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Pet Passport Hawaii

Dog Passport Hawaii

Hawaii is a state of the United States and not a country. However, as Hawaii is a rabies free island and has requirements that differ from the continental United States, we are including them separately.

Hawaii has a five-day or less program for bringing cats, dogs and ferrets into the state. The program is designed to allow pets that meet certain qualifications to be released immediately upon their arrival at the Honolulu airport. You must start the process not less than 120 days prior to arrival in Hawaii in order to qualify to avoid quarantine.

There are five steps to meeting these qualifications.

  1. A licensed veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Certificate for Hawaii. It must be an original - no photocopies are allowed. This certificate must be issued by your veterinarian not more than 14 days prior to your pet's arrival to Hawaii.

    Vaccinations: Your dog, cat or ferret must have been vaccinated at least twice in its lifetime for rabies and those vaccinations must be more than 90 days apart. Depending on whether your pet was given the one year or three year rabies vaccine, the latest vaccination must have done no less than 90 days prior to arrival in Hawaii.
     
  2. Pet Microchip: The certificate from your veterinarian must state the number of the microchip and it must contain the fact that the veterinarian was able to scan the chip successfully. The microchip can be of the standard US issue (Avid) or (Home Again) type or a 15 digit ISO pet microchip. The microchip must be implanted prior to the pet's Blood Titer Test.
     
  3. Your dog, cat or ferret must have a Blood Titer Test. The blood test must be done not more than 36 months and not less than 120 days prior to arrival in Hawaii. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.)
     
  4. Application: the documents should be sent to the Animal Quarantine Branch, State of Hawaii. There is a fee for processing the documents. The documents and check must arrive 10 days before the pet's arrival. Since the documents cannot be prepared by your veterinarian more than 14 days prior to arrival you must send them by Federal Express to qualify for airport release of the pet.
     
  5. Your pet must be treated for ticks not more than 14 days prior to arrival in Hawaii.
Arrival: You may enter Hawaii through Honolulu International Airport only between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm. Your pet will be taken from the airport to the quarantine center located at 99-951 Halawa Valley Road, Aiea, Hawaii 96701 - Telephone 808 483-7151. You will pick up your pet at that location.

You may also enter through the neighbor Island airports of Kahului, Kona, or Lihue but special arrangements must be made in advance.

Pets entering Hawaii from countries with high incidence of rabies are subject to mandatory 120 day quarantine.

