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Hawaii (new 5-day quarantine guidelines)

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Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602
Telephone (808) 483-7151, FAX (808) 483-7161 E-mail:

Hawaii 120-Day Quarantine Regulations: Hawaii is a rabies free state. Hawaii's quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the presence and spread of rabies. Success of the quarantine program is dependent on maintaining isolation of your pet from other animals for the required quarantine period. Importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii is governed by Chapter 4-29 of the State of Hawaii, Department of Agriculture Administrative Rules. This law says that these animals are required to complete a 120-day confinement in the State Animal Quarantine Station. If specific pre-arrival and post-arrival requirements are met, animals may qualify for a 30-day quarantine or a new 5-day-or-less quarantine that becomes effective on June 30, 2003.


A health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian within 14 days prior to arrival is required. (Check with the specific airline regarding their health certificate time requirements.) The health certificate must be written in English, be an original document (not a facsimile or photocopy), bear an original or carbon signature and legible name, address and telephone number of the certifying veterinarian. The health certificate must also contain the following information:

  1. A complete description of your pet including age, markings, sex, breed and any additional identifying characteristics.
  2. Written declaration by issuing veterinarian that the animal was treated to kill all ticks and other external parasites within 14 days prior to arrival except when a veterinarian provides a written statement that such treatment may be detrimental to the animal's health. List the name of the treatment used and the date of treatment.
  3. Certification that your pet is free of any evidence of infectious or contagious disease.
  4. Certification by the issuing veterinarian to the accuracy of the information stated on the health certificate.
  5. Record of all required vaccinations. For rabies vaccinations, the name of the vaccine, lot/serial number, expiration date of the lot and date the vaccination was given must be included. To qualify for 30-day quarantine, list information on the two (2) most recent rabies vaccinations.
  6. The microchip number and date of implantation.


All dogs and cats attempting to qualify for the 30-day quarantine program are required to have an implanted electronic microchip. The microchip, obtained from your veterinarian, must be U.S. made and readable with an AVID standard scanner (AVID chip, Home Again chip). Pet owners in foreign countries can order microchips from the State of Hawaii, refer to the enclosed Request for Electronic Microchip (form AQS-73). For 30-day quarantine qualifiers, it is the owner’s responsibility to have the microchip implanted by a veterinarian and ensure the microchip number is recorded legibly on the serum sample submitted for the rabies testing. The microchip number must be included on the results of the rabies test.


All dogs and cats entering Hawaii must be vaccinated for common infectious agents to protect the health of all animals during quarantine. Rabies Vaccination. All dogs and cats 90 days of age or older at the time of entry must be vaccinated against rabies with an approved inactivated rabies vaccine (listed in the most recent Compendium of Animal Rabies Control prepared by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians) within 12 months prior to arrival. Rabies vaccination status is important in assigning the length of the quarantine period.

  1. For 120-day quarantine: rabies vaccination within the previous 12 months with an approved
    monovalent inactivated rabies vaccine.
  2. For 30-day quarantine see: Special Requirements to Qualify for 30-day Quarantine. Failure to comply with general pre-arrival requirements listed below may result in your pet being refused entry into the State or placed in 120-day quarantine. The owner, consignee, handler, or carrier shall pay all expenses including private veterinary examinations, vaccinations, microchip implantation, hospitalization, testing, medication, treatment, transportation, and returned shipments to shipper or consignor for animals failing to meet pre-arrival requirements.
  3. Other Dog Vaccinations - Dogs 90 days of age or older at the time of arrival shall be vaccinated not less than ten days and not more than 180 days prior to arrival against:
    a. Canine distemper virus;
    b. Canine infectious hepatitis virus or canine adenovirus-2;
    c. Canine parvovirus;
    d. Canine parainfluenza virus;
    e. Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough); and
    Canine coronavirus vaccination is recommended but optional.
  4. Other Cat Vaccinations. Cats 90 days of age or older at the time of arrival shall be vaccinated not less than ten days and not more than 180 days prior to arrival for:
    a. Feline panleukopenia virus (feline viral enteritis);
    b. Feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus-1);
    c. Feline calicivirus; and
    d. Chlamydia psittaci (pneumonitis).
    Feline Leukemia (Felv) vaccination is recommended but optional.
    For better protection, vaccination for common infectious agents 2-3 weeks prior to shipping is highly recommended.

Fee payment deadlines and policies

Fees are subject to change without notice

  • Microchip: $17 (U.S. mailing address); $27 (Foreign)
  • Quarantine Fees (due at the time your pet enters quarantine)
    Total fees: 30-day program $655.00 or 120-day program $ 1,080.00
    · Registration fee: $25 entry fee for each pet to be quarantined.
    · Health Record fee: $10 for each pet to be quarantined
    · Overhead Expense: $145
    · Daily fee for each pet: $7.50 (or total either $225 or $900)
    · 30-day qualification fee: $250 for each pet (for 30-day qualifiers only)
    Fees are not adjustable. There is no discount for owners providing their own food or doing complete care. Animals to be kenneled at private veterinary hospitals or private quarantine facilities are not subject to a daily boarding fee after transport. Also, the Overhead Expense fee
    may be prorated in these cases. For more information, please download the pamphlet from the Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture website.

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