Hawaii Quarantine Exemption: How To Visit Kauai Without Quarantine
For those wanting to visit Hawaii, here’s an option for how to get a Hawaii quarantine exemption. This is especially useful for those intending to visit Kauai, which has its own special rules. We’ll look at the rules and then how to get the Hawaii quarantine exemption for visiting the island of Kauai.
Thanks for reader Charles for giving us the idea for this on our Hilton Hawaii timeshare presentation article.
Hawaii Quarantine Rules
Especially for the island of Kauai, visitors need to meet the following rules:
- Take a pre-travel COVID test within 72 hours before traveling to Kauai and receive a negative test result.
- Stay at an approved EMQ “resort bubble” property.
- Take a post-travel test more than 72 hours after arriving on Kauai and receive a negative result.
You must stay at approved resorts that are part of this “resort bubble” rule. However, you can choose to stay elsewhere, but you’ll need to do a full 10-day quarantine. More info is here.
Avoid Hawaii Quarantine Exemption On Kauai
Obviously, most people want to avoid quarantine when traveling. Since Kauai opted out of the Hawaiian state testing program and set its own rules, travel to the island of Kauai has seemed daunting. There is a way to avoid quarantine in Kauai AND not need to participate in the resort bubbles. Here are the steps:
- Take a COVID test within 72 hours of travel.
- Fly to any island in Hawaii that isn’t Kauai, ensuring you meet the rules for entry.
- Take a COVID test there.
- After 72 hours on another island & with negative COVID test in hand, you can go to Kauai without quarantine / needing to stay at the resort bubbles.
Arriving from within Hawaii and with a negative COVID test certificate allows you to obtain a quarantine exemption. You can contact the Kauai Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) for further information and to verify any changes in testing requirements. Their COVID response and quarantine exemption requests can be found at Kauai.gov/COVID-19.
It’s good to know that there are other options for those wanting to avoid the resort bubble and also not wanting to quarantine. If your travel originates from another island in Hawaii, quarantine exemption on the island of Kauai is possible. It’s also possible to avoid the resort bubble requirements this way, since those can be pricy or might not be where you want to stay. If you stop on another island for 3+ days and then arrive in Kauai with another negative COVID test, you should be free to start enjoying your vacation on day 1.