Hawaii’s long-awaited pre-travel testing program launched on October 15th. We’ve now done the Pre-Travel Testing Program a combined 4 times from the mainland and three times inter-island. It is still confusing at times but it works! You can do it too, check out our videos below that will guide you through the process, and then see our FAQ section to avoid the 10 common pitfalls. 

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 have videos, the 10 most frequent FAQs and pitfalls for pre-travel testing, and the best Hawaii vacation newsletter probably on this planet.


Hawaii Vacation Newsletter

We know planning a trip to Hawaii is tough right now. That’s why we created a newsletter to keep you informed of changes in state rules and travel advice for coming to Hawaii during these times.

Sign up here for our Hawaii Open Updates Newsletter. We’ll keep you updated with what is actually open on the ground in Hawaii.


We included as much information as we could in this 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.

If you are more into a show, then tell, then check-out this video where we show you each step of the process as we fly from Seattle to Honolulu to Maui.

Warning, don’t get freaked out about calculating when to get tested 72-hours before your final departure leg. We cut it too close with our time of testing in the video below.

Also, check out our FAQ on testing below for more help on Hawai’i’s Pre-Travel Testing Program.


Still, have questions? Hawaii is updating the details on this website: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/


FAQ on Hawai’i’s Pre-Travel Testing Program

No surprise, the biggest apprehension for Hawai’i vacationers is the pre-travel testing program.  Let me share some updates, tips, and answer common questions we receive on the Hawai’i pre-travel testing program. 

As we love to say in 2021, “Hawai’i is stress-free on arrival.” Getting here can be a tad bit stressful. We are here to help.

Click here for our updated 10 FAQs on Hawai’i’s Pre-Travel Testing Program


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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. I am a planner! I love to plan island-hopping adventures, days out on Maui, and everything in-between. I spend a lot of my time on our SUP and my favorite time of year in Hawai'i is whale season!

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