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Female alone - Driving dogs down from the states ???

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Edgenaples
4/24/2022 14:59 EST

We have 4 senior dogs that we love. We are retiring soon and moving to Nicaragua. We do not want to fly the dogs. Anyone driven down from the states with dogs ?
My wife is Nica and does not want me in the car, believing we'll end up getting pulled over and paying huge bribes and thinks the same thing will happen at each border, as soon as they see me. Thoughts ???

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JustSomeGuy
4/25/2022 08:31 EST

Look for posts by KeyWestPirate, he occasionally talks about his drives from the USA to Nicaragua.

Here’s a thread where he talks about payments at border crossings:

https://www.expatexchange.com/expatguide/654/3452232/Nicaragua/Expats-Living-in-Nicaragua/Car-import-New-law

“So,, to get back to the answer to your question,, You pay a small amount to Mexico,, a small amount to Guatemala, nothing to Honduras,, and then do the actual import to Nicaragua.

I had so much stuff one trip that I was forced to get a customs broker in Guatemala and come in under a commercial permit. The other countries let me through as a tourist.

Every trip is different. Smile a lot, and dance when ever you can. The customs people are not putting this money into their pockets. If they like you,, they go low.”

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mikee2
4/24/2022 15:39 EST

Let me get this right, you intend to drive down here, through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Am I reading you right?
First of all, your wife is right, being a gringo brings on "chorizo" and you'll be lucky if your not kidnapped and held for ransom. You think I'm joking, I ain't.
The only last words I have, please make sure your Blue Cross is paid up.
Put the dogs on a plane, why take the chance of problems with your life in driving.
They'll make it. Also, make sure all their medical papers are current within 30 days.
They will look for any loophole to make money and hold you up.

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atz111
4/24/2022 15:31 EST

Bad idea to do alone.

Dogs will need paperwork..vt cert/vaccination records for each country...certainly to get into Nica..maybe nice land borders are less strict but airline entry is strictly enforced..

so she makes it all the way and can't get into nice with dogs..what then/

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