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Old 22-09-2014, 18:06   #1
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Bahamas pet regulations

I have obtained a pet import permit from the Bahamian govt. They seem to have a lot of other requirements, as in a vet certificate from the USA 48 hours before entering their country as well as a requirement that the pet be examined by a Bahamian vet within 48 hours of the arrival in the Bahamas. Anyone have experience with this? This seems like over-kill to me. The pet will not leave our boat. Comments?
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Old 22-09-2014, 19:20   #2
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Re: Bahamas pet regulations

That sounds right. But, here you go (go down the page to pets)-

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Oh, gee, why do you insist on questioning the regulations you've read and "seem" to understand?
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Re: Bahamas pet regulations

We just brought our cat into the Bahamas in May. They wanted to see her permit and that was it....same thing a year before. Not saying it will be the same for you, but from other people we have spoken to, this is all they want.
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FWIW - explorer charts state you just need the official permit, and a vet certificate from your vet. I am sure the later you get the certificate the better, but it seems like the 48 hour thing is not really enforced.
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Re: Bahamas pet regulations

This topic came up a couple of times... if you read carefully what the rules say, there is nothing about a vet cert completed 48 hours before arrival, only that you had "48 hours to present" the certificate.

This is the quote from the instructions:

"(c) The animal must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate
presented within 48 hours of arrival in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to
a licensed veterinarian for an examination. "
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We've taken a cat and/or dog with us to the Bahamas for the past four years. You just need the import permit and vet health certificate. Make a copy of each, as in Nassau they wanted to keep the certificate or a copy (but not in Bimini). They don't require you to take your pet to one of their vets (my guess is if it appeared sick, they might though)...
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Do you really need the cert? I had one in 2003 and I think we had to force it on them to have them look.

I was planning to take my cat in Dec and honestly hadn't even given it a thought.

What's the worse that can happen?
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First time we took our cats we did everything right; cost us $250 in vet bills. When we cleared at Cat Cay (yes, Cat Cay!) the customs guy could care less. Since then we've just brought the cats with us as "illegals".
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Well, it depends on where you decide to clear in. As I said, in Bimini they didn't ask re: pets. In Nassau they now require you to come to a dock and they come to the boat. They saw the dog (kind of hard to miss) and asked for the health certificate and import permit.

The worst they can do? I'd say it'd be to tell you that you aren't allowed to clear in without the import certificate. For a $10 fee you'd risk that? Of course you can always try to slip under the radar, but I'd rather just do as they require.
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Do you really need the cert? I had one in 2003 and I think we had to force it on them to have them look.

I was planning to take my cat in Dec and honestly hadn't even given it a thought.

What's the worse that can happen?
Officials seize the cat and put it down immediately and fine you. Not likely but possible.

If you want draconian, look at the New Zealand rules.
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I have obtained a pet import permit from the Bahamian govt. They seem to have a lot of other requirements, as in a vet certificate from the USA 48 hours before entering their country as well as a requirement that the pet be examined by a Bahamian vet within 48 hours of the arrival in the Bahamas. Anyone have experience with this? This seems like over-kill to me. The pet will not leave our boat. Comments?
That's about the same as what the US requires for dogs.
Dogs | Bringing an Animal into U.S. | Animal Importation | CDC

The requirements for cats are looser:
CDC - Bringing an Animal into U.S.: Cats - Animal Importation
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Was a New Zealand resident didn't take a cat!

If it was just a matter of paying $10 I would do it. But we're leaving here around Christmas time and not sure of when or where well arrive in Bahamas. If the weather looks good to cross from Vero to Abaco, I need to go find a vet before I leave?

Seems much easier to simply find a port of entry where I can dinghy ashore with my papers. I have done this in Morgans Bluff. Not sure where else can be done, Bimini?
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Re: Bahamas pet regulations

we have been back and forth to the Bahamas all summer with dogs. Charter flights, commercial air, and by boat. Each time they wanted to see the pet import form.

Download the form al fill it out
Send it off to the Address on the form with an International Post Office Money Order
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Before you leave go to the vet and get them to write out the health check.
Ask if they can leave the date bank so you can fill it in to meet the 48 hour requirement. If the vet won't leave the date blank just do the vet visit as close to your arrival date as possible. We were off on the date by a week on one trip, but no problem.

It's a pain but they do check.
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Cats and dogs yes. Our guinea pig they let slide.


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