Hawaii is a beautiful destination to visit whilst in the USA. As the islands that make up this unique state are 2,500 miles offshore from the mainland United States questions often arise as to how to enter Hawaii with an EVUS. Rest assured, traveling to Hawaii with EVUS is an uncomplicated process and can be done easily.
As it is obligatory to have a valid EVUS authorization if you are traveling to the USA with a B2 tourist visa or a B1 business visa, this article covers the requirements of visiting Hawaii with EVUS. It also answers some of the most common questions about traveling between Hawaii and the rest of the United States with EVUS as well as the process of arriving at a Hawaiian port of entry with this document.
Since November 29th, 2016 EVUS has been an obligatory step to visiting the United States with B1 and B2 ten year visas. This new electronic authorization streamlines the process of entering the country on arrival to a US border checkpoint, port or airport. The system also ensures that the most up-to-date data on visa holders is kept on record.
This electronic visa must be obtained prior to travel to Hawaii and can be procured exclusively online via an online application form. EVUS is also necessary in the case of transiting through the USA to an onward destination via Hawaii. In order to be approved applicants will need to submit their:
During this process, applicants will also need to answer a number of personal and security questions to satisfy the requirements. Visitors should aim to enroll for EVUS up to 72 hours before flying to the US in order to avoid delays.
Once approved, an EVUS is valid for 2 years once it has been approved. It will then allow the holder to enter the USA multiple times during this period.
On arrival in Hawaii visitors will need the following items in order to pass through border security and customs successfully:
These documents will then be checked by a border guard on arrival. Be aware that the agent on duty has final discretion over who may enter the country or not. If they see evidence that suggests the visitor will overstay or otherwise break the requirements of their visa they could be refused entry to the country.
If however, the US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) Officer is satisfied they will stamp the visitor’s passport with an entry stamp. After that, they will permit them to enter Hawaii.
B1 and B2 visa holders will require a pre-approved EVUS before entering US territory in all circumstances. Therefore, tourists holding B1 and B2 ten year visas arriving in Hawaii via cruise ship will need to be correctly registered before they will be allowed to disembark and set foot on US soil.
Yes, with a valid EVUS visitors will be able to travel beyond Hawaii to other parts of the United States. Despite being disconnected from the mainland, travelers will be able to enter the continental USA with the same documents used to enter the country.
The doesn’t apply however if for any reason the EVUS has been terminated or has expired during the visa holder's stay in the country. Like in the case of entering the US, the EVUS and passport of the visitor must be fully up to date and valid.
Overall, EVUS holders traveling to Hawaii will not encounter many differences in the process of using their electronic travel authorization to enter the country via the islands. Most of the same procedures apply consistency across all 50 states and in practice visitors will find it to be the same experience as arriving at a different destination in the country.
At present EVUS is only for Chinese citizens however, it is speculated that the number of EVUS countries could be extended to other nations. It offers a quick and easy way to gain authorization to enter the US, can be applied for online and is usually granted in as little as 24 hours.