How to Sign up for Hawai’i’s Safe Travels Program

Updated March 13, 2022.

NOTE: If you are arriving in Hawaii March 26, 2022, or after, you will not have to apply for the Hawaii Safe Travels Program! Click here for more from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

It’s official! Steve and I are headed back to Hawai’i SOON! We’ll be visiting Kauai, which happens to be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. It’ll be a little different from the last time we visited in May 2016, and not just for COVID-related reasons, but I’ll be writing more about that in the weeks to come. For now, let’s just get there!

*Your choice to vaccinate or not vaccinate is 100% yours to make, and I realize that some people, including some of my own family members, are medically not able to vaccinate. This post is not intended to promote vaccination or shame anyone who chooses not to vaccinate; this post is intended to help those who are vaccinated to navigate the Hawaii Safe Travels Program for a smooth trip to paradise.

What is the Hawaii Safe Travels Program?

Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program is the system the Hawaiian state government created to allow tourism in Hawaii during the pandemic. It started with quarantine, then pre-travel testing, and now we’re finally to the point where we can skip quarantine… but you’ll need to sign up for the program first!

You’ll be hanging out with Duke on Waikiki before you know it!
Keep reading: Pro Tips for Your First Trip to Hawaii

Who can sign up?

Everyone! At the moment, all Hawaii visitors have to apply for the Hawaii Safe Travels Program. As of July 8, 2021, vaccinated travelers can skip the pre-testing option and the alternative 10-day quarantine option.

Waipi’o Valley, Island of Hawai’i
Need to read: Questions about Hawaii You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

What do I need to sign up?

If you’ve been following along on the blog or Instagram for long, you know I love to be prepared! Here are the things you will need to make your sign up go as quickly and smoothly as possible.

  • Your valid e-mail address
  • Your text message-capable phone
  • Your ID (whether passport, driver’s license, etc.)
  • Flight information (outbound and return flight numbers)
  • Destination Location (accommodation type, address, and phone number)
  • Location of your vaccination
  • The name of the entity responsible for your vaccination (for example, your state heath department)
  • The type of vaccine you received (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson)
  • Your vaccine lot number
  • A photo of the front of your vaccine card ready to upload
Signing up means you’re halfway there!
Read next: What to Know Before You Visit the Hawaiian Islands

Where do I sign up?

1. Go to the Hawaii Safe Travels Home Page and Create an Account

Here you’ll have the option to log in or create an account. You can also sign in with Google or Facebook. We chose to create an account on the website. Here is the process:

  • You’ll need to put in your e-mail address and create a 10-character password.
  • Verify your e-mail address.
  • You will be sent back to the home page to officially log in.
Safe Travels Program Home Page

*Note: I have used a “dummy” trip for privacy purposes. The information below was made up for this post and is not accurate to the trip we will be taking.

Read on: 5 Things You Forgot to Pack for Hawaii

2. Fill In Your Information

Note: Each adult must make a separate account. Minors can be added to an adult’s account. For instance, I could not add my husband’s information to my account, but I could have added a minor (under the age of 18).

About You Part 1
About You Part 2
A few reminders: Everything You Need to Know about Taking Your First Flight Since the Pandemic Started

3. Include Your Home Address

Yes, this part is mandatory.

Address Form
Related: What to Do if You Get Sick on Travel

4. Add Your Trip Information

This is the time in the process where you will need your outbound and return flight numbers. You will also need your accommodation information. If you’re staying in a hotel or at a resort, you can simply type in the name, and the site will populate the information for you; if you’re staying in a vacation rental, you will need the address and phone number. Have them handy!

Add Your Trip: Select Yes
Trip Details 1
Trip Details 2
More here: The Beginner’s Guide to Travel Immunizations

5. Apply For Exception from Quarantine

You will be prompted to visit this page to submit your vaccine exception, COVID test information, Clear exception, etc. Choose the one that is most appropriate for you. We chose the COVID Vaccine Exception. This is where you’ll need your vaccine card, dates of vaccination, location of vaccination, type of vaccine, vaccine lot number, etc.

Click on “COVID Vaccine Exception”
Click “Upload CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Card”
Select Your Trip and Follow the Prompts
The Healthcare Provider is most likely your state or local health department.
Make the Appropriate Choices
Read next: The Ultimate Guide to Your Yellow Vaccination Card for Travel

6. Fill Out Your Health Questionnaire within 24 Hours of Your Flight

Note: This is within 24 hours of your flight to Hawaii. For instance, my husband and I will fly from IAD-SFO, then SFO-LIH. We will not be able to fill out the form 24 hours before out flight from IAD-SFO; we will only be able to fill out the form 24 hours before the flight from SFO-LIH.

Select Trip
Fill in Your Health Details
You must sign and submit your responses.
If you have more quesitons, please check out their Help Page!

Need more about traveling during COVID? Check out my Health and Wellness Page! And for all your Hawaii travel needs, you won’t want to miss my Hawaiian Islands Page, too!

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6 thoughts on “How to Sign up for Hawai’i’s Safe Travels Program

  1. How early can you sign up for the Hawaii Travels app and be able to input your trip dates? I tried and it’s not saving the trip information I was inputting. Our is in a month.

    1. We did ours two months in advance. It should be working, so contact Safe Travels to let them know it’s not. Good luck!

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