- - As to pets
are more difficult as the officials know that the owners will be taking them ashore to "do their business." Cats are less of a problem as normally they never leave the boat. Unfortunately there is a place on the Customs/Immigration documents that you must fill out that asks if you have any animals
- - In places where you anchor
out in the Bahamas and go ashore in your dinghy
to check-in the officials will not (obviously) be boarding your boat. Places where you tie-up to a dock/marina the officials will go on board your boat - if only to have a place to sit down while processing your paperwork. This exposes your pet to be noticed by the official.
- - In Morgan's Bluff, Andros you anchor outside the little dredged inner harbor and dinghy in to the bar/restuarant and do the paperwork while sitting in the Restaurant. It is basically the same way at most all the Bahamas "ports of entry" except place like Nassau (if you take a marina); Cat Cay; West End; Bimini; Chub Cay and I don't know about the places in the Abacos.
- - In the Bahamas and all the Caribbean
Islands I write in the "animals" block - "Feline, never leaves the boat" and only once in dozens of entries has the official asked about the cat.
And only once has an official wanted to see the mecicals history
with records of rabies and other shots. Primarily, IMHO, the officials are more interested in see that you have paid the "extra fee" for the animal rather than the animal.
- - Oh - one more thing that might help is if you have a copy of the canceled check which you used to pay for the Bahamas permit
and a copy of the application paperwork. Then you could explain that you did pay and send in the forms but the government
processing failed to return the permit to you - "that you paid for . . ."