Hawaii is a rabies-free state, which is why coming and going to and from the mainland can be a challenge, yet we are here to help you.
Per HDOA (Hawaii Department of Agriculture) – 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 the 5-day or less quarantine program which has a provision for direct release at Honolulu International Airport after inspection. Any dog that doesn’t meet the requirements for the 5-day or less quick release program will have to be quarantined for 120 days. Check the list to see if you meet the requirements: 5-day or less Checklist.
Please visit the Animal Quarantine Branch website at http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/ for more information.