How To Bring Your Pet To Hawaii

Dated: 10/03/2016

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If you are moving to Hawaii then it is important to know that facts on how to transport your furry family member too.  Click here for the Hawaii Animal Industry Division. 

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Inspection hours for dog and cats at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) are between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.  This information is particularly important for those who are qualifying their pets for direct release at Honolulu International Airport.

Pet owners should be sure to arrange for their flights to arrive by 3:30 p.m. because it may take up to one hour for the airlines to transport a pet to the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility and animals not arriving at the facility by 4:30 p.m. will not be released at the airport that day.

Pets arriving in the late afternoon and evening will be held overnight until inspections are completed the following morning. Pets qualified for direct airport release that are held overnight for release in the morning at the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility must be picked up by 10:00 a.m. or an additional $59 will be charged.  Pet owners who are arriving in Honolulu and connecting to neighboring islands should pay particular attention to the inspection hours.

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  • E-mail us:

  • Animal Quarantine Station phone:  (808) 483-7151

    (Due to the large volume of calls and the time zone difference, the best way to contact the Animal Quarantine Station is via the e-mail address above.)


Hawaii is rabies-free. Hawaii’s quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the introduction and spread of rabies. All dogs and cats, regardless of age (puppies and kittens included) or purpose, must comply with Hawaii’s dog and cat import requirements.

Chapter 4-29 Hawaii Administrative Rules, governs the importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii. This law states that dogs and cats meeting specific pre- and post-arrival requirements may qualify for 5-day–or-less quarantine program, which has a provision for direct release at Honolulu International Airport after inspection.

Furthermore, the law requires dogs and cats that do not meet all of the specific 5-Day-Or-Less program requirements to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival in Hawaii.  Please read thoroughly the following documents containing details on the rabies quarantine programs for importing dogs and cats.

Prohibited Animals: The regulation of animal breeds and species that are permitted to enter Hawaii is under Plant Quarantine Branch jurisdiction and administrative rules.  Non-domestic dogs and cats and hybrids such as wolf, wolf cross, Dingo, Bengal, Savannah, etc are prohibited under Plant Quarantine (PQ) law.  Refer to Plant Quarantine’s animal guidelines for importation.

Puppies and Kittens: Due to the minimum amount of time needed to prepare a puppy or kitten to meet the requirements of the 5-Day-Or-Less program, a puppy or kitten will be about 10 months of age by the time the preparations are completed. Puppies and kittens not able to meet all of the requirements for the 5-Day-Or-Less program will be quarantined for 120 days.

Hawaii Resident Pets:  Owners wishing to leave Hawaii with their pets and return without extended quarantine must meet all requirements listed on the “Checklist Only For Resident Dogs And Cats Originating From Hawaii And Returning For The 5-Day-Or-Less Program.”  The length of the waiting period after a successful rabies blood test is modified and must be completed before leaving Hawaii.

Re-Entry Fee Requirements: For pets re-entering Hawaii after completing a Hawaii rabies quarantine program, click here for requirements when a reduced “Re-entry” fee for Direct Airport Release or 5-Day Or-Less quarantine applies.

Direct Release on Neighbor Islands:  Pets may now qualify for direct release at Kona Airport (Big Island), Kahului Airport (Maui) and Lihue Airport (Kauai).

Pets from Areas Exempted from Rabies Quarantine: For pets arriving from exempt areas follow:

Note for Guam:  See FORMS section below for the Affidavit for Export from Guam to Hawaii.



  • Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Information Brochure [aqsbrochure.pdf, Rev. 10/09] This brochure contains important information about pre-arrival requirements, quarantine station location and contacts, procedures, policies, rules, operations and fees.

  • Frequently Asked Questions [Rev. 03/15]

  • Frequently Asked Questions for 5-Day-or-Less  Quarantine Program  [Rev. 10/09]

  • Map to Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility (Honolulu International Airport)

  • Direct Airport Release Security Advisory

  • IMPORTANT! Pet owners are responsible for transporting all pets released from the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility (AAQHF) to their vehicles or the Interisland terminal. Airport security regulations do not permit animals to be let out of the transport crate on airport property. Pets must be picked up and loaded into a vehicle or onto a baggage cart in their transport crate.  Therefore, vehicles must be large enough to accommodate the intact crate with the pet inside.  There are no baggage carts or porters in the immediate vicinity of the AAQHF.  Due to limitations in inter-island service on the weekend, pets arriving on Thursday or Friday may not be transferred to satellite quarantine stations and approved hospitals on the neighbor islands until the following Monday.


