Traveling to Hawai‘i: Update to State’s Safe Travels Program and HPU's Travel Policy for Students

Traveling to Hawai‘i: Update to State’s Safe Travels Program and HPU's Travel Policy for Students

UPDATE TO STATE OF HAWAII'S SAFE TRAVELS PROGRAM

Effective July 8, 2021, individuals fully vaccinated in the United States or its territories may enter Hawai‘i without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to the State’s Safe Travels site and printed out prior to departure, including a requirement for the traveler to have a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawai‘i.

For more information on the State’s Safe Travels Program, including the vaccination exception,  approved COVID-19 pre-travel tests for travelers not fully vaccinated in the U.S., and the State’s mandatory 10-day quarantine for transpacific travelers who do not participate in the program, click here.   

 

UPDATE TO HPU’S STUDENT TRAVEL POLICY as of 9/28/21

 

• Before returning to campus following domestic transpacific travel, all students must meet one of the following requirements:

(1) Meet the following requirements: (a) be fully vaccinated and (b) must be accepted in, and meet all the requirements of the State of Hawaii Safe Travels program prior to departure on the last leg to Hawaii;[1] OR

(2) Quarantine for 10 full days after arrival, with release on the 11th day, absent symptoms; OR


(3) For ATM/HLC/Park Shore residents who are unvaccinated, meet the following requirements: (a) must be accepted in, and meet all the requirements of, the State of Hawaii Safe Travels program, prior to departure on the last leg to Hawaii; and (b) take a COVID test administered every other day for a 10-day period after return; OR


(4) For unvaccinated students who live off-campus, meet the following requirements: (a) must be accepted in, and meet all the requirements of, the State of Hawaii Safe Travels program; and (b) take a COVID test and submit to Med+Proctor before coming on campus and/or participating in a University program; OR


(5) For international students, apply for and be accepted in HPU’s student modified quarantine program (University Student Travel Exemption Program), which allows participation in University activities (i.e., education bubble) subject to daily monitoring and wellness and other checks.

 

• Consistent with CDC guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen). International students who completed a vaccination regimen approved by the World Health Organization will also be considered by HPU to be fully vaccinated.


• Students whose household family members travel for work or work in high-risk environments are not required to self-quarantine unless they or their household members have been exposed to, or are symptomatic of, or have tested positive for COVID-19.


• For all non-vaccinated residential and off-campus students, any transpacific travel, whether personal or University-sponsored, at least one-week prior to departure so that the University may monitor the risk that travel poses to the University community. To report travel to OISS, please contact Bernard Chong at bchong@hpu.edu or at (808) 450-5173. You can also submit your travel information here or on the OISS HPU webpage (Travel Information & Tips). For students who live on-campus, you must also notify the Housing and Residence Life staff by emailing housing@hpu.edu.

• All unvaccinated students, including those receiving medical or religious exemptions, must also comply with government health and safety mandates and any applicable HPU policies on health screening, wearing of face coverings, social distancing, testing, etc.

• Arriving international students who are not yet vaccinated please contact the Office of International Student Services for further assistance.


• The HPU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Students is posted here.


• Unvaccinated, not yet fully vaccinated, and those without uploaded vaccination records have testing requirements as noted in the HPU COVID-19 vaccination policy for students.


• Proof of vaccination can be privately submitted directly on Med+Proctor. For instructions to access or create your Med+Proctor account, please click here.

 


[1] This means be fully vaccinated or a negative test result from a NAAT PCR test must be in hand prior to departure on the last leg to Hawaii.