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Latest Situation Regarding Having Animals Onboard

By doina — last modified Dec 01, 2004 01:59 PM

Published: 2004-12-01 13:59:26
Countries: Maldives

Dear Noonsite,

We represent Nooranma Travel Co. of Maldives. We Have been in the Yacht agency business for nearly a decade now.

We would like to clear up the misconception regarding entering the Maldives with a dog. As for our experience it is permissible to enter Yachts having dogs onboard. However, the animal should be onboard, in all ports of the Maldives, and cannot be taken ashore. On arrival the captain should declare that the yacht carries a dog, to the security officers. The security officers will make a statement and will get the signature of the captain that he makes sure that it will not be taken ashore.

We as a Local agent advise all crusing sailors calling at Malé port to maintain this procedure. According to the Maldives Coast Guard they confirm that the authority have fined three yachts having dogs onboard this year. The reason for fine was, the agent did not obtain prior permission for yacht to enter the Maldives with a dog onboard.

The authority says that the agent should obtain permission 24 hrs before arrival.

Ahamed Naushad, Management Executive

Nooranma Travel Co. (Maldives)