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Old 20-01-2015, 18:35   #1
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Latest info bringing pets into Bahamas

I just received my import permit from the Dept of Agriculture, which took one month and a week. They called me to see if I was still going to the Bahamas. Very nice and helpful lady. To clear up some incorrect interpretations that some cruisers have made this is the latest. You must get a permit. The permit states you must have a one or three year rabies certificate . There must be a Veterinary Health certificate issued by the country of origin within 48 hours for importation. Here is the one most people get wrong. The animal must be presented to a licensed Veterinarian for examination within 48 hours of arrival in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Now we all know that the time restrictions don't make sense but that is how it is written. I brought a dog into the Bahamas for a number of years and never took the dog to a Vet.
They also sent a form IMP 1 (B) for your Vet to fill out and sign. Also required is the dog must have a Microchip. I will be testing the system in February.
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Old 20-01-2015, 19:13   #2
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Re: Latest info bringing pets into Bahamas

Thanks mate, we will be taking our dog there around march. What's the link or email address for the details?
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Old 21-01-2015, 05:30   #3
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Re: Latest info bringing pets into Bahamas

Veterinarian Form (AGR/VS/1A Form) ➥ https://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/dp_form.asp?fid=449

All Forms ➥ https://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/titl.asp
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Old 21-01-2015, 06:54   #4
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Re: Latest info bringing pets into Bahamas

Sorry but your information in not correct. I live in the Bahamas and our dog goes back and fourth the several times a year. There is no chip requirement. You must present health papers when you apply for the $10 permit. The permit takes a while by fax or mail. In person it is a next day thing. The permit comes with a form for your vet to sign. Do not have the vet date the form as the 48 hour requirement is on the books but never checked. There is no requirement for the dog to visit a vet, or it is never inforced. There are no exit requirements. It truly becomes a non event.
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Old 21-01-2015, 07:14   #5
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Do not have the vet date the form as the 48 hour requirement is on the books but never checked.
If you know a vet that will do that please PM me the info. Because most reputable vets won't. You are asking them to put their license on the line by fraudulently filling out a government document. Not to mention the liability side of this issue.

Also, we are traveling from Massachusetts. So our vet would need to sign the paperwork months before we ever cross to the bahamas.

We plan to find a vet in Florida before we cross but weather windows could be a problem.
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BS. Most all vets in Fla are familiar with the requirement and do not date the form. Our vet in NC even had a stack of forms. Don't over think this.
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I have done this twice. Never received anything back from them.

I did everything, and just kept all papers with me. Never questioned.

I did my part, They didn't do theirs. this was 10 years apart.


if by boat, just do everything they ask, and keep all receipts.

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Re: Latest info bringing pets into Bahamas

Last year we had the form signed by a vet in FL, no date. It was no problem, very common. Last year they did not even want to look at the permit when we cleared let alone check a microchip.

There has been a distemper problem in Nassau. Some countries have been asking for a vets permit from the Bahamas saying the dog does not have distemper. I don't see anything about this on the US customs website. It may only be other islands further south.

I'm now waiting for an import permit. Mailed it in Oct from Canada. No permit by Dec 15 so I faxed them, no reply. I arrived in FL Jan 4th, have tried phone calls, they don't pick up, several emails no response. Not sure how to move it along.

Don't wait to apply, it is good for a year. I should have applied in the summer.

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BS. Most all vets in Fla are familiar with the requirement and do not date the form. Our vet in NC even had a stack of forms. Don't over think this.

Good to know. My vet in MA wanted no part of an undated form.


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I checked my dog into Bimini about an hour ago. It went smoothly and uneventfully. In December I sent an international money order, overnight fedex with the online application. I received a faxed import document in 5 days. Coincidentally, received the mailed import document yesterday, just as we were leaving. Easy for me to have a recent health exam document, I'm a veterinarian, made one up on the way over! But....they never looked at it , nor asked for a rabies certificate. The original import application form asks for a microchip number. The form the vet is supposed to fill out, also asks for that number. Again...none of these forms were looked at when I cleared customs today. I did hear another clerk ask someone for a rabies vaccine certificate.
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I wonder what the vet checks? Fleas? We use natural flea meds, which are not always one hundred percent effective. I also wonder about the cost of dog food in the Bahamas. My two dogs together weigh 230 pounds, so they eat more than I.
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Re: Latest info bringing pets into Bahamas

Just for the record Form #IMP ! (b) you must put in the Microcip number. They do not ask for the health paper when you apply for a permit. I Just did this. They must treat you different because you live in the Bahamas. There is a requirement on the permit that sates you must visit a vet in the Bahamas but I am sure you are right that no one does it. Maybe a vet in Florida will sign an un dated health certificate but as others have written most will not. In California it is against the law to sign one without a date. I have called the AGriculture dept a few time and always got through. call 1 424 325-7502
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Quite helpful info.
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Old 18-02-2015, 14:36   #14
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Easy for me to have a recent health exam document, I'm a veterinarian, made one up on the way over!
Funny, I'm not a veterinarian, and I do the same thing! They don't look at mine either...
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Re: Latest info bringing pets into Bahamas

We cleared customs yesterday (2-26-15) at Spanish Cay, Abacos Bahamas with our Yorkie, Stella. Customs did ask for the pet permits and veterinarian health cert from my Vet. Customs kept the pet permits. You are NOT required to visit a veterinarian here. Hope this clears up any confusion.
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