Travel Information and Tips

Travel Advisory: COVID-19 Concerns

HPU continues to monitor the health risks associated with traveling abroad amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, please refer to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory. Students, faculty, and staff should reconsider travel to any area where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized an ongoing community transmission of COVID-19.

The University is making a determination on any sponsored travel restrictions based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advisory. All non-essential University-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. Additionally, any plans to host student or other visiting groups originating from impacted regions should be reported to for review.


Those who are planning any non-University sponsored travel should report details about their trip to HPU administration using this form. These reports allow us to monitor our community and assist with any necessary actions that may arise related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Persons who are planning to travel should stay up to date with information related to COVID-19 by visiting the following websites:

Tips: Traveling Outside the U.S.

For questions regarding travel restrictions into the United States, we recommend that international students connect with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to them for the most up-to-date information since travel restrictions will differ depending on your visa type, country of citizenship, and/or where you are currently located. If you've already booked a flight into the U.S., make sure you are aware of any airline policies concerning your need to delay a flight or cancel due to visa related office closures or travel restrictions.

Travel restrictions into the U.S. are set by the President of the United States after assessment of the pandemic situation in the subsequent country. Travel restrictions into Hawai'i are set by the Hawai'i Department of State. Please make sure you are informed of how any travel restrictions may affect you.

Updated on February 22, 2021

Any individual coming into Hawai'i via a trans-Pacific flight must complete the mandatory State of Hawai'i Safe Travels application

The State of Hawai'i will only accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test result. Find trusted testing and travel partners here:

The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawai‘i.

A 10-day mandatory quarantine will be required for trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours before departure of the final leg of their trip to Hawai‘i. Travelers will not be able to obtain a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) upon arrival at any Hawaiʻi airport.

Please refer to emails sent out by the University regarding any additional institutional policies relating to travel.


international students:

The State of Hawai'i is only accepting negative COVID-19 test results from a limited number of countries. Please review the state's trusted testing and travel partners website to determine entrance restrictions:

Currently only those entering Hawai'i directly from Canada, Japan, and Korea are potentially eligible to participate in the Hawai'i State Safe Travels program. Travelers from Canada, Japan, and Korea who do not secure a negative COVID-19 test BEFORE departure will be subject to the same mandatory 10-day quarantine regulation as other trans-Pacific travelers.

  • Ensure your health insurance covers medical care and expenses within the travel locale
  • In addition to health insurance, travel insurance is strongly recommended and includes coverage for unexpected travel expenses, cancellations, or delays and can be selected to assist with costs for emergency relocation or evacuation or return to the United States. This is separate from your health insurance and should be researched and purchased directly by you. Some recommendations for ease of reference and without endorsement include: AIG Travel Guard and Allianz Global Assistance. or

Prevention of Coronavirus (2019-nCOV; COVID-19), pursuant to World Health Organization (WHO) materials

 Standard recommendations to be followed for prevention of the spread of infection include:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing and follow with hand hygiene.
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory illnesses.
  • Avoid crowded places especially within a closed and confined space, when possible.
  • Thoroughly cook meats and eggs and avoid eating raw meat, fish and eggs.
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to animals and avoid petting animals.
  • Stay home when you are having symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Drink plenty of water and keep well hydrated.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces touched by an infected person.

 The above measures are effective against all infectious agents, including Influenza A and B (“the flu”). WHO advised that if any traveler has symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness during their travel period or after returning, they should seek medical attention and highlight their recent travel to the medical personnel.