Can I Bring my Pet with me to Hawaii?
How Do I Prepare my Pet For a Trip to Hawaii?
Step 1: Ensure your dog has a working microchip.
When traveling to Hawaii with your pet, it is important to have a working microchip implanted in them. This is because the microchip number is used to identify your pet upon arrival in Hawaii, and it is also used on the blood test that your pet will need to pass in order to enter the state. Having a working microchip is also important because it can help to reunite you with your pet if they ever get lost in a new place. Additionally, the microchip is also used to prove that your pet has had a valid rabies vaccination, which is a requirement to enter Hawaii.
Step 2: Get your dog two rabies vaccinations.
Step 1: Have your dog vaccinated for rabies. It is recommended to get two rabies vaccinations, more than 30 days apart. Your veterinarian should provide you with a rabies vaccination certificate for each vaccine.
Step 2: Have your dog implanted with a microchip. This does not need to be done before the rabies vaccine, but should be done before the rabies titre test.
Step 3: After the two rabies vaccinations have been administered and more than 30 days have passed since the most recent vaccination, have your dog tested for rabies antibodies using one of the three approved labs. The lab will send the results (pass or fail) directly to the Department of Agriculture in Hawaii and you should also receive a copy of the results from your vet.
Step 4: Submit the rabies vaccine certificate and the results of the rabies titre test to the Department of Agriculture when applying for your permit to bring your dog to Hawaii.
Step 3: Get the FAVN antibody test.
In order to prepare your pet for a trip to Hawaii, you must have the Fluorescent Antibody Serum Neutralization (FAVN) test done. This test is designed to show Rabies antibodies and must be completed more than 30 days (but less than three years) before arrival in the state.
To get started, your vet must submit a sample of your pet’s blood to an approved lab for the FAVN test. It is strongly advised that the FAVN test be done well in advance so that a passing FAVN is obtained before requesting a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit. Failing to do so may result in your pet not obtaining a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit in time for your flight.
You must also ensure that your pet has a microchip before the FAVN test is done, as it will be rechecked upon arrival in Hawaii and the Neighbor Island Inspection Permit will not be issued without a confirmed passing FAVN test result.
Once your pet receives a successful OIE-FAVN test result, there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period before the animal can arrive in Hawaii. You can view your pet’s OIE-FAVN test result on the Animal Quarantine Microchip Search. It is important to confirm that the Animal Quarantine Station has your pet’s passing test result before arriving in Hawai`i.
In addition to having the FAVN test done, you must ensure that your pet has two rabies vaccinations (at least 30 days apart) with one administered no more than 90 days before departure, has a health certificate for your pet from an approved veterinarian, and that all of your paperwork is received more than 10 days before your arrival in Hawaii.
Following these steps will ensure that your pet is adequately prepared for a trip to Hawaii and can enter the state without issue.
Step 4: Apply for a permit.
Applying for a permit for your pet to travel to Hawaii requires some prior planning and work. To get started, you should:
- Find a vet inspector on the island to meet you at the airport and clear your pet. On Oahu, this is not necessary.
- Book a flight with an airline that participates in the direct airport release program.
- Apply for a permit for your pet. If you’re unsure about the details, your vet can help you with the application process. If you’re applying for a neighbor island inspection permit, you must submit your paperwork at least 30 days prior to your arrival in Hawaii. The paperwork required includes a completed and signed dog and cat import form, a $165 cashiers check or money order, the original rabies vaccination certificate for the two most recent rabies vaccines, and flight information for your arrival flight.
- Request a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit (NIIP) if you’re flying directly to the islands of Hawaii, Maui, or Kauai. This permit must be presented to the airline prior to boarding. You must also make prior reservations with an approved private veterinary facility.
- As of July 1, 2021, the NIIP will be emailed only to the email address of the primary owner listed on the AQS-279 form once documents are received and the pet qualifies. The primary owner must print the copy of the NIIP to present to the airlines.
- Pets flying into Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport do not require a permit.
Following these steps should ensure that your pet is able to travel to Hawaii safely and without any issues.
Step 5: Receive your neighbor island inspection permit.
If you are planning to fly your pet directly to one of the islands of Hawaii, Maui, or Kauai, there are a few extra steps you must take to obtain a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit (NIIP). Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get your NIIP:
- Check the list of pet-friendly hotels and resorts in Hawaii to make sure your pet can stay there.