Dog Passport Hawaii

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry and placed in quarantine at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Hawaii. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Hawaii. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Hawaii. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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barb53
Hawaii Pet Info...good to know:)
Posted on 2013-05-26 13:39:41.0
john.a.ignacio
Do puppies under the age of two months coming from the mainland u.s. need to be quarantined in hawaii?
Posted on 2013-08-02 06:26:37.0
relidtm
so how long does it take for a dog to be examined at this location once all the paperwork has been done?
Posted on 2013-10-20 17:29:53.0
leila.peverettcoe
If you do all the necessary paperwork and requirements, then your dog will get released right away.
Posted on 2013-10-20 17:51:17.0
relidtm
Leila Peverett Coe thanks forgot to ask you :) I think its too late this go round
Posted on 2013-10-20 17:52:03.0
leila.peverettcoe
Official website: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/
Posted on 2013-10-20 17:53:00.0
leila.peverettcoe
They say you should do paperwork and everything starting 120 days prior.
Posted on 2013-10-20 17:53:25.0
NewsFromTheDogHouse
Short answer: yes you can bring your dog to Hawaii, just keep in mind you must start the process at least 120 days (that's 4 months) before your trip
Posted on 2013-11-21 15:26:18.0
laurie.tossy
I always remembered it as being 6 months of actual quarantine. Makes 4 months of planning not so bad!
Posted on 2013-11-21 15:30:51.0
aya.orozco
Do rabbits need to be microchipped to go to hawaii? As far as I know, they only need a proper carrier and a health certificate. Please respond!!
Posted on 2013-12-30 21:49:22.0
debra.trenton
can you take a comfort dog in the cabin if you and your dog are Hawaii residents (assuming you have all the paperwork needed).
Posted on 2014-03-06 03:30:29.0
PetTravel
Hi Debra - yes, it is possible to take a comfort pet in the cabin to Hawaii if your airline allows in-cabin transport of animals to Hawaii.
Posted on 2014-03-07 20:00:40.0
PetTravel
Aya - rabbits require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate. The CVI must be issued and signed by a State, Federal, or accredited veterinarian within seven days prior to arrival in Hawaii. The CVI must list and give a description of the rabbit(s) in the shipment, must state that the rabbit(s) were not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases and were found free of external parasites. There is no published requirement for microchips.
Posted on 2014-03-07 20:04:33.0
charlene.lothier
In the beginning stages of thinking about moving to Hawaii. We would like to live there for 6 months during the winter and at home for 6 months. Wondering how we go about this on a bi yearly schedule. Once the dog is ok'd for Hawaii will we have to repeat the process every six months!
Posted on 2014-03-17 01:14:18.0
leah.ledrew
I would almost sit Winston and Callie, if I get a timeshare!
Posted on 2014-03-17 11:04:48.0
elisa.jenkins.7
Great idea, you may get a visitor :)
Posted on 2014-03-17 23:53:55.0
PetTravel
Hi Charlene - your pet's titer test should be good for 36 months, then the process needs to begin again.
Posted on 2014-03-19 00:52:50.0
KarenMcLeod7
Can you bring your pet on the plane with your rather than have them fly in the cargo? My dogs are very small. One is 11 lbs, 5lbs, & 3lbs. They all fit in a bag that will fit under the seat.
Posted on 2014-03-20 19:03:58.0
PetTravel
Hi Karen - last time we checked, Alaska Air flew pets into Honolulu in the cabin. Not sure if they will allow 3 pets in one carrier however. Call them and ask...
Posted on 2014-03-21 03:48:30.0
duane.naslund
So you are saying once your pet meets all requirements they will be allowed to enter hawaii for 36 consecutive months ?
Posted on 2014-04-09 17:57:05.0
marilynpk
Where does Denmark fall into this category? They are rabies-free. We want to bring in a dog from Denmark to Hawaii.
Posted on 2014-04-19 19:59:24.0
PetTravel
The rules for entering Hawaii from Denmark are the same as any other rabies controlled country.
Posted on 2014-04-21 16:48:58.0
PetTravel
36 months is fine unless you are using Hawaii's quarentine facilities to enter another rabies-free country such as Guam.
Posted on 2014-04-21 16:51:19.0
PetTravel
Marilyn - Denmark falls in the same group as listed on this page: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Hawaii.cfm. It qualifies for the Five Day Program.
Posted on 2014-05-05 02:01:41.0
destiny.andrade.18
Is quarantine necessary for dogs flying to Hawaii from Germany?
Posted on 2014-06-11 07:27:49.0
PetTravel
Quarantine is not necessary as long as you prepare in advance. If you follow the 5-day-or-less program, your pet will be released at the airport. Details and links to directions here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Hawaii.cfm
Posted on 2014-06-12 02:46:27.0
