Skip the pre-travel test soon

LIHU‘E — Hawai‘i will start allowing vaccinated individuals to bypass pre-travel testing and quarantines for inter-island travel starting May 11.

The state’s Safe Travels platform went online Friday, allowing travelers to upload their travel information and vaccination data.

Governor David Ige announced the change in a Friday proclamation that only addressed an inter-county travel vaccine exemption.

Four new cases of COVID-19 were announced on Kaua‘i Friday by the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office.

Three of Friday’s cases are adult residents whose source of infection is community-acquired. The fourth case is an adult visitor whose source of infection is related to international travel and is related to a known case.

All active cases are in isolation and close contacts are being identified, offered testing and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.

Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 59, with 343 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 305 confirmed locally, two probable, and 36 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

Free testing at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Testing is also available through primary-care physician, hospitals and urgent-care clinic. Contact providers directly for more information.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms or feeling sick should isolate immediately, stay away from household members and not go out — including to work or school — unless you are seeking testing or getting health care.

Those who have been vaccinated should still be tested if they believe they may have been exposed or if they feel sick.

Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings. For details, visit Those who plan to travel can protect themselves and their families by being fully vaccinated before traveling.

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state’s Safe Travels program, visit

  1. Mark May 7, 2021 4:49 pm Reply

    That’s it (ShutterDown)… condo prices can drop again we can score another great buy on the beach. This is great. The more fear the better the opportunity to rip real estate from the condo owners panicking every time the front page of this rag declares another COVID-19 emergency. Thank you TGI, you are totally killing it.

  2. Enrique May 7, 2021 8:39 pm Reply

    FYI Dr Fauci said in congressional testimony that vaccinated people can still get Covid and spread it. That’s why they have to still wear masks. All the vaccine does is keep you from getting really sick. Expect the cases to continue

    1. oh no! more scary CASES!! May 8, 2021 12:03 pm Reply


  3. LTEreader May 8, 2021 10:12 am Reply

    Whomever wrote this omitted some rather important information. This is ONLY for those who’ve been vaccinated IN Hawai’i, and you can’t get vaccinated here unless you’re a resident.

  4. Da Shadow May 8, 2021 12:04 pm Reply

    …because a vaccine received on one of the islands is somehow more effective than one received elsewhere?


    1. LTEreader May 8, 2021 11:04 pm Reply

      Da Shadow…

      Nope, Hawai’i vaccines aren’t “somehow more effective.” SMH. It’s easy to validate resident vaccine cards. They’re still working out how to do this with Mainland & International travelers. Fake cards are already being sold online for $20.

      And, now back to your Da dots….

  5. Jim Fincher May 8, 2021 3:21 pm Reply

    Kauai is truly an island apart from the rest of the state, the country, and the world. The economic damage these continual knee jerk reactions are causing further lessens it’s chance for economic recovery. The rest of our country and the world have suffered from this pandemic. Your “ vaccine passport” exclusively for residents does nothing to encourage visitors and $$$ from the mainland. Don’t expect a great deal of sympathy for your soon to be destroyed economy. Your continuing panic when you have faired so much better than the rest of America and the world is not appreciated.

  6. RGLadder37 May 9, 2021 5:29 pm Reply

    They can go anywhere they want. If it’s open.

  7. ida May 10, 2021 9:12 am Reply

    I was attempting to get the vaccine passport. A very, very difficult task. I could not complete the process. I tried the exemption route but I will end 05/15/2021 and is also more difficult, than the last time I used it. I have a one day medical appointment later this month. ???

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