Hmm...that's a good question. But not an unusual situation. A lot of the 'rules' here have some ambiguity or flexibility built in to them. This is the only place I have ever been where we could negotiate vehicle inspections, for example. I gave them my word I would fix an emergency
brake,, and that was good enough.
We brought our dog here, but it was on a flight from the US. And the Customs
lady at the airport
looked at the paperwork, mentally tallied up the pieces, patted the dog, and it all took maybe 30 seconds.
One suggestion...pull in someplace in the Southern Bahamas
( or Puerto Rico
or the DR if you are coming from the South) an have your health
people up north fax you an updated certificate, with the recent date?
Or stop and see a vet wherever you are and have them issue a certificate that says the dog is healthy and has no parasites or communicable diseases and the innoculations are up to date. then, if the customs
people ask, tell them exactly what you did.
They are not excessively strict here on that, but they do want to keep rabies off the islands. That's really the main concern.
I think that if you just wave the appropriate number of documents at them, and they can see that there is one for each category, they will probably be okay with it. Would probably help you if the documents are in French and you turn on the Gallic/english confusion factor. Just don't take an attitude and you should be okay. Smile a lot. The customs people are all native people here, and the native people here are way friendly if you can get them to smile. They seem to think that their job in uniform requires a stern exterior, but their hearts are not in it. They enjoy humor
, and don't have to stick strictly by the letter of the rule
if they are satisfied that the intent of the rule
is being met. I.e. no sick dogs