The state’s mandatory inter-island travel and health form can now be submitted online within 24 hours of flight departure.
State officials say the upgrade improves the efficiency of the passenger screening process, saves travelers time and allows information to enter the database in real time. The form includes the health and contact information needed to trace close contacts if a passenger becomes ill.
Ticketed passengers are encouraged to visit the Hawaii Department of Health travel website to find the digital health and travel form to fill out.
Once all the required questions have been completed and it is signed and submitted, the passenger will receive an email with a QR code. They should bring the code with them to the airport, either on an electronic device (preferably) or in print. The form cannot be completed or submitted outside of the 24 hour deadline. (Please note: some browsers like Safari and Explorer have slow loading and Chrome is best for that particular app).
When passengers arrive at the airport, they are asked to check-in on their flight, obtain a boarding pass (if they have not already done so) and drop off their checked baggage. Passengers will then proceed to a passenger screening and screening station located before Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, where their temperature will be taken to ensure it is below 100.4 degrees.
Passengers without high temperatures will submit their QR code to an airport representative who will scan it with an iPad to verify the information. Travelers can also download the form in advance, fill it out and print it, and bring it with them to the airport or complete it at the airport. The passenger’s cell phone will be called in front of them to make sure it rings and the controller will verify that the address provided on the form matches the passenger’s government issued ID.
Passengers with a temperature of 100.4 or higher are not allowed to fly. Certain other people will receive additional assessment and have the option of having a nasal swab sample taken at the airport, which will be delivered to an offsite DOH lab to be tested for COVID-19. Feeling symptomatic (other than a fever) and having the swab specimen collected does not necessarily mean that the person cannot travel. However, the form will allow the DOH to contact the person if their test result is positive.
Once the information is verified and the passenger has successfully completed the process, they can proceed to the TSA checkpoint. Mandatory travel and health forms must be submitted by every passenger, including minors. It must be returned before each inter-island flight, even if the flights are on the same day. Travelers are encouraged to allow extra time and arrive at the airport with sufficient time to complete the passenger screening process, go through security checkpoints and arrive at their boarding gate prior to departure.
The governor’s office, the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, the Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, the Department of the Attorney General, the Office of Enterprise Technology Services and the four counties have coordinated to help develop and the implementation of the new digital resource. The system was developed by Esri and uses its ArcGIS platform.
The state lifted the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for inter-island travelers on June 16. From today, Aloha United Way 2-1-1 will answer questions regarding the inter-island travel form. They will not be able to answer questions about domestic or international travel.
The mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state remains in effect until July 31. On August 1, travelers arriving from out of state will have the option to complete a pre-trip COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure as an alternative to the mandatory quarantine. Travelers would be responsible for the cost of the test and details related to the pre-travel testing program are still being finalized. Those who opt out of the test will still need to complete the full two-week quarantine upon arrival.