tora.obrien.1
Try alaskan airlines
Posted on 2014-07-17 06:08:12.0
tora.obrien.1
You can fly to portland and board alaskan there
Posted on 2014-07-17 06:09:06.0
PetTravel
Tora is correct. Alaskan Airlines is a good bet if you can connect to them.
Posted on 2014-07-22 03:03:26.0
antnz
Do these standards also apply to service dogs?
Posted on 2014-10-11 08:37:25.0
crystall.young.1
My cat is a kitten... only 4.5 months old. So I can't bring it because it's not old enough to have had two rabies shots in it's lifetime?
Posted on 2014-10-12 09:00:59.0
PetTravel
Crystal - your kitten should have been vaccinated for rabies at 3 months. The second vaccination can be 3 months later or the expiration on the manufacturer's label and the titer test cannot be administered prior to 4 months of arrival. Puppies cannot fulfill the requirements to enter Hawaii prior to 10 months of age.
Posted on 2014-10-12 22:14:11.0
PetTravel
Antnz - here are the regulations for service dogs: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/guide-service-dogs/
Posted on 2014-10-12 22:22:26.0
PetTravel
see the FAQ section here: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/rabies-quarantine-frequently-asked-questions/ it is the airline's policy. The State does not require it.
Posted on 2014-10-12 22:25:20.0
crystall.young.1
PetTravel Thank you! My vet said that there was a checklist that most vets follow when preparing to export an animal. All I can remember is that the link had "ca" in it. Do you know what I'm talking about or should I call my vet again and try to get the full link? Thanks again so much!
Posted on 2014-10-12 23:33:43.0
PetTravel
Crystall Hays Was it this? http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2013/01/aqs-checklist-resident.pdf
Posted on 2014-10-15 02:40:49.0
ania.xoxoxoxoxo
Hello. I am interested in bringing over my family dog from Canada, however, when we got Fuzzi some 2 years ago, I am not sure if we received papers of his vaccinations. I know he has had some since and he is very healthy, but what if I cannot obtain them? I can do the vaccinations now, but fear not being able to get the originals.
Posted on 2014-10-18 09:08:21.0
PetTravel
Ania - where are you located? In Hawaii? If you cannot find vaccination history, you will need to have a current rabies vaccination administered. Your vet will supply the certificate once that is done. Hawaii has list of requirements you will need to follow. You can find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Hawaii.cfm
Posted on 2014-10-19 02:41:49.0
andreenaubydd
I am interested in bringing my dog from Jamaica to Hawaii. Jamaica is also a rabies free country.. What steps will i need to take to complete this process?
Posted on 2014-10-22 07:08:43.0
PetTravel
Andreen - your interest in bringing your pet to Hawaii will be fairly complicated to accomplish. The reason for this is that all dogs, cats and ferrets entering Hawaii must have been vaccinated at least twice in their lifetime. The span between the first and second vaccination must not be less than 90 days. then there is a Blood Titer Test at least 120 days prior to entering Hawaii. The problem with this is that Jamaica outlaws rabies vaccines on the island. So, in order to accomplish your goal, you will need to get CDC permission to bring your pet to the mainland US, then spend a minimum of 7 months there conforming to Hawaii's five step program to avoid quarantine. Because your pet will need to be vaccinated for rabies, it cannot return to Jamaica as pets vaccinated for rabies are not permitted to enter the island. This sounds overwhelming, but Jamaica is one island whose requirements do not conform to world standards for rabies free islands. Maybe it will change one day, but now, it is what it is.
Posted on 2014-10-25 03:56:24.0
shanida.threatts
Hello! I'm PCS ing to Hawaii in late Nov. and I had the titer test done on my yorkie and just awaying orders. I printed the AQS-278 off line-but I'm afraid we might leave 4 day before the 120 day mark-would I qualify for the $224 for 5 day or less program?
Posted on 2014-10-29 21:13:40.0
PetTravel
Shanida - according to Hawaii's regulations: Arriving anytime before the 120-day waiting period has elapsed will result in disqualification of a pet from the 5-day-or-less quarantine program and direct airport release. Your pet will need to be quarantined for the balance of the time required to meet the 120 days.
Posted on 2014-10-30 03:16:32.0
michelle.sorensen.927
What needs to be done to take my guinea pig from Canada to Hawaii? Shots? Vet visit? Spay?
Posted on 2014-11-26 19:36:29.0
erin.goldsby
Aloha...My dog and I live in Hawaii and are thinking of going to Canada for Christmas. Can I bring my dog along on vacation, then return with him into Hawaii hassle-free if all of his vaccinations are up to date?
Posted on 2014-11-28 16:44:49.0
PetTravel
Hi Michelle - you will need to complete a form PQ-7 to import Conditionally Approved Animals such as guinea pigs to Hawaii. You can find the form here: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/files/2012/12/pq-7_fillable.pdf
