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Old 10-16-2011
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pets to Bahamas

We are planning a trip to the Bahamas this winter along with our liveaboard cat. OK, I know I lost most of you right there, but this question goes out to anyone who may have gone this route, kitty in tow. I have obtained the permit and have complied with the required immunizations for said kitty, but his vet advised against giving the feline pneumonitis shot. Is this an absolute requirement? Have any of your pets been denied entry for lack of? Any advise welcome. Except ditch the cat, of course.

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My experience with importation of pets into the Bahamas .... just present the documentation. They just check for rabies vaccs. and the cash thats on the counter for your cruising fees.
BTW... by Bahamian law the 'health certificate' has be no older than 48 hours prior to you clearance into the Bahamas.
So, Get your vet to hand write the 'header', leave the date blank, give you the pen ... and YOU fill out the date as you enter Bahamian waters.
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Do you really HAVE to declare your CAT?? Why not just stick him in a cubby hole - I have a cat and he has never sailed before - and if He doesn't behave....we may have to go to suggestion ONE except I luv him too much
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do what one cruiser did about his dog. Cleared in Bimini, found a local, handed him a $20 bill and had him sign a bill of sale for his dog. That made the dog local....
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I'll stand with RichH's advice. There's no need for deception. I've not found a problem with the 48 hr. requirement either. We've entered the Bahamas numerous times without problems and with the "Dept of Agriculture" pet entry documents date a week previous to entry. It's also possible to support your documentation with an international pet health certification that your veterinarian will likely be familiar with. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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