Honolulu-Hawaii Pet Quarantine: Prepare For Your Hawaii Move!

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

If you have plans to Relocate to Hawaii for a Hawaii Job Transfer, Hawaii Military PCS or just decided that Hawaii is your dream place to retire then of course you are planning ahead to make sure your beloved Poochie, Kitty or other pet will have the least amount of stress in their transition to Hawaii as well.

Hawaii is "RABIES FREE" so it is a guarantee that you will have to follow strict rules and guidelines as well as have plenty to do ahead of time to prepare your pet for travel and relocation too. The purpose of our Hawaii dog and cat import law is to protect our residents as well as pets from potential health problems associated with rabies. 

The following Animal Quarantine's Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Brochure (click and save the pdf file for future use)will give you details on the process as well as an extensive overview and checklist to follow so your pet does not have to go through the stress of a full 120 day quarantine.

The "Five Day or Less Program" has 7 steps with multiple points under the checklist such as:

  •  Rabies Vaccinations (not less than 90 days prior to arrival, nor less than 90 days apart, not more than 12 mos prior to arrival for one year rabies vaccination and 36 mos for 3 year)
  • Microchip  (Required before the OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test)
  • OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test (not more than 36 mos. and not less than 120 days prior to arrival to Hawaii)
  • WAITING PERIOD- After the OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood test there is a 120 day waiting period and any animal arriving early will AUTOMATICALLY disqualify the animal for the 5-day or less quarantine or airport release!
  • Documents: Vaccination certificates, original health certificate (in English), treated for ticks by vet and so forth.
  • Document submission:  All documents and payment submitted to the Animal Quarantine Station, 99-951 Halawa Valley Street; Aiea, HI  96701 (NO Faxes accepted!)                                                                               
  • Other: Verification of pet's qualification

The cost is $165 per pet for direct airport release or $224 per pet for the 5-day-or-less program. The 120 day program costs $1,080.

Other things to take note of are your pets medication (plastic bottles only). Heartworm disease is a great concern and your should test your dog prior to entering Hawaii and administer heartworm medication before arriving as well as while residing in Hawaii.

Again, the 24 page brochure Animal Quarantine's Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Brochure is in pdf format and you can save it to your pc for future reference. Be prepared and care for your family pet long before your Hawaii Relocation.

Other Important Info and Forms:

 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents. Website: www.hawaiihomesmarket.com

  

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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Hi Sally! I guess I will stay home with Chanel. I couldn't image being apart from her for a quarantine. I won't even take her to a kennel. This is what happens when you are addicted to your pet! lol
Mar 16, 2008 09:35 AM #5
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Sally, excellent info that many would not realize up front.  No one would want to go through a full quarantine. 
Mar 16, 2008 10:19 AM #6
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Margaret: I too...don't go traveling because of my dog...kennels and so forth. It's possible to do everything and get approval and pick the pet up directly at the airport. Otherwise, they transport directly from the airport to quarantine.
Mar 16, 2008 10:57 AM #7
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Lenn: Yup....and the reason I don't go traveling...can't take pooch and she would not do good in a kennel.

Jeanean: Same with us.... we haven't been on a vacation for 3.5 years...but that's okay. We aren't the traveling kind of people....our idea of a vacation is just veging at home and getting appointments done (medical and such :)

Mar 16, 2008 11:17 AM #8
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Neal: Yeah...we do too...coming into Hawaii is another story...we have no rabies...we have no snakes....(illegal) and other stuff....so it's important to have everything in place when people relocate here with pets.
Mar 16, 2008 11:20 AM #9
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That's us too Lizette!  No quarantine or kennels for our poochie!

Steve: Thanks....I know I don't go anywhere with our pooch either ....and I hope this will help many for their beloved pets that they want to bring....and have less stress.

Mar 16, 2008 11:23 AM #10
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That's wonderful that Hawaii is completely rabies free!  Very good information for families with pets.
Mar 16, 2008 08:48 PM #11
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Always important for folks relocating here to get this information ahead of time.  If they do not get their pets shots taking care of the quarantine if a giant hassle.
Mar 16, 2008 11:48 PM #12
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Wow, I couldn't leave Zoey in some strange place for 5 days...or even longer! Guess I won't be moving to Hawaii! There's got to be a better way...
Mar 17, 2008 08:57 AM #13
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Jim/Maria: We don't have any snakes and other little critters either ...:)

Randy: No kidding...not to mention the stress the animal goes through for four months!

Kelly: Me either....and they do have pick up at the airport if EVERYTHING is in order and pet passed...

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I can't imagine a world without animals needing rabies shots..................is it heaven??????
Mar 18, 2008 07:54 PM #15
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Barbara Jo: It sure is! No snakes too! :)
Mar 18, 2008 08:09 PM #16
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Sally- Is Hawaii still snake free? That was one thing I did like when I went camping. In California when I was camping one time, there was a snake in my sleeping bag, that frieked me out. 
Mar 22, 2008 03:07 PM #17
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Katerina: Sure is...against the law to bring any in.
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Good information to have well in advance so that the owners can be prepared.  It is important to keep the pets safe. 
Apr 01, 2008 06:19 PM #19
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Joan: You're sooo right! So many don't understand the importance...not only for the pet...but for our islands too!
Apr 02, 2008 09:34 PM #20
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I just moved to Hawaii from Japan and I had to do all these things and it isn't as hard as it sounds. You just have to do everything in advance! I moved here in July and I started the favn blood test in February only to find out that the airline had an embargo heat rule for my Cavalier King Charles spaniel (she couldn't fly between June 1st-Sept 31st because of her breed). So I had to go to GA to drop my dog off with my sister and come to Hawaii on my own. Now since I got here first I went to the quarantine office myself to turn in all the paperwork and payed the $165 entry fee for Direct airport release. Now I am just waiting on my baby to get here on Oct 1st but she is clear and qualifies for direct airport release! Don't think it's impossible it is just a matter of doing everything in advance!

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Brenda: Thanks for your input....I've had many clients who start the process ahead of time to prepare and like you said...it is NOT as hard as the bunch of paperwork and guidelines sound. If anything it protects all of us.   I didn't know that about the 'heat' rule. You mean it's not cool down there? I'm so happy your baby is coming...  That's my baby in the picture :)

Sep 09, 2008 08:34 PM #22
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I've worked for 2 different airlines for 18 years and was planning to move to Hawaii until I found out I would have to check my cat in the cargo pit. There isn't anyway that I would check my cat (or dog) on ANY commercial airline...NO WAY. I couldn't give her away, either...paradise would become hell without my girl. She's 12 years old so moving to Hawaii can wait. Only guide dogs are allowed in the cabin on flights to Hawaii. All other pets MUST be checked and you should start the process 5 months before you plan to move.

Jan 27, 2009 02:45 AM #23
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My husband is with the U.S. Army and we are moving to Hawaii on June 2009.  We have a miniature Dachshund and I'm very attached to him.  All his paperwork, blood work, etc, are all ready for the direct-airport release.  The problem is, I want him fly in the cabin with me.  He's my ESD (Emotional Support Dog).  Fisrt of all, why is airline doesn't allow small pet in the cabin flying into Hawaii??  We have all the paper work for direct-airport release.   I'm such a mess, my blood pressure's going up, I'm irritabel, I need double dozed my Zoloft, I don't know what to do.  I really don not want my dog in cargo or with the baggage.

Please help.

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