COVID-19 Information

Modified Quarantine Program for students from out of state

August, 2021

The Fall 2021 Modified Quarantine Program is available to any UH Hilo student traveling to Hawai‘i Island from outside the State of Hawaii without a COVID-19 vaccine from the United States or without a COVID-19 approved pre-travel test and agreeing to take a test within 48 hours of arrival. The program is available in the three weeks prior to the beginning of the fall 2021 semester and three weeks after the start of the semester.

This program, exclusively for UH Hilo students, will work in parallel with the requirements for face coverings and social distancing. It is also coupled with the university’s existing daily health screenings and evolving guidelines to protect our campus community.

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Definitions

  • Safe Travels Program: A multilayered process designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community from trans-Pacific visitor and resident passengers arriving at airports/ports across the Islands. This enhanced entry into Hawaiʻi includes a pre-travel testing program, the Mandatory State of Hawaiʻi Travel and Health Form, and temperature screening at all Hawaiʻi airports upon arrival. The state of Hawaiʻi will only accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners.
  • Trusted Testing and Travel Partner (TTTP): The State of Hawaiʻi will only accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from a specified list of Trusted Testing and Travel Partners.
  • Modified Quarantine (MQ): A limited exemption to the state’s mandatory 10- day quarantine requirement for University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students
  • Bubble Quarantine (BQ): Post-arrival, once a negative test result is accepted by Student Medical Services, students will move into a Bubble Quarantine (BQ) phase and will be able to attend limited university activities for the remainder of the 10-day mandatory quarantine period. During this BQ period, students are not permitted to interact with the general community.

How to qualify for the Modified Quarantine Program for out-of-state students

Traveling to Hawai‘i from inside the United States

Students entering Hawai’i who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in the United States may bypass quarantine without an approved pre-travel COVID-19 test. If you have not been fully vaccinated, you must get an approved pre-travel COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to your departure to bypass quarantine.

Traveling to Hawai‘i from outside the United States

Students entering Hawai‘i from outside the United States must get an approved pre-travel COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine even if you have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Approved pre-travel tests are currently only available outside the United States in Canada, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Tahiti, and the Philippines. View a list of approved pre-travel testing sites.

Students coming from countries that do not have access to testing with Trusted Testing and Traveler Partners (TTTPs) or from cities where TTTPs are not available must comply with the State of Hawai‘i’s mandatory 10-day quarantine or may register to participate in UH Hilo’s modified quarantine program.

Modified Quarantine

Students may participate in UH Hilo’s modified quarantine program if they are unable to meet the requirements to bypass quarantine. In this program, students must report directly to their on-campus or off-campus residence upon arrival to Hawai‘i Island. Students must agree to take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. Until a student tests negative for COVID-19, they may only leave their residence to obtain medical attention. Once a student tests negative, they will be allowed to attend classes and participate in some limited University-sanctioned activities until 10 days have passed.

When students in this modified quarantine program are not participating in approved university activities, they must remain in their place of residence and are not permitted to interact with the community at large.

Out-of-state students interested in the MQ program must fill out a survey and Pre-Travel Agreement.

Students who successfully complete the survey and Pre-Travel Agreement will be provided an electronic letter from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo that acknowledges preliminary acceptance into the MQ Program. This letter must be presented to transportation officials or state sheriffs when they arrive in Hawaiʻi. The letter should be carried at all times for 10 days after arrival.

Students accepted into the MQ program will be entered into the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo quarantine database and will be tracked and monitored by UH Hilo. Students accepted into the MQ program must travel directly from the Hilo (ITO) or Kona (KOA) Airport to their quarantine site.

Post-arrival in Hilo, students will have the option to participate in a test on campus coordinated by UH Hilo or students may secure a COVID-19 test (View Hawaiʻi island testing centers) on their own. Once a negative test result is received, it must be submitted to Student Medical Services for entry. Once the negative test result is entered into the database, students will receive an electronic notification from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs indicating that student will be moved into a Bubble Quarantine (BQ) where they will be able to attend limited university activities for the remainder of the 10-day mandatory quarantine period. During this BQ period, students are not permitted to interact with the general community. During the BQ period, students will continue to be tracked and monitored by UH Hilo.

No family members will be eligible for this modified quarantine program. This means that family members traveling with the student who do not meet the requirements to bypass quarantine will need to adhere to the State of Hawai‘i’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Students who are interested in the MQ program should apply immediately upon making travel arrangements to Hawai‘i Island. Students should not delay in completing the process as successful completion can require a substantial amount of time.

State of Hawaiʻi Approved COVID-19 Test

In accordance with the State of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Modified Quarantine Procedures for University Students, a State-approved COVID-19 Test is a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or PCR test, approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, pursuant to the Emergency Use Authorization, that is conducted at a CLIA-licensed or certified test laboratory. Currently the Rapid Antigen, Antibody, and tests taken in foreign countries, are not approved tests by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health for the Modified Quarantine Program. For the MQ Program, NAAT or PCR tests do not need to be from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner.

COVID-19 Testing Sites on Hawai‘i Island

Go to http://go.hawaii.edu/ohP for more information on where to take a COVID-19 test after your arrival on Hawai‘i Island.

Mandatory daily health screening and weekly check-ins

All students in the Modified Quarantine Program will be required to conduct daily health checks and report them via the LumiSight UH app (Android, iOS, or web form) that monitors/screens for COVID-19 symptoms. Students in MQ are required to also complete daily location checks via the LumiSight UH mobile app. The university will phone every student periodically and ask a series of questions to ensure that students are following the requirements of the program. Both the daily check ins and phone calls will only take a few minutes each time. Students who do not complete the daily check in or cannot be reached for the phone calls will be subject to sanctions for violation of the University’s Student Conduct Code, which could include suspension or expulsion.

Official university activities

Once a student in the Modified Quarantine Program obtains a negative COVID-19 test result that is entered by Student Medical Services, the student will receive a confirmation that they have officially entered Bubble Quarantine (BQ). Students in BQ are able to participate in limited “university activities,” which are defined as attending or engaging in the following activities that occur exclusively on the Hilo campus:

  • Classes
  • Labs
  • Meetings
  • Appointments
  • Orientations
  • Lectures, presentations, exhibitions
  • Research activities
  • Study groups
  • Living in residence halls
  • Meals
  • Transactions to be a student (e.g., in-person payments, secure an ID, transcript pick up, document drop off, health clearances, etc.)
  • Student support services (e.g., medical attention, mental health counseling, academic advising, financial aid, etc.)
  • On campus student employment
  • Athletic practices and events

During the 10-day quarantine period, even after having tested negative for COVID-19, students are only allowed to leave their residence for the above official university activities or for required medical attention. Students are not permitted into the general community. Failure to comply will be subject to sanctions for violation of the University’s Student Conduct Code, which could include suspension or expulsion.

Consequences for violating Modified Quarantine Program

Students who violate the terms of the Modified Quarantine Program and the Pre-Travel Agreement will be subject to sanctions for violation of the University’s Student Conduct Code, which could include suspension or expulsion. Violations of COVID-19 related emergency county and state orders are punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or up to a year in prison.

More information on the Modified Quarantine Program

Email uhhmq@hawaii.edu for any questions concerning the UH Hilo Modified Quarantine Program.


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