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Update from Kona Vacation Rental

*Updated January 14, 2021

We are so happy to have been welcoming you back to Hawaii Island! Since Governor Ige announced that the pre-testing program for COVID-19 on October 15, 2020, travel has increased to Hawaii albeit with some caveats. Pre-travel testing enables the traveler to avoid the mandatory 10-day quarantine on the Hawaii Island.  Important links and information about traveling to Hawaii are provided below.  Please check local travel advice where you live and work.   KVR is not expert in Hawaii Travel regulations and information.  Please visit the Hawaii Department of Health Website for the most up to date information and latest requirements for avoiding quarantine.

Please visit the Hawaii Department of Health’s website dedicated to Covid-19 information  https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when you arrive in Hawaii.”

Here are some of the precautionary measures we are taking to keep us all safe:


Isn’t the quarantine time 14-days?

The 17th Covid-19 Emergency Proclamation reduced the quarantine time to 10-days. The 17th emergency proclamation will be in effect until Feb. 14, 2021.  You can view the proclamation here.

How do I avoid a 10-day quarantine while in Hawaii?

A negative COVID-19 test result must be provided upon arrival and be in your possession before departing on the last leg of your trip to Hawaii. Hawaii requires travelers take an FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) from an approved CLIA licensed or certified lab within 72 hours of departure. If you have a multi-city itinerary, it’s the departure time at the last city before arriving at a Hawaii airport. Travelers will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out a travel and health form on the Safe Travels Form.

Does it matter who administers the test?

Yes, it matters. Hawaii will only accept pre-tests from these TRUSTED PARTNERS

If I don’t have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival, am I allowed to quarantine at your rental?

No. At this time Vacation Rentals are not permitted as designated quarantine locations.

I got my COVIDI-19 vaccination, am I except from quarantine?

Presently, proof of vaccination is not a recognized exemption to the Hawaiʻi travel quarantine. The state continues to evaluate the latest science and will inform travelers of any new exemptions as those decisions are made.

If I have recovered from COVID-19 but still test positive for the virus do I still have to quarantine?

In order to qualify for a COVID-19 exemption to the 10-day quarantine, you must submit the following two pieces of information:
1.  A copy of a positive molecular COVID-19 test (NAAT or PCR) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory taken no more than 90 days and no less than 11 days prior to your departure date.
2.  A signed letter from a medical provider stating that you have not exhibited symptoms and are fully recovered – this letter must be signed at least 10 days after your positive test and no more than 14 days from your departure date.
To request an exemption, go to ag.hawaii.gov/travelexemption. Please allow a week for processing.

Can I get a COVID-19 test upon arrival?

No, the test has to be taken within 72 hours of your departure to Hawaii; however, Hawaii County will administer an antigen test the day you arrive at the airport.

Can I get a refund if I’m diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to travel?

Please refer to our Travel Policies. Travel Insurance is offered at an additional cost and is recommended.

Will complex amenities (pool, spa, etc.,) be available to use?

Available amenities vary at each complex, many have restricted use. Please inquire with KVR.

Are restaurants or other businesses open?

Hawaii Island/State of Hawaii are following governmental guidelines for the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Currently, many businesses reopened. Some restaurants are now open for sit down dining while others are offering takeout. We recommend to call ahead or look at the business/vendor website.