- Request a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit (NIIP). Refer to Checklist 2 if your pet is located outside of Hawaii and Checklist 4 if your pet is located in Hawaii.
- Make sure to submit the following documents to the Animal Quarantine Station at least 30 days in advance:
* Completed Dog & Cat Import Form (AQS-279).
* Original rabies vaccine certificates for the 2 most recent vaccinations.
* Payment of $165 in cashier’s check or money order made out to the Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture (no personal checks).
* Flight information (i.e. Airlines, flight number, date and time of arrival).
* A letter from the owner requesting Direct Airport Release at either “Kona” or “Kahului” or “Lihue”.
- Contact one of the approved veterinary facilities listed above to arrange an inspection and release procedure at the desired airport.
- Once the documents and payment have been received, the Animal Quarantine Station will email the NIIP to the primary owner listed on the AQS-279 form. Be sure to print out this permit to present to the airlines.
- No permits are required for flying a dog or cat into the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.
Following these steps will help ensure that your pet is able to get to the islands of Hawaii, Maui, or Kauai safely and without any issues. Good luck and bon voyage!
Step 6: Get a health check.
Moving your pet to Hawaii can be a complicated process, but with the right preparation and paperwork, it can be done! To ensure a smooth process, you’ll want to start by getting your pet outfitted with a microchip and then complete the necessary vaccinations. No more than 14-days before the flight, head back to your vet to have them perform a health check and certify that your dog is OK to fly. While at the vet, don’t forget to have your dog treated for ticks, as your vet will need to note that on the health certificate as well.
Once your pet has their necessary vaccinations and vet checkup, it’s time to start the paperwork process. This involves a checklist of vaccinations, vet appointments, and document checks. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete this, starting about 5-7 months in advance. In addition to the paperwork, research airlines and their policies for bringing pets to Hawaii and mentally prepare your pet to help minimize the stress of the move.
Once all the paperwork has been completed, your pet will need to have a successful OIE-FAVN test result to pass. The test result should be available through your vet’s office or the Animal Quarantine Microchip Search. And, please note that there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period before your pet can arrive in Hawaii.
Finally, the last step is to get a health certificate from your vet. This certificate must be dated within 14 days of the flight’s arrival. If you’re returning to Hawaii, you will need to get a new health certificate if it is more than 14 days old. If you’re returning to the U.S. mainland, you will need to get a new health certificate if it is more than 30 days old.
By following these steps, you can ensure a safe and stress-free move for your pet. Good luck!
Step 7: Fly to Hawaii and meet your vet upon arrival.
Step 1: Book the first appointment with your vet – Your pet will need a microchip and rabies vaccination at minimum. Depending on where you’re traveling from, your pet may also need a rabies blood test.
Step 2: Organise travel – Make sure you travel with an airline that will allow your pet on board, either in the cabin or in the cargo area of the plane. Furthermore, ensure you fly into a specific airport that allows importing pets.
Step 3: Book a second appointment with your vet. If you are traveling from a country other than the British Isles, Australia, Guam, and New Zealand, you will need a second appointment. During this appointment, your pet will need to pass a rabies blood test, which takes time. In addition, you will need a health certificate for your pet obtained within 14 days of your arrival.
Step 4: Send documentation to the Animal Quarantine Branch – Send your pet’s health certification to Hawaii’s Animal Quarantine Branch, by Fedex.
Step 5: Find a vet inspector on the island to meet you at the airport and clear your pet.
Step 6: Book a flight with an airline that participates in the direct airport release program.
Step 7: Apply for a permit at least 30 days before you plan to arrive in Hawaii. You will need a completed and signed dog and cat import form, a cashiers check or money order for $165, an original rabies vaccination certificate for the two most recent rabies vaccines, and flight information for your arrival flight into Hawaii. You can also include a shipping label for the Department of Agriculture to use to overnight your permit to you.
Step 8: Pick your pet up from the airport in Honolulu. Depending on whether you’re participating in the Direct Airport Release or the 5-Day Or Less program, there may be additional fees incurred. Arrange for your pet to arrive during normal inspection hours between 8 AM and 4:30 PM for the best way to participate in the Direct Airport Release program.
Step 8: Provide required documents.
