Quarantine law in Hawaii once required that you quarantine your dog in Honolulu for up to 120 days. This law has been changed and the change is known as the 5-Day or Less Program. Barring some constraints your dog can now be released within an hour of its arrival.
In order to qualify for the 5-Day or Less Program, it’s good to know Hawaii’s Animal Quarantine Law. It will save you time, disappointments, and money. In summary, these are the things you need to know based on the aforementioned law if you’re moving to Hawaii with a dog
During its lifetime, your dog must have been vaccinated twice for rabies. The vaccination must have been more than 30 days apart. The latest vaccination must be done 90 days before your dog’s arrival at Hawaii. Moreover, it must be done not later than the expiration date of the vaccine.
Blood Samples and Test
You must forward your dog’s blood samples drawn by your veterinarian, to an approved laboratory for an OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test. The results are valid for 3 years. After these results are received, 120 days must pass before your dog arrives in Hawaii. If your dog arrives before the full 120 days have elapsed, it will be disqualified from the “5-day or Less Program.”
Treatment for Ticks and Pests
Your dog must be treated for ticks and pests by a veterinarian, using an approved product such as Fipronil. The treatment must be recorded by the veterinarian in your dog’s health certificate. The treatment must be done within 14 days prior to arrival of the dog in Hawaii. In case there is evidence of infestation upon inspection of your dog at the station, it will be quarantined despite meeting all the other criteria.
Micro-Chip Prior to Arrival
Your dog must be micro-chipped prior to arrival. However, if the chip cannot be read, the dog will have to undergo a 120-day quarantine.
The original of all documents have to be mailed to the Animal Quarantine Station at least 10 days in advance of your dog’s arrival in Hawaii. Fax and photocopies are not accepted. It is advisable, however, to keep copies for your own record.
Your Agent May Pick Up Your Dog
In case you are not traveling with your dog, you may designate someone as your agent to pick it up from the airport for you. You can go about this in 2 ways:
- List your agent’s name on the notarized Form AQS-278 Dog and Cat Import Form and on the Shipmaster’s Declaration Form required by the airline.
- You may also submit a notarized letter stating that your dog may be released to a specific individual.
Moreover, if your dog is not released under the 5-Day or Less Program, it will be quarantined at the main Animal Quarantine Station in Halava Valley. It will cost you $224 if it stays between 0 and 5 days. Fees for additional days will be charged at $18.70 per day.
Animal Inspection Office Hours
The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It takes as long as an hour for your dog to be transferred from aboard the plane. So, it is advisable that you schedule its arrival in Honolulu at 3:30 p.m. In case of flight delays, you will not be able to take your dog home on the same day.
Fees are as follows:
Direct release of your dog at the airport…. $165.
5-day or Less Program…………………………… $224.
Full 120-day quarantine………………………… .$1,080.
Payment of fees can be processed upon arrival, but it is advisable to mail them together with the documents to avoid long waits. To facilitate processing at the airport, cashiers check or money order may be sent more than 10 days prior to the arrival of your dog. Payment must be made in the exact amount and submitted with Form AQS-278 Dog and Cat Import Form.
For More Information
The Direct Airport Release Coordinator at Honolulu, Ms. Kelly Heiman, offered to answer queries and assist with the paper work free of charge. On March 12, 2013, she gave her phone number as (808)-446-1521 and email address: Kelly@westmauianimalclinic.com.