Animal Quarantine Information Page (Updated)
New rules for the Rabies Quarantine Program are in effect beginning August 31, 2018. The following is a list of changes to some requirements, fees and forms for dog and cat import into Hawaii. Please follow the checklist that is appropriate in your particular situation.
|Minimum waiting period after a successful FAVN rabies antibody test before arriving in HI.
|Minimum waiting period after most recent rabies vaccination before arriving in HI.
|Direct Airport Release
|* The higher fee of $244 for each dog or cat released at the airport shall apply (instead of $185) when documents are not received by the Animal Quarantine Station 10 days or more before arrival. This includes situations where documents are submitted on arrival for review and qualification purposes.
|5 Day or Less
|Neighbor Island Inspection Permit
|Arriving early before eligible for 5 Day or Less
||$14.30/each day early + $224
||$14.30/each day early + $244
|Re-Entry Fee (if qualified)
|** The higher fee of $110 for each dog or cat released at the airport shall apply (instead of $98) when documents are not received by the Animal Quarantine Station 10 days or more before arrival (re-entry). This includes situations where documents are submitted on arrival for review and qualification purposes.
Notes on key changes in the new rules:
- Dog and Cat Import Form, AQS-278 has been revised. The New Dog and Cat Import Form is identified as “AQS-279” dated August 2018. You may download a fillable pdf copy from the link in the “FORMS” section below.
- To avoid confusion, the Checklists have been revised. There are four new Checklists dated August 2018 that are specific to the location of the dog or cat being imported into Hawaii and their intended destination. Refer to the Checklist Guide and the Checklist that fits your situation in the “Information and FAQ” section below.
- Waiting period requirements for Direct Airport Release and the 5 Day Or Less program have changed.
The periods affected are:
- FAVN Rabies Antibody Test (FAVN) waiting period has been reduced from 120 days to at least 30 days before arriving in Hawaii; and
- The waiting period for the second (most recent rabies vaccination) before arriving in Hawaii has been reduced from 90 days to at least 30 days.
Follow the requirements in the Checklists for complete information.
- Fees have changed. Refer to the New Dog and Cat Import Form “AQS-279” dated August 2018 and the Checklists for specifics.
- The new Animal Quarantine Animal Import System or AIS will deploy web based portals in the later part of 2018. This will include the Hawaii’s Pet Owner Portal or HIPOP that will allow pet owners to fill out and print applications on-line, print forms and monitor the status of applications. Eventually HIPOP will process payments with credit cards as well. Information on HIPOP progress will be posted on this website. Check back for updates.
► ADVISORY A
(For pets flying in to Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports)
A Neighbor Island Inspection Permit issued by the Department must be showed to the airline and is required to fly a cat or dog directly to an approved neighbor island airport. Before booking your flight. refer to the appropriate checklist based on where your pet is located, either: “Checklist 2 – for Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports “ or “Checklist 4 – Only for Dogs and Cats Located in Hawaii that are Departing and Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports on Return.”
All procedures must be followed or the dog or cat will be denied entry at Kona, Kahului or Lihue Airport. Pets that are denied entry will be transported to Honolulu for inspection or transported out-of-State at the owner’s expense.
No permits are issued or required to fly a dog and cat into the Daniel K Inouye international Airport in Honolulu.
- Due to the large volume of requests for Neighbor Island Inspection Permits, owners must ensure the following documentation is received by the Animal Quarantine Station 30 days or more ahead of the planned arrival:
- Completed Dog & Cat Import Form (AQS-279).
- Original rabies vaccine certificates for the 2 most recent vaccinations.
- Payment of $165 in cashier’s check or money order made out to the Dept. of Agriculture (no personal checks).
- Flight information (i.e. Airlines, flight number, date and time of arrival).
- A letter from the owner requesting Direct Airport Release at either “Kona” or “Kahului” or “Lihue”.
- Contact a listed veterinary hospital to see if they are able to perform the inspection at the desired airport.