Traveling with a pet to Hawaii requires specific documents to ensure that all regulations and requirements are met and that the pet is safe and authorized to travel. To qualify for the Direct Airport Release or the 5-Days Or Less programs, the pet owner is required to submit a Dog & Cat Import Form AQS-279, two original rabies vaccination certificates, a health certificate from a veterinarian within 14 days of the arrival date, and a cashier’s check or money order for $185 for Direct Airport Release or $244 for “5 Days or Less”. Furthermore, the veterinarian must treat the pet for ticks within 14 days of the arrival date and record this on the health certificate. If the pet owner is flying to one of the neighboring islands like Maui or Kauai, they must also obtain a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit and submit the paperwork to the Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) at least 30 days before the arrival date. It is highly recommended to book a flight with an airline that participates in the direct airport release program, as well as finding a vet inspector on the island to meet the pet owner at the airport.
Step 9: Know the regulations for traveling with pets in the aircraft.
Traveling with pets in an aircraft can be an overwhelming process, but it’s important to follow all regulations in order to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for your pet. Here is a step-by-step guide to ensure you follow all of the necessary regulations when traveling with your pet:
- First, research the requirements of your chosen airline. Different airlines have different requirements when it comes to size, weight and material of carriers, and not all pet carriers that are ‘airline-approved’ will meet the requirements of your chosen airline.
- Next, choose an appropriate kennel size. Your pet must be able to stand, turn, and lie down in a natural manner. Additionally, some airlines only allow kennels that have certain dimensions, so be sure to check with your airline for their requirements.
- Third, choose an airline-approved kennel. Kennel requirements for pets riding in the cabin are a little different compared to kennels required for pets riding in cargo, so make sure you have two different airline-approved kennels if your pet will be riding in both the cabin and cargo during the journey.
- Put absorbent material on the bottom of the kennel – no messy shavings, such as hay or straw, are allowed. Pet travel pads are recommended, though a clean towel works well too.
- Check kennel hardware and replace any plastic pieces with metal pieces (bolts, door, etc.) to ensure your kennel is strong.
- Place appropriate notes on pet kennel(s). At least four large print stickers should be placed on the kennel, including “Live Animal” and “This End Up” or up-arrow stickers.
- Attach any appropriate information to your kennel(s). This should include a copy of your pet’s paperwork in a large ziplock bag, as well as your pet’s name, your name, the name of the person who is picking up your pet, the local address, your contact number, and a current photo of your pet.
- Hang food and water tray (or divided tray) on the inside of the kennel door. This should be in a place that is easy for your pet to reach and less likely to spill.
- Secure a sealable, clear plastic bag to the outside of the kennel with your pet’s food.
- Attach a “Shipper’s Declaration” label, which should include instructions on how to feed and water your pet, as well as any medication your pet may need for the flight.
- Secure the kennel door with four hand-releasable cable ties.
- Finally, prepare your pet’s travel carrier with either their usual bedding or an old piece of clothing. Do not leave any food or water in the pet carrier.
Step 10: Find a veterinary clinic that accepts care credit cards on islands.
If you’re looking for a veterinary clinic that accepts care credit cards on islands, there are a few steps you can take to find one. First, you should check online for any local clinics in the area. You can search for “veterinary clinics near me” or “veterinary clinics that accept care credit”. You can also check with the Hawaiian Veterinary Medical Association (HVMA) for a list of clinics in the area. Next, you should call the clinics to make sure they accept care credit cards. You can also check the clinic’s website to see if they list their payment options. Finally, you can ask the clinic if they offer any special promotions or discounts for care credit card holders. With these steps, you should be able to find a veterinary clinic that accepts care credit cards on islands.
What are the Requirements for Flying with Pets to Hawaii?
1. Pet must be healthy and vaccinated.
If you plan to fly with your pet to Hawaii, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to avoid a 120-day quarantine. Here are the steps to follow:
- Have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. This only applies to dogs, cats and ferrets.
- Vaccinate your pet against rabies. At least two rabies vaccinations must be done no more than 30 days apart, and the most current vaccine must be administered at least 30 days before the pet arrives in Hawaii.
- Get your pet an OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test not more than 36 months and not less than 120 days before the date of arrival in Hawaii.
- Approved tick treatment must be administered within 14 days of arrival.
