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hawaii covid entry requirements

Please note: Hawaii has specific entry requirements. This includes a PCR/NAAT test within 72 hours of the FINAL LEG OF DEPARTURE from an approved testing site and uploading these records to an online portal called Safetravels. Hawaii is extremely strict and any person not arriving with the required documentation has to quarantine for 10 days.

July 8th, 2021
As of July 8th, 2021 Governor Inge will be relaxing entry requirements for those who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks -14 days- after their final dose). This will allow students who are fully vaccinated to upload their COVID-19 Vaccination Card to the Safetravels website for exemption. They will also need to bring the original copy of their vaccination card and two paper copies with them. We will update families as soon as this fully goes into effect. Requirements have not changed for those who are not vaccinated/ not fully vaccinated. Please call us if you have any questions about this, 800.832.5229.

We know there is a lot of information to digest here and are happy to answer any questions you have. 

Checklist for travel to Hawaii, for non-vaccinated / partially vaccinated travelers:

  1. Find Approved Testing Site near you
  2. Create an account at Safetravels
  3. Receive a NAAT/PCR Test Within 72 hours of the FINAL LEG OF DEPARTURE at an Approved Testing Site
    1. We suggest using your local CVS or Walgreens. Please inform the technician that you are receiving this test for travel to Hawaii to ensure proper documentation.
  4. Upload the negative PCR/NAAT test and vaccination card (if applicable) to Safetravels
    1. The negative PCR/NAAT test will be uploaded in the Apply for Quarantine Exemption / Exception of the Safetravels site. Once uploaded, you should see “COVID Negative” under status.
  5. Complete Health Questionnaire with Safetravels 24 hours before departure
  6. If you arrive without a test OR with the wrong test, a mandatory 10 day quarantine is required. It must be completed before travel to Hawaii.

Checklist for those who are fully vaccinated:

  1. Create an account at Safetravels
  2. Upload your child’s vaccination card under “Apply for Exemption/Exception from Quarantine” -> “COVID Vaccine Exemption”
  3. Upload a PDF/JPG of the FRONT of the CDC vaccination card
  4. You will receive a confirmation that states “Your vaccination card for STUDENT NAME has been successfully uploaded, and your card data has been verified with the Hawaii Department of Health database”
  5. Send your child with their original CDC Vaccination Card and two paper copies
    1. If you do not upload the vaccination card to Safetravels your child will be denied entry into Hawaii and will have to fly home or quarantine for 10 days. 
  6. Complete the health questionnaire 24 hours before departure

Creating an Account with Safetravels:

Registration with Safetravels is required for every passenger travelling from the United States to Hawaii. If you reside out of the country, please contact us. Here are the steps:
  • A parent should create an account and register with Safetravels.
  • Verify your account within your email browser.
  • Complete the ‘About You’ section with YOUR information first.
    • Under ‘Resident/visitor’, choose ‘Visitor’
    • You can use your ID information when completing this section.
    • Verify your phone number. We recommend SMS notifications in case Hawaii’s requirements change.
  • Add your child as a ‘Travel Party Member.’
    • Under ‘Relationship’ choose the ‘Unaccompanied Minor’ option if they are 14 or younger. If they are 15 or older choose “Child”.
    • Under ‘Resident/visitor’, choose ‘Visitor’
    • Your child will need to fly with identification if the airline requires it. Please check with your child’s airline!
  • Choose ‘Next’ and the system will prompt you to enter a trip.
  • Select ‘Yes.’
  • Add the trip details: It requests the incoming and departing flight information including the date, airport code, airline, and flight number. It also requests the passport or other identification your child will travel with (you can put your own if they do not have a government issued ID).
  • Choose ‘Pleasure/Vacation’ for the reason for entering the state.
  • Under destination location, use the following details:
MAUI Participants
  • Location Type: Campsite
  • Search by street address of location name: 2933 Baldwin Avenue
  • Name of the location: Maui Montessori School
  • Reservation Number: NA
  • City: Makawao
  • Zipcode: 96768
  • Phone number: (808) 573-0374
  • Select the student and choose submit.
Hawaiian Islands (IF YOU FLY INTO KAUAI) Participants
  • Location Type: Campsite
  • Search by street address of location name: 4275 Poha Road
  • Name of the location: Kumu Camp
  • Reservation Number: NA
  • City: Anahola
  • Zipcode: 96703
  • Phone number: (808) 378-4146
  • Select the student and choose submit.
Hawaiian Islands (IF YOU FLY INTO THE BIG ISLAND) Participants
  • Location Type: Campsite
  • Search by street address of location name: 86-4322 Mamalahoa Hwy
  • Name of the location: Ho’okena Beach Park
  • Reservation Number: NA
  • City: Captain Cook
  • Zipcode: 96704
  • Phone number: (808) 328-8450
  • Select the student and choose submit.
  • Upload your child’s negative PCR test to the “Apply for Quarantine Exemption/ Exception” section of the Safetravels website.
    • Upload negative test results and complete vaccination status (if applicable) AS AN ADOBE PDF and print hard copies for your child to travel with. (See below. If it is not uploaded in PDF format it will get rejected. Don’t upload screenshots of your phone, mobile device or computer, or photos of your test — this will fail.)
      • Make sure your child’s First and Last name, Date the test was taken, Type of test taken, Name of trusted testing partner and lab are on the test. Make sure the first and last name and date of birth on the test result matches the first and last name and date of birth in the Safe Travels digital form.
    • Once you upload the results, you should see “COVID Negative” under Status. Even if you are approved, please have your child travel with a hard copy of their results.
    • If you receive the status “Not Approved – Not a negative test result” email your test results to and send your child with the hard copy. They likely will be manually approved at the airport.
    • If you receive any other status, “Not Approved – Not a testing partner”, “Not approved – Antigen test”, “Not approved – Outside 72 hour window”, “Not approved – Date of test error”, or “Not approved”, please notify Moondance immediately and sign up for another test.
      • This indicates your test has been rejected and your child will not be allowed in Hawaii.
  • Please complete the health questionnaire 24 hours prior to your flight. You will receive an email with a QR code that will be scanned by a screener at the airport. Please make sure that your child has this on their phone and printed to arrive with.

