We have been transporting our dog in and out of the Bahamas
for 5 years and every time it is different. This year we were actually complying with the 48 hour rule
but when the exam with our same old vet was done, he handed us a strange new form which required that we get a Dept. of Agriculture stamp. We have never ever had to do that. But it wasn't a big problem because we were heading to Denver where the office is to catch our flight later that afternoon. So we called the Dept of Ag and they asked if we had an appointment. We said, "Uh, no. All we need you to do is stamp this form." "When are you traveling", they inquired. "Today," we replied. "You sure waited until the last minute," they snarkily replied. Go figure!
Any way....In the Bahamas
You must have the pet permit
to bring the pet in to country. There have been times though that the government
has failed to send us the permit
back and I have had to sit at the airport
while Jeff runs to customs
at the port in Marsh Harbour to get the permit. Also there have been times, officials have not asked for any pet papers at all.
They have never been that picky with us about the 48 hour thing but we usually try to get it within a week to 10 days.
***The pet permit is good for one year but if you leave the country with your pet within that year you must have a brand new permit and vet certificate to get the pet back in. We almost missed a flight out of Miami
one time because I didn't realize this. We'd only been out of the Bahamas a month so I thought we were good...not. The agent at check in wouldn't let us board without a new vet certificate. We called the two vets we use here in the states and neither one of them would fax us one. We finally called our vet in Marsh Harbour and he faxed one. The customs
officials in Marsh Harbour didn't seem to think there was anything funny
about a form that stated a vet in Marsh harbour had seen our pet the day before we flew in.