Arrival & Departure FAQs

By Hawaii.com Team

Documentation
Q Do I need a passport to come to Hawaii?
A If you are traveling from outside the United States (and are not a U.S. citizen), yes. Hawaii is the United States’ 50th state so if you are a U.S. citizen, only an ID is required to fly to the Islands. If you plan to take a cruise in Hawaii, there may be separate requirements.

Bringing Food
Q Can I bring fresh fruits or vegetables with me to the Islands?
A Perhaps. All visitors coming into Hawaii are required to complete a form declaring any fresh produce or other live organisms in their possession. If agriculture inspectors determine that your items cannot be brought into the state, they will confiscate it at the Honolulu airport.

Taking Food
Q Can I take Hawaii-grown food home with me, such as pineapples?
A Certain fruits, vegetables and flowers are allowed for export, but they must be agriculturally approved. You can find boxed pineapple and other goods in retail shops throughout Hawaii. You CANNOT pick fruit or flowers in Hawaii and take them home. All luggage is scanned for outgoing agricultural products.

Bringing Pets
Q Can I bring pets to Hawai’i?
A Yes, although some animals are prohibited in Hawaii. Keep in mind Hawaii is rabies-free and requires that all cats, dogs and other carnivores entering the state go through a screening process to ensure they are rabies-free. A state law exempts service dogs for the disabled. See our Relocation section for more information about animal quarantine.

Time Zone
Q What time zone is Hawaii in?
A Hawaii Standard Time (GMT -10). The Hawaiian Islands do not observe daylight savings time. The current time in Hawaii is displayed on the site’s pages.

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