We cleared into the BVIs in November, 2012. The BVIs have the most efficient admin of pet entry in the Caribbean
I've found and we have taken our two dogs
as far south as Dominica
. We did all of ours by email
, and we were also able to make an appointment at the USDA to walk our papers in and wait to get them back at the Annapolis
MD office. Email address for the BVIs is
We submitted all the paperwork via email and received an emailed permit (no signature) back. With the emailed copy they said they would meet us with the permit. However, I requested a fax when we got to a marina in Hampton with a fax and they sent me a faxed copy with a signature. When we arrived in the BVI the vet was phoned, and he came out to the marina to examine the dogs and sign the paperwork. Dogs have to stay on the boat, confined until the vet arrives. They do ask for advance notice of arrival and we used sailmail. There was a fee, I think it was $20 a dog. Keep a copy of the papers with you when you walk the dogs as my husband was stopped on Jost Van Dyke and asked to present proof the dogs were properly admitted.
The info we had and forms attached. Look for the Cruising Compass
article titled "Cruising the Eastern Caribbean
with your Dog", November 2010 (two parts). Got a copy of this article from another cruiser and it was very helpful for Dominica
and further south. Have never been asked on a French speaking island about the dogs and when I mentioned them at Customs
in St. Martin the official said "Why would I care about your dog?" Dominica is, IMHO, the most difficult. English
regulations and Creole speaking Customs
the official language but clearly the second language for most folks. Very difficult to get any answer at all via email so I suggest you fax or telephone and be persistent. They require 10 days processing time, I would double that so you don't feel stressed. Happy to answer questions just pm me.