Do you need a passport to go to Hawaii? And do you need a visa to enter the country?

Posted on December 3, 2014 by in TOP Travel Destinations

Do you need a passport to go to Hawaii? And do you need a visa to enter the country?

Do you need a passport to go to Hawaii?

When asking do you need a passport to go to Hawaii, it depends on where you're departing from.

If it's from within the United States, then no, US citizens don't need a passport, as it's the 50th state. US citizens can fly to and from Hawaii as if they were traveling to another US state. Some form of photo ID will be required, however, in order to board the plane.

If you're flying into Hawaii from outside the United States, or if you're traveling onwards to another country after visiting Hawaii, then you'll need a valid passport.

Citizens of other countries flying in from other countries will need their passport to enter Hawaii, even from Canada, even though in the past it was allowed. Canadian citizens now need a passport to fly into any of the US states.

Do you need a visa to enter Hawaii?

US citizens do not need to apply for a visa to visit the 50th state.

If you're a resident from a country other than the US, then check if your country is part of the Visa Waiver Program. This allows citizens from the following countries a stay of up to 90 days without a visa:


You will need a valid ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) to enter the country, even if you don't need a visa.

If your country is not part of the Visa Waiver Program, then you'll also need to apply for a tourist visa from a US consulate in your country.

Now you can plan your trip a little easier

Asking do you need a passport to go to Hawaii or a visa to enter Hawaii are very valid questions. Being located in Oceania, and made up entirely of islands, many people have an image in their head of Hawaii being an exotic, faraway, non-US, Polynesian destination, but it's officially been a part of the United States since joining in 1959!

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