Moving Your Pet to Hawaii

We get it, your pet is family and there is no way you would ever move without them being right by your side. However, one question remains: how do I move my pet to the Hawaiian Islands?

We’re here to lay out the rules and regulations of bringing your pet to the Aloha State to make your move as simple as possible.

What animals are allowed in Hawai’i?
Before taking any action, it’s important to note that some animals are prohibited from entering the state. These include but are not limited to:

  • Animals that are chronically ill, elderly,less than 9 weeks, or require special medical attention. If the pet has medical needs, they must be registered with an approved veterinary hospital before arrival.
  • Animals that are more than 40 weeks pregnant
  • Animals that are sensitive to hot temperatures (i.e. short-nosed dog breeds)
  • Non-domesticated dogs & cats
  • Snakes, frogs, most parrots, and fish

The Hawai’i Department of Agriculture will issue a penalty of up to $500,000 or 3 years in prison for all infractions. The animals are also subject to admission in an approved veterinary facility at the owner’s expense.
Here is a complete list of all prohibited pets.

What is the cost of moving your pet to Hawai’i?
There are several factors that come into play when determining a cost for this process. It is dependent on which airline you are coming from, whether your pet will be in cargo or in the cabin, the pet’s size, the cost of veterinary services, and more. Generally, this process will cost anywhere from $400-$1,000+.

Based on the Hawai’i Department of Agriculture’s FAQ, here is an approximate breakdown of these services:

  • 120-day Quarantine Program - $1,080 per pet
  • 5 Day Or Less Quarantine Program - $244 per pet
  • Direct Release Program - $185 per pet
  • Early Arrivals - If the pet arrives before its registered date, they will be quarantined at the owner’s expense for $14.30 each day in addition to program fees. If they are not qualified for a shorter quarantine program, they must complete the full 120 days.
  • Not Picked Up Upon Arrival - The animal will be transferred to the local Animal Quarantine Station and will cost $224 for up to 5 days and $18.70 for every additional day.
  • Airline Compliant Pet Kennel Crate - $75
  • Two Rabies Vaccinations - $90+
  • Flea & Tick Medication - $30+
  • Microchip - $50+
  • OIE-FAVN Blood Test - $250
  • Health Certificate - $65+
  • Lab Testing - $90+

Direct Release / 5 Day or Less Quarantine Program Process
This is by far the quickest way to get your pet to the islands. Both the Direct Release and 5 Day or Less Programs have the same requirements. If your pet does not meet every requirement, they will be subject to a 120 day quarantine. Here is a helpful checklist to ensure you don’t miss a step.


Two Rabies Vaccinations
This should be completed 27 weeks prior to move if both shots are needed.
All of your pets vaccinations must be up-to-date. Your pet must have both rabies shots given at least 30 days apart with the most recent one completed no less than 90 days before the pet’s arrival to Hawaii.

On your pet’s health certificate, you must include:

  • Recent vaccination date
  • Prior vaccination date
  • Vaccine type (1, 3, or 4 years)

Microchip
To be completed before the OIE-FAVN rabies blood test.
Pet’s microchip must match a blood sample.
Must have pet’s microchip number on your own record and health certificate.

OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test
To be completed 20 weeks before arriving in Hawai’i.
A result greater than or equal to 0.5 IU/ml is required to pass; this is only valid for 36 months, and not less than 4 months before arrival in Hawai’i.
Must be done at either of the pre-approved labs:

Local Veterinary Visit
You must wait at least 3 weeks from your pet’s second rabies vaccination before you can get a blood sample taken and submitted for the OIE-FAVN test by your local vet. Here are some helpful materials:

Your vet should tell you the results of your test between 3-5 weeks, possibly longer.

Now We Wait
Pets must wait (4 months) from the date the laboratory receives the blood sample before they can arrive in Hawaii.
The following documents must be in your possession upon arrival:

  • Dog & Cat Import Form
  • Two (2) rabies vaccination certificates with: vaccine name, lot or serial number, booster interval, vaccination date, vaccine lot expiration date
  • Original Health Certificate: rabies vaccination information, name, vaccination date, and lot or serial number, booster interval, expiration date, microchip number, identifying information of vet (with wet signature), animal identifying information (breed, color, sex, etc.), the animal was treated with fipronil or equivalent product within 14 days of arrival (Revolution brand not acceptable); List product and date animal was treated.

The health certificate and parasite treatment must be done within 14 days of arrival.

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