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Old 04-12-2011, 13:03   #1
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Doggies in the Caribbean

What's the story with cruising with pups around the Caribbean? Do they have strict quarantine laws from Island to Island?
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Re: Doggies in the carribean

This has been covered before. As there is no rabies in the Caribbean, the islands are cautious. Most require evidence of a recent vaccination and some require a rabies titer (evidence of immunity) as well. You will also need a vetinary health certificate and some places require a federal stamp. If the dogs are staying on the boat, you should have few problems. The English islands are the most particular; the French the least. there should be no quarantine unless you are importing the doga to an English island. Do not volunteer that you have a pet on board but don't lie if asked. In 10 years we only had one problem - Bermuda where our dog barked at the custom agent.
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Re: Doggies in the carribean

Hmmm I searched it. Do you have a link to the thread?
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Re: Doggies in the carribean

The above summary really is as accurate as it can get without getting into each country one at a time. The "don't ask don't tell" rule should be SOP everyplace but you really should know the game before you get there. Don't bring a dog ashore any place without planning it all out.

Noonosite.com should be able to help some but each country has it's own laws and there is no such thing as once size fits all. You can't just do some process one time and be OK. Keeping your dog up to date with shots is just a good idea and haviing records will help if you get cornered.

For the most part every place in the world has dogs and people that love them. It's not the people that are the problem but it is the officials and the laws of the land. Some officials are diligent about doing their job.

The difference between French vs English is quite accurate globally for a rule of thumb. The US is more like the English except Hawaii. You don't want to bring a dog to Hawaii. What you have to do before you get there should scare you off. They are fanatics for preventing Rabies. It's worked so far.
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Re: Doggies in the carribean

As said above, it varies. You can take your dog ashore in Martinique, but if you do it Bequia, the customs agent will likely threaten to shoot it if he sees you. The islands with no rabies are generally very intent on keeping it that way. The entrance forms almost always ask if you have animals aboard. We declared our cat with the proviso that she always remains on board, and never had a problem.

Here's a link to some of the prior threads on the topic...

pets in the caribbean - Google Search

p.s. when we were in Martinique a few years ago, someone was setting out poison for dogs around Cul-de-Sac du Marin, so be sure to keep yours on a leash.
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