Traveling to Hawai‘i: State’s Safe Travels Program and New HPU Quarantine Policy

new: HPU Mandatory 10-Day quarantine policy

Please refer to the February 3, 2021, Updated HPU Travel Guidelines and Requirements email from Marites McKee the Dean of Students posted here. HPU students, faculty, and staff must stay off-campus for 10 days beyond arrival after returning from transpacific travel, even if participating in the State's Safe Travels program. 

State's Safe Travels Program

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you meet the requirements of the State's Safe Travels Program and avoid the State's mandatory 10-day quarantine, HPU has its own Mandatory 10-day Quarantine Policy you must adhere to before returning to campus. See above.

Here are a few important things you need to know about the State of Hawai’i’s “Safe Travels Pre-Test” program:  

  • As an alternative to the State's mandatory quarantine, travelers from the continental U.S. to Oahu’s Inouye International Airport must produce evidence of a negative FDA-approved NAAT COVID-19 test processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory within 72 hours of the final leg of the trip to Honolulu. If you have a multi-city itinerary, this means the last city before arriving in Honolulu. 
    • An antibody or antigen test will NOT be accepted. If you take the wrong test, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
  • Not all COVID-19 tests are accepted, so please review the State of Hawai‘i’s “Trusted Testing and Travel Partners” to see what option is best for you. Travelers should access testing only through these testing vendors approved by the state: posted at the Travel FAQs pageTrusted Testing and Travel Partners include, among others, CVS Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Walgreens. Some airlines, including Hawaiian and United, are providing pre-travel testing options; please inquire directly with your airline on the status of pre-travel testing programs. 
  • Travelers who successfully complete a pre-travel test will not be subject to the state’s 10-day quarantine program. Beginning Nov. 24, persons who, prior to departure to the State, must upload into the State’s Safe Travels program or otherwise provide written hard copy confirmation from a Department of Health approved COVID-19 testing facility (“Trusted Testing Partner”) of a negative test result from an observed test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the final leg of departure in order to avoid the state's 10-day quarantine.  For more information, click here:
  • All travelers will also be required to have their temperature checked and complete a health and travel questionnaire. 
  • International students should visit the Travel FAQs page regularly to get updates on approved COVID tests outside of the United States. 

 IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR show any symptoms during your 10-days upon arrival:


Symptoms of COVID-19: Cough, chills, fever, muscle pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness, and appear 2-10 days after you are exposed to the COVID-19 virus.   

  1. Contact a medical provider via phone (if an emergency, call 9-1-1)
  2. Notify HPU's Director of Security and Safety, Sam Tong, 808-236-3597,
  3. Quarantine for 10 days and receive further instructions from the Director of Security and Security.