Vaccine Passports Are Now A Thing In Hawaii

Hawaii is ensuring that people traveling between islands are safe

Hawaii has just become the second state in the nation after New York to implement a vaccination verification program.

Governor David Ige announced Hawaii would begin accepting a vaccination exemption on May 11 for interisland travelers who received their vaccination in Hawaii. They will also have to have completed the required 14-day waiting period.

Also, the state’s vaccination exemption allows qualifying interisland travelers to bypass the state’s 10-day travel quarantine. And those travelers will not have to go through the Safe Travels Hawaii pre-testing program or post-arrival testing.

With international travel still not a universal safe option, are you ready to finally make plans to see the Hawaiian Islands?


The program will begin on May 11.

At the onset, vaccination records will be checked manually by people at airports. Soon, travelers will be able to upload their verifications to a state website that is already being used for pre-travel testing.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the islands have had about 2.7 million travelers come through the state’s “Safe Travels” program since its inception in October. The program requires travelers to get a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before the final leg of travel to Hawaii. Some islands have required additional testing upon arrival, and those rules will remain for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.

I’ve never been to Hawaii, but visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial are definitely on the bucket list. Here is a great site to learn about the many pleasures of the island, as well as the latest travel restrictions/instructions.

Susan Saunders 4/22/21

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