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Service and Emotional Support Animals to Hawaii

Hawaii is the only state that is rabies-free. It is important that Hawaii maintain that status. The introduction of rabies would have dire circumstances, not only for public health, but would have an adverse affect on Hawaii's unique eco-system, tourism, as well as local lifestyle.

To maintain this unique status, there are strict guidelines and specific programs that must be completed before your service or emotional support animal will be accepted into the State of Hawaii. Service or emotional support animals arriving without proper documentation may be quarantined for up to 120 days in Honolulu at the owner's expense. Alaska Airlines is not responsible for any costs incurred should you arrive in Hawaii without the proper health documentation.

Service Animals to Hawaii

The only service animal permitted into Hawaii is a service dog. In addition to our general Service Animal policies, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture requires the owners of service dogs to present appropriate health documentation.

Prior to Departing the U.S. Mainland

To Honolulu:
Visit hdoa.hawaii.gov to obtain information on health and documentation requirements for transporting service dogs into Honolulu.

To Kona, Lihue, or Kahului:
In order to transport your cat or dog, an original Neighbor Island Inspection Permit must be presented to an agent at check-in. Without it, we may deny transport of your animal.

The Permit must be kept in your possession until after you have cleared Agriculture in Hawaii.

Visit hdoa.hawaii.gov to obtain information on health and documentation requirements for transporting service dogs into Kona, Lihue, or Kahului.

Arriving into Honolulu, Kona, Lihue, or Kahului

When arriving into Honolulu, Kona, Lihue or Kahului, see the gate agent at the aircraft door who will escort you and your animal to the inspection station. Please have all required documentation ready for inspection.

Emotional/Psychiatric Support Animals to Hawaii

The only emotional/psychiatric support animal permitted into Hawaii is a cat or dog. Owners must follow the standard cat or dog pet entry requirements.

Prior to Departing the U.S. Mainland

To Honolulu:
Visit hdoa.hawaii.gov to obtain information on health and documentation requirements for transporting cats or dogs into Honolulu.

To Kona, Lihue, or Kahului:
In order to transport your cat or dog, an original Neighbor Island Inspection Permit (issued in the traveler's name) must be presented to an agent at check-in. Without it, we may deny transport of your animal.

The Permit must be kept in your possession until after you have cleared Agriculture in Hawaii.

Visit hdoa.hawaii.gov to obtain information on health and documentation requirements for transporting cats or dogs into Kona, Lihue, or Kahului.

Arriving into Honolulu, Kona, Lihue, or Kahului

When arriving into Honolulu, Kona, Lihue or Kahului, see the gate agent at the aircraft door who will escort you and your animal to the inspection station. Please have all required documentation ready for inspection.