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Mexico Pet Passport Regulations

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Pet Microchip

pet microchipMexico does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you. If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.



pet rabies vaccinationProof of current vaccination against rabies at least 15 days prior to entering Mexico must be provided. Mexico will accept the 3 year vaccine from dogs and cats entering the country from the United States or Canada. All details about the vaccine must be on the health certificate. If your dog or cat is originally from Mexico (rather than the US/Canada), and your pet has been vaccinated in Mexico with a 1-year vaccine (which is standard here), you are required to show the Mexican booklet you received from your Mexican vet indicating the original vaccine date. In all cases, the vaccination must not have expired.

Dogs must be vaccinated against hepatitis and distemper. Kittens and puppies under the age of 3 months are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement.


Blood Titer Test

Blood Titer Test A blood titer test is not required to enter Mexico from any country.


Ticks & Tapeworm Treatment

screwwormWithin 6 months of entering Mexico, your dog or cat must have be treated against internal and external parasites.  Cats and dogs must have treatments for ticks shortly prior to entering the country. Note that these treatments are not required for pets originating from the United States or Canada, but highly recommended. Tick-borne infections such as ehrlichiosis are not unusual in the country, so it is wise to protect your pet.


Health Certificate

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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. THE HEALTH CERTIFICATE MUST BE TYPED.


Other Information

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Normally you are limited to a maximum of three pets, however you can obtain an import permit if you are bringing more than three pets into Mexico. At the present time, only cats and dogs are allowed - no birds or rabbits.

You may want to bring along a bit 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 food on hand for the trip.


Entering Mexico by Air

airplaneThere are multiple international airports in Mexico where pets can enter the country. Notice should be given to veterinary officials so they will be available to inspect your pet upon landing.


Puppies and Kittens

UK puppy or kitten importAs Puppies and kittens that are not yet 3 months old should not be vaccinated for rabies, they may enter Mexico without rabies vaccination.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in MexicoThe Mexico does not ban breeds, however, some cities do. Visitors to these cities will be responsible for their pet's behavior.


Returning to Mexico

export pets from MexicolPets returning to Mexico are subject to the same passport requirements as those entering for the first time. This means that pet owners returning to Mexico should have a new health certificate completed by a vet in the country you are visiting if you stay for more than 30 days.

If your pet is leaving Mexico, then you should have all documentation required for your destination country available.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles 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.


CITIES endangered turtle 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. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .


Need More Assistance?

CITIES endangered turtleTo the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting. 

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