The Hawaiian Islands are completely free of rabies -- and officials want to keep them that way. It's understandable, since rabies is a dangerous and potentially lethal disease with no cure once symptoms appear. However, the state's quarantine laws can cause some problems if you want to treat your pet to a Hawaiian getaway.
In order to keep the state rabies free, Hawaii has very strict laws that require that your pet be quarantined for up to 120 days, on top of the state's many pre-arrival requirements. If you need your pet with you right away, you can try Hawaii's 5-day-or-less program, which can expedite your pet's quarantine process. You need to start planning now, however -- the OIE-FAVN rabies test must be given to the dog at least 120 days before your arrival in Hawaii. Your dog or cat also needs at least two rabies vaccinations over a certain period of time, as well as additional documentation. Be prepared to pay a hefty fee -- more than $200 for the 5-day-or-less program -- and you still might not get your pet right away. If you travel at off-peak hours when the inspection office isn't normally open, your pet could still be quarantined for the entire weekend before inspection.
If all the prerequisites needed to visit Hawaii are too much for you to handle, maybe a simple road trip in your old pickup is more your style. Read on to find out about laws for pets in pickup truck beds.