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Travel Advice to Hawaii from the UK

UK citizens can finally fly to Hawaii and book up for their 2021/2022 Hawaii holiday knowing that they will actually get there.

Note: this article was last updated on 30 November 2021 and was correct at time of writing. 

The US has opened their borders to fully vaccinated travellers. With this move, travellers will no longer be subject to the tight restrictions that have been imposed since March 2020.

Passengers travelling to Hawaii from uk during covid will have to show proof of vaccination before boarding a US-bound plane and a negative COVID test result, taken within 72 hours of departure.

To enter the US, the vaccine you’ve received should either be FDA-approved or included in WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. The AstraZeneca jab, is one on the list.

What are the travel restrictions & requirements in Hawaii for late 2021 and early 2022?

Hawaii has had the strictest quarantine within all of the USA this year. We will be hoping that this starts to ease with the rest of America in November

At this time, there are travel restrictions in effect for all the major Hawaiian Islands, including the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island), Molokai, and Lanai. Here are the current requirements for entry into Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

On Oahu, all customers wishing to enter Oahu restaurants, bars, gyms, and other Oahu establishments will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test; part of the city of Honolulu's Safe Access Oahu program. This program will remain in effect on Oahu until mid-November 2021.

Maui restaurants have been advised that customers will be required to show vaccination cards, or proof of a negative test to dine indoors. Under the new rules, both bars and restaurants will be permitted to serve alcohol again until midnight. Additionally, up to ten people can dine at a table together. 

Kauai ends their COVID tier system, but Kauai will continue to enforce rules on travel, masks, and gatherings, even once the state reaches a 70% vaccination rate. Under Kauai's new rules, large "professional events" over 40 indoors or 100 outdoors may be allowed; however, all attendees show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 24 hours of attending the event.

We expect Governor Ige to make an official announcement in the next week or two that formally welcomes visitors back to the islands, now that COVID cases have dropped dramatically in the state. We assume that Hawaii will come n line with the rest of the USA in November.

For more information visit hawaiicovid19.com/travel and register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels online system. Only test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners(link is external) will be accepted. Review new vaccination exception requirements at hawaiicovid19.com/faqs. All incoming travelers are required to have their temperatures checked and complete a health questionnaire online before they can leave the airport.

Returning back to the UK

Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:

book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken when you arrive in England
complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
You cannot use an NHS test for your PCR test. You must use a private test provider.

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You must quarantine until you receive a negative day 2 COVID-19 PCR test, or until you leave England, whichever is sooner.

When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 PCR test. This is the test that you booked before travel.

You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.

You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result.

Test results
If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.