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 to the U.S. Department of State’s Level 4 Travel Advisory to not travel to the People’s Republic of China, students, faculty, and staff should reconsider travel to any area where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized 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 to countries and regions with an alert posted at Level 2 or higher as listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Additionally, any plans to host student or other visiting groups originating from region listed at an alert at Level 2 or higher as according to CDC should be reported to for review.

 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 July 9, 2020

international students:

On June 24, 2020, Governor Ige announced that those planning to enter the U.S. after August 1, 2020 who obtain a negative FDA-approved PCR test for COVID-19 from a CLIA-certified laboratory before arriving in Hawaii will be able to avoid the mandatory quarantine. Unfortunately there are no tests that fall under these regulations that can be taken outside the U.S. as of July 7, 2020. All international students arriving in Honolulu from outside the U.S. for Fall 2020 should still expect to complete the 14 day self-quarantine upon their arrival unless receiving official updated information stating otherwise.

Domestic Students:

After August 1, 2020, you can avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine into Hawaii by obtaining a negative FDA-approved PCR test for COVID-19 from a CLIA-certified laboratory within 72 hours before your departure flight. Read more on this update here:

  • 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.