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sailing through central america with cat, HELP

I'll be sailing through central america and possibly some of south america soon with a cat. Does anyone have any idea what the laws are, or the quarantine requirements and fees might be like? I'm not sure if we will stop in every country, but if anyone has special info on any particular country, it's appreciated.
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I'm interested in what others have to say regarding cat/pet travel requirements as well. I figure I'm less than six months away from starting my journey from S.F. Bay to Florida. It looks like the only crew I'll have will be Mr Kit T. Kat and Mr Otto Pilot.

What I do know is you'll need to get a "Health Certificate" from your local Vet. Kit's Vet has already said he's happy to provide this. I don't think it has to be a specific form, and I'm sure most Vets can accomplish this. They'll want the cat to have all it's shots first.

When you enter a new country, there may be a period of time when animal crew members are in quarantine. Except for England, I believe the quarantine can be accomplished onboard. In other words, no shore leave for furred crew for a period of time (likely two weeks). If you're anchored, this definately won't be a problem with a cat.

The big concern is if your cat gets sick or is sick when you're clearing customs.

I've heard of people doing circumnavigations with cats onboard so I know it's very possible. However, every country has its requirements.

Please, those that have traveled south of the US with pets, speak up on your experiences.


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If your pet is kept onboard your boat at all times, it's unlikely that you'll need to do anything. I haven't traveled in Central or South America so I can't guarantee this is the case there, but we have been to almost all of the eastern Caribbean islands. Our experience was consistent, no matter where we went. When we cleared in, we were asked if we had any animals aboard. We said yes, a cat, but that it would remain on board at all times. There was never any problem, and we were never asked for any type of health certificate.

It was a different story when we moved to our new home on Nevis. Since the cat was to be "imported" to the island, she had to have current shots, a vet health certificate, two separate rabies titer tests from the University of Kansas, and a sign-off from the US Department of Agriculture within 24 hours of the pet arriving on island. The government vet met us at the airport to check the cat, and we then had to quarantine her in our house for six weeks, with weekly visits by the vet. The fees for all this were considerable.

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