Hawaii & immigration

Old Dec 8, 09, 4:01 pm
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Question Hawaii & immigration

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I am arriving at Maui (OGG) from Chicago (ORD) in the next couple of weeks and will be returning from Honolulu (HNL) to San Francisco (SFO)about 10 days later.

I am aware that Hawaii is just another US state, but I want to hear first hand experiences from people travelling between these cities to confirm that there are indeed no Immigration checks to go through.

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Old Dec 8, 09, 4:04 pm
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I heard once that Texas was going to institute immigration procedures for people from Oklahoma......LOL
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There is a certain grey area regarding this with non- US Citizens like myself. This is the first time I am travelling to HI and want to be sure. Need to know if I must carry my paperwork or not.

May sound funny to you guys, but it is an important question that I'd rather have answered than make an assumption about.

Request FT'ers whow have flown between these city pairs to chime in. Appreciate your help. Thank you.
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Old Dec 8, 09, 4:45 pm
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I can say with 100% certainty that you will not have to clear immigration. Hawaii is in the United States. If you were flying from another country (e.g. Japan), you would have to clear immigration.
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Hi,

For internal US flights you will need photo ID at check in and at security but there is no immigration checks.

With a UK passport I just showed the photo ( travelling from various US cities to Hawaii) at check in and security and they just looked at the photo /name to check that it matched the boarding pass.
Enjoy Hawaii!

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PS When returning from Honolulu to the mainland you will need to put your bags through an Agricultural xray machine prior to check in.

Also and on a separate topic, if you travel from say Tucson to Tombstone for a day you should carry ID with you as we were stopped by a Border Security road search station when leaving from Tombstone back to Tucson last August.
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Also, there is an agriculture declaration form you'll have to fill out on your mainland-HI flight. No immigration forms, just declaring animals, plants, etc.
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No immigration. Just standard gov't-issued photo ID.

I know there are immigration checks between Hong Kong, SAR and mainland China. So perhaps OP just wants to be sure, just in case the US has something strange.

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Old Dec 8, 09, 7:16 pm
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Originally Posted by karannarang View Post
There is a certain grey area regarding this with non- US Citizens like myself. This is the first time I am travelling to HI and want to be sure. Need to know if I must carry my paperwork or not.

May sound funny to you guys, but it is an important question that I'd rather have answered than make an assumption about.

Request FT'ers whow have flown between these city pairs to chime in. Appreciate your help. Thank you.
If you want better answers and to be taken seriously then you need to initially post better information. You simply said that you knew Hawaii was just another part of the US and were flying from ORD. There was no indication that you had specific question or special circumstances.

There is no grey area with non-US citizens. Flying to/from Hawaii to/from the mainland is treated the same as flying from Texas to Oklahoma to Washington,DC. It is all one country and treated as such. You will need to show a government issued ID to fly.
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Old Dec 8, 09, 7:42 pm
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Originally Posted by karannarang View Post
Need to know if I must carry my paperwork or not.
Yes, you must carry your paperwork because, under the law, you must always do so. The fact that you are going to Hawaii, however, is immaterial.

Are you likely to be asked for your documents? No. But are you required to travel with them (generally, your I-94/I-94W, EAD, or I-551; I-94s are generally stapled in the passport)? Yes. (I always travel with my passport even when traveling long distances domestically. One never knows what might necessitate international travel.)

Originally Posted by INA: ACT 264 - FORMS AND PROCEDURE
(e) Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d). Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.
http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/S...html#0-0-0-310
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Originally Posted by karannarang View Post
I am aware that Hawaii is just another US state, but I want to hear first hand experiences from people travelling between these cities to confirm that there are indeed no Immigration checks to go through.
Going to or from elsewhere in the US, it is like another domestic flight as far as immigration is concerned (i.e. no immigration checkpoint that everyone has to go through). For any immigration paperwork that you may be required to carry as a non-citizen, it is no different from other domestic flights.

However, there are inspections for plants and animals (in both directions) in order to reduce the spread of invasive species.
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Hi,

For internal US flights you will need photo ID at check in and at security but there is no immigration checks.
True for flights between the mainland and Hawaii, but not always true for flights to and from some U.S. territories such as Guam and Saipan. Those flying HNL-GUM go through immigration both ways even though it's an internal U.S. flight.
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Old Dec 9, 09, 2:18 pm
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What a drag it would be to have to go through immigration every time you flew out of HNL/OGG... just saying.
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Ironically, the first time I flew to Honolulu I actually felt like I was in a different country. The landscape and weather felt so different, the names of streets and towns were like a foreign language, and the ethnic mixture of people were so different from the mainland. I almost couldn't believe that I didn't have to go through immigration. I know it sounds silly and I knew in my mind that I was still in the US, but it sure didn't feel like it until someone accepted my US currency in a drug store.
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What a drag it would be to have to go through immigration every time you flew out of HNL/OGG... just saying.
Welcome to my life.

Edited to note: Actually, HNL immigration is much nicer than others I use, like LAX and SEA.
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