  • Dog and Cat Import Form [AQS-278.pdf, Rev. 11/11]- One completed form per pet is required to be submitted along with all pre-arrival documents (Two Rabies Vaccination Certificates, Health Certificate, Pre-payments) NO LESS THAN 10 DAYS BEFORE PET ARRIVES IN HAWAII TO QUALIFY FOR 5-DAY-OR-LESS or AIRPORT RELEASE.  If the health certificate cannot be sent 10 days before arriving with the rest of the documents, the original must be given to the inspector upon arrival in Hawaii.

  • Summary For Veterinarians [AQS-39.pdf, Rev. 11/09] Summary for veterinarians of health certification, microchip, rabies vaccination intervals, OIE-FAVN test and waiting periods requirements of the 5-Day-Or-Less program.

  • For pets arriving from Guam, Affidavit for Export From Guam to the State of Hawaii [IC-5.pdf] is required.

OIE-FAVN Testing Forms – All posted laboratory fees and documents are subject to change by the laboratory without notice.

Kansas State University FAVN-OIE Testing information:

DOD Laboratory Testing information (Department of Defense):

For pets arriving from Guam see required affidavit for export IC-5 in the preceding “Forms” section.


Pets owners do not need to present a hardcopy of test results to the Rabies Quarantine Branch, as KSU and DOD will send results directly if “Hawaii” is listed as the destination on the lab submission form.  Owners can obtain pre-arrival OIE- FAVN test results from the veterinarian that submitted the sample or on the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture website (see below).  Please do not call laboratories directly for test results!

For those qualifying for the direct release or 5-day-or-less you may check online for your pre-test results and when the 120–day waiting period:

    • To check your pet’s OIE-FAVN tests results, click HERE 

Guide & Service Dogs

For information on requirements for allowing guide dogs and service dogs to enter Hawaii without quarantine click HERE .

If you have questions after reviewing our brochure and forms, please contact us at:

  • E-mail us:

  • Animal Quarantine Station phone:  (808) 483-7151  (Due to the large volume of calls and the time zone difference, the best way to contact us is via the e-mail address above.)

  • or you may contact our quarantine office at this address:

Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602

If you are bringing a pet into Hawaii, please be aware that Hawaii has strict animal quarantine rules.  For more information, please go to the Department of Agriculture website at


Hawaii has strict laws regarding the importation of animals.  Some animals that may be allowed as pets in other states or countries may be restricted or prohibited in Hawaii.  Importing an illegal animal carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and fines up to $500,000.

  • For information on rabies quarantine for dogs and cats, click here.

  • For information on transporting livestock, click here.

  • Not all types of pet birds are allowed to be imported.  For instructions on permits required for importing birds and poultry, click here.

If you are not sure about the import status of animals other than dogs and cats, please contact the Plant Quarantine Branch at (808) 832-0566.


Some non-domesticated animals are also allowed to be imported to Hawaii.  These are listed on the List of Conditional Approved Animals.

Common animals on the Conditional Approved List include:  Guinea pigs, domesticated rats and mice, chinchillas, some species of turtles, certain types of aquarium fish.

Also on the Conditional Approved List are some, but not all, live shellfish for consumption (including some types of lobster, crab, clams, etc.)

For information on the permit process for Conditional Approved Animals, click here.

Domesticated rabbits do not require an import permit, but they do require a health certificate issued within 7 days of arrival in Honolulu.


For the list of Restricted and Prohibited animals, click here.

  • Animals on the List of Restricted Animals Part A – may be imported for research by universities or government agencies, or for exhibit in municipal zoos or government-affiliated aquariums, or by other institutions for medical or scientific purposes as approved by the Hawai`i Board of Agriculture.

  • Animals on the List of Restricted Animals Part B – may be imported for filming or exhibition or for research by zoological parks or for aquaculture production with approval from the Hawaii Board of Agriculture.

Any animal that is not found on any of the lists is considered prohibited.


Now that you know how to get your animals to Hawaii, connect with me for relocation assistance!  Check out my Aloha Listings page on Facebook @alohalistings for more information on Hawaii.

Mary Standahl (RA)
eXp Realty, RS-75163
Direct: 808-772-0758
Text marystandahl to 808-725-3098 to access my mobile app

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Mary Standahl

Mary Standahl is a Real Estate Broker and Agent-Owner at eXp Realty. Originally from Virginia, she relocated to Hawaii 5+ years ago to pursue her passion to assist families in buying their dream prope....

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