Mexico Pet Passport Regulations
Mexico 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.
Proof of current vaccination against rabies prior to entering Mexico 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.
Blood Titer Test
A blood titer test is not required to enter Mexico from any country.
Ticks & Tapeworm Treatment
Before your cat or dog can enter Mexico, it 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.
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.
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
There 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
and kittens that are not yet 3 months old should not
be vaccinated for rabies, they may enter Mexico
without rabies vaccination.
The Mexico does not ban breeds, however, some cities do. Visitors to these cities will be responsible for their pet's behavior.
Pets 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.
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. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .
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