We live in a unique time to travel during COVID. Gay Island Guide has all the inform you need to help plan your visit to the Hawaiian Islands. From COVID Testing to COVID Vaccine requirements. Take the time to read through the gay Hawaii COVID travel information below and then browse the rest of the site for all the best gay Hawaii hotels, events, attractions, bars and more!
Because Hawaii is a remote destination land limited to the resources available on each island including hospital beds and equipment, the State of Hawaii is welcoming visitors back under its Hawaii Safe Travels Program.
Though the Hawaii COVID Travels program requirements are fairly easy to follow, you should be understand that it changes often right now because of the changing environments of COVID cases. Therefore, you should continually check for updates of these require BEFORE coming to the islands. Additionally, the State of Hawaii is very strict in its enforcement and many have been arrested, fined in the thousands of dollars or even jailed!
*Important Note- The information contained on this website is for convenience and educational purpose. The information and requirements by the State and Federal Government is changing on an ongoing basis and you are personally responsible to check frequently for any changes before making any purchases and bookings!
Following the gay Hawaii COVID Travels Program is pretty easy to follow. If you do not follow the rules exactly and meet the requirements you will by law be required to quarantine for a mandatory 10 days without leaving your hotel room! Hotels will report you to the police because if not they are fined or can even be shutdown!
Here are the main steps: (You should check the State of Hawaii website frequently for changes BEFORE traveling to the islands as requirements may change)
- 72 hours prior to the departure of your last flight bringing you to the Hawaiian Islands, you must get a COVID test from one of the State of Hawaii’s approved labs. You MUST get a NEGATIVE test result in your possession BEFORE boarding your last leg to the islands as you will need to upload it to the State of Hawaii website or by the time you land in Hawaii. If you do not have this result, once you leave the airport in Hawaii you will be required to quarantine even if you get a negative result once you leave. They make no exceptions!
- Most of the major American Airline carriers have approved testing labs and sites at major connection airports and some also have at home tests available for a fee.
- Testing could also be done near your home at an approved facility, clinic or lab.
- The State of Hawaii DOES NOT accept all tests available in the market. It must be the specific one they require!
Once you have booked your Gay Hawaii travel and made plans for your test, you will need to register online with the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program. Here, they will ask for your information including where you will stay once in Hawaii. Be HONEST because they do verify with hotels and etc!
Additionally, once you get your test result you will need to upload it to this site PRIOR to boarding your flight to Hawaii or you will be subject to the 10 day quarantine upon arrival.
Upon arrival in Hawaii, your information will be verified by the State of Hawaii as you deplane. They will also verify where you will stay. If you have met all the requirements you are all set and on your way to enjoying the islands! However, keep in mind Hawaii law requires wearing a mask almost everywhere in public including at restaurants and shops. Social distancing is also required. The police and health department do enforce this - so follow the rules!
If you do not meet the requirements and they tell you to quarantine be sure to do so! Hotels and other places of residence will be required to report you if you leave your room or they get fined or closed down! Do not try to beat the system as your Hotel will know you’re required to quarantine and will issue you a one time use key. If you get locked out and go ask them for another the police will be called. Additionally, the State of Hawaii also has a task force that does random checks day and night on all islands to hotel rooms and residences to be sure you are there.
Please donate to our COVID-19 Relief to help our LGBT community in need. Many of our community members are now displaced from employment or their “gigs”. Donations will be used to help those in need with small cash grants, food or other essentials. We will also do our best to support and sustain our LGBTQ businesses in hopes of protecting them from permanent closure.
*Important Note- Gay Island Guide is NOT a non-profit organization. Being Hawaii’s most prominent resource we are making our site and resources available as a service to our community including the ability to accept credit cards via our website to accept donations.
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Gay Island Guide in partnership with Scarlet Honolulu and Aloha Harvest is hoping to put on a series of food drops and distribution for Hawaii‘s LGBTQ community and anyone in need.
A variety of available refrigerated and dry food will be given at NO COST!
The next distribution is:
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Where: Scarlet Honolulu
Financial donations in a by amount are welcomed to assist with cost of supplies and etc. Remainder will be used to support Hawaii’s LGBT community.
Volunteers are also welcomed and needed! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Gay Island Guide is proud to be Hawaii’s premier LGBTQ+ resource and guide. We are NOT a non-profit organization but a locally owned small business in Hawaii. Throughout the years we have had the honor and privilege of serving our community in connecting them with our LGBT businesses and also producing some of Hawaii’s top events.
During this time of crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves like so many others. It is our hope to utilize our resources to help our LGBTQ community as many struggle now more than ever to pay bills and even figure out where their next meal will come from.
Our community has faced many adversities for decades and we have no doubt we will get through this together. However, right now our drag performers, bartenders, hotel workers, hair stylists, flight attendant, makeup artists and many more find themselves without any sort of income.
Additionally, our LGBT small businesses find themselves in predicaments of whether they will be able to survive and even reopen again once this pandemic has passed.
Through community support and donations, we hope to help provide those from our LGBT community that find themselves in need a little relief Through cash grants, food and other essential assistance that they may need.