Are you planning to take a trip to Hawaii now or in the near future? If you are, then you must be wondering whether or not you’ll need a passport to enter one or more of the islands.
Depending on where you live and where you’re coming from, you may or may not need a passport to enter via plane or boat.
Do I need Passport for Hawaii if I’m a US Citizen?
If you are a citizen of the United States, whether born in the country or otherwise, you are not required to provide a valid passport in order to go to Hawaii. Just like when traveling to Puerto Rico.
Well, Hawaii is one of the 50 states. And as one of the 50 states, you are legally allowed to travel back and forth just like any other state in the US.
But please be aware that if you enter Hawaii via airplane, you will need to provide airport security with a valid picture ID to prove that you are a US citizen and resident of a particular state.
As an example, if you happen to live in New York, you’ll need to provide security in Hawaii with a government issued photo ID from your state. So, you can either provide a valid driver’s license from New York or even a passport if you do not have a driver’s license. They also offer non-drivers ID which is also valid.
What Happens If I Am Not a US Citizen?
If you are not a US citizen and you hope to visit Hawaii, you will need to provide a valid passport in order to gain entrance. It’s just like if you’re an American traveling to Mexico.
To make it clear, let’s say you happen to live in Australia and you are a citizen of that country. To enter Hawaii, you will need to provide security with a valid Australian passport in order to gain full entrance into the United States via Hawaii.