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 dogs and cats, regardless of age (puppies and kittens included) or purpose, must comply with Hawaii’s dog and cat 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.

Furthermore, the law requires dogs and cats that do not meet all of the specific 5-Day-Or-Less program requirements to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival in Hawaii. 

Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Information Brochure


“Checklist For 5-Day-Or-Less Program”


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.


Guide & Service Dogs

For information on requirements for allowing guide dogs and service dogs to enter Hawaii without quarantine click HERE .


Direct Release on Neighbor Islands:

Pets may now qualify for direct release at Kona Airport (Big Island), Kahului Airport (Maui) and Lihue Airport (Kauai). Not all airlines are participating in direct release on Maui. Carriers that have participated in Direct Release on Maui include Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines. This list is subject to change at any time. Please check with your carrier.  NOTE: All foreign arrivals need to go through Honolulu International Airport.

These are general guidelines only. Owners should check the state quarantine website for more detailed information so each step is correctly followed. If owners don’t follow the necessary steps, their pets may be denied direct release at the airport and are subject to quarantine.

“Checklist for Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports.” [Rev. 5/2017]



The information provided on this site is very general in nature. Please visit the State of Hawaii Animal Quarantine Information Page for more detailed information.

Animal Quarantine Website:

Animal Quarantine E-mail:

Animal Quarantine Station phone:  (808) 483-7151  

Animal Quarantine Station Office address:

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



Maui Humane Society now offers quarantine and direct release services.