MASK MANDATE UPDATE:*

The State of Hawaii has dropped its mask mandate in outdoor settings

Masks are recommended outdoors if you are in large groups

The indoor mask mandate remains unchanged

*See Governor David Y. Ige's 21st COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation for more details

COVID-19 Video Update

Monday, July 19, 2021

To see previous updates, please visit the County of Kauai Facebook Page
 

Traveling to Kauai (Lihue Airport - LIH)

Effective 7/8, visitors and residents traveling from out-of-state to Kauai are subject to a 10-day quarantine, unless granted an exception through the State of Hawaii Safe Travels program. Exceptions to the 10-day quarantine may be obtained with a negative pre-travel test, or a vaccine record.

Transpacific travelers who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may also be eligible to be exempt from the travel quarantine. More information can be found at: http://ag.hawaii.gov/travelexemption.

Effective 6/15, travelers arriving on Kauai from Oahu, Maui County, or the Big Island of Hawaii are not subject to quarantine.

 

Transpacific Travel – Safe Travels Vaccine Passport Program

Effective 7/8, travelers who are fully vaccinated and are flying from out-of-state to Kauai can avoid quarantine by taking the following steps:

  • Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form at: https://travel.hawaii.gov/
  • Upload an image of your CDC vaccination card or VAMS Vaccination Certificate to your Safe Travels account prior to departure with hard copy (an original is highly recommended) in hand when arriving on Kauai.

Travelers are considered fully vaccinated on the 15th day after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or on the 15th day after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you need a replacement vaccination card, please click here. (Only for individuals vaccinated in the State of Hawaii)

 

Transpacific Travel – Safe Travels Program with a Negative Pre-Travel Test

Travelers from out-of-state who do not have a vaccine record are able to avoid quarantine by first obtaining a negative pre-travel test. For those travelers arriving WITHOUT a negative result from an accepted COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) taken within 72 hours before departure of the final leg of their trip to Hawaii, a 10-day mandatory quarantine will be required. Transpacific travelers will not be able to obtain an accepted COVID-19 test upon arrival at any Hawaii airport.

To qualify, transpacific travelers must do the following:

  • Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form at: https://travel.hawaii.gov/
  • Take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawaii’s U.S. Domestic, International, or Airline Trusted Testing and Travel Partners within the 72 hours before departure of the final leg of their trip to Hawaii. A list of transpacific Trusted Testing and Travel Partners can be found at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

For transpacific travel, the state of Hawaii will ONLY accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from the specific U.S. Domestic, International, or Airline labs on that list. If you arrive with a test from any non-qualifying lab on the list, or a test that is not a NAAT test, you will have to quarantine for 10-days (or the length of your stay whichever is shorter), or participate in the Resort Bubble program, or leave the state.

Travelers arriving from out-of-state MUST have their negative test results BEFORE flying to Hawaii. If you receive your results after traveling to Hawaii, you will have to quarantine for 10-days (or the length of your stay whichever is shorter), or leave the state.

  • The negative test result MUST be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure with hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii.
  • Please consider the duration and considerable expense of possible quarantine before traveling.

 

Transpacific Travel “Resort Bubbles”

Effective 7/8, the Enhanced Movement Quarantine "Resort Bubble" program has ended.

 

Transpacific Travel – Quarantine for 10 Days

Participation in the Safe Travels program is voluntary.

Transpacific travelers arriving on Kauai without valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a vaccine record will be subject to the State of Hawaii’s strict 10-day mandatory self-quarantine requirement and will need to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Under self-quarantine, you will not be allowed to leave the room at your place of lodging under any circumstances, except for a medical emergency or to depart the state.
  • Individuals subject to Hawaii’s 10-day mandatory self-quarantine are NOT allowed to stay in short-term rentals and vacation rentals on Kauai.
  • Travelers are not allowed to rent a car for the duration of their self-quarantine.
  • Quarantine is enforced by the Kauai Police Department, who conduct unannounced checks at quarantine locations. Violators are subject to arrest and prosecution.
  • Travelers who violate the terms of the 10-day mandatory self-quarantine will be prosecuted and may face fines of up to $5,000 and one year in prison.
  • If you are in quarantine on another Hawaiian island, you cannot travel to Kauai.

 

Recently Recovered from COVID-19

Transpacific travelers who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may be eligible to be exempt from the travel quarantine. Travelers will need to apply through the State of Hawaii’s Travel Quarantine Exemption Request and be prepared to provide:

  • A copy of a positive Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory taken no more than 90 days prior to departure date; and
  • A signed letter from a medical provider stating that you have no exhibited symptoms and are fully recovered – this letter must be signed at least 10 days after the positive test and no more than 14 days from departure date.

 


Kauai has instituted a tier system of safety restrictions based on the number of COVID-19 cases on the island average over the past week. Visitors are encouraged to check the current case count and current tier level before traveling.

Gov. Ige approved the County of Kauai’s updated Business & Recreation Guidelines tier chart effective July 8, 2021.

(Emergency Rule #19 Amendment #4).

 

6-Tier Chart (07/08/2021)

Kauai Business & Recreational Guidelines


Kauai Business & Recreational Guidelines for COVID-19 Tier Tracker. Tier 1: 12+ Greater than 5%. Tier 2: 8+ 2.5%-5%. Tier 3: 5+ 1-2.49%. Tier 4: 3+ Less than 1%. Tier 5: We are here. In effect July 8, 2021. Tier 6: 70% fully vaccinated. Numbers refer to rolling 7-day averages for total new cases per day and test positivity %

KAUAI COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY
(Updated on 7/26 at 12:20 p.m.)
TOTAL (NEW)

514 CONFIRMED (5 New)

3 PROBABLE* (0 New)

44 DIAGNOSED OUT-OF-STATE/OFF ISLAND** (0 New)

RECOVERED

469 CONFIRMED

3 PROBABLE

41 DIAGNOSED OUT-OF-STATE/OFF ISLAND

ACTIVE 46
(38 HOME, 3 FACILITY, 5 HOSPITALIZED)
FATALITIES 2
RESIDENCE  
VISITOR 92
RESIDENT 469
CONTACTS UNDER QUARANTINE*** 68

 

*Probable cases are individuals who have a positive antigen test result, or are symptomatic and are epidemiologically-linked to a confirmed case of COVID-19 but have not been confirmed by a positive test result. Probable cases are not included in counts of confirmed cases. These data are preliminary and subject to change.

**Diagnosed out-of-state refers to individuals who received positive results for their pre-travel tests after they arrived on island. These cases will not be added to Kauai’s confirmed case count since they are counted in the county of diagnosis.

***Contacts refers to those individuals who are under Department of Health directed quarantine as a close contact of a confirmed case. Individuals subject to travel quarantine are not included in this total. All cases an their close contacts are contacted daily by DOH.

Kauai COVID-19 Epi Curve

Mayor's Documents

Mayor's Emergency Proclamation (03/04/2020)

Emergency Rule #19 AMENDMENT #4 (07/08/2021)

To see other rules that have expired, been superseded or repealed, please see the Emergency Proclamations page.

Governor's Documents

For clarification on the Governor's rules, please email covidexemption@hawaii.gov. The most recent emergency proclamation can be found below. Previous proclamations can be found on the Governor's website.

Twenty-First Supplementary Proclamation (06/07/2021)