A common question many people ask is if you need a passport to go to Hawaii.
The answer to that question is it depends!
Most of my readers are from The United States, so I’ve got good news for you.
If you are a citizen of the United States, you DO NOT need a passport to go to Hawaii. Hawaii is part of the United States and you do not need a passport to travel around the United States.
I know many of yo know that you are free to travel around the U.S. without needing to show a passport or identification, but I think the confusion arises when you have to get on a plan and people think there may be different rules. It’s good that you check because there absolutely can be different rules for air travel.
But in this case, all you need to do is show a valid piece of I.D. when you get on a plane. It needs to be government I.D. You would be better off getting a passport for future travels. Besides, a passport is an official travel document and it should be something you have if you want to travel outside of the United States.
Citizens of the United States traveling to Hawaii via airplane do not need to bring a passport with them on their travels. But you will be required to present a valid form of photo ID in order to board an airplane. If you plan on traveling outside of the country after your stop in Hawaii, you will need your passport. The same applies for naturalized U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Do you need a passport to go to Hawaii if you are NOT an American citizen?
Yes you will need a passport to go to Hawaii if you are not a resident of the United States and its territories. Whether you travel by plane or by boat (cruise), you will need a passport to get on the airplane first of all, and as well as to get on the cruise ship.
Here’s the official word from USA Today again:
If you plan on flying into Hawaii and are not a resident of the United States or one of its territories, you’ll need to present a valid passport from your country when you arrive in Hawaii. Previously, Canadian citizens were permitted to fly into Hawaii — and the other states — without a passport, but security concerns now mandate that all people flying into the United States from another country show a passport. Check with your government or your nearest consulate to find out how to renew an expired passport or get a new passport issued. The passport application process can take weeks or even months, so you can’t afford to procrastinate.
So essentially, if you are an American resident/citizen, you do not need a passport to fly to Hawaii. You will need to present valid I.D. to confirm your identity to get on the airplane. I recommend getting a passport anyways since it is an official travel document and will allow you to go outside of the United States with it.
If you are from a country that isn’t the United States and its territories, you must have a passport. You will have to go through customs when you arrive in the U.S. (Hawaii) and your passport is what will give you entry. You likely won’t even be able to leave your country to go to Hawaii if you don’t have a passport anyways. I can’t think of any place that doesn’t check where you are going.