Getting orders to Hawaii and want to ensure a smooth pet move? The requirements might seem overwhelming, but are doable with the right amount of planning and time.
Consider setting up a separate bank account and stashing away a small amount each month. The preparation of getting a pet to Hawaii without quarantine may take several months, depending on what tests your pet currently has.
The best place to start is by reviewing the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s checklist for the Five-Day-Or-Less Program. The four-page PDF has everything you need to ensure all requirements are met. Hawaii is a rabies-free state, so your pet must have two rabies shots 30 days apart and the last rabies must be completed more than 90 days prior to arrival. All animals must have a microchip implanted prior to the administration of the rabies blood test.
Additionally, any animal coming to Hawaii must have an OIE-Favn rabies blood test sent to Kansas State University or the Fort Sam Houston Department of Defense (DOD) lab. The DOD lab gives active-duty in a PCS status priority following the Military Working Dogs, but expect this lab test to take several weeks. To check the status of the blood test, click here. This test cannot be more than three years old, but must have been drawn at least 120 days prior to arrival in Hawaii.
A military veterinarian can save you hundreds of dollars when administering the rabies vaccinations and blood tests. When feasible, we recommend you go through them to get a good contact for a military veterinarian at your next location. You can read more about the role of The Department of Defense’s military veterinarians here. Locations throughout the world are listed.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has a detailed website with numerous links and forms. And most airlines have specific pet programs for flying pets, such as United’s PetSafe program. Each airline has specific guidelines regarding breeds, crate sizes and other important information.
All documents go to Hawaii’s animal quarantine station and must be original or carbon copies. Step five of the Five-Day-Or-Less checklist elaborates on what each form requires. The pet must have documentation verifying the animal is free of ticks and have an original health certificate. The health certificate must be received no less than 14 days prior to arrival and can arrive at the same time as the pet. The Dog and Cat Import form and payment must arrive to the quarantine station no less than 10 days prior to arrival.
Expect to pay $165 per pet for direct release, but if for any reason your animals have to go to quarantine, you will pay $224 the first day and $17.80 for any additional days spent in quarantine.
For overall tips of flying with your pet, please click here and read about some important factors to keep in mind regardless of your duty location.
Flying from Hawaii is not so complicated. It’s important to check the detailed requirements for the specific location, but generally you need a health certificate within 10 days verifying that the animal is safe to fly on an airplane. The health certificate may be cheaper to get on base, but recommend you set at least $50.00 aside in case there are additional tests your pet needs.
If you’re planning to move to Hawaii and don’t want the hassle of dealing with this process, we’ve got a great resource here called Island Pet Movers. Run by a Navy veteran, this company is top-notch and takes the stress off you and your family for a reasonable price. Island Pet Movers does all the paperwork, contacts your veterinarians, provides boarding if needed and even takes your furry friend to the airport. Payment plans can be arranged and we’ve heard nothing but great things about this much-needed service for our military community.
Traveling to the next duty station can be a stressful experience. But, with the right amount of preparation and slowly putting money and time aside, you’ll ensure the family pet stays within the home. And, this added time and effort may help prevent rehoming or surrendering the animal to a shelter.