Being Aware Hawaii’s Animal Quarantine

If you are planning on moving your pet to Hawaii anytime soon, there are a few very important things to be aware of. Dogfriendly.com provides some great information on the subject:

The State of Hawaii law states that pets are required to complete a 120-day confinement in the State Animal Quarantine Station. However, 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 became effective on June 30, 2003. There is a three page checklist for the 5-day-or-less program on Hawaii's Agricultural web site at http://www.hawaiiag.org/AQS/aqs-checklist-5.pdf. In general, the program requires stringent rabies vaccine requirements, a rabies blood test (which states that the test was given at least 120 days before arrival into Hawaii), a readable microchip, complete documents filled out, payment of about $225 per pet, and a ӓdirect release from the airplane to the Airport Animal Quarantine Holding Facility located only at the Honolulu International Airport. All pets arriving into Hawaii must be in a sealed carrier or crate and the seal can only be removed by quarantine officials. If you remove the seal yourself, your dog may have to go into a 5 to 120 day quarantine. All requirements must be met exactly according to their documentation, otherwise dogs will go into the lengthy quarantine.Ԕ

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