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Old 09-06-2016, 20:48   #1
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Pets abroad

Hi everyone,

I posted previously to try and get information about taking a small cockatiel crushing over seas but got no responses. I thought I will therefor broaden the question and ask for people's experiences taking any pets abroad and what the difficulties associated are. For example vet checks, medical records, countries with restrictions on certain types of animals.
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Old 09-06-2016, 21:08   #2
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Re: Pets abroad


It isn't fair to the pet.
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Re: Pets abroad

We have a dog on the boat and have been to the Bahamas. Just a little extra paperwork, but it has been easy. We are on a catamaran and the dog has a pad to use inside or when the weather is bad, otherwise, she uses the net up front. We don't ever have to take her ashore to go potty, only for exploring when it makes sense. I know there can be issues with other countries, but the Bahamas were easy.

For the Bahamas, fill out the application ahead of time and send it to them and use the service for the fax back option. They will send you the permit and the health cert to have your vet fill out. You do not need an international health cert, just the paper that was sent to you signed by your vet. It does not have to be completed within 24 hours when clearing in on your private vessel, just have it completed reasonably close to the time before you leave the US. Your permit and signed health cert will clear the pet in through customs when you clear the boat in.

There is some confusion about leaving and seeing a vet. After multiple phone calls to. Various Bahamian entities, we were told we did not have to clear out and did not have to clear the dog out, just leave. So when it was time for us to come back to the US for hurricane season, we just left.

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