-Similar situation here, not as many endorsements (
) but we've got a younger CAT, and going cruising -thinking about getting a small dog
(our other one passed away not long ago). I know you will need all the papers for your animal's shots and any history
relevant -they want to make sure you're not bringing in a diseased pet, and if you're not going to allow it onshore, even better (issues with being on the hard
or at a dock
is more common).
So far, it looks like each country has their own policies.
SO FAR THE BEST RESULTS I'VE FOUND ARE on NOONSITE.com
1) find the countries you want to know about
2) Scroll down the left side to "pets" and click to check out the info
3) also check out the rest of their customs/immigrations (etc) links.
For instance, for Tonga: Tonga —
-At the very bottom of the page headings, there's a pet section
(so far all the countries on Noonsite have this same layout, but not all have a link for the sub-section you can click as of 2017/01).
you'll need a "quarantine certificate" (what's that anyway, where to get it also?) or the dog may be destroyed
(presumably you could say screw it and sail on, pending provisions- I mean, why bother anchoring
or staying if they're going to euthanize your beloved pet- takes all the joy out of the place).
I don't recall
where I found more info, but someone (maybe here) posted how and where to get these certificates (for Tonga), as well as what happened when their cat/dog got off the boat
(there or in Fiji
?)-as I recall, they had to pay the immigration/bio/customs officers who showed up at checking in something like 1200$USD or more "holding fee" BOND for their quarantine license", plus the officials "coming out the boat fees", then they couldn't come to the dock for a certain "Quarantine" period of time.
In one case, when they did go to a dock, someone apparently let their dog off the boat one night then kept the quarantine/bio fee in an apparent scam- owners they said there was no way the animal could have gotten of by itself- and the local customs
people got to then "keep" the 1500 local currency -and they lost
their dog/cat and cash when it came time to sail on. Just a FYI to be on guard of ways locals might find to make more money
when and how they can- after all you have a "YACHT" and must be "WEALTHY" -!
We're making a list of all places we're considering going, and checking each country via Noonsite and google
and the forums
as well. Noonsite seems the best resource so far, and developed nations have regular pages that show up on google
1st world nations have more set policies that don't seem to change much
, and can be looked up on their immigration/customs/entry formalities pages.
2nd/3rd world nations, and island countries seem to change
it year by year, with some exceptions being that places like Fiji
-which never allow you to have your animal on-shore without a lot of hassle, money
some additional resources
: (might update as we find more- is there a sticky anywhere here on the forums
? If not, might start a new thread?)
CITES Endandered Species and Fauna Countries: https://cites.org/eng
and just this, as an example of a modern nation -has special agencies:
: Home | AVA
Hope something useful here!