So you’ve been searching online recently and are wondering can i bring my dog to Hawaii on vacation? well the answer is yes you can! but like all countries you visit with your pooch there are rules you need to be aware of.
Now being able to bring your dog to Hawaii for vacation can be fairly straight forward, but only if you follow the rules and requirements when traveling abroad with your dog, so to get started with this you will need the following…
- You will need to have a dogs passport or health certificate
- You will need to get your dog micro-chipped
- Your dog will need to be vaccinated against rabies
- Your latest vaccination must have been done no less than 30 days before arriving in Hawaii.
When getting your dog vaccanated make sure you take all the paper with you when going to Hawaii, as customs will ask you for this information.
If your dog requires a rabies titer test then this must be done no longer than 36 months and not within 30 days before you arrive in Hawaii.
A rabies titer test is basically where your local vet will take blood samples from your dog, then send the blood off to there laboratory, they will then conduct some tests to see your dogs immune response to rabies virus.
If your not sure how to get a dogs passport or health certificate, I’ve recently wrote an article listed below explaining the steps you need to take to acquire one you should find this very helpful.
Can You Take A Service Dog To Hawaii
Now can you take a service dog to Hawaii? YES you can! but again you need to follow theses rules and regulations, to be able to do this.
When you arrive in Hawaii your dog will be taken to the Quarantine Holding Facility but don’t worry this normal, just until they verify that you have all the correct documents and to examination your dog for any external parasites.
Once the checks are complete your dog will be released. Not following theses rules can result in your dog being quarantine for longer or possibly getting deported back to the country or origin.
Hawaii are very strict when taking pets into the country, so make sure you take all the correct paperwork with you regarding your dog, this will avoid any unnecessary waiting. To enter Hawaii with your service dog you must have the following…
- Your dog must have a microchip
- Your dog must have a health certificate not more than 30 days old
- You must show documentation of your service dogs training.
- Your service dog must be traveling with the disabled owner when arriving in Hawaii.
- Your dog must be escorted by the airline to the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility upon arrival.
Dog Breeds banned in Hawaii
Somethings a’lot of people forget to check are actually the Dog Breeds that are banned in Hawaii and other countries, the last thing you want after going through all this is finding out your four legged friend is prohibit to enter the country.
So can i bring my dog to Hawaii on vacation you ask? well the good news is there’s only a handful of breeds that are banned, I’ve made a list below of the dog breeds that cannot enter in Hawaii.
- Non domestic dogs
- hybrids such as wolf
- wolf cross breed
Flying A Dog To Hawaii
Finding the right airline for flying a dog to Hawaii is easier than you might think, the hardest part is researching all the rules and regulations when taking dogs on board.
You need to know about the weight of your dog, what part of the plane your dog will travel in, this can be either the cargo hold or the cabin. You also need to have a airline approved dog carrier to transport your dog in.
Now here’s an example of Hawaiian Airlines rules and regulations when taking pets on board, and if you want your dog to travel with you in the cabin then here are the requirements you need to follow.
When travelling with your dog, you the owner are responsible for obtaining a carrier for your dog as the airline do not provide any pet carriers.
All pet carriers are subject to inspection and approval by the Hawaiian Airlines before your dog can be accepted for travel. The requirements for transporting your dog carrier on board on board the airline are..
- All Carriers must be soft-sided and leak proof
- Only one adult dog to occupy a single carrier
- Your dog must be able to sit, stand and turn in the carrier
- Your dog is required to stay in its carrier at all times
- The carrier must be stowed under the seat directly in front of you
- The carrier must not exceed the following dimensions in inches
- Length 16 in. Width 10 in. Height 9.5 in.
- The dog and the carrier may not exceed 25 pounds total.
Breed restrictions on Hawaiian Airlines
Because of the respiratory difficulties an dog can experience while in transit and in Hawaii’s tropical climate. Hawaiian Airlines do highly discouraged and not recommended that brachycephalic short nosed dogs travel as checked baggage.
So below is a list of the following dogs that are highly discouraged and not recommended for travel as checked baggage…
Snub Nosed Dog Breeds
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- Brussels Griffon
- Bull Mastiff
- Bull Terrier
- Chow Chow
- Dutch Pug
- English Bulldog
- Japanese Pug
- Japanese Spaniel Chin
- Lhasa Apso
- Pit Bull
- Shar Pei
- Shih Tzu
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Travelling With A Service Dog
If your travelling with a service dog, don’t worry most airlines allow service dogs on board, however Hawaiian airlines do recommended you give them 48 hours advance notice.
Your also need to provide documentation to the airline that your dog has been trained and is actually a service dog. as mentioned before your service dog will need an health certificate and this is required by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
When boarding the plane with your service dog there are some things you need to be aware of which are listed below…
- Your dog must be well behaved and not be disruptive
- Your dog will need to remain on the floor and can not obstruction
- The Airline will not provide food, water, pillows or blankets
- The Hawaiian Airlines agent must escort you from the aircraft door to the animal quarantine facility.
Any Passengers that travel with dogs or any other animals can be fined by the Department of Agriculture if they are not escorted directly to the animal quarantine facility upon landing.
How much does it cost to bring a dog to Hawaii?
So overall how much does it cost to bring a dog to Hawaii for a vacation well this depends on many things, if we are talking about how much it will cost to travel with your dog then assuming you have already had your dog checked over by a vet it can be between £500 to £1000 but this depends on what country you reside in and what airline you use.
Whether your dog is travelling in the cabin or in the cargo hold the price can vary and this can be anything up to £175 there’s also the price for your Airline approved dog carrier if you want view the price and read the views visit Amazon Here.
There’s also the costs for your dog being quarantined which can be up to £127 for a direct release. this is just estimates, but again theses prices all depend on what airline you use, what size dog you have etc.