Pet Passport Mexico
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Mexico
from countries with low risk of rabies
Mexico does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:
- Proof of current vaccination against rabies must be provided. Dogs must be vaccinated against hepatitis and distemper. Kittens and puppies under the age of 3 months are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement.
- Within 10 days of travel, a licensed veterinarian completes 2 original copies of the Health Certificate for Mexico. A USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian completes the form and you have it endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. The form must be typed if departing from the US. If you are traveling from another country, the Governmental Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse your forms.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
- Ticks and tapeworm test just prior to entry to Mexico (not required for pets originating from the United States or Canada)
Normally you are limited to a maximum of two pets, however you can obtain an import permit if you are bringing more than two pets into Mexico. At the present time, only cats and dogs are allowed - no birds or rabbits.
Since dogs and cats that are not yet 3 months old may enter Mexico without rabies vaccination.
At the present time, a microchip is not required, however make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.
Be sure to bring along extra pet food, especially if your pet has specific needs or is particular about a certain brand. Larger cities will have big grocery stores (Gigante, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club) that do stock a variety of pet foods, but that may not always be the case in smaller locales. Also, if you expect to travel to more remote regions like Baja California, it's best to have plenty on hand for the trip.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Mexico If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Rabbits and birds are not permitted to enter Mexico. Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Mexico Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a
turtle or parrot, you should verify that
it is not protected under the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
Pet Microchip: Although Mexico does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling.
The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Mexico. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.GOT QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS??? You can post them directly to our Facebook page, blog, forum or just enter them below. We will respond as soon as we can.