The Makawao Veterinary Clinic is approved by the State of Hawaii Quarantine Division to inspect animals at the Kahului Airport for Direct Release to the owner. Because Hawaii is Rabies Free, the State law is very strict on the importation of dogs and cats into Hawaii. Only dogs and cats who meet specific pre- and post- arrival requirements may qualify for the direct release program.
To qualify for the direct release program you must:
Note: Some airlines may not be participating in dog and cat entry program at Kahului Airport. You must check with your airline well in advance about participation.
Step-by-Step Instructions for traveling to Hawaii
ALL DOGS AND CATS ORIGINATING FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER THE STATE THROUGH ANY PORT OTHER THAN HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The following information provides the necessary steps needed when traveling with your pets to Hawaii. Completion of these steps qualifies you for our Direct Release program. Be sure to keep with you ALL documents listed below.
Step 1: Make sure you get your puppy or kitten vaccinated for its first rabies vaccine when they are at least 12 weeks old (Be sure to keep the Rabies Certificate, you’ll need it when traveling). This would also be a good time to get their microchip placed (a requirement for traveling to the state).
Step 2: You must wait at least 30 days from your pet’s first Rabies vaccine before they are ready for their booster. (This vaccine must be given at least 3 months prior to your arrival. You will need to keep this certificate as well).
Step 3: At least 14 days after your pet’s booster rabies vaccine, your licensed veterinarian must complete and submit the OIE-FAVN Rabies Serological Test for your animal(s). It usually takes 2-3 weeks before receiving your results. KSU or DOD MUST receive your pets blood sample at least 30 days before arriving in Hawaii. (The 30 day waiting period starts on the day after KSU or DOD receives the sample)
WARNING! Arriving anytime before the 30-day waiting period has elapsed will result in disqualification of a pet from the direct airport release and will be subject to animal quarantine.
Step 4: You must then submit two (2) required rabies vaccination certificates, a completed and notarized AQS-279 “Dog and Cat Import Form” and a payment of $165.00 (or applicable re-entry fee) to the State of Hawaii Office more than 30 days before you are planned to arrive in Hawaii. You must also provide the OIE-FAVN Rabies Serological Test Results so the state can verify if your pet(s) qualify for the direct release program.
Step 5: At this point you must contact our office at (808) 572-9003 and schedule an appointment no less than 22 days before arrival, for us to process and release your pet(s), from Kahului Airport’s designated port, on arrival. You must also arrange for all payments to be made prior to your appointment.
Additional after hours fees will apply to any Direct Airport Release that is done out of our normal business hours. These fees are non-refundable if cancelling within 24 hours. Please see our cancellation policy below.
Please have the following information available:
Step 6: The State will then email you an copy of the “Neighbor Island Inspection Permit”, AQS-NIIP (NIIP) to the email address that you specify. This copy MUST be printed and present with you and your pet at all times. An animal will not be permitted to arrive at or be released from the Kahului Airport without an original NIIP labeled with the specific Airport seal.
Step 7: At this point you should be at least 10 days from your arrival in Hawaii. You will need to get a Veterinary Health Certificate for your animal with their complete description including age, markings, identification numbers, sex, and breed. In addition the Veterinary Health Certificate shall:
Step 8: Upon arrival we will need to verify your pet’s identification by reading the implanted electronic microchip with an electronic scanner.
Step 9: After verifying identification we will then review all the required documents.
Step 10: After all documents are verified, any and all fees are paid, and your pet(s) are clear of any external parasites including ticks, we may then release your pet(s) to you. Welcome to Hawaii!!
For best and most complete information and to download forms, access the state website at: http://www.hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info
Makawao Veterinary Clinic
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