On Monday, November 23, Governor David Ige signed the 16th Emergency Proclamation for the State of Hawaii relating to the ongoing pandemic. As a result of the surging cases on the mainland, the 16th emergency proclamation requires that all Trans-Pacific travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result from a trusted travel partner before their departure to Hawaii in order to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine. This policy went into effect on November 24.
As cases begin to surge on Kauai, Mayor Derek Kawakami announced that he has sent over Emergency Rule #23 for Governor Ige’s consideration. This rule would temporarily pause Kauai’s participation in the state’s Safe Travels pre-travel testing program and would require incoming travelers to Kauai to quarantine for the full 14 days regardless of testing and results. If approved, this rule would go into effect on December 1 and would be for both Trans-Pacific and interisland travelers.