- Send pet’s health certificate and import permit to the Animal Quarantine Branch within 14 days before arrival.
Once you have met all these requirements, your pet should be ready to board the plane and travel to Hawaii.
2. Microchip number must be provided.
The requirement for providing a microchip number for flying with pets to Hawaii is for all dogs and cats to have a working electronic microchip implanted. The chip must be implanted before the pet can have the vaccinations and blood test required for entry into the state. The microchip number will be used to identify the pet, and will be used on the blood test that the pet must pass in order to be allowed entry into Hawaii. It is also important to note that an OIE-FAVN test is required and the FAVN test result must be confirmed passing before a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit can be issued. Additionally, if you are flying a pet from Guam, an Affidavit for Export From Guam to the State of Hawaii [IC-5] is required. The microchip should be implanted by a vet, and the microchip number should be registered with the appropriate database.
3. Pet must have a health certificate.
Step 1: Visit your pet’s treating veterinarian to obtain an Animal Health Certificate. The certificate must be dated within 14 days of arrival if traveling from North America.
Step 2: Obtain all necessary documents for your pet passport including microchip documents, vaccination records, parasite treatment records, veterinary health certificate, and import license.
Step 3: Complete the Dog and Cat Import Form [AQS-279], Rev. 8/19 and submit it through email, fax, or mail along with all pre-arrival documents (Two rabies vaccination certificates, health certificate, and pre-payments made payable to: Hawaii Department of Agriculture) NO LESS THAN 10 DAYS BEFORE PET ARRIVES IN HAWAII TO QUALIFY FOR 5 DAY OR LESS or AIRPORT RELEASE.
Step 4: If travelling from Guam, obtain an Affidavit for Export from Guam to the State of Hawaii [IC-5].
Step 5: Have your pet undergo OIE-FAVN testing at an approved laboratory. The test results must be obtained before requesting a Neighbor Island Inspection permit. Plan ahead to avoid any delays in obtaining the permit.
Step 6: Visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to obtain a valid Neighbor Island Inspection Permit.
Step 7: Arrive at the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport during inspection hours (8:00 AM-4:30 PM.) with all necessary documents and permits.
4. Pet must be quarantined for at least four months.
How long must a pet be quarantined for flying to Hawaii? [Factual information] Pets entering Hawaii must either meet the requirements for the 5-Day-Or-Less quarantine program or be subject to a 120-day quarantine. Puppies and kittens must be at least 10 months old and have two Rabies vaccinations, an OIE-FAVN blood test, and other related paperwork in order to qualify for the 5-Day-Or-Less program. Hawaiian residents traveling from Hawaii with their pets must also meet similar requirements. If the pet does not meet the requirements, then they must go through a 30-day quarantine upon their return.
5. Pet must have rabies vaccinations and rabies blood tests.
When flying with pets to Hawaii, there are several requirements that must be fulfilled before bringing your pet to the island.
First, your pet must be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. This applies to dogs, cats, and ferrets. This is the first step you should take, as a valid rabies vaccination will only be accepted if attached to this specific microchip.
Second, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies, at minimum. This applies to dogs, cats, and ferrets. The vaccination must have been administered at least twice in your pet’s lifetime, no more than 30 days apart, and no less than 30 days prior to arrival in Hawaii.
Third, an OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test must be completed, which cannot be more than 36 months and not less than 120 days before the date of arrival.
Fourth, an approved tick treatment must be administered within 14 days of arrival.
Lastly, a health certificate and import permit must be sent to the Animal Quarantine Branch within 14 days prior to arrival.
By following these requirements, you can ensure a safe and successful trip to Hawaii with your pet.
6. Pet must be declared at the airport.
Declaring a pet at an airport in Hawaii is a relatively simple process that requires some preparation. To ensure your pet qualifies for the Hawaiian “5 Days or Less” quarantine program (and ideally Direct Airport Release), you need to follow the required steps. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you:
- Start preparing well in advance. Check the checklist provided by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture based on your arrival airport and get familiar with all the requirements.
- Make sure your pet carrier is approved for use on an airplane and meets the size, weight and material requirements of the airline.
- When booking your flight, let airline know that you are travelling with a pet and ensure that the pet and carrier does not exceed 25 pounds when weighed.
- Arrive at the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport during inspection hours (8:00 AM-4:30 PM).
