Today is the day. Hawaii’s long-awaited pre-travel testing program launched today, October 15th. We’ve been in California visiting family for the past month and we are excited to head back home in the next couple of weeks. 

But, like many people, we’ve been confused about the details. 

  • Where can I get a test?
  • How do I submit it?
  • What airlines are offering assistance with testing?
  • Does my two-year-old need a test?
  • What about inter-island travel? 
  • What if I have a layover on Oahu?

So many questions. And now we finally have answers. 

We included as much information as we could in this new update video:

*NOTE: 1. we inaccurately said that the test needed to be administered 72 hours before arrival. It’s actually 72 hours before the final leg of departure. So for a multi-city itinerary, you must take your test within 72 hours of departure time from the last city before arriving at a Hawaii airport. 2. Hawaii now requires a negative COVID test to be uploaded to their Safe Travels Portal prior to departure.

Still have questions? Hawaii is updating the details on this website:

We are excited to go through the process of getting ourselves home in the next couple of weeks. We’ll make sure to create a video of the process so you have step-by-step details of how it works. 

If anyone is heading to Hawaii before us, best of luck! And let us know if you learn anything interesting along the way.


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Erica Gellerman

Erica Gellerman


I'm the co-founder, with my husband Jordan, of The Hawaii Vacation Guide. We live on Maui with our toddler Henry and our sweet but quirky dog Hattie. You will most likely find me on the water on a SUP or swimming in the waves.

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