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Pet Importation Information for Select Countries, Hawaii and Guam

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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 30-Day Quarantine Regulations: The following is a summary of entry requirements for dogs and cats that must be met to qualify for 30-day quarantine. (Also see 5-day quarantine and 120-day quarantine.)

Rabies vaccinations: At least two rabies vaccinations are required. Animals with a vaccination history that can be documented need only a booster vaccination given between 90 days and 12 months of arrival.

  • For animals that have never been vaccinated for rabies, there must be an interval of three (3) months or more between the two required vaccinations. This category would include adult animals with no documented history of rabies vaccination and puppies and kittens. For puppies, vaccination cannot be given before three (3) months of age with current vaccines. For kittens, one vaccine is available that can be administered at two (2) months of age (check with your veterinarian). For puppies and kittens you must wait at least three (3) months before a booster vaccination can be administered.
  • The most recent vaccination is valid for 12 months for the purposes of 30-day quarantine qualification.
  • No rabies vaccination can be given within 90 days of arrival.
Please insure that your veterinarian does not inadvertently administer a rabies vaccination during the immediate 90 days prior to entry.

Electronic Microchip implantation: An electronic microchip readable with a standard AVID scanner (AVID® or Home Again®) must be implanted prior to or when blood is collected for rabies serology (OIE-FAVN test). The microchip number must be recorded on the laboratory submission form completed by your veterinarian.

Laboratories will not perform the OIE-FAVN test without an AVID® or Home Again® numeric or alphanumeric sequence recorded on the submission form.

Pre-arrival rabies blood test (OIE-FAVN)

A passing result is 0.5 International Units (IU) or greater. Laboratory results will be sent to your veterinarian and directly to Animal Quarantine. Do not call laboratories about results - contact your veterinarian to make sure that the result is adequate. If blood is collected for the OIE-FAVN test at the same time as rabies vaccination, your animal may fail the test. If this occurs, repeat testing in 10 to 14 days usually results in an adequate test result.

The most recent OIE-FAVN test is valid for 12 months. Animals must wait at least 90 days from the time the blood sample is received by the laboratory before entry to be considered for 30-day Quarantine.

Pre-Arrival waiting period

Following a successful OIE-FAVN test result, animals must wait at least 90 days before arrival. If arrival occurs before 90 days has elapsed, the animal is subject to 120-day quarantine.

Arriving early means 120-day quarantine

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