20, 2020:

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is continuing to actively gather facts about a visiting husband and wife from Japan who came to Hawaii, January 28 – February 7, 2020. They visited Maui (January 28 – February 3) and Oahu (February 3-7). Upon their return home to Japan, they were confirmed to have COVID-19. DOH officials do not believe that they caught it while in the Hawaiian Islands. Further, February 20 was the last day that any individual who may have had prolonged, close contact with the couple would be expected to show symptoms. At this time, there is no indication of transmission or related illness.


Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health’s news release issued on February 14, 2020:

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) was notified today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an adult male who traveled to Maui from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 and to Oahu from Feb. 3-7 has been confirmed for COVID-19. The individual is a Japanese national who developed severe symptoms, sought medical care, and was diagnosed and tested after leaving Hawaii and returning home to Japan.

The Department of Health was informed that the individual had no symptoms while traveling on Maui and developed cold-like symptoms with no fever while staying on Oahu. The department has begun an investigation and is working closely with state, federal and county officials. A medical advisory was sent out today to alert the healthcare community in Hawaii to be vigilant about possible cases.

“The Department of Health has been expecting and preparing for identifying a travel-related case in Hawaii because of the widespread outbreak in China and other areas of the world. The state is more than ready with aggressive control and prevention measures as we work closely with our medical community and response partners,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson. “We are committed to keeping the public fully informed and will continue to provide updates as this situation unfolds.”

“The individual had no symptoms while on Maui and was not contagious,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. “There is no increased risk on Maui from possible exposure. On Oahu, the individual had cold-like symptoms with no fever. I have alerted physicians that it’s possible that cases may surface sometime before Feb. 21 because the onset of illness is generally within 14 days.”

Full Press Release: https://health.hawaii.gov/news/newsroom/hawaii-department-of-health-notified-of-confirmed-covid-19-case-who-traveled-to-maui-and-oahu/ 


Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s news release issued on January 31, 2020:

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to 2019 novel coronavirus.

“While this virus poses a serious public health threat, the risk to the American public remains low at this time, and we are working to keep this risk low,” Secretary Azar said. “We are committed to protecting the health and safety of all Americans, and this public health emergency declaration is the latest in the series of steps the Trump Administration has taken to protect our country.”

The emergency declaration gives state, tribal, and local health departments more flexibility to request that HHS authorize them to temporarily reassign state, local, and tribal personnel to respond to 2019-nCoV if their salaries normally are funded in whole or in part by Public Health Service Act programs. These personnel could assist with public health information campaigns and other response activities.

Full Press Release: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/01/31/secretary-azar-declares-public-health-emergency-us-2019-novel-coronavirus.html


Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health’s news release issued on January 29, 2020:

Although the risk to the general public is low, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively prepare for possible cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Last week, the DOH alerted the medical community and information for healthcare providers has been posted at www.health.hawaii.gov.

Currently, there are no cases of 2019-nCoV identified in Hawaii and the risk to the general public is low. The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China and currently there are more than 6,000 cases confirmed in China and at least 17 countries. This includes 132 deaths in China. There have been at least 5 cases in the U.S. of people who traveled to Wuhan or other areas in China and no evidence of person to person spread of the virus in the U.S.

“The Hawaii Department of Health is working closely with our emergency response network to put proactive measures in place to protect our residents and visitors,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson. “Because Hawaii is a major travel destination, planning and preparing for possible outbreaks is an ongoing activity. The emergence of the 2019 coronavirus in Wuhan and its potential to spread to areas outside of China poses an increased threat to travelers and Hawaii residents and we’ve ramped up our efforts.”

“We are advising people not to travel to China at this time,” said Anderson. “Various areas in China have been placed under quarantine by the Chinese government, and travel within the country is either completely prohibited or significantly curtailed to prevent the spread of this disease.”


Press release issued by the Hawaii Department of Transportation on January 28, 2020:

The HDOT Airports Division (HDOTA) works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Hawaii Department of Health regarding the coronavirus. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is one of 20 airports in the country with a CDC Quarantine Station enforcing foreign quarantine regulations. For information regarding the quarantine stations click here.

HDOTA follows the direction of the CDC regarding additional screening practices at any of the airports in the state. The CDC initially announced entry screening at San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) and has added Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD) to the list. There are no direct flights from Wuhan, China to Hawaii. HDOTA will continue to monitor communication and developments with the CDC regarding the evolving situation. Additional questions may be directed to the CDC newsroom.


Press release issued by the Centers for Disease Control on January 28, 2020:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). This warning is in response to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreading between people in many parts of that country.

In the United States, there have been 5 cases of 2019-nCoV detected in travelers returning from Wuhan. No person-to-person spread has been detected in the United States at this time and this virus is NOT spreading in the community.

Based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time. However, risk is dependent on exposure and some people will have greater risk of infection, for example, healthcare workers caring for 2019-nCoV patients and other close contacts. CDC is aggressively responding to this serious public health situation to help protect the health of Americans. This response may cause disruptions in some people’s daily lives. This is unfortunate, but necessary to protect the health of Americans.

Full press release: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0128-travelers-avoid-china.html


Press release issued by the Centers for Disease Control on January 26, 2020:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed additional travel-related infections of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States, this time in Arizona and California. These patients recently returned to the U.S. from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. This brings the total number of 2019-nCoV infections detected in the United States to five — none in Hawaii.

Full press release: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0126-coronavirus-new-cases.html


Press release issued by the Hawaii Department of Health on January 21, 2020:

Hawaii Department of Health provides guidance to healthcare providers for 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China
Everyone is advised to get a flu vaccination

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is advising physicians statewide to be alert for patients who have travelled from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The department sent out a detailed medical advisory to healthcare providers today on reporting, testing, specimen collection, and interim healthcare infection control recommendations for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Providers are advised to notify the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division immediately if a patient meets the case criteria.

The DOH is also advising everyone (six months of age or older) and especially those who travel to receive a flu vaccination. Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, said, “With the current flu activity, there will likely be crossover in clinical presentation so the more people vaccinated against flu, the more helpful that will be.”

The DOH is closely monitoring the outbreak of 2019-nCoV occurring in China and regularly coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to issuing a Medical Advisory today to ensure all clinical providers are informed, the DOH is coordinating with Emergency Medical Service personnel/first responders, the Department of Transportation, and infection control partners in medical facilities throughout the state. DOH is also monitoring its well-established respiratory surveillance network which reviews flu activity in the state. Online resources for the 2019-nCoV are posted at https://health.hawaii.gov/prepare/cdc-issues-warning-about-pneumonia-cases-in-wuhan-china-caused-by-novel-coronavirus/.

An outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China has been developing since December 2019. This outbreak now includes more than 300 confirmed infections and several deaths in China with confirmed cases also in Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States (one case in Washington State). While human-to-human transmission appears limited, the situation continues to evolve. Nearly all travelers from China enter the state from other U.S. or international ports of entry.

If you have traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, you should do the following:

  1. Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  2. Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
  3. Not travel while sick.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  5. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

For more information, including information for clinicians and public health professionals, please go to the following CDC and WHO webpages:

  1. wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/novel-coronavirus-china
  2. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
  3. www.who.int/csr/don/05-january-2020-pneumonia-of-unkown-cause-china/en/