Importing Livestock to Hawaii

April 5, 2024

Due to the recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) detections in livestock in Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Idaho, Ohio and Michigan, Hawaii is currently not accepting cattle from premises where HPAI has infected cattle.

Therefore, effective April 5, 2024, Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for cattle must include the statement: “All animals identified on this Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) have been inspected by me and do not originate from premises with a confirmed detection of HPAI in cattle or premises that is currently under investigation with a suspect herd.”

Additionally, eligible cattle from unaffected premises in states where HPAI has been detected in cattle, must be inspected within 72 hours of shipment and found to be free of signs of HPAI infection. The additional statement should appear on the CVI for these animals: “I have examined the animals identified on this certificate within 72 hours of shipment and found them to be free of signs of HPAI infection.”

Additional import requirements may be instituted on short notice.

Contact  [email protected] with questions or for additional information.


For information on Foot-and-Mouth Disease link to the USDA website.

Hawaii is a class-free State for brucellosis, tuberculosis and pseudorabies.

The following general and special requirements are provided:

  • A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is required for ALL animals arriving in Hawaii. The certificate must be signed by a State, Federal, or accredited veterinarian; it must be seven or fewer days old; and must attest that all requirements have been fulfilled.
    • *Vesicular Stomatitis:

The following statement is to appear on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for all livestock entering Hawaii from any state where vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed.

“The animals represented on this certificate have not originated from a premises or area within 10 miles of a premises under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis (VS) within the past 20 days.  I have examined these animals and have not observed lesions or clinical signs of VS.”

Any exception to these requirements must have the prior approval of the Hawaii State Veterinarian or his approved staff veterinarian.

For information on the requirements for importing specific livestock, go to:


For additional information:

During office hours, for livestock, semen and embryos, & non-domestic animals call (808) 483-7113.

Information on dogs and cats

For birds, poultry, rabbits and other pets call (808) 837-8092 or click here to email

For emergency provisions, after hours, or on weekends, call (808) 837-8092.

Link to Animal Disease Control Branch information