Travel With Your Dog To Hawaii
Edward R. Forte
October 27, 2021
Travel & Outdoor
There are multiple checklists to choose from, depending on your situation.Checklist 2: your dog isn’t located in Hawaii and you’ll be flying with your dog to Kona (Big Island), Lihue (Kauai), or Kahului (Maui).Checklist 3 & 4: applicable to dogs that are currently in Hawaii, will be leaving the island and will be returning to the state at a future date.If your dog doesn’t have a working microchip, get one implanted.To do that, your dog needs to have had at least two rabies vaccinations in their lifetime, and the most recent rabies vaccination must be active (not expired) before they arrive in Hawaii.Now that you’ve gotten your dog two rabies vaccines and you’ve given them time to build up rabies antibodies, it’s time to get a blood test using one of the three approved labs.It should be much easier to get this done if you’re living in the US.You should also receive a copy of the results from your vet.Once you’ve done all the hard work, this is where everything comes together.We worked with Melissa from At Home Animal Hospital on Maui and she was great.Book a flight with an airline that participates in the direct airport release program.Once you have those two details worked out, it’s time to apply for your permit.We were really nervous about getting the permit back in time for our flight.At this appointment, you’ll also want to have your dog treated for ticks because your vet will need to note that on the health certificate as well.It’s a lot of work and it takes a lot of time to get your furry friend to the islands with you.For your dog’s flight, rabies blood test, health certificate, and permit, you can expect to pay over $500.Most of these costs are standard, but you’ll save money by choosing the right airline.We know that bringing your dog to Hawaii is complicated, so to help navigate it all, we also made a video sharing our experience with the process.If you are moving to Hawaii or vacationing, check out our Hawaii Recommendations for what to pack, our favorite activities, and deals on rental cars. .
Pets − Travel information − American Airlines
You’ll be responsible for fulfilling all entry requirements and must notify the department of the dog’s intended arrival at least 3 working days before export.You cannot travel with a carry-on pet or checked pet when traveling from:.You cannot travel with a carry-on pet or checked pet when traveling from:.All dogs (carry-on and checked) traveling to the U.S.You cannot travel with a carry-on pet when traveling to / from Hawaii.You can travel with your pet to Hawaii as a checked pet if you:.You cannot travel with your pet to Hawaii:.All pets traveling to Mexico must meet government regulations on vaccinations.Government regulations and vaccinations in Mexico Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines.You cannot travel with a carry-on pet or checked pet when traveling from:.You cannot travel with a carry-on pet on transatlantic trips.Apart from service animals, you can't travel with a checked pet to the U.K.You cannot travel with a carry-on pet on transpacific trips.Although you can travel with a checked pet from Japan to Los Angeles (LAX) or Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), pets are not allowed as checked bags to Japan.According to USDA restrictions, animals should be offered water every 12 hours, so for travel with a checked pet to LAX or DFW, you must book a flight 12 hours or less.If you’re traveling with a checked pet for travel from Japan, you’ll need to:. .
Hawaii's Pet Travel Requirements
So it might surprise you to learn how complicated it can be to meet Hawaii’s pet travel requirements.This will give you time to prepare your pet for Hawaii’s 5-Day-Or-Less quarantine program.If you’re successful, your pet might even leave the airport with you. Unfortunately for dogs and cats that do not meet the 5-Day-Or-Less program conditions, they’re subject to a quarantine of up to 120 days upon arrival in Hawaii.The reason for Hawaii’s strict pet travel policies is that it’s the only state in the United States that is rabies-free.Can Dogs and Cats Fly In-Cabin to Hawaii?So, let’s focus on what it takes to meet the 5-Day-Or-Less quarantine requirements, with the hope that your pet will qualify for direct airport release.But not more than twelve months can pass for a 1-year vaccination, and not more than 36 moths for a 3-year vaccination.If your dog or cat needs a rabies vaccination before your trip, you must wait 30 days after administering the vaccination before entering Hawaii.To qualify for Direct Airport Release, your pet needs to meet all the above requirements and arrive in Hawaii during normal inspection hours after clearing US Customs.And remember that it can take up to one hour for the airlines to transport a pet to the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility.If your pet qualifies for direct release, but you’re not able to pick him up by the end of the day, he’ll be transferred to the Animal Quarantine Station the following morning as part of the 5-day-or-less program.What if Your Pet Doesn’t Qualify for the 5-Day-Or-Less Program?If your pet doesn’t initially meet the conditions of the 5-Day-Or-Less program when entering Hawaii, but comes into compliance during their quarantine period, they can be released before the 120-days.Pets that are not able to meet the requirements will be quarantined for 120 days.For additional information on Hawaii’s pet travel policies, contact the Animal Quarantine Station.Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility Phone: (808) 837-8092. .
Pets Traveling in the Cabin
We accept dogs or cats as pets traveling in the cabin, and are happy to accommodate your pet in our pressurized, temperature-controlled cabin compartment of our aircraft following the policies outlined below.To ensure the health and safety of your pet, web, kiosk and mobile check-in will be restricted to allow for inspection of your animal, its carrier and applicable documents by our Hawaiian Airlines personnel.Due to strict State of Hawaii regulations and restrictions, we encourage you to contact the State of Hawaii Animal Industry Division – Department of Agriculture Animal Quarantine Department for information regarding travel arrangements and fees to enter the State of Hawaii.Due to floor space limitations, pets traveling in cabin will not be accepted in our First Class cabin on all North America flights, and pets will not be accepted for travel in the cabin in any class of service on flights to/from New York, Boston, Orlando or Austin.• Pets are not allowed in First Class Neighbor Island travel between Hawaiian Islands Allowed International travel to/from Hawaii Pets are not accepted in the cabin or as checked baggage Pago Pago to/from Hawaii Pets are not accepted in the cabin or as checked baggage.If an animal and carrier exceeds 25 pounds total when weighed, the pet will not be accepted for travel in the cabin of the aircraft and may be accepted as checked baggage.Hawaiian Airlines will not accept more than one pet carrier for transport in the cabin per guest.You are responsible for obtaining an animal health certificate from your animal’s treating veterinarian, prior to the date of travel as follows:.If you are returning to Hawaii, you must obtain a new health certificate if it is dated more than 14 days from your return flight’s arrival date.Mainland, you must obtain a new health certificate if it is dated more than 30 days from your return flight’s arrival date. .
