Moving Cats from Hawaii to the Mainland United States

Cat shipping from Hawaii to the MainlandHi PetRelocation,

What is required to bring my cat from Hawaii to North Carolina? Proof of rabies shot? Health Certificate? Quarantine? Other?


Hi Wendy,

Thanks for checking in with us! Here are the pet import requirements for the mainland United States.

Essentially you just need to meet the airline's requirements—your cat's travel crate should be airline approved and they'll probably ask to see a Health Certificate stating your cat is healthy and fit to fly. Though proof of a current rabies vaccine isn't technically required, we do recommend keeping your cat up-to-date on rabies and also having them microchipped (and keeping the contact information current).

Luckily there is no quarantine, and in general the United States is one of the easiest countries to bring a pet. Another thing we would recommend, however, is working to crate train your cat if they're not already used to spending time in a travel kennel. This will make the trip much less stressful for your cat (and in turn, for you). 

Hope this helps! Let us know if you're interested in hiring assistance with your cat's move and good luck with everything.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Wendy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Hawaii
To: North Carolina


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Ask the Experts




United States, Hawaii


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By Sisily on July 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm

How can i send my dog to the mainland without mr

By Victoria DeLuna on March 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Three cats from oahu to las vegas.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on March 19, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi Victoria, we'd love to help with your cats' move. In order to do so, please fill out ourArrange a Move Form Here!

By Jillene Seaman on March 1, 2018 at 4:50 am

2 cats to vegas

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

Hi Jillene! If you would like our assistance moving your cats to Las Vegas, please fill out this form with some more information and one of our relocation consultants will contact you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

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