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Big Island Pre-Travel Testing Update

The pre-travel testing program which will allow visitors from the mainland to avoid Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine will begin statewide on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Hawai‘i County will implement the strictest policy, requiring an antigen test for all arriving trans-Pacific travelers. This test will be a second test following the mandatory test required at least 72 hours before traveling to Hawai‘i from the mainland.

The pre-travel tests required 72 hours prior can be administered by 17 different partners, including CVS, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente, and several major airlines.
The Big Island secondary tests will be administered at all three Hawai’i Island airports: Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole, Waimea-Kohala Airport, and Hilo International Airport.

“This second test upon arrival to Hawai’i Island will provide an extra layer of protection for our community,” Big Island Mayor Harry Kim said. “Virtually all medical and coronavirus experts agree for the necessity of more than one test.”

This antigen test will provide results within 15-20 minutes. If a traveler tests negative for COVID-19, they will not be subject to self-quarantine. Those testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to take a subsequent PCR test immediately and will be required to self-quarantine per state Department of Health rules while awaiting the results of this test, which can be expected within 36 hours.

In addition to these tests, all incoming travelers to Hawaii including interisland, are required to create a profile and fill in a Health questionnaire on the Safe Travels website. Visit for details and to create your profile.

You can find updated information & additional resources at the links below:

State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels System

State of Hawai’i Department of Health | Daily News Digest & Resources

County of Hawaii | COVID-19 Latest Information & Updates

State of Hawai’i Department of Transportation | Latest Information On COVID-19

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1 Comment

  • Jacob Petrosky
    February 11, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    This is very helpful. Do you know if the 2 week quarantine is still in place without testing? I’m wondering how buying a home during this pandemic is going to be.


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