Bringing your pet to the CNMI takes patience and advance planning. The following tips should make the process easier:
Contact the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) at 670-234-6169 and/or Paradise Island Animal Hospital at 670-234-9669 about using Hawaii's Five Day or Less Checklist as an alternative to the below quarantine requirements. Animals that satisfy the Five Day or Less Checklist may be released from the airport upon arrival at the discretion of DLNR.
(Courtesy of Dr. Ignacio Dela Cruz, DLNR)
Vaccination requirements: Must be current for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Rabies, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) and Coronavirus.
Parasite Treatment: Must be free of or treated within 14 days of arrival on Saipan for internal and external parasites.
Quarantine Requirement: Upon arrival on Saipan, the dog will be quarantined at the CNMI Government Animal Quarantine Facility in As Perdido for a minimum of sixty (60) days. If the owner qualifies for "Home Quarantine," the remaining 60 days can be completed at owner's residence, otherwise the entire 120 days will be completed in the government facility. (So far, we have not refused any applicant for the home quarantine, but for some, they had to perform certain requirements or to provide a ladder in a couple of instances. For most, though, there were no additional requirements.)
Health Examination/Certification: The dog must be examined and certified by a licensed veterinarian as healthy and free of contagious or communicable diseases and internal/external parasites within fourteen (14) days of arrival on Saipan.
Other Requirements: Must be accompanied by valid CNMI Animal Quarantine Entry Permit which cost $10.00 per animal, plus $50.00 security deposit (to reserve a kennel space which is limited - only 10 are available) which is non-refundable and must be paid by certified check or money order made out to "CNMI Treasurer." The security deposit will be applied towards payment of the total amount for the quarantine fee which varies depending upon the dog's weight. It is $3.00 per day for less than 30 lbs.; $3.50 between 30 to 50 lbs.; $4.50 between 50 to 80 lbs.; and $5.00 per day for dogs weighing over 80 lbs. We do not use any special diet. We buy all of our pet food from the local stores, usually the "cheapest" but of good quality (not the best, though!).
If you need additional information or clarification, please let us know. Payment (by certified check or money order made out to "CNMI Treasurer") may be sent to:
Saipan, MP 96950.
This way, we can receive the payment faster (if you are not pressed for time). Official address:
Office of Animal Health & Industry
Division of Agriculture
Saipan, MP 96950.
Your pet can also be quarantined in Hawaii or Guam. Upon completion of their quarantine requirements, your pet can be entered into the CNMI without further quarantine. You would still need to obtain an entry permit, though, and meet any other requirements not applicable to them.