- Airport personnel will take your pet to the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility (AAQHF) for inspection. Your pet will have a private indoor kennel and fresh water (food is provided at your request).
- If your cat or dog qualifies, they can leave the airport with you once they pass an entry inspection without having to quarantine.
- If your pet arrives on a flight after 3:30 p.m., your pet must spend the night at the airport facility and will either be ready for release the next morning or taken to the Animal Quarantine Station (for animals who are not qualified for DAR).
- If your pet needs to spend the night, you will need to pick them up and load them into your vehicle or onto a baggage cart in their transport crate in the immediate vicinity of the AAQHF.
By following these 8 steps, you can ensure that your pet is declared properly at the airport in Hawaii.
7. Documents must be signed and certified.
Flying with pets to Hawaii requires the submission of multiple documents and the completion of several steps. The dog or cat must have a valid import form AQS-279 and two rabies vaccination certificates that are signed by a veterinarian in ink. Additionally, OIE-FAVN test results and payment of the corresponding fees must be provided no less than 10 days before the animal’s arrival. If traveling to Oahu, Maui, or Kauai, then you must also request a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit by submitting the appropriate documents at least 30 days prior to the animal’s arrival.
The required documents for the Neighbor Island Inspection Permit vary depending on whether you are coming from the mainland or from Hawaii, so be sure to consult the checklist from the Animal Quarantine Information page for the correct procedure. Additionally, make sure to keep up to date with current travel guidelines, as you may need to quarantine for a period of time.
Since OIE-FAVN testing results may take up to two months to process, it is advisable to have the test done well in advance of the animal’s arrival, as a passing FAVN test result is required to be able to request a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit. In addition to the documents mentioned above, a List of Acceptable Tick Treatments, a List of Approved Veterinary Hospitals, a Breed Code Listing and Color Code Listing, and a Summary for Veterinarians may also be required. If traveling from Guam, an Affidavit for Export from Guam to the State of Hawaii is also necessary.
8. Pet must be in a carrier with appropriate safety measures.
The safety requirements for transporting a pet in a carrier to Hawaii include: choosing an appropriate kennel size that allows your pet to stand, turn, and lie down in a natural manner; choosing an airline-approved kennel; putting absorbent material on the bottom of the kennel; checking kennel hardware and replacing any plastic pieces with metal pieces; placing “Live Animal” and “This End Up” stickers on the kennel; attaching pet paperwork to the kennel; hanging food and water trays on the door of the kennel; securing a sealable, clear plastic bag to the outside of the kennel with your pet’s food; including a “Shipper’s Declaration” label; and securing the kennel door with four hand-releasable cable ties. For pets traveling in the passenger cabin, carriers must be soft-sided, leak proof, and not exceed the dimensions of 16″ x 10″ x 9.5″ (40 cm x 25 cm x 24 cm). For pets traveling as checked baggage, kennels must be hard-sided.
9. Pet must be under the control of the owner at all times.
Flying with a pet to Hawaii affects the control of a pet at all times in a few key ways. Firstly, one must make sure that the pet and carrier do not exceed 25 pounds when weighed, as otherwise the pet will not be accepted for travel in the cabin of the aircraft. Additionally, all dogs and cats must have a working electronic microchip implanted and must meet certain requirements to avoid a 120-day quarantine. Furthermore, when making the journey, it is important to consider the pet carrier size, weight, and material and make sure it is airline-approved. Also, the kennel must be appropriately prepared with absorbent material, metal hardware and appropriate notes and information attached to the kennel. Lastly, the food and water tray should be hung in a place that is easy for the pet to reach and is less likely to spill. All of these factors must be taken into consideration when flying a pet to Hawaii to ensure the pet is safe and comfortable during the journey.
10. Pet must be insured for any damages that may occur while in Hawaii.
Step 1: Look into pet insurance options that cover your pet while it is in Hawaii. Most traditional pet insurance policies will not cover a pet while traveling, so you should look into specialty travel insurance policies that provide coverage for your pet while it is in Hawaii.
Step 2: Research the type of coverage that you need and make sure that the policy you choose offers it. Coverage may include medical expenses, lost or stolen items, and compensation for damages that your pet may cause.
Step 3: Make sure that the policy you choose covers your pet in the event of an emergency. This could include evacuation or repatriation in the event of a natural disaster or illness.
