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Are you planning to move to Maui and bring your pet? You need to prepare early so your pet can travel without going through quarantine.
Hawaii does not have rabies; therefore, there are strict procedures and laws as to bringing pets to the islands. Outlined here are the steps you need to take. Please also visit the following links:
State of Hawaii Animal Quarantine Information Page
Maui Humane Society Page
Hawaii does allow for immediate release at the airport based upon qualifications being met for the 5-Day-or-Less Quarantine Program. In the provisions of this program are procedures to qualify for Direct Release at the airport.
What is quarantine?
Pets entering the State must be quarantined at an Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) on the island of Oahu. Effective September 2018, this quarantine period was reduced to 30 days. Previously, it was a 120 days.
How do you qualify your pet for the 5-Day or Less Quarantine / Direct Release Program?
There are the specific steps that need to be taken in order to qualify for the Immediate Release Program:
7. Book Your Flight - Make sure your airline participates in the 5-Day-or-Less-Program with the State. Also, verify if they have restrictions on certain breeds that they will allow to fly on their flights and the guidelines for pet carriers, etc.
8. Maui Veterinarian - You will need to arrange for an approved Veterinarian to meet you at the Arrival Gate. There is a fee for this service and a number of Maui Veterinarians provide this service. The documents will be reviewed and the petʻs microchip scanned to verify against the documents.
9. Health Certificate - Within 7 to 10 days prior to your departure, you need to obtain a Health Certificate from your Mainland Veterinarian. The Veterinarian will also need to apply a flea and tick product and notate it on the health certificate.
10. Departure - Make sure your pet has met all of the requirements listed on the Checklist for the 5-Day or Less Program for Direct Release. Make sure to bring copies of all of the paperwork submitted.
For a detailed brochure of the above procedures, go to: