We All Love Our Pets, But Can They Come to Paradise?
If you have been wondering, “How can I bring my pets to Maui?” You should know that there are some restrictions and requirements. Maui is rabies-free and wants to stay that way.
The information provided below is from The State of Hawaii animal division website. The rules and regulations change sometimes, so be sure to double check all of the requirements and be prepared. New Zealand and Australia are also rabies-free, so it is a bit easier to bring pets from there.
Your pet will have to take some tests and be put in quarantine.
Direct Release Requirements
|Minimum waiting period after a successful FAVN rabies antibody test before arriving in HI.||30 Days|
|Minimum waiting period after most recent rabies vaccination before arriving in HI.||30 Days|
There are also some fees associated with bringing pets.
Current Fees (as of Oct 2022)
|Direct Airport Release||$185*|
|* Flight arrival times and COVID-19 mitigation procedures have increased the time for pet releases. Additional, extended delays are also created when pet owners do not submit their paperwork 10 days or more before arrival and have their documents reviewed at the AAQHF. It may not be possible to process these cases on arrival. The higher fee of $244 for each dog or cat released at the airport shall apply (instead of $185) when documents are not received by the Animal Quarantine Station 10 days or more before arrival. This includes situations where documents are submitted on arrival for review and qualification purposes.|
|5 Day or Less||$244|
|Neighbor Island Inspection Permit||$165|
|Arriving early before eligible for 5 Day or Less||$14.30/each day early + $244|
|Re-Entry Fee (if qualified)||$98**|
|** The higher fee of $130 for each dog or cat released at the airport shall apply (instead of $98) when documents are not received by the Animal Quarantine Station 10 days or more before arrival (re-entry). This includes situations where documents are submitted on arrival for review and qualification purposes.|
There are some forms you may need that can be downloaded at the link below.
For Service Animals, you may be qualified to bring them without doing the quarantine. Be sure to check the State of Hawaii’s Animal Industry Division site for the most updated information including any delays so that you can plan accordingly. At the time of writing this, their website says that test results can take 1 to 2 months.
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