Policies

Traveling with Cats and Dogs to Hawaii

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.

Hawaii Pet Embargoes

Breed Restrictions:
Alaska Airlines has restricted future bookings of Brachycephalic breed cats and dogs for transportation in the cargo compartment indefinitely while a safety review of our acceptance policies is underway. This applies to the following breeds and mixed breeds thereof:

Dogs: American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffin, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel, Pekinese Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Terrier, Bulldog, Pug, Boxer.

Cats: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian.

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

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.