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Ohana Means Family

Posted by on July 29, 2011
So while in Hawaii, hanging out with some friends, we found out that there is a quarantine period for bringing pets to the island. Get this…it could be a least 4 months!!

Yikes, so as you can imagine, a lot of questions started swimming around in my head. Will we get to see her? Do you pay for this time she’s in quarantine? Can she still ride with us in the plane? How’s all of this work?

We have a cat. Her name is Cinder. She became part of the family before kiddos. I had stayed behind in Florida, while my husband moved to Texas for training. I was taking classes and was still at the early part of my degree and was afraid the classes wouldn’t transfer, so I stayed in Florida until I had enough classes to get my Associates Degree. Well, I was all by myself and I decided to get a cat. Here is a page I scrapped (when I still had time).

She is gray and loved napping by the fireplace (yes, a fireplace in Florida -funny right?). So we named her Cinder. Now she is 13 years old and gets a bit ornery with her older age.

I told someone in my family, (I don’t recall who it was) about the quarantine and they asked, “Time to get rid of her?” What?? Seriously? As they say in the movie Lilo & Stitch, “Ohana means family. Nobody gets left behind.”

Evidently, Hawaii is rabies-free and they have these quarantine laws set up to keep it that way. So, today I went to the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture website to find out exactly what I need to do for Cinder.

It turns out there is a 5 day–or-less quarantine program, which would allow the release at the Honolulu International Airport after inspection. However, if the requirements are not met for the 5-Day-Or-Less program, the law requires dogs and cats to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival In Hawaii. That doesn’t sound too painful, right? Hmm, keep reading:

5 Day-or-Less Program Checklist

Rabies Vaccinations:

Must have at least 2 rabies shots in pet’s lifetime that were given more than 30 days apart. The most recent one can’t be expired or less than 90 days since administered.


Must have a working electronic microchip implanted.

OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test:

The lab must receive blood sample not more than 36 months and not less than 120 days before arrival in Hawaii. Must use an approved lab (Kansas State University or DOD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory in Texas).

Waiting Period:

After a successful OIE-FAVN Rabies test result, animals must wait at least 120 days before arriving to Hawaii. If your pet arrives before the 120 days, they are disqualified from the 5-day-or-less program and will have to wait the remanding time in quarantine.

Documents and Fees:

1. Original ink signature vaccination certificates for the two most recent rabies vaccination.
2. An original health certificate done within 14 days of arrival to Hawaii, including notation that your pet was treated for ticks with a product containing Fipronil or equivalent long-acting product labeled to kill ticks.
3. Dog & Cat Import Form AQS-278 (must be notarized).
4.Microchip Number
5. Fees: $224 for the 5 day-or-less program.

Submit Documents:

Send all documents and fees in together to the Animal Quarantine Station in Hawaii more than 10 days of arrival. Send payment as a cashier’s check or money order (no personal checks). They recommend you mail it in together with your documentation to avoid long waits.

Wow, right??? So after learning all of this I scheduled to have Cinder seen at the vet. She is due for her rabies shot and does not have a microchip. I do have her medical records and her original rabies vaccination certificates, however, I noticed it is not signed in original ink, it is stamped. Ugh, I wonder if this counts or if she will now have to have another rabies shot, which will add 30 days onto when her 120 day waiting period can begin. Oh, and I found out it will cost $17.50 each day she has to be in quarantine in Hawaii.

Anybody else go through this quarantine process for Hawaii or any international bases? Please share!

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3 Responses to Ohana Means Family

  1. Alica

    We moved here in Misawa, Japan from the Netherlands and our dog had to be in quarantine for 6 months after the blood test result. Good thing was as long as our dog was on base during that period it counted as “in quarantine”. And since we live on base we didn’t have to keep him in the kennel.

  2. admin

    Wow, 6 months? That is awesome you were able to keep him with you on base for that period though.

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