Hawaii was set to reopen to tourists on September 1. However, according to state officials, the date has unfortunately been pushed back to at least October 1 due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic situation in the United States. Due to the rising number of cases, specifically on the island of Oahu, Governor David Ige has no choice but to make the tough decision to delay Hawaii's reopening yet again.
Oahu is the most populated island, and Honolulu is the most popular international gateway in Hawaii. While Hawaii doesn't have that many cases compared to other states in the United States, the state is not equipped to handle overwhelmed hospitals, and with a rising number of cases in Honolulu, things aren't looking good.
Currently, Hawaii is slated to allow visitors without a quarantine requirement, starting on October 1. Arriving travelers will need to show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of getting on the flight to Hawaii. The test must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and visitors are responsible for the cost of the test. Those who arrive without results will be forced to quarantine for 14 days, on their own dime. Unlike at some international airports, Hawaiian airports do not offer testing.
One bright spot: Hawaii and Japan may still form a travel bubble, though with the rising number of cases in Japan, that may also be a challenge.