Traveling with Cats and Dogs to Hawaii
Effective October 30, 2014: Alaska Airlines will no longer accept Brachycephalic or "short-nosed" animals in the cargo compartment. Learn More about Breed Restrictions
Only cats and dogs can be transported into 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 effect 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 cat or dog will be accepted into the State of Hawaii. 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.
Alaska Airlines standard pet fees, kennel requirements, and guidelines, apply to travel to and from Hawaii.
Breed Restrictions - Effective October 30, 2014*
Brachycephalic or "short-nosed" dogs and cats are not accepted for travel in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines flights (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest, or PenAir). Veterinary experts say that short-nosed animals commonly have abnormalities that can compromise their breathing. Stress associated with flight can make those conditions worse.
Brachycephalic or "short-nosed" dogs and cats may still travel in the cabin with their passenger provided their pet carrier fits under the seat.
This applies to the following breeds and mixed breeds thereof:
Dogs: American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bull Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Pug, Japanese Spaniel, Pekingese, Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Cats: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian.
* Customers with tickets purchased on or before October 7, 2014, will be allowed to travel with their short-nosed animal in the cargo hold through November 23, 2014. Customers traveling with a short-nosed animal who have tickets for travel at a later date may request a full refund and/or change their itineraries without incurring any change fees or any fare increase.
Hawaii Pet Embargoes
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.
Prior to Departing the U.S. Mainland
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.