Our dog is a 5 years old Vizsla. And we traveled from Canada
and circled the Caribbean
on our sailboat with our dog. Here is our short report on it.
First get your file up to date, we have a folder with all the shot stickers and signatures, vet visit etc...We also have a tether test report, that is a test that proves that the dog did developed the antibody against rabies. I also recommend that you have your dog microchiped. Our folder is very impressive and thick and that worked out.
Have a look at Noonsite: The global site for cruising sailors
, you have the basics per country and then go on the site for that country.
General note: most country use dogs
as guardian so locals you meet will be afraid, especially older people. So when in public places keep a short leach. And watch out for all the stray dogs
around. Do not let your dog take food
from the ground around dumpsters, in some places this is how they poison the stray dogs. Tick is the most probable problem you will have, bring the treatment with you and apply it every month. Our dog has a very short hair so it is easy to spot. We had report of dogs dying from it.
Ready, set, go...from north to south:
: we got the permit
by mail before we left, easy, took the dog everywhere.
: easy, just have to pay the fees
PuertoRico: that is the USA!
BVI: now that was something else...I had an apointment with the vet as we came in, meet with the vet on shore, then take him to the boat to see the dog. Then it was ok.
St-Martin, St-Barth, Guadeloupe
: you got to love these French and Dutch Islands, the easiest to check-in, dog friendly and cheap
, Barbuda, Antigua
, Dominique, St-Lucia, St-Vincent: We skipped them on report that they did not accept pets
, with health
certificate or not.
Grenadines: no no no, same as St-Vincent, but god you HAVE to go to Bequia and Tobaco Cays, so we did not report having a dog and were very discrete taking her to shore on remote
beaches, for short periods, early in the morning and late evenings.
If they catch you it might be difficult to save your dogs life.
Cariacou and Grenada
: no problems.
Venez, ABC, Colombia
: no problemo senior
Sylvain, Lise & Vicky