- Owners must contract with and make reservations for inspection with: Ali’i Veterinary Hospital, (808) 329-8999 or Keauhou Veterinary Hospital (808) 322-2988 for Kona arrivals; At Home Animal Hospital & Mobile Veterinary Services (808) 873-0102, Central Maui Animal Clinic (808) 893-2380, Kahului Animal Hospital (808) 871-7387, Kihei Veterinary Clinic (808) 879-5777, Makawao Veterinary Clinic (808) 572-9003, Maui Humane Society (808) 877- 3680, South Shore Veterinary Care (808) 874-3422, or West Maui Animal Clinic (808) 662-0099 for Kahului arrivals; or Kauai Humane Society (808) 632-0610 for Lihue arrivals. These contractors will send a confirmation to the Animal Quarantine Station that they have agreed to perform the inspection and release procedure. Owners are responsible for the additional fees to the contractor for this service.
- Check with your airline well in advance because some airlines may not be participating.
► ADVISORY B
Inspection hours for dog and cats at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu) are between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays. This information is particularly important for those who are qualifying their pets for direct release in Honolulu.
Pet owners should be sure to arrange for their flights to arrive by 3:30 p.m. because it may take up to one hour for the airlines to transport a pet to the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility and animals not arriving at the facility by 4:30 p.m. will not be released at the airport that day.
Pets arriving in the late afternoon and evening will be held overnight until inspections are completed the following morning. Pets qualified for direct airport release that are held overnight for release in the morning at the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility must be picked up by 10:00 a.m. or an additional $59 will be charged. Pet owners who are arriving in Honolulu and connecting to neighboring islands should pay particular attention to the inspection hours.
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- Email us: email@example.com
- Animal Quarantine Station phone: (808) 483-7151
(Due to the large volume of calls and the time zone difference, the best way to contact the Animal Quarantine Station is via the email address above.)
- Mailing address to submit forms:
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
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► HAWAII’S ANIMAL QUARANTINE LAW
Hawaii is rabies-free. Hawaii’s quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the introduction and spread of rabies. All dogs and cats, regardless of age (puppies and kittens included) or purpose, must comply with Hawaii’s dog and cat import requirements.
Chapter 4-29 Hawaii Administrative Rules, governs the importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii. This law states that dogs and cats meeting specific pre- and post-arrival requirements may qualify for 5 Day Or Less quarantine program, which has a provision for direct release at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu) after inspection.
Furthermore, the law requires dogs and cats that do not meet all of the specific 5 Day Or Less program requirements to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival in Hawaii. Please read thoroughly the following documents containing details on the rabies quarantine programs for importing dogs and cats.
The regulation of animal breeds and species that are permitted to enter Hawaii is under Plant Quarantine Branch jurisdiction and administrative rules. Non-domestic dogs and cats and hybrids such as wolf, wolf cross, Dingo, Bengal, Savannah, etc are prohibited under Plant Quarantine (PQ) law. Refer to Plant Quarantine’s animal guidelines for importation.
Puppies and Kittens:
Due to the minimum amount of time needed to prepare a puppy or kitten to meet the requirements of the 5 Day Or Less program, a newborn puppy or kitten will be about 6 months of age by the time the preparations are completed. Puppies and kittens not able to meet all of the requirements for the 5 Day Or Less program will be quarantined for 120 days.
Pets Located in Hawaii:
Owners wishing to leave Hawaii with their pets and return without extended quarantine must meet all requirements listed on the “Checklist Only For Resident Dogs And Cats Originating From Hawaii And Returning For The 5 Day Or Less Program.” The length of the waiting period after a successful rabies blood test is modified and must be completed before leaving Hawaii. “Checklist 3 – Only for Dogs and Cats Located in Hawaii that are Departing and Returning for Direct Airport Release and the 5 Day Or Less Program” (Updated 8/2018)
Re-Entry Fee Requirements:
For pets re-entering Hawaii after completing a Hawaii rabies quarantine program, click here for requirements when a reduced “Re-entry” fee for Direct Airport Release or 5 Day Or Less quarantine applies.
Direct Release on Neighbor Islands:
Owners wishing to fly their pet directly to Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA), Kahului Airport (OGG) or Lihue Airport (LIH) must obtain a Neighbor Island Inspection Permit (NIIP).
Refer to either “Checklist 2 – for Requesting Direct Release at Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports (8/2018)
Or for pets located in Hawaii use: “Checklist 4 – Only for Dogs and Cats Located in Hawaii that are Departing and Requesting Direct Airport Release at Kona, Kahului and Lihue Airports on Return.” (8/2018)
Note that one of the requirements to obtain a NIIP is that owners must contract with and make reservations for inspection at these airports with one of the veterinary hospitals listed on the checklist. These contractors will send a confirmation to the Animal Quarantine Station that they have agreed to perform the inspection and release procedure. Owners are responsible for the additional fees to the contractor for this service.