Step 4: Obtain a copy of the policy and read it carefully to make sure that all of your pet’s needs are covered.
Step 5: Make sure that the policy includes a 24-hour phone line for emergency assistance and that you know the procedure for filing a claim.
Step 6: Make sure that you have all the necessary documents for your pet such as vaccination records, health certificates, and any other supporting documents that may be required.
Step 7: Make sure that you keep all of your receipts and any other proof of payment in case you need to file a claim.
What Documents Do I Need to Bring a Pet With me to Hawaii?
If you are planning to bring a pet with you to Hawaii, you will need a number of documents to demonstrate that your pet is fit and healthy to travel. These documents are often referred to as a Pet Passport. For a Hawaii pet passport, you will likely need the following documents: a microchip document, vaccination records, parasite treatment records, veterinary health certificate and an import license. Depending on the species of your pet and where you are traveling from, the documents needed may vary. Furthermore, if you are flying to one of the neighboring islands, you will need to obtain a permit from the Department of Agriculture.
When bringing a pet to Hawaii, you should take the following steps: book an appointment with your vet for a microchip and rabies vaccination, book a second appointment with your vet for a rabies blood test if needed, organise travel with an airline that allows pets on board, and send documentation to the Animal Quarantine Branch.
To avoid a 120-day quarantine, your pet must meet the specified requirements for each adult dog and cat. If you are flying directly to Kahului, Maui; Lihue, Kauai, and Kona, you will need to obtain a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit issued by the Department of Agriculture and also have a vet meet you upon arrival. Additionally, you must mail or courier your pet’s health certification to Hawaii’s Animal Quarantine Branch, by Fedex, at least 10 days before your arrival date. The documents required for this include a Dog & Cat Import Form AQS-279, two original rabies vaccination certificates, a health certificate from a veterinarian, and a cashier’s check or money order for $185-$244. With all of these requirements, it takes a lot of planning, but it is doable!
Are There Any Breed Restrictions for Bringing a Pet to Hawaii?
Are there any breed restrictions for bringing a pet to Hawaii? Yes, there are some breed restrictions for bringing a pet to Hawaii. Non-domestic dogs and cats, and hybrids such as wolf, wolf cross, Dingo, Bengal, and Savannah are prohibited from entering the State of Hawai’i. It is also important to note that breeds that do best in colder climates (like Huskies) may not fare well in Hawaii’s tropical climate. Additionally, many airlines have policies preventing certain breeds from flying on their planes. These include both “aggressive” breeds such as Mastiffs and Bulldogs as well as snub-nosed dogs such as pugs. It is important for owners to make prior arrangements with approved veterinary facilities to ensure their pet is safe and can be properly quarantined on arrival.
How Long is the Quarantine Period for Bringing a Pet to Hawaii?
The quarantine period for bringing a pet to Hawaii varies depending on whether or not you meet the requirements for the 5-Day-Or-Less quarantine program. If you do, your pet may be eligible for a direct airport release with no quarantine period at all. If your pet does not meet the requirements of the 5-Day-Or-Less program, they may be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival in Hawaii. Special rules may apply to assistance dogs, so it is best to check with the proper authorities.
What is the Quarantine Station for Bringing a Pet to Hawaii?
Bringing a pet to Hawaii involves a quarantine period that must be completed before your pet can enter the state. The quarantine station is operated by the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture and is located in Halawa Valley on Oahu. Pets staying at the quarantine station for 0 to 5 days will incur a fee of $244, and there is an additional per-day charge for longer stays. To be eligible for Direct Airport Release, all required original documents must be submitted to the State at least 10 days prior to your pet’s arrival. Upon completion of the quarantine period, the pet can be released and allowed to enter the state.
What Vaccinations Does my Pet Need to Enter Hawaii?
In order to bring a pet to Hawaii, your dog or cat will need to have at least two rabies vaccinations, that are current and given at least 30 days apart. Additionally, your pet will need to have had an OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test done within 36 months and not less than 120 days before the date of arrival in Hawaii. Furthermore, your pet must have an electronic microchip implanted for identification. Finally, a health certificate for your pet should also be obtained within 14 days of your arrival. All of these documents must be completed by you and your veterinarian and submitted to the State.
