Quarantine Info for Moving Your

Pet Dog, Cat or Bird To Hawaii

Moving Your Pet to HawaiiMoving your pet to Hawaii can be a complex process. Advanced planning must be made to insure minimal separation from our furry or feathered friends during a move to Hawaii. Hawaii is a rabies-free state and has put precautions in place to prevent the disease from ever coming to its shores. That makes moving your pet to Hawaii a little more complex than other places.

There are two quarantine programs new residents may follow for bringing their pet dogs, cats, or birds to paradise. If certain conditions are met beginning 120 days before your arrival, you may arrange to have your pet picked up at the airport upon arrival, or minimally after a 5-day quarantine. This is the best solution for those who don't want to spend time away from their pets. If you can't plan in advance, the normal program calls for your pet to be placed in an approved quarantine facility for a minimum of 120 days.

The restrictions are carefully enforced, so it is important to follow the procedures exactly as specified by the State of Hawaii. For helpful brochures and checklists for both the short-term and full 120-day quarantine, please visit Animal Quarantine Information. http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info

Read everything carefully and if you have any questions, feel free to contact the Animal Quarantine Information at (808) 483-7151 or RabiesFree@hawaii.gov. Hawaii is a beautiful place for both people and pets, so it is important to heed the rabies quarantine instructions to the letter.

Oahu has quite a few pet friendly buildings. Contact our expert real estate agents to find out which building is right for you and your pet. 

If renting, visit Hawaiian Humane Society’s Pets in Housing section for a list of pet friendly rentals. http://www.hawaiianhumane.org/petsinhousing

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Cheryl Dillon, RB-18551, James W. Wright, RB-16206, 1-808-735-7888