Posted on 2014-12-01 02:24:45.0
PetTravel
Erin - simply said, you must qualify for the 5 day program before you leave Hawaii to qualify for re-entry. You can find details here: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2013/01/aqs-checklist-resident.pdf
Posted on 2014-12-01 02:30:30.0
thomas.mackay2
we are starting or move to pearl city in late janruary of 2015. we will be importing our 7 year old datsun mix which has all his shots current and micro chiped. we have all health and rabies records for this pet. we also have a cat of 14 that is missing his original rabies vaccine records and we can not get those records. the cat will have its second rabies shot on the 15th of this month and also micro chipped. my worry is that because of the lost records of the first rabies shot that he will not be able to come to hawaii the same time as our dog .. if i understand the with the 2nd rabies for both on the 15th of decembr .. the blood work on the 6th of janruary.. both pets can not enter hawaii safely until april 8th .. is this correct?
Posted on 2014-12-14 07:04:49.0
PetTravel
Thomas - Following a successful titer test result, your pets must wait at least 120 days before arriving in Hawaii. If arrival occurs before 120 days has elapsed, your pets are subject to quarantine until 120 days are completed.
Posted on 2014-12-15 20:34:15.0
tabitha.vanderveen.5
So what would be the quarantine period for a house cat if we have not prepared 120 days prior?
Posted on 2014-12-20 22:06:11.0
tabitha.vanderveen.5
If arriving from Canada?
Posted on 2014-12-20 22:07:10.0
PetTravel
Hello, According to the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture: "Pets arriving in Hawaii prior to completing the 120-day waiting period will not qualify for direct airport release. All pets arriving before the eligible date of entry will be quarantined and assessed $14.30 each day in addition to applicable program fees (usually $224). Providing all other requirements for the 5-day-or-less program are met, the pet will be able to qualify for release under the 5-day-or-less program on the date the pet completes the 120-day waiting period."
Posted on 2014-12-23 17:10:33.0
freedome.bradley
i had no idea getting my cat into Hawaii would be this difficult. i am the guardian of a cat that i inherited from my mom. i know she had the cat vaccinated but i don't have a record of it. according to my reading if i get the cat vaccinated and micro-chiped today (Dec 31) i would then have to get him vaccinated again (Jan 31) so that he would be able to pass a Blood Titer Test that would need to be administered 120 days before arrival. So the earliest he would be able to gain entry would be June 1. he would then need to get vaccinated at a minimum 90 days after the Feb 1 shot because the two initial shots were not 90 days apart and he would need to be vaccinated 90 days prior to arrival. So i should have that done May 15th when the vet is preparing the Veterinary Certificate for Hawaii and treating for ticks. whew this is arduous. i saw that when we send the VC for Hawaii you mentioned a check. can you tell what's that for and how much is it? and i read you comment from dec 23 @ 11:10 AM. does that mean that if i just brought my cat without doing anything it would cost me $1716 (120 days) plus $224 (cost for shots, test and microchip)?
Posted on 2014-12-31 22:42:51.0
bridget.dunham.90
Aloha! I'm excited to get the chance to move back to Hawaii soon. In the 14 years I have been gone so much has changed. I'm glad there is the option to get this pet passport to Hawaii. My question is regarding the 120 day wait after the rabies test is completed. If the blood test shows a negative rabies result then why wait 120 days more before they can arrive in Hawaii and avoid having to sit in Quarantine? Also, where can I get info on the pro-rated cost for Quarantine if the 120 days have not been met before my move to Hawaii?
Posted on 2015-01-17 00:55:04.0
PetTravel
Bridget - The initial fee for the quarantine center is $165.00. The daily quarantine fee is $17.80. So it would be $17.80 times the number of days of quarantine. The 6 month lead time is also set by Australia and Japan and formerly the UK. You may want to ask your vet why 6 months date was selected.
Posted on 2015-01-19 15:49:01.0
PetTravel
freedome - Hawaii is a rabies-free island and so the hoops for pets to enter. The first 2 rabies shots can be 30 days apart and the second shot should not be sooner than 90 days prior to import. The titer test must be at least 6 months prior to import or your cat will spend the balance of time in quarantine. The initial fee for the quarantine center is $165.00. The daily quarantine fee is $17.80. So it would be $17.80 times the number of days of quarantine.
Posted on 2015-01-19 16:06:18.0
freedome.bradley