Is There a Special Microchip Required for My Pet to Enter Hawaii?
Yes. A microchip is required for your pet to enter Hawaii. This microchip number will be used to identify your pet upon arrival and is used on the blood test that your pet will need to pass. It is important to ensure that the microchip is working before starting the process. The microchip must be implanted before the pet can travel and should be obtained in advance. Once the microchip is implanted, the pet will need to have at least two rabies vaccinations and be current on them. The second vaccination must be done at least 90 days before the pet’s arrival in Hawaii. Additionally, the pet will need to have an OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test not more than 36 months and not less than 120 days before the date of arrival in Hawaii.
Are There any Special Requirements for Transporting My Pet to Hawaii?
Are there any special requirements for transporting my pet to Hawaii? The answer is yes, there are several important requirements to consider when transporting your pet to Hawaii. Non-domestic dogs, cats, and hybrids such as wolf, wolf cross, Dingo, Bengal, and Savannah are prohibited, as are frogs, snakes, most parrots, and many fish, according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s list of prohibited animals and breeds. Animals that are very young (less than 9 weeks old), very old, chronically ill, pets that are debilitated, or animals with other special medical conditions, animals that are 40+ days pregnant, and animals that are sensitive to hot temperatures (typically Pugs, Persians, and other short-nosed breeds) may not be well-suited for Hawaii’s year-round tropical weather. Additionally, owners of pets with certain sensitivities or other medical requirements must register and arrange for quarantine of their pet at an approved veterinary hospital before arrival. To ensure that your pet is safe and legal for transportation to the Hawaiian Islands, be sure to review the Hawai’i Department of Agriculture’s list of prohibited animals and breeds, plan for the required quarantine at an approved veterinary hospital, and consider whether your pet is sensitive to hot temperatures.
Is There a Fee for Bringing a Pet to Hawaii?
Yes, there is a fee for bringing a pet to Hawaii. The cost of bringing a pet to Hawaii can range from $200 to over $1,000 per pet. For example, if you choose to have your pet go through the Direct Release quarantine program at the airport in Honolulu, the fee is $185. If you have to go through the 5 Day Or Less quarantine program, the fee is $244. Other airports may charge additional fees, such as the Neighbor Island Inspection fee of $165. Additionally, there may be fees for a health certificate and lab tests. These costs are on top of the cost of the pet’s airline ticket, an airline-approved pet kennel, and other necessary items. Active duty military members may be eligible for up to $550 per family for quarantine expenses.
What is the FAVN Rabies Antibody Test for Bringing a Pet to Hawaii?
The FAVN Rabies Antibody Test is an essential part of the process of bringing a pet to Hawaii. This test is used to measure a pet’s level of rabies antibodies, which is necessary for entry into the state. The test must be performed by a qualified veterinarian and sent to either Auburn University or the University of Kansas for analysis. The laboratory will then inform the Department of Agriculture in Hawaii of the results. A 30-day waiting period is necessary prior to arrival in Hawaii.
In order to complete the process, pet owners must also provide two valid rabies vaccinations (at least 30 days apart), a functioning microchip, a health certificate issued within 14 days of arrival, and a completed Dog and Cat Import Form AQS-279. Pets must also have no ticks or fleas upon arrival. All paperwork must be submitted at least ten days before the pet’s arrival date in Hawaii.
Are There Any Restrictions on Bringing Puppies to Hawaii?
When considering bringing a pet to Hawaii, it is important to be aware of the restrictions in place. Puppies, in particular, have certain requirements that must be met before they can travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Non-domestic dogs, cats, and hybrids such as wolf, wolf cross, Dingo, Bengal, and Savannah are prohibited from entering the state, while animals that are very young (less than 9 weeks old), very old, chronically ill, or debilitated are not allowed either. Additionally, animals that are 40+ days pregnant are not allowed and animals that are sensitive to hot temperatures may not be suitable for Hawaii’s year-round tropical climate.
Puppies must be at least 10 weeks of age before they can travel to Hawaii; otherwise, a 120 day quarantine is required. Furthermore, it can be difficult to find pet-friendly accommodations, as there are very few in Hawaii, and many of the larger resorts only allow pets that weigh 15 pounds or less. Finally, owners must register and arrange for quarantine of their pet at an approved veterinary hospital before arrival.