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Old 13-09-2012, 10:25   #1
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We will be leaving Texas in October, headed to Bogas del Toro, Panama by way of Florida, over to Cuba, etc. Has anyone entered Panama with their pets? What are the requirements, etc?
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Old 13-09-2012, 11:21   #2
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Re: Cruising with Pets

Hola, and welcome aboard
pets need shots and all the paper work that gos along with traveling with pets. Lot of information in the archives here
What kind of pets?
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Re: Cruising with Pets

Welcome aboard! We haven't, but there's a nice section in the forum covering pets in most countries, including Panama. Have a great adventure!
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Old 13-09-2012, 11:35   #4
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Re: Cruising with Pets

Can one sail from Florida to Cuba?
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Old 13-09-2012, 12:13   #5
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Re: Cruising with Pets

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Can one sail from Florida to Cuba?
Noonsite: Cuba

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The first link is cruising to Cuba in general, the second is sailing there with pets.
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Re: Cruising with Pets

We never did enter Panama, but did find that having enough paperwork for the dog to make all of the agricultural inspectors heads swim was good. In mexico, the first time, the agricultural inspector looked at the dog, then at the stack of paper I was trying to hand him, shook his head and said Ok.
Belize the agricultural inspector took one cursory glance at the pile of paperwork for the dog, then pulled out her phone and took a picture of the fuzzy little schnauzer to show her daughter (I had even gone through the trouble of properly importing the dog as livestock ahead of time to the country).
In Guatemala, the officials all just laughed at the stack of papers for the dog when compared to the two humans and the boat.

I think if you get every vaccination record and vet visit on paper, check with the countries agricultural authority, and fill out any needed pre-arrival paperwork there should be no problem.
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Re: Cruising with Pets

When we moved there it was a routine of shots, certificates, and then a strict 30 day quarantine. I was astounded that a counrty know as sort of a pest house of disease and bugs was so worried about what could come in country. Seemed as if everything was already THERE! ; -)

Now you can do the quarantine 'in house' but still have to do the vet certificate, time the shots correctly and fill out reams of paper work.

This is from a Panamanian site outlining the current drill.

PANAMA IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PETS
CATS & DOGS To Panama
1. Vaccination Certificate provided by your veterinarian showing the pet has no rabies. Last shot must be at least 30 days and not more than 12 months before entering Panama;
2. Health Certificate also provided by your veterinarian showing the pet is disease free which must be issued within 10 days before leaving;
3. Health and Vaccination certificates must be certified by the USDA who have offices all over the U.S.;
4. These Vet & USDA Certificates must then be authenticated by the nearest Panamanian embassy or consulate, or apostiled by the U.S. government or Secretary of State. You can send them to the nearest Panama consulate or embassy by courier with return envelope and a money order for $30 for their fee.
5. Certificate of Origin showing where the pet was born;
6. Completed Import Form (you can get one at the Panama airport Health or Quarantine Departments);
7. Panama Airport Health Department reviews papers and inspects the pet. There is a $16 fee for pet entry. The vets are in the airport on weekdays only from 9am to 3pm and from 7pm to 10pm. If your flight arrives on the weekend or during hours when there is no vet scheduled, you can make arrangements to have a vet come meet your flight. You must make these arrangements through either the Panama Ministry of Health or the Panama Agriculture Ministry. You will be expected to pay an extra fee to have the vet come meet you after hours. If you don’t make arrangements to have the vet meet you a head of time, your pet will have to stay at the airport until a vet is on shift.
8. $10 per day fee must be paid if your pet is quarantined by the Panama Health Department for 40 days;
9. Panama Home Quarantine option is available for a $130 fee where you promise to keep your pet inside your home for the required 40 days. This request must be made to the Panama Ministry of Health at least 14 days before arrival. The request must include arrival date, flight number, time, pet information and name & passport number of adult, and length of time pet will remain in Panama.
10. The $146 fee must be paid for quarantine expenses to the Panama National Bank, located on the first floor of Tocumen International Airport, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
11. Present the bank’s receipt and all the other documentation to the veterinarian of the Panama Quarantine Department of Panama Tocumen International Airport, in order to get the pet
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Re: Cruising with Pets

Our policy throughout the Caribbean and the Pacific was to truthfully answer the authorities' questions, truthfully fill in their forms and never provide additional information that wasn't requested.

This meant that in many countries our dog was not declared because they simply didn't ask us verbally or in their paperwork.

So we spent 5 months in Panama with our dog. He ran ashore on the mainland, the San Blas and around Shelter Bay marina and it was never a problem. The authorities didn't know about him and didn't want to know about him. Of course we have all the shots, titer tests, paperwork, etc, but it simply wasn't necessary.

If they don't ask, don't tell 'em! (And in Panama, they don't ask.)
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Re: Cruising with Pets

I picked up a Beagle puppy recently and plan on buying a sailboat in the next 6 to 9 months to begin cruising the GoM and Caribbean sea. My worries now are that a Beagle is not a seagoing dog and that the expenses for visiting other countries is going to be prohibitive at best. From what I am reading here on CF and noonsite it is a rough process on the dog for all the shots. Might keep me in the states for a few years until I find out more first hand information on traveling by sea.
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Re: Cruising with Pets

I have read the noonsite information on bringing a pet into Cuba via boat, however is this permit from the health authority obtained after arrival? Or do I need to contact them somehow before I head there? Has anyone ever brought a dog into cuban waters aboard their boat?
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I have read the noonsite information on bringing a pet into Cuba via boat, however is this permit from the health authority obtained after arrival? Or do I need to contact them somehow before I head there? Has anyone ever brought a dog into cuban waters aboard their boat?
Health certifications (whether for Cuba or not) are issued by a vet prior to entering the waters of another country. Most countries expect the health certificates to have been issued within a certain period of time (like 90 days for example). I suppose you could get one done in-country, but that would really screw up any likelihood of a smooth entry.

Years ago, I entered Cuba with cats, current health certificates issued in USA, zero problems.

The requirements of each country are different, so check them before you head that way. Also, I've found that the official letter of the law typically differs from practice.
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