The Hawaiian culture is steeped in the values of malama (care) and kuleana (responsibility). As the stunning island destination opens once again to travellers, the people of Hawaii ask that you join their efforts to keep one another safe. Hawaii has reached a vaccination rate similar to Australia and has implemented a number of best-practice COVID-19 control protocols. The State of Hawaii is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) federal international requirements and welcomes all vaccinated travellers to holiday in Hawaii quarantine-free.
COVID-19 entry requirements for Hawaii are subject to change at short notice. The information on this page is correct as at February 2022. We suggest customers stay up to date with all of the latest information at government travel advisory resource Smartraveller and the latest information on travelling to Hawaii from Australia from Hawaii's national carrier Hawaiian Airlines.
Entry requirements depend on where you are travelling from, however fully vaccinated Australians can travel to Hawaii quarantine-free.
Travellers 18+ years are required to provide digital or paper certification to prove they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before they are due to travel. Unvaccinated children are permitted to travel accompanied by their fully vaccinated parents or caregivers.
A negative RT-PCR test is also required no more than 1 calendar day prior to your flight's departure. All travellers 2 years and older are required to produce a negative test result and tests must be taken by a travel test provider (hospital, doctor, lab). Drive through tests and SMS text results are not accepted.
Every traveller 2 years and older is also required to complete two CDC passenger forms which include signed attestation and contact tracing forms which need to be presented at the ticket counter upon check in for your flight prior to boarding.
Medical travel insurance with international COVID-19 coverage is also recommended for travel to Hawaii. If you're planning on travelling overseas, travel insurance with COVID cover is as important as your passport.
As a state of America, entry to Hawaii is dependent upon the same entry requirements of mainland USA. Australian travellers with a current Australian passport can travel in Hawaii for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. This can be done under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Time spent in Canada, Mexico, USA or adjacent islands will also count towards the maximum 90 days.
All Australian travellers who plan to travel to the USA must be approved by internet based ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) in order to gain entry under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The ESTA application must be completed at least 72 hours before your departure date; there is a processing fee and generally a 2 day processing delay for results. If your travel is not approved by ESTA you may be asked to apply for a Visa from the US Embassy to gain entry. For information regarding compulsory pre-registration for their visa waiver program see the US Customs Travel Authorization website.
An Australian passport does not need to be an ePassport for entry under the Visa Waiver Program, but it must be machine-readable. Australian passports that do not have two lines of 44 characters at the bottom of the personal particulars page are not machine-readable. To confirm whether your passport is machine-readable, please contact the Australian Passports Information Service (APIS) on 131 232.
Travellers arriving in Hawaii must be ready to present their passport for inspection upon arrival and must comply with all immigration and customs procedures and directions. Fresh fruit, plants and some seeds including leis are not permitted to enter the country unless they are sealed. Travellers are not permitted to seal and pack these items themselves. For more information on US Customs and Border protection visit the government website.
Vaccinations are not required to enter Hawaii unless you will be arriving from an area known to be suffering from epidemics such as yellow fever or cholera.