Pet Travel

If you are traveling with your pet dog or cat, you’ll need to meet the animal health requirements of the country you are visiting. This often involves a health certificate, updating vaccinations, completing disease testing, and having your paperwork reviewed and endorsed by APHIS. Working with your veterinarian, find out what tests, vaccinations, paperwork, or inspections are required by your destination country AND when they must be completed. For information more information you can contact your local APHIS Veterinary Services Service Center.  

Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Hawaii is a rabies free state. Importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii is governed by Chapter 4-29 of the State of Hawaii, Department of Agriculture Administrative Rules. This law says that these animals are required to complete a 120-day confinement in the State Animal Quarantine Station. If specific pre-arrival and post-arrival requirements are met, dogs and cats may qualify for a 5-day-or-less quarantine. The Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Information Brochure contains information about pre-arrival requirements, quarantine station locations and contacts, procedures, policies, rules, operations, and fees.

US Department of Transportation.

Over two million pets and other live animals are transported by air every year in the United States. Federal and state governments impose restrictions on transporting live animals. In addition, each airline establishes its own company policy for the proper handling of the animals they transport. As a shipper or owner you also have a responsibility to take the necessary precautions to ensure the well being of the animal you ship.

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The USDA has certain restrictions on the importation of dogs. Collies, shepherds, and other dogs that are imported from any part of the world except Canada, Mexico, and regions of Central America and the West Indies and that are to be used in the handling of livestock must be inspected and quarantined at the port of entry for a sufficient time to determine their freedom from tapeworm.

We also suggest you contact your State, county, municipal authorities for local restrictions on importing dogs. Some airlines require health certificates for dogs traveling with them. You should contact the airlines prior to your travel date.

The USDA defines pet birds as those that are imported for personal pleasure of their individual owners and are not intended for resale. Poultry, which includes pigeons and doves, are not considered pet birds.

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