Other information to note:

  • Students will also be tested again on this trip before their inter-island flight(vaccination status cannot avoid this test as of right now).
  • Select US airports have a Rapid PCR/NAAT test that is approved by Hawaii if your child’s results have not come back. We do not suggest relying on this, but is a nice safeguard. Please notify Moondance if you need this information.
  • Please also upload your child’s test to the Moondance website. We will be double checking students tests as best we can.


How do I find an approved testing site?

This website is very useful in finding an approved testing sites along with estimated costs.

Do you have a list of recommended testing sites?

Yes, we sure do. It’s best to check the website but as of May 2021, the following locations offer approved testing for entry into Hawaii:

  • American Family Care (AFC)+
  • American Samoa Department of Health+
  • Atlas Genomics+
  • Capstone Clinic+
  • Carbon Health
  • CityHealth Urgent Care+
  • Clarity Lab Solutions+
  • Color
  • Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation+
  • Costco/AZOVA+
  • CVS Health (ONLY, not a different CVS website or walk-in)
  • Discovery Health MD
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (DLS Guam)
  • Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services
  • GoHealth Urgent Care*+
  • Kaiser Permanente (members only)
  • UC San Diego Health+
  • University Medical Center of Southern Nevada+
  • University of Washington Medicine+
  • Vault Health
  • Walgreens
  • WestPac Labs+
  • XpresCheck+
What testing site does Moondance recommend?

Moondance recommends testing at Walgreens since they are readily available in most locations where our families live.

Walgreen’s has the following test: Rapid Diagnostic Test (ID NOW): The Rapid Point-of-Care (POC) – NAAT (ID NOW) test.

This test is performed on-site with results usually available within 24 hours.. It’s a great choice to comply with Hawaii’s current requirements. The test typically costs $129 and is available at most Walgreens. For more information, see their website.

What if my child recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days of their trip start date?

Please contact the office if your child has recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. It is possible to apply for a modified quarantine process but may not be the worth the extra efforts. It includes providing a positive Nucleic Acid Amplification Test from an approved lab; a signed letter from your medical provider and a Safetravels applications for each Hawaiian county you visit. Please contact us at 800.832.5229 if you would like more details.

How do I create an PDF that will work for Safe Travels system?

There are a couple of ways to create a PDF that will work with the Safe Travels system.

First, make sure you have Adobe PDF saved to your computer. The system has very specific naming conventions – so please save the file name as: Vax file- Child Name

Make sure that the file has the .pdf extension on the end.

An example: Vax file- Child Name.pdf

If you can not use Adobe PDF to create a pdf, you can use an IPhone to create one. Take a picture of the printed results, go to notes on your iphone, open a new note, click the camera icon, select Scan Documents, take a photo of the document, select keep scan, select save, click on your document, then in the upper right corner select the box with the arrows, email this to yourself and upload to SafeTravels.

What happens if my child's airport PCR test is positive?

If your child’s rapid antigen test returns positive, they will be asked to return to take a confirmatory PCR test at the airport testing facility. They will be notified right away if the confirmatory test returns negative.

Should they refuse to take a confirmatory test, or if the confirmatory test is positive, they will be required to complete the full 10-day quarantine at their designated place of lodging at your own expense — parents will have to arrive to quarantine with their child within 48 hours.

We expect this scenario to be highly unlikely with a previously negative test result before leaving home.

Testing Timeline Example

When Should You Take The Test?

Remember, you must take your pre-travel test 72 hours from the final leg/city of departure before arriving in Hawaii. You must then ensure you receive your negative results prior to departure for Hawaii. As an example, we’ve included a 72 hour timeline below.

Typically, many flights to Hawaii will arrive in the evening hours, which means they will depart from the last major continental U.S. city (final leg of departure) sometime between 3pm and 7pm PST. For example, a flight that departs from Oakland International Airport (OAK) at 4:30 pm PST on Monday, means you need to take the test anytime after 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Friday.

Don’t worry about what time it is in Hawaii (HST) when getting the test, you simply need to take the test 72-hours before departing the final city to Hawaii (typically PST); so, if anything, worry about the timezone of your final continent U.S. airport and/or the timezone of where you take the test.

Here is a helpful website in calculating timeline.

Example Departure & Test Times

  • Flight departs at 4:30 pm PST on Sunday
  • Take the COVID-19 pre-travel test anytime after 4:30 pm PST (7:30 pm EST) on Thursday.

Revised on July 6th, 2021.