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 iss@hpu.edu for review.

PERSONAL TRAVEL

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:

FAQ: International Individuals Traveling into the U.S. from Abroad

Currently there is a 10 day quarantine upon your arrival into the state of Hawaii for those coming from abroad or the mainland U.S. You can find current restrictions on the official Hawaii State travel website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel

Yes! This is where things get complicated, so please read carefully. You can bypass the 10 day quarantine if you are:

Currently the state of Hawaii does not accept any vaccinations received outside of the U.S. in order to bypass the 10 day quarantine mandate.

Regardless, we do recommend that students who received a completed CDC/WHO approved vaccine from their home country upload a copy of their card to their Med+Proctor account. Vaccines approved by CDC/WHO may be used to bypass certain post-arrival Hawaii Pacific University COVID-19 requirements.

  1. As soon as your flight is booked, you should schedule an appointment with a Hawaii-state approved testing provider
    1. Tests should be scheduled for no more than 72 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure
    2. We recommend scheduling a layover that gives you an opportunity to take the tests
    3. Do not plan to take a layover in Canada, as they have additional COVID-19 restrictions. It’s too complicated!
  2. Create an account on the Safe Travels website. Add your trip information (including flight and accommodations)
  3. Take your COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your Hawaii flight departure time
  4. Upload your test results to the “Apply for Exemption/Exception from Quarantine” section of your Safe Travels account
  5. Print your negative COVID-19 test results (if possible!)
  6. Complete the State of Hawaii health questionnaire on your Safe Travels account and obtain the QR code via email
  7. Give yourself extra time before departure to get “cleared”
    1. This step is optional but it’s recommended that you use time before your departure to present your QR code and test result documents to an airline guest services agent (participating airlines only). If it is possible for the airline agent to pre-screen your documents, you will be given a wristband that allows you to skip the long screening lines upon arrival in Hawaii.
    2. If you’re unsure whether your airline have pre-screening capabilities – please contact them directly for assistance

  1. Create an account on the Safe Travels website. Add your trip information (including flight and accommodations)
  2. Upload your vaccination card to the “Apply for Exemption/Exception from Quarantine” section of your Safe Travels account
  3. Bring your CDC Vaccination Record card
    1. Also accepted: a printout from the Vaccination Administration Management System, VAMS or a digital image of your vaccination card
  4. Complete the State of Hawaii health questionnaire on your Safe Travels account and obtain the QR code via email
  5. Give yourself extra time before departure to get “cleared”
    1. This step is optional but it’s recommended that you use time before your departure to present your QR code and test result documents to an airline guest services agent (participating airlines only). If it is possible for the airline agent to pre-screen your documents, you will be given a wristband that allows you to skip the long screening lines upon arrival in Hawaii.
    2. If you’re unsure whether your airline have pre-screening capabilities – please contact them directly for assistance

Please note: this exemption only applies to those completely vaccinated according to the CDC definition

No, the Hawaii State government has no way to keep track of testing upon arrival. They won’t accept tests taken upon arrival in Hawaii as a way to bypass the 10 day quarantine.

It will differ by testing location. OISS recommends asking the testing location in whichever layover city you intend to arrive at.

Hawaii only accepts negative COVID-19 test results taken from these Trusted Travel partners. If you are coming from Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Tahiti, or the Philippines – there are options for you to obtain the test results.

Students cannot complete a 10 day quarantine from an on-campus housing location, so any quarantine must be completed off-campus at your own expense. You are responsible for informing professors of any classes you may miss.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must complete the 10 day quarantine without exemption. Students cannot complete a 10 day quarantine from an on-campus housing location, so any quarantine must be completed off-campus at your own expense.

HPU does have COVID-19 procedures in place. We also are working to maintain safety for our students coming in from all over the world. Please continuously check your HPU student email account, the HPU COVID-19 homepage, and your OISS newsletter (international students and scholars) to stay up to date on how COVID-19 may impact you as an HPU student.

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.

  • 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. www.travelguard.com or www.allianztravelinsurance.com/

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.