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Hawaii’s Vaccination Exception Program – Quick Must-Do Reference List

Written by the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

As you know, on July 8, the State of Hawaii began granting quarantine exceptions to travelers on domestic flights (from U.S. states and territories) who uploaded proof of full vaccination (2 Moderna or Pfizer shots or one Johnson & Johnson shot plus 15 days) received within the 50 states and U.S. territories. Unfortunately, there is still confusion, so please stress to your customers that to qualify for this exception, they must do the following prior to departure:
  1. Create a Safe Travels Hawaii online account (https://travel.hawaii.gov) including their trip information, and
  2. Upload the required vaccination documentation to their Safe Travels Hawaii account
Details on the vaccination exception program were updated on July 9, and should be checked regularly at: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/.
Unfortunately, a large portion of the travelers arriving at Hawaii airports since July 8, expecting the Vaccination Exception are arriving without completing #’s 1 and 2 above. To ease their arrival experience please make sure that in your communications to your clients this requirement is reinforced.
John Monahan
President & CEO

Basic vaccination exception requirements. See FAQs for complete information:
  1. Any traveler who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States or U.S. Territories will be eligible for the quarantine exception. This means two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson plus 15 days after the last dose.
  2. Travelers must still create an account in Safe Travels Hawaii, enter their trip details, upload their vaccination documentation, sign the legal attestations, and within 24 hours of departing to Hawaii, complete the online health questionnaire.
  3. Travelers will need one of the following vaccination records as proof of vaccination:
    • A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (preferred)
    • VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) printout or certificate
    • DOD DD Form 2766C.
    • A SMART Health Card with your vaccine record (which can be uploaded via CommonPass) or a vaccine record uploaded to CLEAR Health Pass.
    • Proof of vaccination (source document) provided by a medical provider or authorized COVID-19 vaccination administrator.
  4. The documents listed above must clearly state:
    • Traveler’s name and date of birth (which must match the name on the traveler’s Safe Travels account and their official photo ID),
    • Vaccine type (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson)
    • Date(s) vaccination was administered
    • Lot number(s) for each shot
    • Vaccination site or location, which must be within the United States or its territories.
All information must be clear and readable. If a traveler’s document is missing information, they should return to the provider to request a completed duplicate CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or proof of vaccination. Additionally, the traveler can contact their local Department of Health

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