How to Travel to Hawaii with a Dog and Skip Quarantine
There is a chance that pets arriving in Hawaii may be quarantined for up to 120 days.However, there is a newer “5 Days or Less” quarantine program that pets may qualify for, if you complete all of the required steps.In particular, pets following this program may qualify to be released directly to you at the airport (“Direct Airport Release”), with no quarantine period at all, if all steps are followed, including submitting paperwork in time.This needs to be done at least twice, more than 30 days apart.Do a FAVN rabies antibody titre test for your dog or cat.Your veterinarian will take a blood sample from your pet, then needs to send it to one of three laboratories for testing (Auburn University, Kansas State University or the DOD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory in Texas).The result of this blood test must be greater than or equal to 0.5 IU/ml.Pets are exempt from quarantine, and will be released immediately, if they are certified to have been resident of the country for at least 6 months, the animal is transported in either a single aircraft or only transferred between aircraft under strict conditions, and there are no signs of disease on arrival.An original official health certificate within 14 days of transport is still required.Your pet will be inspected, including checking for ticks and other parasites.If all paperwork was received on time and is in order, plus no ticks, parasites or signs of disease are discovered, your pet should be eligible for Direct Airport Release.AAQHF is located in between Terminals 1 and 2, only 120 yards from baggage handling.If your pet arrives after 4:30pm, it will be held at least overnight, until inspections are completed the following morning.Note also that if Federal airport security advisories prohibit Direct Airport Release, then you will need to pick up your pet the following day from AQS even if everything else is in order.However, there are some circumstances where this doesn’t apply, and instead the “5 Days or Less” animal quarantine program applies:.Additionally, if yourself or an authorized person is not able to pick up your pet on the arrival date (e.g.A longer stay in Hawaii pet quarantine is required if your pet arrives earlier than permitted (based on their latest rabies vaccination or rabies titre test), their rabies titre test result is not successful, or a tick, other parasite or sign of disease is discovered.Visits are allowed, generally in the afternoon, except for on Mondays, Fridays and state holidays. .
Delta Pet Policy : Flying with Dogs, Cats & More : Delta Air Lines
One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions: One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is between 10 weeks to 6 months of age No limit on the number of animals in the litter 2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in 1 kennel as long as they are small enough to fit into a single kennel and are compatible – they will be charged as 1 pet. .
Bringing Pets to Hawaii
In 2003 the state relaxed its pet quarantine system, making it easier for out-of-state pet owners to bring their pets into Hawaii and for kama’aina pet owners to travel outside the state.State officials have enforced a quarantine since 1912 to ensure that rabies is not introduced into Hawaii, the only state free of the disease.Veterinarian Isaac Maeda, program manager at the state’s rabies quarantine branch, has said a department analysis last year showed that reducing quarantine to five days “does not substantially increase the risk of introducing rabies into the state,” as long as the program includes proper rabies vaccination, blood tests and a 120-day waiting period before animals arrive.Under the new program, pets that meet state criteria may be released from the airport directly to their owners or stay a maximum of five days at the quarantine station.Quarantine costs for the reduced confinement program will be $165 if the pet qualifies for direct release from the airport and $224 if the pet must be held for up to five days. .
Pets Traveling as Checked Baggage
To ensure the health and safety of your pet, web, kiosk and mobile check-in will be restricted to allow for inspection of your animal, its carrier and applicable documents by our Hawaiian Airlines personnel.Due to strict State of Hawaii regulations and restrictions, we strongly recommend you contact the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture Animal Industry Division regarding your pet's travel arrangements and fees to enter the State of Hawaii.Brachycephalic breeds include, but are not limited to, the following dog and cat breeds, and any mixed-breed dogs or cats containing one or more of the following breeds:.Route Restrictions on pets as checked baggage North America to/from Hawaii New York (JFK) to/from Hawaii: pets may not be checked or carried in the cabin.Sacramento (SMF) to/from Hawaii: no pets checked April 15-Oct 15.Phoenix (PHX) to/from Hawaii: no pets checked April 15-Oct 15.ANIMAL KENNEL REQUIREMENTS and RESTRICTIONS.You are responsible for obtaining a kennel for your animal, as we do not provide animal kennels.The animal must not be leashed or restrained while in their kennel.The total weight of your kennel (including the animal) must not exceed the maximums below: Kennel Series Maximum Dimensions Maximum total weight of kennel and animal 100 21"L x 16"W x 15"H 18 lbs.If an animal and kennel exceeds the maximum size or weight limitations, the pet will not be accepted for travel as checked baggage and will be referred to our Cargo department.You are responsible for obtaining an animal health certificate from your animal’s treating veterinarian, prior to the date of travel as follows:.Travel within the State of Hawaii: No animal health certificate required.If you are returning to Hawaii, you must obtain a new health certificate if it is dated more than 14 days from your return flight’s arrival date. .