Flying To Hawaii? Here’s How To Find An Approved Covid Testing Site

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If you’re planning a visit to Hawaii, one of the most important jobs you’ll have to check off your to-do list before you travel is to get and pass a Covid test from an approved testing center.

Failure to do so will mean that you’re either denied boarding at your local airport, you’re turned back at the Hawaii border (you’ll be on the next flight home), or that you’ll be required to complete the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine.

None of those options sounds like fun and with there having been more than a few reports of travelers being turned back at the Hawaii border because, rightly or wrongly, the local authorities believed their Covid tests were not up to standard and/or were not performed by approved testing sites, it is increasingly important that anyone traveling to Hawaii selects their Covid testing center with care.

Fortunately, Hawaiian Airlines appears to have come up with an incredibly useful resource for people wishing to visit the airline’s home state. Hawaiian has set up a dedicated webpage where travelers from 16 mainland cities and 3 cities outside of the United States can check what their local approved testing centers are and how they can go about getting an approved test.

Taking Los Angeles as an example, the Hawaiian Airlines site first shows visitors the airline’s own Covid testing partners together with pricing and turnaround times…

a screenshot of a screenshot of a test…before going on to offer links to other testing labs/sites authorized by the State of Hawaii:

a screenshot of a test

If you’re planning on going to all the expense of visiting Hawaii (it’s not a cheap place to visit) you’d be well advised to make sure that any Covid test you take is approved by Hawaii. Trusting to chance could be a very expensive mistake to make.

Departure Points Covered By The Hawaiian Airlines Site

Mainland USA

  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Las Vegas
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • New York (JFK)
  • Oakland
  • Ontario (ONT)
  • Orlando
  • Phoenix 
  • Portland
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose (SJC)
  • Seattle

Rest Of The World

  • Tokyo (NRT)
  • Tokyo (HND)
  • Osaka
  • Seoul

If you’re traveling intra-island, a further Covid test may be required (do your research before you book travel) and Hawaiian’s site has you covered for all the approved testing sites in Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo, Kona, Lihue, Lanai City, and Hoolehua.

Bottom Line

This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to visit the Hawaiian Islands. Not only can you use it to be sure that whatever Covid test you’re paying for is approved by the state and will allow you to enter the islands and avoid 10 days of self-isolation, but you can also use it to find out more about what hoops you have to jump through before you travel to Hawaii and to find out about any important rule changes which may affect your trip.

Don’t book a Covid test ahead of a visit to Hawaii without checking this site first.