Quarantine FAQs

Why do you have quarantine?

Hawaii has no rabies. This is to prevent rabies from entering the state.

How long is quarantine?

Normal quarantine is 120 days at the Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) on Oahu. However, as long as we have good communication, your furry ohana will not spend one second in quarantine!

How do you qualify for the 5-Day or Less Quarantine?

Email us to learn more about this process. We recommend you start this process 6 to 7 months in advance. 

What if I am a Hawaii resident and I want to take my pet out of state for a short visit?
  • You need to start preparations at least 2-4 months prior to your travel depending on where your pet is in the vaccination cycle. Most island pets have never had a Rabies vaccination.
  • Your pet needs 2 rabies vaccinations at least 30 days apart.
  • The second rabies vaccine must be given more than 2 weeks prior to leaving.
  • Plan your departure to be more than 14 days after the lab has received the blood sample for the FAVN titer test. It is recommended that you have confirmation that your pet has passed the blood test prior to leaving to ensure a passing test. Should you leave before the results come back, and the test is failed, you would be required to redo the test, and wait at least 30 days outside of HI. 
  • You will need to obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian within 10 to 14 days of your trip. Please check with your airline. MHS recommends getting the health certificate about a week prior to your arrival back on Maui. There are some cases where you can use the same health certificate for departure, and your return trip. 
  • For a more specific timeline, contact us directly at quarantine@mauihumanesociety.org

All foreign arrivals need to go through Honolulu International Airport.

Are the quarantine rules applied for travel between Hawaiian Islands?

No, but your pet should be current on their shots and be licensed.

How do I arrange for MHS to do the direct release check for my animals?

To coordinate with MHS on your direct release check, call (808) 856-9454 or (808) 877-3680 ext. 249 or email us.

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.

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.

The Animal Quarantine Station can also be reached at:

     phone:  808-483-7151
     email:   rabiesfree@hawaii.gov
     mail:     Hawaii Department of Agriculture
                  Animal Quarantine Station
                  99-951 Halawa Valley St.
                  Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602

Our Direct Release Coordinator will walk you through each and every step along the way, and will provide you with all of the necessary paperwork. However, if you would like to see the exact state regulations, you can access the state website here.

Donate Your Pet’s Air Kennel! Once you have arrived on Maui with your pet, please consider donating your used Air Kennel to our Wings of Aloha program and save many lives in the process.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

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