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Got Pets? What You Need to Know About Hawaii's Quarantine Rules

Animal Quarantine Information


► Hawai'i's Animal Quarantine Law

The State of 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 animals, regardless of age (puppies and kittens included) or purpose, must comply with Hawaii’s 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. (See “Checklist For 5-Day-Or-Less Program” for details.)

Furthermore, the law requires dogs and cats not meeting all of the specific 5-Day-Or-Less program requirements to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival In Hawaii.  (See “Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Information Brochure” for details on 120-day quarantine.)

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. See “Checklist Only For Resident Dogs And Cats Located in Hawaii that are Departing and Returning to Hawaii under the 5-Day-Or-Less Program” for details.

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).  See "Checklist for Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports."

Pets from Areas Exempted from Rabies Quarantine:  For pets arriving from exempt areas follow Checklist for Pets Arriving from British Isles, Australia, Guam and New Zealand[Rev. 11/05]

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


► Information and FAQs

  • 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. 08/10]
  • 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.


► Forms

  • Dog and Cat Import Form [AQS-278.pdf, Rev. 10/09]- 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.

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:

► OIE-FAVN Test Results

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 Hawaii 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 can now check online for your pre-test results and the 120-day date after KSU or DOD received your pet’s sample. Click HERE for more information.

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: 
  • Animal Quarantine Station phone:  (808) 483-7151
  • or you may contact the quarantine office at this address:

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


► Updated Advisory (November 9, 2009)

Hawaii The State of Hawai`i has ordered mandatory furloughs for all state employees effective October 23, 2009.  The two-day per month furlough, combined with previous layoffs and budget restrictions require that the Animal Quarantine inspection operations be reduced for pets arriving at Honolulu International Airport (HIA). 

Effective December 1, 2009 inspection hours for dog and cats at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) will be 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 the 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.  Pet owners who are connecting to neighboring islands should pay particular attention to the change in inspection hours.  (An advisory was posted on this website on August 17, 2009 to advise pet owners of the probability of reduced inspection hours.)

The Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility at HIA will continue to accept pets arriving from airlines at all times of the day.  The reduced hours are for inspection operations and airport release.

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The forms and requirements listed below for the 5-Day-or-Less Program and Direct Airport Release have been modified October 2009.  Please refer to the updated documents under Hawai`i's Animal Quarantine Law.

•     “Checklist for 5-Day-or-Less Program”;  

•     “Checklist Only for Dogs and Cats Located in Hawaii that are Departing and Returning for The 5- Day- or- Less Program”; and

•     “Checklist for Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports”

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Contact Info:

Contact Information for State Quarantine Office:

  • E-mail:  
  • Animal Quarantine Station phone:  (808) 483-7151
  • or you may contact our quarantine office at this address:

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

Info on Guide Dogs and Service Animals

For information on requirements for allowing guide dogs and service animals to enter Hawaii without Quarantine click here . 

Smoothly introducing your pet to your new home

Moving into a new home can be very exciting for your entire family, but introducing your pet into a new home can be incredibly stressful for them.  Fortunately, there are a lot of things that we can do to help make this transition easier on them, which in the end, makes it easier on us

When moving, if possible, leave the pet with a friend they know. This will keep them out of your way when you are moving furniture, and decrease the chance that any accidents may happen. You can also leave your dog in the backyard while you move, as long as it is fully fenced and they cannot escape. Can’t do either?  If necessary, crate your dog while moving the furniture into the home. Make sure the crate is large enough that they can stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably, and be sure to give them access to water and let them outside to "do their business" every few hours. The best way to keep your pet safe during this time is to keep them out of the way. 


What about cats? Depending on their personality, cats will either want to be in the middle of your move, inspecting everything and getting underfoot, (increasing their chances of getting hurt), or they'll want to hide from all the noise and commotion. Try to confine your cat in a quiet bedroom with food, water and a litterbox in a place they feel comfortable. When you're in your new home, some cats may want to hide for a few days (maybe under the bed or in a closet) until they decide to come out and explore their new surroundings. Let them explore their new "territory" at their own pace.

For more great tips on a successful move with your pet, please visit The Humane Society of the United States. 

Some other great links for advice on moving with your pet include:

Pets Welcome – a great website for finding pet friendly hotels, for those long distance moves

Air Animal (pet movers) – for the really, really long distance moves

Atlas World Group -- great advice for moving tips 

Merry Anne Stone, RB, ABR, e-PRO, SFR
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