Planning a summer vacation in Hawaii? The state currently has no COVID-19 travel restrictions or entry requirements for domestic travelers. You do not need to show proof of COVID vaccination or the results of a pre-travel test.

While the state implemented some of the strictest entry requirements in the U.S. during the pandemic, Hawaii ended its Safe Travels program in late March. 

That said, Hawaii officials are asking that travelers coming to the islands stay up to date on vaccinations, test before travel (as close to their departure date as possible) and pack tests for use on the trip. If you test positive before your vacation, you’re advised to cancel your trip.

None of the Hawaiian Islands have masking requirements right now, but the state is asking people to use well-fitted masks in indoor public spaces, on public transportation and when around crowds.  

You can find all the recommendations for travelers from the state at

Like many locations across the United States, the Hawaiian Islands are experiencing a hawaii/”>surge in COVID cases this summer. All of the islands are in the red, marking the highest level of community transition, on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID tracker, except Kauai, which is in the yellow and seeing medium transmission. 

Recent covid-data-tracker/#variant-proportions”>data from the CDC shows that, in region 9, which includes Hawaii, the BA.5 omicron sublineage made up 66% of confirmed cases sequenced July 3 to 9. BA.5 is the most easily transmissible COVID variant to date, and preliminary research suggests it may avoid antibodies from vaccination and prior omicron infection. Infection from the original omicron variants generally causes less severe disease than infection with prior variants such as delta, the CDC said. Amid the rise in BA.5 cases, data shows hospitalizations are low compared with earlier surges in the pandemic. 

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