Pet Passport Hawaii
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Hawaii from the mainland United States, Canada and other countries with a low incidence of rabies
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.
The rules below only apply only when your pet is entering Hawaii from one of the following countries: United States, Andorra, Antigua, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mayotte, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Wallis and Futuna.
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.
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.
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.
Your dog, cat or ferret must have a Blood Titer Test. The blood
test must be done not more than 18 months and not less than 120
days prior to arrival in Hawaii.
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.
- Your pet must be treated for ticks not more than 14 days prior to arrival in Hawaii.
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.
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.
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.
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