How to Complete Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing | Avoid Quarantine on Arrival with These Tips



We show you the whole process we went through to get tested before we went home to Hawaii. We made it home but we had some issues thanks to CVS. Avoid our mistakes and learn our tips so you can go on a Hawaii vacation!

Need a step-by-step video guide on how to do the pre-testing program? Our Hawaii itineraries include a How-To Video on the full pre-testing travel program (updated, unlike this one stuck in time):

We finally made it home to Maui! But we had to jump through some hoops to get in with Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program. We share our experience on testing at two different clinics and share lessons learned from our experience and others who have done the pre-travel testing in the past 30-days.

Hawaii is cautiously opening and many locals are nervous about the virus spreading on the Hawaiian islands. When you visit, it is mandatory to wear your mask when in public and follow social distancing best practices. Mahalo for being respectful to the local community.

Links Mentioned:
Shop Small Hawaii:
Hawaii Tourism Authority:
Official Hawaii Pre-Travel Testing Partners:
How to Get Tested for Hawaii Video (15-October-2020):

How to Complete Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program
00:00 Intro
00:26 Choose a Hawaii Pre-Travel Testing Partner
01:21 Get tested 72-hours before departure and tips on testing
03:17 Visiting the islands respectfully and being welcomed by locals
04:18 Support local Hawaii businesses
05:37 CVS messed up our results
07:03 Our new plan to get tested via Seattle
08:41 Carbon Health testing
10:10 Tips on testing
11:02 Arriving in Hawaii

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23 comments

  1. So do I just bring the test results printout with me to the airport and show them? Or do u have to upload to safetravels site?

  2. So you need to get it before you leave to head to Hawaii but the only check it when you get to the airport in HI?

  3. I have a question! I’m already stress I have my flight on sept 23 Im from San Diego. When and what time is perfect for me to test the covid test! Please help me it would mean a lot to me!

  4. I wanted to say how easy it was to complete the Hawaii Safe Travels online. We filled out our Heath Questions this morning and confirmed our Vaccine Exemption! We plan to arrive 4 hours before the flight just to avoid any long lines and last minute stresses and I have lounge Access at San Jose CA Airport and then its nonstop to Kauai!

  5. So whats the point of getting tested if kids 5 and under dont have to be tested? Are kids 5 and under somehow not able to spread covid?

  6. Hi thanks for the video! We are planning for August 2022. Do you think the testing with be mandatory then?

  7. I just heard starting July 8th no pre travel covid test for vaccinated travelers from the mainland. Hope it's true!

  8. Thank you for clearing up the Hawaii entrance requirements. We just booked a last minute trip to HI since international travel is no good. We purchased the Costco ANOVA test kits w/ video observation, overnight shipping, and hoping we get our results before we leave. Our failsafe backup: LAX rapid test 1 hour….

  9. I am going to Waikiki 7/2/2021 from Lax to Waikiki lands 9:20 am 2 hours time different i will test at walgreens when should I get my test? Would you know?

  10. I still wonder how all this wasn't ruled as unconstitutional. After all, Hawaii is a US state and us Americans have a constitutional right to freely travel there. I guess somehow there is a law in the books allowing Hawaii to force quarantine on arrivals even from the mainland US?

  11. I am a little confused on the cost associated with the testing. I have an upcoming trip to Hawaii – I called my local Walgreens that provides the rapid testing and there is no charge and billed directly to insurance. So why did you go with CVS? Did you bill your insurance – pretty sure insurance covers the COVID test regardless of the circumstances.

  12. My poor little dog had to go through cargo. When you brought your little guy, did you have to have a vet meet you at the airport? I know you have to have a FAVN test so they would be cleared to come on the island. I’m curious how that process went.

  13. Thank you for All of your helpful and great information, it is very valuable. My wife and I will be traveling to Maui in September. Great job, you both have great, pleasant personalities.

  14. Does anyone know if you have to take the test 72 hrs before arriving or 72 hours before departures?

  15. I'm not screwing around with Walgreens or CVS. You gotta wait like 2-3 days before the 72 hours to book the test and If they are slow getting results, you're screwed. My family and I already made a appointment for our test in 2 weeks and paid for the test with a guaranteed 24 hour result (I've heard some get them back within 8-12 hours)

    I want peace of mind and am not risking our trip, so it's worth the extra fee.

  16. If i have a hour layover in HNL before OGG– do I need to enter the flights on the safe travels site as JFK to HNL then HNL to OGG, or just JFK to OGG (final destination)?

  17. I came back to this video to share my experience with CVS because I needed some relief before my trip to Hawaii! Let me just say DO NOT RISK IT by going through CVS! They ended up losing my test results and I have yet to receive them a week and a half later. I was so lucky to have showed up at the airport the morning of my flight and beg United airlines to squeeze me in for a rapid covid test that is approved by the Hawaii travel program. I had to pay $140 at CVS just for them to lose my results and $250 extra for the rapid testing through United. Save yourself the time and stress and take the “ID NOW” test from Walgreens or United airlines if possible. I never had more anxiety than waiting on my test results to come back and wondering if my trip was going to have to be canceled last minute.

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