Hi, It would be good to know where you are bound. Different countries have radically different rules. Here are a couple of basics which might be of help to you.
Essentially all of Central and South America
, and most of the Caribbean
, while they do have published rules on pets
on board, are very lax when it comes to checking up on them. Make sure you can document vaccinations, and get an international health
certificate from a local vet anytime you're in a larger town. When we're cruising down south, we try to have a health
cert that's less than a few months old when we enter new countries.
In practice, nobody really seems to care! I would not worry about this portion of the world with my dog.
When we check into countries, we typically don't mention the mutt unless we're directly asked. We simply smile and shrug, and say that we assumed that the rules only applied to livestock. Of course, we have all of the health documentation
handy. We have found that the expression that's so common in the developing world that 'it's better to ask forgiveness than permission' holds very true in this case. I'm sure I'll be crucified by some for this. Fire away.
Conversely, I would not want to take him to the South Pacific
. Way more hassle than it's worth, and assuming you were to make the normal run to Oz or NZ, you would have a heck of a hassle to negotiate.
We're going to the Med for our next cruise
, and our research
so far indicates that we shouldn't have much trouble.
I hope this helps. We wouldn't go anywhere without our dog! (Except the S. Pacific...)