How to Bring Your Pet to Hawaii

How to Bring Your Pet to Hawaii

In this video I walk you through the seven steps to bring your pet to Hawaii. There is a strict quarantine process that you will need to complete, but I break it all down for you and step by step. It can be stressful bringing a pet to Hawaii, but it doesn’t have to be. Watch and see for yourself! Let me know if you have any questions, I will do my best to help.

Review the quarantine process:

Animal Quarantine Information Page

Checklist:
https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2013/01/5-Day-Checklist-11-2017.pdf

Dog and Cat Import Form:
https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2013/01/AQS-278-Jun-17.pdf

Check your titer test results here:
http://www.ksvdl.org/rabies-laboratory/favn-test/sample-collection.html

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48 Comments

  1. I’m in Massachusetts, but I am planning to live in Hawaii within the next few years. I have two cats and a guinea pig. Luckily, these animals are allowed, but I don’t think that my guinea pig is allowed on a direct flight from Boston to the Island of Oahu in Hawaii. Is there any way to transport my guinea pig on a direct flight nearby (east coast of the U.S.) without having to travel by car all the way to California? I’m in a bit of a pickle here :/

  2. Thank you for the video, you just made my decision to move to Hawaii much more easier. I have Mia a dog just like yours and Koa which is half shih-tzu and poodle. Been thinking often to move to Maui but what holds me back are my dogs. After watching your video, it is not difficult at all, thank you again.

  3. Thank you! Thank you, for posting this video & helping people through this stressful situation! You would make a great professor!

  4. Hi! Thank you so much for making this video. I have one question confused about. When should I buy my airline tickets?

  5. Great video. Thanks. It looks like a pain in the neck process but we have to do it. Can we fly the pet directly into Kona International Airport or do we have to go through Honolulu first? Thanks again, you’re a lifesaver.

  6. thanks so much for the video i have a little question i have a newborn poppy she cant have a rabies shoot until 4 month and she is only 2 month did u think she will have to stay in quarantine ?thanks for the video again

  7. This video was super helpful!! I was just wondering if you know, can I get the antibody test done prior to the second vaccine?

  8. Oh dear. I just adopted a kitten 3 weeks before moving to Hawaii so I haven’t the proper amount of time to get all the requirements. I’ve really grown a bond with him and feel devastated that I might not be able to bring him. Any advice?

  9. Does anyone know if there’s a breed restriction for snub nosed dogs? Airline or Hawaii itself, please let me know!

  10. Why do you have to wait 120 days after they receive the blood test?! What if you get a job offer and you need to be there in a month and a half? I heard you can expedite the shipment of it.

  11. Hi! Thank you for this useful video! Seriously it helped so much. I have so much anxiety with my pup. Question do we have to get a kennel for him? Or can he be in the cabin with us. Also are you aware of ESA laws being applicable to Hawai’i? Also do you have any information on the quarantine situation, like is it safe for the pets to be there? Do they walk and feed them? Can we visit.

  12. Do you know if Siberian Cats are allowed? Also, how much would you say it costs to bring a pet after all the vet/labs and chipping? In other words just airfare. Thx

  13. Thank you for making this video! I’m so glad someone did. Question: for the “direct release”, do they let your dog pass through immediately? Do they ever take your dog out of your sight and return him/her later?

  14. Thank you so so much for making this! I have had so much anxiety about moving my cat and dog to Maui and you just cleared up so much stuff! You are a hero

  15. Hello! Awesome video 🙂 I was wondering if my dog had her second vaccine after the first one expired, if that would be an issue? Her current rabies vaccine is up to date and won’t expire for a while!

  16. Thank you for making this video! I do have a quick question that I can’t seem to find a definitive answer for. I am moving to Hawaii and my pet has had 3 rabies vaccinations in her life. The first 2 were in 2013 and the 3rd was in 2019. She is due for her booster for the 3rd in April but I am moving in March so I am doing it next week. From what I’ve read on the KSU website is that they recommend waiting 10-15 days after the booster to take the blood sample to increase your odds for a positive titer outcome. My question is do you think I need the booster before I do the blood test given she’s had 3 vaccines in her life? Also do you think I should wait the 10 days after to get the blood test? How long did it take from the day the sample was taken for the lab to receive your sample?

  17. My Vet recommended PetRelocation.com to help with the relocation. Do I really need to do this or can I do all the paperwork myself? My dog is small and can be a carry on.

  18. Hi, thank you for the video:) Can i ask you, i have 2 senior chihuahuas and I am going to HI in 2-3 monthes, can i avoid a quarantine if i done all paperwork, vaccinations etc correctly? Thank you advance!

  19. My friend just called move to Hawaii of couple weeks ago July 8 and he had a quarantine his dog Oliver at the Honolulu airport and you no longer have to quarantine for 120 days anymore is now 30 days. So the quarantine went from 120 days to 30 days now

  20. Thank you for your video I can’t wait you start the process for my fur baby to come with me to Hawaii. Question after the second rabies shot how long do I have to wait for my baby to get his OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test ?

  21. Might be taking a job in Honolulu soon. This was really informative as far as navigating the steps to get my beasts there safely. Thank you!

  22. Thanks for the amazing tips !❤️ I’m up to the FAVN part now. Should my vet send the sample out or can I prepare the shipping and send it out myself after receiving the labeled blood sample and filled out form ?

  23. I am having such a hard time figuring out what the process will be after Honolulu as I am traveling to the Big Island, Kona. I cant seem to figure out what the steps are and what Ill need between Honolulu and Kona. Any aditional info would be greatly appreciated!!!

  24. Idk if the rules changed but now it is only a 30 day wait period after the FAVN test is done. The 120 quarantine is if you don’t want to take any of the DAR steps. The 120 day quarantine is like $1,800. My husband and I are currently working on getting our 2 pups over there. The time crush is awful!!!
    The video was awesome! The step by step really helps! Thank you for making it!!!

  25. Thank you sooo much for making this video! I’m in the process of trying to get my two cats to Hawaii and that checklist is so intimidating! Talk about increased stress levels! But after watching you explain everything, I’m definitely feeling more calm and reassured. Did you have any issues with Maggie not passing the FAVN the first time you did the test?

  26. Say, I have the money making suggestion for you. Many of us would like to bring dogs into Hawaii but it’s such a pain in the neck because we’ve not done it before. Since you are an expert at it now I know exactly how to do it it would take very little of your time to consult with the owners of a pet away from Hawaii and the vet that would be handling the shots and testing so that everything could be done properly and then the owner of course could take care of the shipping. It would be a couple of bucks in your pocket and make it easier for people in Hawaii to get dogs in. Please get back to me. Thanks

  27. Thanks for this video. Did your dog sit with you on the plane? Were there any point your dog was taken from you? I’m curious about the process from getting off the plane to getting the airport release paper.

  28. Thank you! I read the document checklist but it didn’t give a timeline much. But thank you for doing that!

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