Traveling to Hawai‘i: State’s Pre-Travel Testing Program

Effective October 15, 2020, the State of Hawai’i’s “Safe Travels Pre-Test” program begins, and we expect it to continue into the new calendar year. Here are a few important things you need to know:

  • The State of Hawai‘i pre-travel testing program replaces the University Student Travel Exemption program. If you qualify under this new option, you may avoid the 14-day long quarantine upon arrival to the state.  
  • As an alternative to 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 14 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. 
  • ATM and HLC residents will be sent additional information regarding spring 2021 semester check-in. Contact if you have questions.
  • International students should visit the Travel FAQs page regularly to get updates on approved COVID tests outside of the United States. 

Hawaiian Airlines

Our friends at Hawaiian Airlines have also extended their Travel Assistance Program for college students and their families, which offers you a 5% discount on transpacific flights, two free checked bags, and a flexible booking policy on all flights. To learn more about the program, visit MyHPU -> Student Services -> More.

For general pre-travel testing questions? Contact Marites McKee (Dean of Students) at