Current Travel Advisories, Restrictions, & Updates
What are the travel restrictions & requirements in Hawaii?
Last Updated: September 4, 2023
We've covered all of the latest Hawaii travel news and announcements below, including the steps travelers should follow to safely visit Hawaii in the future.
Maui Travel Updates
Officials Ask Visitors Postpone Travel to West Maui
The state has now asked that all non-essential West Maui travel be postponed (see below for official state notice).
Governor Green Urges Visitors to Forego Travel Plans to West Maui
All non-essential travel to West Maui (including Lahaina, Napili, Kaʻanapali, and Kapalua) is strongly discouraged through October 17, 2023, Governor Josh Green said in his latest emergency proclamation on August 19, 2023. Hotels in West Maui have temporarily stopped accepting bookings of future reservations.
Other areas of Maui (including Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Wailea, Makena, and Hana), and the other Hawaiian Islands, like Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lanaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island, remain open. We urge all visitors to be especially mindful and respectful in the islands as the community continues through this tragedy.
Maui Wildfire Updates
Wildfires have damaged a significant portion of West Maui, over 100 lives have been lost, hundreds of people remain missing, and 2,200+ structures have been destroyed - making this the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century and Hawaii's worst natural disaster in modern history.
More information can be found on our wildfire updates page.
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Official Notice from Hawaii Officials
Statement Updated: August 22, 2023
Visitors Urged to Forego Travel Plans to West Maui
Today, during his remarks alongside President Joe Biden and Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation from the impacted area of Lahaina, Hawai‘i Governor Josh Green continued to emphasize the need to avoid West Maui at this time, as well as the importance of travel to the rest of Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands and the economic impact it has on the well-being of Maui and its recovery.
In alignment with Governor Green, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority urges visitors to refrain from going to West Maui (including Lahaina, Nāpili, Kāʻanapali, and Kapalua) as a means of respect to the people and places that have been lost in Lahaina during this devastating tragedy. The impacted area of Lahaina remains off limits to the public as the search and recovery efforts continue.
“No one can travel to West Maui right now. We will share when that is possible again. Only returning residents and authorized emergency relief workers should come here now. But all of the other areas of Maui… and the rest of Hawai‘i are safe,” Governor Green said. “When you come, you will support our local economy and help speed the recovery of the people that are suffering right now.”
Governor Green’s sixth emergency proclamation, issued on August 19 remains in place, with all nonessential travel to West Maui being strongly discouraged for the duration of the proclamation (through October 17, 2023).
We encourage travelers to consider visiting other areas of Maui (including Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Wailea, Makena, Pa'ia and Hana), or other islands such as Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lanaʻi, Molokaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island.
This is an ongoing situation. Follow our wildfire updates here.
Latest Pandemic Developments in Hawaii
Last Updated: December 16, 2022
At this time, there are no pandemic travel-related restrictions for domestic travelers, and neither the Governor's office nor island mayors have indicated they plan to reintroduce any restrictions.
Travelers can check the state of Hawaii's confirmed cases here.
'Safe Travels' program & mask mandate both officially ended March 26, 2022
According to Governor Ige, the state of Hawaii dropped the 'Safe Travels' program for domestic U.S. travelers at midnight on March 25, 2022. Governor Ige has also announced the indoor mask mandate has ended as of March 26, 2022. Masks may still be required on public transportation, such as buses, and within Hawaii’s airports.
That now means domestic travelers to Hawaii will no longer need to fill out online forms via Safe Travels, no longer have to worry about QR codes, no longer have to provide proof of vaccination, and ultimately, there won't be any additional requirements or restrictions to fly to Hawaii on a domestic flight.
On the county level, the County of Kauai, the County of Maui, and the County of Hawaii have repealed their COVID-19 Emergency Rules. The City and County of Honolulu's Safe Access Oahu program ended on Sunday, March 6, 2022.
"Safe Travels is one part of a multi-layer approach to COVID safety. The program played a key role in keeping Hawaii's residents safe before vaccinations were widely available, and during the surges we've seen through this pandemic," said John De Fries, Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO. "Bringing the Safe Travels program to a close reflects the progress we have made as a state, and Governor Ige’s decision is a good balance of maintaining reasonable health precautions while reopening our society and economy."
Hawaii Health Protocols
We encourage all travelers to review the Health & Safety Protocols for all of your travel planning resources within the Islands of Hawaii:
Airlines Health Policies
- Air Canada
- Air New Zealand
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- China Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Korean Airlines
- Philippine Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
Airport Health Requirements
Activity & Tour Policies
Upcoming Months of Travel
We think it is safe to say that any month of the year you will not be disappointed when you visit the Hawaiian islands. Here's an overview of what to expect in the coming months. Not sure when to visit? Read about the Best Month to Visit, where we present an overview of each month OR take the quiz on our Best Time to Visit Hawaii page.
Information Disclaimer: Details and information on this page, including dates, may change on a day-by-day basis. While we will be making every effort to keep these pages relevant and up to date, the decision to travel is ultimately your own responsibility.