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05-13-2012 12:47 PM
youmeandthed
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

umm, it all really depends. I wonder if there is anyone who was not allowed to bring their dog in because they didn't have a VHC? Because as long as you pay the money, they don't care was our impression.
05-13-2012 12:39 PM
Dean101
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by ebs001 View Post
The bold part above is the important and accurate requirement ie the certificate must be presented within 48 hours of arriving in the Bahamas and not that the certificate must be less than 48 hours old.
I was wondering when someone was going to point this out. I read the requirement on noonsite and take it to mean exactly what it said. You have 48 hours to present the certificate once you arrive. The rabies vaccine was date specific but I read no requirement for the VHC to be dated within 48 hours of departure so I'm not sure where that idea came from. Am I missing something here?
05-12-2012 09:15 AM
Jane.Joy
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

I've had the pet permit take up to 8 weeks - plan ahead! I've always had a health certificate from a US vet, dated within a few weeks of arrival. Customs and immigration came aboard in Treasure Cay, Abacos. No expectation that we would take the animals to a Bahamian vet within 48 hours. This would be quite difficult, because in most of the places you can check in, there is no vet.
05-12-2012 08:03 AM
ebs001
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

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I have read some posts on taking a pet to the Bahamas and am a little confused. (to say the least) Most posts say that you have to have a Veterinary Health Certificate completed no older that 48 hrs before you arrive in the ilsands. The application I downloaded from the Ministry of Ag. in the Bahamas says " The animal must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate presented within 48 hours of arrival in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to a licensed veterinarian for an examination." I quess my question is can I get a Certificate in Miami within 48 hours of arrival and skip the exam in the Bahamas? Has anyone taken a pet lately?
Thanks in advance, John
The bold part above is the important and accurate requirement ie the certificate must be presented within 48 hours of arriving in the Bahamas and not that the certificate must be less than 48 hours old.
05-12-2012 12:43 AM
jrd22
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

When we cleared at West End a couple of years ago with a big black dog on deck they never even mentioned it. Neither did we:-))
05-11-2012 10:53 PM
youmeandthed
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

As long as you have the form and paid $10 you are ok. They just want you to pay the money. We went through Bimini in march, no certificate from a vet, no problem. It's the Bahamas.
05-10-2012 06:14 PM
RichH
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

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I just received my PERMIT from the Bahamas. My vet says he won't sign anything unless he also dates it. Let's see...4 days to the Keys...give or take 2 days to the Bahamas...well that's more than 48 hours...What think yea friend mariners? Got any advice or recent experience with the dog going to Bahamas?
Usually there's no problem with the date on a dogs health certificate, they just want your money, usually never scrutinize the cert. nor the animal.
As stated there ARE vets in Florida (North Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, etc.) that understand the 'recent date' Bahamian requirement and will give you an undated cert. ... and usually after they conduct a complete health exam, etc. If your vet wont give you an undated cert., find one who will.
05-10-2012 05:50 PM
beloveddream
Re: Dog to the Bahamas

I just received my PERMIT from the Bahamas. My vet says he won't sign anything unless he also dates it. Let's see...4 days to the Keys...give or take 2 days to the Bahamas...well that's more than 48 hours...What think yea friend mariners? Got any advice or recent experience with the dog going to Bahamas?
10-01-2009 07:24 AM
bottleinamessage We've taken our dog over for several years now and will again this year. Order permit for $10. Have local vet check dog and fill out and sign form a week or so before departing. Declare upon arrival. Never a problem!
10-01-2009 01:04 AM
micksbuddy The first year I went to the Bahamas with my dog(2006), I applied (late) for the permit with the extra fee to expedite. I waited in Miami(Dinner Key) for several days, a good weather window came with no permit having arrived, so I went. I was never asked about a dog at Customs/Immigration in Bimini.

The second year I went(2007), I had my permit and went to a vet in Coconut Grove to get the Vet Certificate(I had to get a microchip for Val as there was a place on the form to put a microchip number, and the vet wouldn't sign the form without one). When I arrived at Customs/Immigration in Bimini, I was asked if I had a pet on board, and the lady working expressed appreciation that I had met the Bahamian requirements.

So basically, it's a crapshoot whether you get questioned or not. But it's not that difficult to meet their requirements, so I'd suggest doing so.
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