Traveling from Hawaii to the U.S. Mainland
The federal U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates plant material transported from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland (not the Hawaii Department of Agriculture).
USDA inspection stations are located in front of the airline check-in counters. USDA inspection stations usually open at the same time as the airline check-in counters (generally two hours prior to a flight). You must go through the inspection station that is located in front of your airline check-in counter.
USDA Inspection Offices:
- Honolulu, Oahu: (808) 834-3240
- Kahului, Maui (808) 877–5261
- Lihue, Kauai: (808) 245–2831
- Hilo, Island of Hawaii: (808) 933–9040
- Kona, Island of Hawaii: (808) 326–1252
Link to the USDA Fact Sheet for travelers and shippers departing Hawaii:
- Pre-Departure Travel Guidance: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/2012/HI_inspection_notice.pdf
For USDA information on transporting lei to the mainland, click here.
Commercially packaged foods are allowed to be transported from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.
For information on transporting fruits and vegetables, contact USDA Inspection Offices listed above or link to the USDA Fact Sheet above.
For information on transporting animals from Hawaii to the U.S. Mainland, link to the USDA website for each state’s requirements: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_states.shtml
Transporting wildlife (including wild bird species and chameleons) to the U.S. Mainland requires a permit from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Link to DLNR Forestry & Wildlife: http://www.dofaw.net/ Phone: (808) 587-0166.
There are no State of Hawaii regulations or requirements in transporting dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet birds, rats & mice and chinchillas out of the state. However, pet owners should check with their airline and the state or country they are transporting the animal to for transport requirements.