Published: March 2021


HONOLULU – In anticipation of increased travel to the Hawaiian Islands during the upcoming summer months, Gov. David Ige and his Hawaiʻi Safe Travels team have led an effort to establish and expand Pre-Clear programs with domestic and international airline partners that allow travelers to confirm compliance with the Safe Travels Program prior to departure and bypass mandatory airport screenings upon arrival.
    The pre-clearance option not only helps keep Hawaiʻi communities safe, but also streamlines the arrival process, providing travelers peace of mind and confidence in booking a trip to the Hawaiian Islands

Pre-Clear Partners
Pre-Clear programs are offered in numerous cities and the list continues to grow as airline carriers resume and add routes to Hawaiʻi. Please see individual carrier websites for the latest list of originating cities.

  • Alaska Airlines: Pre-Clear is offered from all U.S. continental US hubs with non-stop flights to Hawaiʻi.
  • ʻ">All Nippon Airways: Currently in training and will soon offer pre-clearance for its flights from Japan.
  • Hawaiian Airlines: Over 15 cities, including Japan and Korea, offer Pre-Clear. Austin and other locations are coming soon.
  • Japan Airlines: Pre-Clear is currently offered for premier guests out of Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) and will be expanded to all travelers starting March 26, 2021.
  • Southwest Airlines: Offering Pre-Clear service from five gateway airports in California.
  • United Airlines: Pre-Clear is offered from all U.S. continental US hubs with flights to Hawaiʻi.

Pre-Clear Process
To qualify for pre-cleared arrival into Hawaiʻi, travelers must complete the following prior to departure:

  • Create a Hawaiʻ">Safe Travels account for every adult on the itinerary.
    • Minors to be added to an adult itinerary.
  • Add all flight and lodging information to the account.
  • Complete the mandatory health questionnaire within the account.
  • Upload negative test results (PDF format) for every adult and minor (five years and older) on the itinerary to Hawaiʻ">Safe Travels prior to boarding. Bringing a printed copy of negative testing results is also recommended. Note that the COVID-19 test must be from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner and taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure. 

Travelers meeting Hawaiʻi’s testing requirements will be exempt from quarantine and receive a Pre-Clear wristband from their air carrier’s guest-service agents who will verify their documents before boarding. Once in Hawaiʻi, travelers will be allowed to deplane and bypass airport screening lines. More information about what to expect once in Hawaiʻi, including a statewide mandate to wear a face mask or facial covering at all times in public, can be found here.

Additional Efforts
The industry continues to come together to offer additional solutions to enhance Hawaiʻi’s Safe Travels Program: