Interisland Inspection Program

ADVISORY:  Due to reduced staffing, some Plant Quarantine offices have reduced inspection hours.

Interisland passengers planning to transport potted plants, plant cuttings and live animals (other than dogs and cats), are strongly advised to contact the Plant Quarantine Office on that island in advance for advice on inspection hours.  For contact information, click here.

Passengers may avoid inspection requirements if they purchase plants from a certified nursery that may certify plants for shipment. For a list of certified nurseries, click here.

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The interisland inspection and certification program of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) Plant Quarantine Branch helps prevent the spread of agricultural pests from one island to another and from infested areas of an island to uninfested areas. See Chapter 4-72, Plant Interstate Rules of the Hawaii Administrative Rules, for more information. Copies can be downloaded or found at the Hawaii State libraries.

Examples of plants and animals that are prohibited from movement include but are not limited to the following:

  • Bees (dead and alive) and used beekeeping equipment.
  • Banana plants and parts (except fruits) from Oahu and from North and South Kona districts cannot be moved to other islands or to uninfested areas of Hawaii Island to prevent the spread of banana bunchy top virus.
  • Taro plants from Hawaii Island cannot be moved to other islands to prevent the spread of the taro root aphid.
  • Bulbuls (a bird species) from Oahu cannot be moved to other islands to prevent this pest from damaging fruits and flowers.

All plants and animals should be inspected at the HDOA Plant Quarantine Office before they are moved between islands. Plants and animals without a “Passed” sticker may not be allowed on the airplane.  For travel information and inspection offices, click here.