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How to Travel With Your Dog to Hawaii

Aloha, pupsters!

We are currently in Waikiki (Honolulu), resting after a fun day of frolicking on the beach, swimming, eating poke, and meeting four (4!) other Cavalier King Charles Spaniels! We’ve received countless messages asking us about the requirements for bringing your dog to Hawaii, so we decided to write a blog post about it.

If you’ve ever thought of bringing your dog to Hawaii, but didn’t know where to start – you’re in luck! In August 2018, Hawaiian Department of Agriculture changed several quarantine rules, and decreased certain waiting times, making the process easier and shorter.

However, please know that failing to comply with every single requirement, and follow the rules precisely, could still leave your dog in quarantine for up to 120 days! So plan in advance, and plan well.

We advise you to read the entire post before you start with the process, as several steps may have to be completed simultaneously. Here is an official checklist that we followed and successfully brought Pika to Oahu without quarantine.


1. Preparation + at the veterinarian

- Microchip

- Two rabies vaccinations

- FAVN antibodies test

2. Waiting period + timing

3. Submitting Documents

4. Anti-Tick Treatment & Veterinary Certificate

5. Airlines and Arriving to Honolulu

6. Hit the beach!

Please note: This post will only describe flying from the mainland (US) to Oahu (Honolulu airport). There is an additional step involved with bringing your pup to the neighboring islands, which we will hopefully write about in the next few months, when we return to this beautiful state!

CKCS, Cavaliers, tricolor, blenheim, ruby, five dogs
Pika wih her new Hawaiian friends