thank you PT. Re: the titer test. above it's stated "the blood test must be done not more than 36 months and not less than 120 days prior to arrival in Hawaii." 120 days is only four months. in your reply you are saying 6 months. can you please clarify?
Posted on 2015-01-19 17:21:48.0
PetTravel
Freedome Bradley-Ballentine Would you believe I was a math major in college? My goodness, my bad. You are correct.
Posted on 2015-01-25 02:00:12.0
freedome.bradley
PetTravel best response ever!
Posted on 2015-01-28 02:34:24.0
cocoa.reeces
Hi! I'm asking for my 2 friends. They are thinking of moving either to Maui, hawaii or California (and possibly to Arizona). They both have 2 small toy breeds, but one is living in Jakarta and the other in Bali. I was wondering if it was possible if they can travel to maui, hawaii or california? What the requirements and how much will it cost? Thank you.
Posted on 2015-02-11 00:30:24.0
lynne.decosmo
Aloha, What special arrangements will I need to make to get my kitty into Kahululi? Mahalo!
Posted on 2015-02-15 21:42:29.0
PetTravel
Lynne - unless you have started the first steps for the five day program, it will take 5 months to prepare your kitty to enter Hawaii, even from the United States. Hawaii is a rabies-free island so your kitty will need a microchip, at least 2 vaccinations for rabies and a blood titer test 30 days after the second vaccination and 4 months prior to entering Hawaii. You can find further details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Hawaii.cfm
Posted on 2015-02-18 02:23:05.0
PetTravel
Cocoa - California or Arizona would be much easier to relocate to with a pet. It takes 5 months and a lot of tests to prepare a pet to enter Hawaii as it is a rabies-free island.
Posted on 2015-02-18 02:24:18.0
cocoa.reeces
PetTravel But how much is it? What do they need to prepare?Where can I find out? Where in Bali and jakarta is there an pet shipping place of some sort.. I'm totally new to all this, but i'm just trying to figure this out for my friends... Thank you.
Posted on 2015-02-18 03:24:02.0
lynne.decosmo
Oh, good grief . . . both kitties had the first vaccine a month ago and the vet gave them the titer test just on Sat. for a whopping $860! Does this mean I have to do it again and pay that much again because it wasn't after the 2nd vaccine? Yikes . . .
Posted on 2015-02-18 13:43:09.0
PetTravel
Lynne Decosmo Lynne - if this was your kitties first vaccine, we are afraid so. You can inquire at RabiesFree@hawaii.gov.
Posted on 2015-02-19 03:02:08.0
PetTravel
Cocoa Reeces Cocoa - email me at sue@pettravel.com so we can get your questions answered.
Posted on 2015-02-19 03:03:52.0
canahuatyc
Aloha, on 12/2013 my son brought his cat from Hawaii with a passport, I want to send him back to HI. Will he need to be quarantine?
Posted on 2015-02-21 06:15:27.0
PetTravel
Carmen - we are not sure what country you are located in, but your kitty will need a titer test 4 months prior to entering Hawaii as it is a rabies-free island. If the requirements listed here cannot be met, then your cat will need to be quarantined in Hawaii: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Hawaii.cfm
Posted on 2015-02-24 02:07:34.0
amanda.brannonlance
When moving from Germany( Wiesbaden) to Hawaii will my dogs have to be quarantined?
Posted on 2015-03-19 07:59:08.0
PetTravel
Amanda - your pets will not be quarantined if you start the requirements for the program according to the timetable. (the titer test must be 120 days in advance). Details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Hawaii.cfm
Posted on 2015-03-22 03:11:34.0
valorie.n.lake
I live in Hawaii and want to take my dog who lives here with me on vacation. What is the process for taking him home on vacation with me and getting him back to hawaii without quarantine. We will be on vacation for 30 days.
Posted on 2015-03-25 18:20:09.0
PetTravel
Valorie - where are you going on vacation?
Posted on 2015-03-27 02:37:17.0
valorie.n.lake
California
Posted on 2015-03-27 03:07:03.0
PetTravel
Valorie Hall Your pet will still need to complete the requirements for entering Hawaii, but the period after the titer test is done is abbreviated. Details here: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2013/01/aqs-checklist-resident.pdf
Posted on 2015-04-01 04:22:23.0
george.soloff
What type of titer test does our dog need? There's more than one
Posted on 2015-04-10 19:18:11.0
PetTravel
George - the requirement is for an OIE-FAVN RABIES BLOOD TEST. (also known as RNATT Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titer Test )
Posted on 2015-04-15 02:11:03.0
steve.williams921
I have started this test and our vet said the 120 wait period is an in-home quarantine yet the website only says 120 day wait period. I don't see it being a quarantine and us having to make sure we keep our dog away from others for this long. does it look as if it's only a wait period because if it's a quarantine, they are sure putting a lot of trust in people to not contaminate the pets unless it throws something off with the test that is measurable.
Posted on 2015-05-17 19:04:33.0