*See Emergency Rule #19 for more details

COVID-19 Video Update

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

To see previous updates, please visit the County of Kauai Facebook Page.

Traveling to Kauai (Lihue Airport - LIH)

All travelers arriving on Kaua‘i are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine. All travelers must complete the State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels digital form and will receive a temperature screening upon arrival.

Effective October 15, 2020, travelers from the United States, including other islands in Hawai‘i, may receive an exemption to the 14-day quarantine through the State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels program. Travelers must complete a COVID-19 test with a Trusted Partner lab approved by the state less than 72 hours before arriving.

For more information and to apply, please visit:


  • The State of Hawaiʻi will accept test results ONLY from its Trusted Partners at this time. A list of those partners can be found at Test results from other labs will NOT be accepted.
  • A 14-day mandatory quarantine will be required for all travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test approved by the Safe Travels program.
  • Travelers will NOT be able to obtain a test and quarantine exemption after they have arrived on Kaua‘i.
  • At this time, there is no enhanced entry option available for international travel.

All travelers are required to fill out the mandatory Safe Travels digital form. The digital form can be found at

  • If you need assistance with login or technical issues, call the Safe Travels Program: 1-800-GOHAWAII or (1-800-464-2924).

If you arrive on Kaua‘i without valid proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT from a Trusted Partner lab accepted by the Safe Travels program you will be subject to the State of Hawai‘i’s strict 14-day mandatory self-quarantine requirement. Travelers who took a pre-travel test but have not yet received the results will also be subject to the mandatory quarantine until proof of a negative test is uploaded to the Safe Travels program.

Those in quarantine will need to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Under self-quarantine, you will not be allowed to leave the room at your place of lodging under any circumstances, except for a medical emergency or to depart the state.
  • Travelers subject to the quarantine are prohibited from renting a vehicle or staying in a short-term rental or vacation rental until completion of the quarantine period, so please plan ahead.
  • Travelers who violate the terms of the 14-day mandatory self-quarantine will be prosecuted and may face fines of up to $5,000 and one year in prison.
  • Travelers subject to the quarantine will also be required to fill out the Kaua‘i Arrival Form upon arrival. This form will be provided at the Lihue Airport and the submitted information will be used by law enforcement to conduct quarantine compliance checks.

Transpacific travelers who complete the Safe Travels program and receive a quarantine exemption are urged to Rest, Test, and Enjoy! Please take a voluntary second test three days after arrival to help keep our community safe. Until then, please wear a mask, wash your hands, and avoid community contact.

  • As a mahalo to visitors who choose to pay for and take the second test, they will receive a $150 certificate from a participating Kauai business. Currently partnering with the County are Hilo Hatties, Kauai Backcountry Adentures, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Lydgate Farms, Kipu Ranch Adentures, CJM Country Stables, Koa Kea's Red Salt Restaurant, Opakapaka Grill and Bar, the Dolphin Restaurant and Hokuala Golf Course. Offerings will be assessed and adjusted as the program continues.
  • Beginning Monday, October 19, American Medical Response will be accepting walk-ins for visitor post-arrival testing. Cost for the test will be at the individual's expense.
  • For more information, please visit the Visitor Post-Arrival Testing page.

Kaua‘i has instituted a tier system of safety restrictions based on the number of COVID-19 cases on the island average over the past week. Visitors are encouraged to check the current case count and current tier level before traveling.

Kauai Business & Recreational Guidelines for COVID-19 Tier Tracker Tier 1 8+ Greater than 5% Tier 2 5-8 2.5%-5% Tier 3 2-4 1-2.49% Tier 4 <2 Less than 1% We are here Numbers refer to rolling 7-day averages for total new cases and test positivity %



(Updated on 10/22 at 3:00 p.m.)

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*Transferred means that the case has moved to/returned to another jurisdiction.

**Contacts refers to those individuals who are under Department of Health directed quarantine as a close contact of a confirmed case. Individuals subject to travel quarantine are not included in this total. All cases an their close contacts are contacted daily by DOH.

***Probable cases are individuals who have a positive antigen test result, or are symptomatic and are epidemiologically-linked to a confirmed case of COVID-19 but have not been confirmed by a positive test result. Probable cases are not included in counts of confirmed cases. These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Governor's Documents

For clarification on the Governor's rules, please email The most recent emergency proclamation can be found below. Previous proclamations can be found on the Governor's website.

Fourteenth Supplementary Proclamation (10/13/2020)