Contact a listed veterinary hospital before booking your flight to see if they are able to perform the inspection. (See Checklist above)
Pets from Areas Exempted from Rabies Quarantine: For pets arriving from exempt areas follow:
Note for Guam: See FORMS section below for the Affidavit for Export from Guam to Hawaii.
► INFORMATION AND FAQS
- Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Information Brochure(Updated 8/2018) This brochure contains important information about pre-arrival requirements, quarantine station location and contacts, procedures, policies, rules, operations and fees.
- Frequently Asked Questions[Rev. 08/18]
- Frequently Asked Questions for 5 Day Or Less Quarantine Program [Rev. 8/2018]
- Map to Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility (Honolulu International Airport)
- Direct Airport Release Security Advisory
Pet owners are responsible for transporting all pets released from the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility (AAQHF) to their vehicles or the Interisland terminal. Airport security regulations do not permit animals to be let out of the transport crate on airport property. Pets must be picked up and loaded into a vehicle or onto a baggage cart in their transport crate. Therefore, vehicles must be large enough to accommodate the intact crate with the pet inside. There are no baggage carts or porters in the immediate vicinity of the AAQHF. Due to limitations in inter-island service on the weekend, pets arriving on Thursday or Friday may not be transferred to satellite quarantine stations and approved hospitals on the neighbor islands until the following Monday.
- Dog and Cat Import Form [AQS-279], Rev. 8/18 One completed form per pet is required to be submitted along with all pre-arrival documents (Two rabies vaccination certificates, health certificate, pre-payments) NO LESS THAN 10 DAYS BEFORE PET ARRIVES IN HAWAII TO QUALIFY FOR 5 DAY OR LESS or AIRPORT RELEASE. If the health certificate cannot be sent 10 days before arriving with the rest of the documents, the original must be given to the inspector upon arrival in Hawaii.
- Summary For Veterinarians [AQS-39, Rev. 8/18] Summary for veterinarians of health certification, microchip, rabies vaccination intervals, OIE-FAVN test and waiting periods requirements of the 5 Day Or Less program.
- List of Acceptable Tick Treatments
- For pets arriving from Guam, Affidavit for Export From Guam to the State of Hawaii [IC-5] is required.
OIE-FAVN Testing Forms – All posted laboratory fees and documents are subject to change by the laboratory without notice. Make sure “HAWAII” is listed as the Destination on the FAVN lab submission form for Kansas State University, DOD Lab and Auburn University.
Kansas State University FAVN Testing information:
KSU “Micro Screen Rabies Screen Test” also known as “Micro RFFIT” and “MRS” IS NOT ACCEPTED!
DOD Laboratory Testing information (Department of Defense):
Contact Auburn University for information on tests, fees, sample submission, etc. at:
261 Greene Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-5519
Contact person: Krystyna Minc (Virology Lab Manager)
Phone: 334-844-2659 Fax: 334-844-2652
The State of Hawaii will only provide microchips for requests outside of the 50 States of the United States.
For pets arriving from Guam see required affidavit for export IC-5 in the preceding “Forms” section.
► OIE-FAVN TEST RESULTS
Pets owners do not need to present a hard copy of test results to the Rabies Quarantine Branch, as KSU and DOD will send results directly if “Hawaii” is listed as the destination on the lab submission form. Owners can obtain pre-arrival OIE- FAVN test results from the veterinarian that submitted the sample or on the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture website (see below). Please do not call laboratories directly for test results!
For those qualifying for the direct release or 5 Day Or Less you may check online for your pre-test results and when the 30-day waiting period:
- To check your pet’s OIE-FAVN tests results, click HERE
Guide & Service Dogs
For information on requirements for allowing guide dogs and service dogs to enter Hawaii without quarantine click HERE .
If you have questions after reviewing our brochure and forms, please contact us at:
- Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Animal Quarantine Station phone: (808) 483-7151 (Due to the large volume of calls and the time zone difference, the best way to contact us is via the email address above.)
- or you may contact our quarantine office at this address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602
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