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The CDC has updated the rules on dogs entering the United States from “High Risk” rabies countries. While a permit is no longer needed for dogs that have been vaccinated in the United States, the ports of entry are still limited.

 

From the CDC website:

 

Effective December 1, 2021, dogs vaccinated in the United States by a US-licensed veterinarian may re-enter the United States from a high-risk country without a CDC Dog Import Permit if the dog:

1.     has a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate;

2.     has proof of a microchip;

3.     is at least 6 months old;

4.     is healthy upon arrival; and

5.     arrives at an approved port of entry

 

All dogs that have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months may only enter the United States through an approved port of entry, which includes all 18 airports with a CDC quarantine station: Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA), and Washington DC (IAD).

 

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Ok so I know a lot of people have had a good experience with the Bahamas Pet Permits third party website and I wanted to share my experience because at the moment it’s the opposite. I will say I applied outside of their service and upon realizing I can’t call internationally on my phone reached out to the service to see if I could hire them to follow up on it for me or if I could apply again through them. They said they would follow up on it for me the next day. So the next day I did not hear anything from them. The day after that I sent an email checking in and received no response, I emailed again about 4 days later and also received no response. About a week  and a half after they said they would follow up I messaged through WhatsApp and they did read it but have yet to respond. At this point I’m fairly certain I’m not going to be able to bring my SD with me despite starting the paperwork about 6 weeks before my trip which I will take the fault for since I booked the cruise very last minute. I would have appreciated more communication from Bahamaspetpermits considering I was wanting to pay them for their assistance and use them in the future but at this time I’ve got nothing. I’m got slight hope that maybe I’ll get the permit in the next two weeks before my trip but I’m really doubting it 😭

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Six weeks is never enough time to begin the process with the Bahamas unfortunately and you didn’t say whether you sent in for the permit initially by overnight mail. And they are currently short staffed in their office as it says on the Pet Permit website. 

 

You are asking for help outside the scope of the company’s service routine which requires you to send them the documents, a photo of the dog, a copy of the rabies vaccination etc. You get a bill, you pay, then they work on your behalf.  If you want them to get the permit for you, do that tomorrow. 
 

Otherwise, you can fax or email the Bahamas officials and if your phone doesn’t work, maybe your veterinarian should be assisting you. Your vet will will need to provide you with a health certificate anyway for your dog to cruise, and inspect the dog just before you depart to fill out a second Bahamas form required. 

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I have caught up with the posts since I was last on in January.  Wow, I didn't know I had been MIA for so long.

 

I am finally, mostly, recovered from shattering my knee and ankle back in August, 2019 and having to relearn to walk.  Of course, I had surgery, hardware and cadavar bones.  But then I opted to have the hardware taken out of my ankle in July.  It was causing a lot of problems.  We did make it to our home in Florida March 2020 for 2 weeks.  My husband had a bicep tendon rupture resulting in emergency surgery back in Idaho.

 

I did go on my annual, of course there was the break in 2019 from the "annual", girls cruise in September 2020.  I so wasn't ready for that kind of traveling on my own and it was not enjoyable.  The crew was wonderful, they were so happy to be back.

 

Then my husband, Rich, got me to my home in Florida the beginning of October and Halo and I were here alone until he was able to make it out the 3rd week in November.   Our business landed two jobs in Alaska and he had to be on site for those and hunting in Idaho in October.  We will be in Florida until April and then back to our home in Idaho for the summer.

 

Halo is slowing down and I have applied for a service dog through CCI.  I do have a phone interview with them next Tuesday.  We have move and are in the process of remodeling (complete gut) of a small home on our Idaho property.  Our daughter and her future husband will live in the small house and then when they have kids we will switch houses.  She always said she wanted to raise her kids in the home she was raised in.  I just thought that was something young kids say.  Now that she is an adult, I believed it to be true.  Halo will retire with her.  She, her finance and her dog love Halo, it is so perfect.

 

It is so nice to hear everyone is doing as well as can be expected through this crazy last 2 years.  

 

Linda and Halo

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Greetings!  

Scooter is going to be boarded for a couple of weeks while hubby and I spend 2 weeks on a ship.  Things are just so uncertain right now, plus my favorite Celebrity ships have the box in SUCH a difficult spot. That and the Lawn is such an issue for my dog.... grass is meant to be sniffed then marked!  Just ask my dog!

 

Anyone, hope you all are well.  

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Hope everyone had a good holiday. We have been booked on a January 16, 2022 Hawaii cruise for more than a year (replacing our cancelled 40th anniversary March 2020 cruise at the start of the shutdown). But it was not meant to be.

 

Sadly my brother, who had Alzheimer’s, died Monday after a fall & hip surgery. So we have cancelled the Hawaii cruise and await word on the memorial service (complicated by the blizzards in the DC area where they live, and the numerous flight cancellations.)
 

I booked the itinerary because the first stop was Oahu and I could have the dog inspected there (versus the hassle of another port).
 

The people at the Department of Agriculture Rabies-free Hawaii quarantine division ignored my December 2 fax and follow-up emails. I believe that was  because the state had not approved resumption of large ships until yesterday. Meanwhile the arrival date changed - and the itinerary is still changing, ports deleted.

 

On top of all of this, our friends of 40+ years who were going with us now are in quarantine separately for ten days at sea in Cunard’s Victoria which is currently a quarantine service ship, They were on the Queen Mary2 Christmas cruise which Cunard suddenly terminated early at Barbados due to Covid cases aboard. Jim tested positive when Cunard decided to fly New York-boarding passengers back. 

 

All of this upheaval made it a relief to cancel. The dog wasn’t yet approved, and I couldn’t imagine being quarantined with my ten year old girl, watching her dog food run out. Too much uncertainty.
 

We have a Caribbean cruise in April with the above friends and it’s out of Tampa (no flights to deal with), so will look forward to that. Raylene’s blood Titre expires in June but I don’t think we’ll try for Hawaii a third time.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Caribbean Chris said:

Hope everyone had a good holiday. We have been booked on a January 16, 2022 Hawaii cruise for more than a year (replacing our cancelled 40th anniversary March 2020 cruise at the start of the shutdown). But it was not meant to be.

 

Sadly my brother, who had Alzheimer’s, died Monday after a fall & hip surgery. So we have cancelled the Hawaii cruise and await word on the memorial service (complicated by the blizzards in the DC area where they live, and the numerous flight cancellations.)
 

Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother and that your friend tested positive for Covid. I hope he has an uneventful recovery. That must be so disappointing to have to cancel your cruise to Hawaii again, but it makes sense not to go especially since you are traveling from the East Coast and don't have the preclearance yet for Raylene. It's really unbelievable that we are still dealing with cruise cancelations due to Covid almost two years later!

 

I hope your cruise in April is a go. We enjoyed our Pacific Coastal in October and it gave me a lot of confidence to go knowing that we could just drive home if we needed to. By April, we should be well past Omicron. Next up for us is Alaska in September, hopefully Canada will be open to cruise ships this summer.

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Thanks, Diane. Alaska sounds great! And as you know, the greatest thing is having no paperwork hassles, just the health certificate. I’d go back again if it weren’t for the flights. It’s been a few, maybe five years now since our last Alaska cruise.
 

We’ve got a New England/Canada cruise booked for October, and I love that there will be minimal papers to arrange for there, too. Life’s complicated enough these days without all the red tape.

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