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Visiting St. Croix

Sarah31408
March 13, 2016 11:07PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 4

Hi,
I am visiting the island for 5 days and I am house hunting. I am bringing my 9 lb mini dachshund. American airlines checked and said all I needed was proof of rabies. The rabies is a 3 year shot. I got it a year ago so he is not due for 2 years. Also, I asked about the health guarantee and they said someone will check him down there in the airport and that I do not need to get a health guarantee. He is a support dog with all of his ESA paperwork. Can anyone clarify the requirements?

Thank you,
Sarah

Re: Visiting St. Croix

Alana33
March 13, 2016 11:38PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 11,607

Check with your vet and make sure all shots, etc. are up to date prior within 10 days of department and be able to provide them.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

OldTart
March 13, 2016 11:40PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

See top of page, pull-down menu ,"Relocating" and scroll down to the section on pets. Yes, you need a health certificate.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

rosesisland
March 14, 2016 08:05AM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 605

Yes, you'll need a certificate from your local vet that health is good and shots are current within 10 days of you traveling into the territory.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

rosesisland
March 14, 2016 08:07AM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 605

Btw, highly recommend you live here a year before deciding on the purchase of a home here. Many factors to consider that you wouldn't just coming from the states. Housing here is not like in the states.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

watruw8ing4
March 14, 2016 09:33AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 849

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rosesisland
Yes, you'll need a certificate from your local vet that health is good and shots are current within 10 days of you traveling into the territory.

This is correct. And make sure your vet is certified to sign the certificate, before you make the appointment. Not all vets are.

Edit: One thing I forgot: There's a time period in which that rabies shot has to fall. I think six months. Nobody checking the certificate is going to care, and some vets ignore it because they don't want to over utilize vaccinations. But I had a vet who insisted on a booster because the previous one given had been a few months outside of the time limit.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/14/2016 09:45AM by watruw8ing4.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

AandA2VI
March 14, 2016 03:17PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 2,102

The point of the health certificate is that your animal is up to date on ALL the shots - within the timeframe of traveling. That is the validation that your animal has what it needs to come here. They never asked for ours - or any of my friends who brought pets here - over a dozen. I assume those checking in passengers aren't asking for it or trained properly to know to do so. Still, better to have it in case. They did swab our cats for bomb residue LOL.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

watruw8ing4
March 14, 2016 08:20PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 849

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AandA2VI
The point of the health certificate is that your animal is up to date on ALL the shots - within the timeframe of traveling. That is the validation that your animal has what it needs to come here. They never asked for ours - or any of my friends who brought pets here - over a dozen. I assume those checking in passengers aren't asking for it or trained properly to know to do so. Still, better to have it in case. They did swab our cats for bomb residue LOL.

Some don't ask about it at all. Most just ask if you have one. But I have had one or two that have scrutinized them like they just found a new cache of Dead Sea Scrolls.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

Matt
March 15, 2016 06:51AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 112

Go to the airline's website and read their restrictions/rules. If you're checking the dog in a crate there are also )outside) temperature restrictions (85 deg.?) that if it's over at departure or arrival, the dog can't fly! this may limit you to winter months.
Good luck.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

AandA2VI
March 15, 2016 05:59PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 2,102

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watruw8ing4
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AandA2VI
The point of the health certificate is that your animal is up to date on ALL the shots - within the timeframe of traveling. That is the validation that your animal has what it needs to come here. They never asked for ours - or any of my friends who brought pets here - over a dozen. I assume those checking in passengers aren't asking for it or trained properly to know to do so. Still, better to have it in case. They did swab our cats for bomb residue LOL.
I have had one or two that have scrutinized them like they just found a new cache of Dead Sea Scrolls.

LOLz. Funny.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

Sarah31408
March 24, 2016 12:12PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 4

Thank you for the advice. I lived in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Is it going to be drastically different then life there? I'm pretty adaptable. Both had high crime rates which is why we are choosing St. Croix.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

Sarah31408
March 24, 2016 12:14PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 4

Thanks everyone! I will be there next week with health certificate in hand. I don't know if he should get more rabies shots since he has his 3 year rabies but I will ask my vet if she can include in the certificate that his rabies is up to date.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

watruw8ing4
March 24, 2016 10:03PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 849

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Sarah31408
Thanks everyone! I will be there next week with health certificate in hand. I don't know if he should get more rabies shots since he has his 3 year rabies but I will ask my vet if she can include in the certificate that his rabies is up to date.

She will have to indicate the date of the rabies shot on the form. If your pup is in cabin with you, the only person checking will be the airline gate agent. They pretty much just look to see if the rabies is on there, if they check at all. My dog gets 3 year rabies shots, and we traveled several times when she was well into her second and third years with no problems. Your mileage may vary.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

Sarah31408
March 25, 2016 03:51PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 4

Thank you. I have talked to the airline 3 times just checking and I told them I have all the paperwork so I think we should be good smiling

Re: Visiting St. Croix

AandA2VI
March 30, 2016 08:00PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 2,102

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Sarah31408
Both had high crime rates which is why we are choosing St. Croix.

HAHA. Better read up on the forum my friend.... ESPECIALLY before buying.

Re: Visiting St. Croix

LiquidFluoride
March 31, 2016 02:07PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 1,938

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AandA2VI
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Sarah31408
Both had high crime rates which is why we are choosing St. Croix.

HAHA. Better read up on the forum my friend.... ESPECIALLY before buying.

Crime is usually evenly split between STT (just lump STJ in there, since its so close) and STX (or close enough) which means, per capita, STX is quite a bit lower on crime rates.

of course, that's meaningless in reality... but statistics are fun aren't they?

Re: Visiting St. Croix

AandA2VI
March 31, 2016 08:55PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 2,102

Yea - not reality... I mean I hate to say that and jinx myself but I did chuckle at someone moving here to get away from a high crime rate.

I really dont worry about it here at all unless I'm with you in Fsted at 1am... and then I'm only really worried about my liver. wink Dog - soon!

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