Travel Quarantine Exemption Request


  1. From this site, travelers entering the State of Hawaiʻi can apply for a limited exemption from the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Under Governor Ige’s emergency proclamation, all travelers entering the State of Hawaiʻi must self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they obtain an exemption.
  2. There is also a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers between islands, except for those traveling from a neighbor island to Oʻahu. To apply for a limited exemption from this mandatory inter-island quarantine, you must apply to the appropriate county or counties. Follow the links below:
    Kauaʻi County
    Maui and Kalawao County (Maui, Lanaʻi, Molokaʻi)
    Hawaiʻi County (the Big Island)
  3. All travelers entering the State of Hawaiʻi must also complete a Safe Travels form available from the Department of Transportation here.

What does CISA mean?

“CISA” is an acronym from the Department of Homeland Security, but it is commonly used to identify the types of jobs, projects, work, and workers who are essential to maintaining the assets, systems, networks, and functions of our society, i.e., “Critical Infrastructure”.  Currently, all persons entering the State of Hawaii must self-quarantine for 14 days.  But those who are entering the state to perform CISA work, i.e., “Critical Infrastructure” work, can apply for a limited exemption to perform that work.  The specific rules and definitions are in the Governor’s most recent emergency proclamation.


You should review the instructions below before submitting an application.

  1. All Travelers Must Self-Quarantine. Everyone arriving to Hawaiʻi, including residents and visitors, must self-quarantine for 14 days, unless you receive a limited exemption.
  2. Exemptions are Limited. The exemption you may receive is limited. You will only be allowed to break your self-quarantine for the limited purposes stated in your exemption, and for no other purposes, and you and your activities may be subject to other specific restrictions and limitations.
  3. No Guarantee of Approval. An application does not mean or guarantee you will receive any exemption.
  4. Have All Information and Supporting Documents Ready. Your application needs information, explanation, and supporting documents sufficient for the State of Hawaiʻi to determine your eligibility to receive a limited exemption. Incomplete or unclear information or documentation may cause delays or denial of your application.

    Some examples of accepted proof of identity and documents include:

      Picture Identification Primary Document Other Documents
    Resident State ID Drivers License Work ID/Badge Passport Work ID/Badge Employer’s Letter W-2 or Paystub Professional License; PCS Order
    Visitor Work ID/Badge State ID Driverʻs License Contract Work Order Invoice Project Owner Letter Offer of Employment Professional License; PCS Order
  5. Tentative Travel Dates are Acceptable. Each traveler must have a tentative or confirmed arrival and departure date.
  6. Group Travelers or Travel Parties. With one application, you can apply for limited exemptions for multiple travelers. We recommend submitting applications for groups of travelers or travel parties who will all arrive in Hawaiʻi on the same date and to the same final destination-island. Submitting an application with large travel parties, arriving on multiple dates or on different islands, can delay your application.
  7. Verify Your Application is Complete and Accurate. Your application is submitted to and reviewed by the Department of the Attorney General for completeness and compliance with current state rules.
  8. 48 to 72-Hour Processing Time. Applications are usually processed within 48 to 72 hours, but processing times can vary depending on volume and the completeness and thoroughness of your application.

Special Instructions for Flight Crews, Military PCS, State and County Employees

  • For Flight Crews.  For airline flight crew, please contact your station or general manager for information regarding the limited exemption for your situation.  For charter flight crew, please contact your fixed base operator (FBO).
  • For Military Members.  All military members traveling on official business or relocating under PCS orders should review the Hawaii Department of Defense memo.
  • For State and County Employees.  Contact your supervisor for specific instructions before applying for an exemption.

Apply for a Travel Quarantine Exemption

To apply, please use the Apply for Exemption link below.
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User guide | FAQs

Direct questions about the state’s quarantine requirements to: [email protected]