Bringing your pet to Eleuthera isn’t a super hard process but there are steps that need to be taken in advance. Now depending on whether you have a dog or a cat, you’ll naturally want to check with the airline to make sure there is space and that they are allowed on board. I know JetBlue only allows a certain number of animals on each flight so that is something that you will need to consider.
The planning of your trip should also be done well in advance as one of things that you need to do is get permission from The Bahamian Government to import your pet. It’s a relatively easy form that you fill out Bahamas Application to Import Domestic Animals. Here you will find out all the requirements and fees. Please make sure not to send cash as sometimes that can be a problem.
After you have sent that in and hopefully you did this a few months in advance, you should receive your document. Don’t hesitate to do it extra early as the Bahamian certificate is good for one year and it’s better to have it in hand than be still waiting for it to arrive.
Your next step is to make an appointment with your vet as a certificate needs to also be done by them in conjunction with the one you got from the Bahamas and this must be done 24 hours prior to your departure. You will need to make sure all vaccinations and such are up to date. Please make sure on the day you leave that you have all the correct paperwork as the airline will probably ask for them. If you don’t have the correct paperwork they may refuse to board you and your pet as the penalty from the Bahamian government could be a $50,000 fine to the airline.
Pets that are classified as service animals follow much the same procedure so make sure your paperwork is up to date.
Once you arrive in the Bahamas you just have to show the official the paperwork and you are set to go.
For your return trip to the US, its a relatively simple affair as you should have all the needed paperwork unless you were here for a long period of time. Here’s the rules from the CDC concerning pets. We go back and forth with a cat and that is a bit different than a dog as they can go in a carrier under the seat. Different accommodations are needed for a dog depending on it’s size so again check with your airline first.