Agriculture Inspection


The State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture requires passengers arriving at KOA with plants, animals, and any agricultural materials to declare them on the Plants and Animals Declaration Form distributed in-flight to Hawaii.  Each traveling party is required by State of Hawaii law to fill out the Agriculture Declaration Form.

Plant quarantine inspectors are stationed in the baggage claim area to examine all agricultural items.  The Department of Agriculture also requires dogs and cats be quarantined and special permits to be obtained for other pets.  Additional information can be found at the State of Hawaii, Department of Agriculture Animal Quarantine page

For further agricultural information on bringing in plants, non domestic animals, and microorganisms, call the State Department of Agriculture at (808) 326-1077.  For domestic animals, call (808) 837-8092.

Additional information can be found at the USDA APHIS Imports & Exports page.


Passengers checking in for a flight to a destination in the Continental United States (Mainland) will have their checked baggage screened for agricultural products.

The screening will be done after bags are accepted by your airline. Passengers will no longer be present for USDA screening.

Simply check in with your carrier no matter which destination you are traveling to.

To request a private screening ask your airline representative.

All hand carried articles will be inspected at security check points. Subsequent USDA hand carried articles will be inspected prior to boarding near your assigned gate.

Be prepared to open and close your baggage and parcels while at the security checkpoint and also near your assigned gate.

Restrictions on the movement of fruits, plants, live snails, and other items from Hawaii to the Mainland are enforced to prevent the spread of fruit flies and other hazardous plant insects and diseases. Please report all agricultural items in your possession to your airline representative.

For further information call the U. S. Department of Agriculture at (808) 933-6930.

Additional information can be found at the USDA APHIS Traveler Information page.

Hawaii Departures: Aloha from the Department of Agriculture