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Travel to Hawaii during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go


Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain in flux. Health officials advise delaying travel if you’re not fully vaccinated and caught up on boosters. This article was last updated on June 10.

(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Hawaii, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest

The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday, June 10, that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States, according to a senior administration official and a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official.

The move will go into effect for US-bound air travelers at midnight on Sunday.

Hawaii dropped its statewide mask mandate for indoor settings in late March. The mandate came to an end the same day as Hawaii’s Safe Travels program expired.

The basics

Visitors arriving from domestic points of origin no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a pre-travel negative test result to bypass a mandatory five-day quarantine.

The expired Safe Travels program applied only to domestic arrivals. International arrivals must still follow federal requirements.

Arriving US citizens and legal permanent residents are not required to be fully vaccinated.

Until midnight Sunday, June 12, all inbound international travelers 2 and older are still required to test within one day of departure for the United States, regardless of vaccination status.

While the CDC still recommends everyone 2 and older wear a well-fitting mask on public transportation, masks are currently not required on airplanes, trains and other means of public transit.

What’s on offer

Spectacular surfing, sandy beaches, traditional Pacific culture and rugged volcanoes await Hawaii visitors. Hawaii’s geographical position and proud history make it unlike anywhere else in the United States.

Who can go

Fully vaccinated travelers are now allowed entry into the United States, including Hawaii.

Americans are still allowed to travel to Hawaii, regardless of vaccination status.

What are the restrictions?

All restrictions on intercounty travel have been lifted, meaning no pre-travel testing or quarantining is needed for travel between the Hawaiian islands.

What’s the Covid situation?

With more than 290,600 cases and more than 1,460 deaths reported as of June 10, Hawaii has seen relatively low Covid numbers compared with other US states. It maintained some of the strictest travel measures of any state during the heights of the pandemic.

What can visitors expect?

Statewide limits on social gatherings, restaurants, bars, gyms and other social establishments were lifted in December. All county-imposed restrictions have been lifted.

On the island of Oahu, the Safe Access O’ahu program, which required proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter businesses such as restaurants, bars and gyms, ended March 5.

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Forrest Brown, Marnie Hunter, Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Jenn Selva contributed to this report

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