COVID 19 Hawaii Travel Restrictions – Avoid A Pre-Wedding Quarantine

June 28, 2020

After months of mandatory quarantine and shuttered hotels, we’re happy to learn that beginning on August 1st, 2020, the Hawaii Government will be welcoming visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to our islands! That means more happy couples and more beautiful Maui weddings! If you’re planning to travel to Hawaii, follow along and we’ll help you understand the current Hawaii COVID-19 travel restrictions and avoid the quarantine.

Here’s a quick overview on what you need to know about the new Hawaii COVID-19 travel restrictions:

  • Get Tested for COVID-19 72 hours before travel
  • Plan for additional precautions at the airport
  • Consider your guests

Now let’s break it down, so you can start planning your dream wedding in Hawaii.

Get Tested For COVID-19 Before Traveling to Hawaii

Beginning on August 1st, Hawaii COVID-19 travel restrictions will require documentation of a negative COVID-19 test in order to avoid the Hawaii quarantine.

Here’s a checklist to help you navigate the requirements, so you can relax and start dreaming of your big day:

  • Do not travel to Hawaii before August 1st.
  • Although it hasn’t been explicitly stated, if you travel to Hawaii before August 1st you will likely have to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of any testing you completed before traveling. We are basing this on the fact that when the government allowed interisland travel without a quarantine, anyone who flew in even a day before the order was lifted still had to quarantine for the full 14 days. 
  • PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction
    • This is the nasal swab test that is most commonly used
  • CLIA is the federal regulatory system for regulating laboratory testing
  • An antibody test will NOT be accepted

Hawaii’s government is communicating with CVS, Walgreens, and Kaiser to potentially set up travel testing across the country. We will update this post as soon as we know more. Keep scrolling for more info on Hawaii COVID-19 Travel Restrictions!

Plan for Additional Precautions at the Airport

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On August 1st, Hawaii will be open to visitors ~ time to celebrate!

Even after you’re tested, there will still be more safety measures to ensure you can avoid the Hawaii COVID-19 travel quarantine. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect at the airport.

✦ You’ll need to complete a travel declaration form either printed or online

✦ You’ll complete a health screening prior to boarding your flight here and again when you land

✦ If you have a fever before boarding, you may be prohibited from boarding the flight

✦ If you have a fever when you arrive to Hawaii, you will receive a further medical assessment

✦ You will also have to show your completed health form again after arriving to Hawaii

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Planning on a beach wedding in Hawaii? Or just hoping to elope on the world’s most romantic sandy venue? We’re here to help make your dreams come true!

What Does This Mean For You and Your Guests?

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First off, this means your dream wedding in Hawaii is about to happen!! We’re jumping for joy along with you! Take a moment to do a cartwheel or two, and then glance over these few other considerations:

  • Begin making plans to get your Coronavirus test, though wait until we get a little more details from the government as August 1 gets closer (depending on your travel date)
  • Find out if your insurance will cover the test if it’s for travel
  • Make sure all your guests have all the rules so they’re prepared
  • You will need to wear a mask at the airport and on your airplane as well at most Hawaii retailers

Not sure if a wedding in Hawaii is within your budget? It’s much more affordable than you think! Come read our comprehensive article: Hawaii Destination Wedding Cost – Ceremony, Lodging & Airfare

This Also Means You May Want to Adjust Your Guest Count

So why not consider a small wedding or even eloping in Hawaii?

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Having a Maui beach elopement is a beautiful way to celebrate your love. We understand that it may not be exactly what you’ve hoped for, but limiting your guest count to only a handful of friends and family may keep your loved ones healthy.

To help you bridge the distance, we’ve created elopement enhancements that can be added to all of our Maui beach wedding packages. With these add-ons, a professional videographer will record or live-stream your wedding so your guests back home will be part of the special moment! We can even send them leis! So if you decide to elope, they’ll be cheering you on in style!

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So as you begin planning your gorgeous ceremony day around the new Hawaii COVID-19 travel restrictions, browse the amazing wedding photos below and remind yourself – SOON THIS WILL BE YOU! And we can’t wait to meet you and your special someone!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Keep checking back because we’ll keep this post updated as soon as any information changes!

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