Governor Ige orders mandatory 14-day quarantine for all individuals arriving or returning to Hawaii

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and around the world, Governor David Ige has ordered all individuals — both visitors and Hawaiʻi residents — arriving or returning to the State of Hawaiʻi to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.

This mandate, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, is the first such action in the nation. It applies to all arrivals at state airports from the U.S. Mainland and international destinations, on both private and commercial aircraft.

Governor Ige said the emergency proclamation was necessary because the majority of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases have so far been linked to travel. State officials hope the mandatory quarantine can limit spread of the virus causing this illness.

Arrivals will be required to do the following:

  • All visitors and residents arriving through Hawaiʻi’s airports will be required to complete a Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed onboard their flight.
  • They will retain the form when disembarking the aircraft.
  • Upon arrival, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with a valid identification.
  • Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint. The form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties.

After leaving the airport, these quarantined travelers will be subject to the following orders:

  1. Quarantined travelers must proceed directly from the airport to their designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by the arriving traveler on the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form.
  2. Quarantined travelers must remain in their designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of their stay in the State of Hawai‘i, whichever is shorter.
    1. If the arriving traveler is a state resident, their designated quarantine location is their place of residence.
    2. If the arriving traveler is a visitor, their designated quarantine location is their hotel room or rented lodging.
  3. Quarantined travelers must not visit any public spaces, including restaurants, bars, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centers, etc.
  4. Quarantined travelers must not have visitors in or out of their designated quarantine location other than the following:
    1. physician or healthcare provider
    2. individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by the Director of HI-EMA.
  5. Quarantined travelers must comply with any and all rules or protocols related to their quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.

Travelers who are quarantined should monitor their health, especially for signs of illness like fever or cough. They should do the following:

  • Continue to stay in the designated quarantine location, avoid contact with others and contact a healthcare provider for further instructions on treatment or testing.
  • If they are older or have any medical conditions (e.g., immune compromise, diabetes, asthma), they should consult their regular healthcare provider.
  • If they feel they need medical care, they should contact a healthcare provider and inform them of their travel history.
  • If they need urgent medical care (e.g., have difficulty breathing), they should call 9-1-1 and let the dispatcher know their travel history).

Failure to follow this order is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.  Enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaiʻi’s four counties.

State officials acknowledge that the 14-day quarantine is extreme, but they believe it will help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 outbreak and help the state recover more quickly.

You can learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak at the DOH website:
healthpias.hawaii.gov/covid19.

Go here to learn more about how to protect yourself and your family during the COVID-19 outbreak:
healthpias.hawaii.gov/prepare/protect-your-family/prevention-and-preparedness-during-covid-19-outbreak