Traveling with Pets to Hawaii
Due to strong headwinds at various times of year, Alaska Airlines limits the number of pets accepted as checked baggage on flights to or from Hawaii. This restriction does not apply to pets accepted for travel in the cabin.
February: No pets are accepted as checked baggage on flights to or from Hawaii.
November 1 - January 31 and March 1 - April 1: Only 1 pet is accepted per aircraft as checked baggage on flights to or from Hawaii. Please contact Alaska Airlines Reservations for availability on your desired flights.
April 2 - October 31: Standard pet allowance applies. Please contact Alaska Airlines Reservations for availability on your desired flights.
Alaska Airlines' standard pet fees and guidelines apply to travel to and from Hawaii. Additionally, due to Hawaii's unique status as the only rabies-free state, there are strict guidelines and specific programs that must be completed before your pet will be accepted into the State of Hawaii.
Alaska Airlines reserves the right to deny boarding to any pet who has not met the State of Hawaii's animal quarantine requirements.
What You Need to Know to Travel with Your Pet 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 prevent rabies from entering the state of Hawaii, the current law requires that dogs and cats complete one of the following programs. Please note that it can take 4 - 10 months to qualify a pet for acceptance into the state.
The forms and requirements for each of these programs can be found on the State of Hawaii
Department of Agriculture Web site.
Note: Hawaii state law requires that dogs and cats not meeting the requirements of any of the above programs will be quarantined for 120 days. Pet owners are responsible for any fees incurred due to non-compliance with Hawaii's quarantine requirements.
For all questions on Pets to Hawaii requirements contact:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602