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To 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 the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the 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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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:

This will complete your cat or dog passport for Mexico.

Dog Passport Mexico

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: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits 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.

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. 

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Posted on 2013-09-09 08:22:52.0
Do we need a custom broker once we arrive in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico?
Posted on 2013-09-11 19:28:42.0
Posted on 2013-09-13 02:29:15.0
You should not need a custom broker in Playa Del Carmen. I would suggest carrying an extra $20.00 in your pocket.
Posted on 2013-09-28 19:55:43.0
Service animals are covered in the US by the American for Disabilities Act. The provisions of this act can be honored (or not) by other countries. Mexico is respectful of service animals, however each business can set their own rules. I would carry certification with you.
Posted on 2013-09-28 19:57:56.0
You can find a pet microhcip here: and we do ship to Mexico. Your pet will need to be vaccinated after the chip is inserted.
Posted on 2013-09-28 19:59:17.0
I have three German Shepherds and a pet angora rabbit that I'd like to import to Mexico. I have read that rabbits are not allowed due to some Minnesota rabbit disease. Is that still true?
Posted on 2013-10-08 17:27:24.0
I am trying to travel from chicago to villahermosa tabasco mexico. I want to take my 2 pitbulls with me. One will be 9 months and one will be 6 months. Will i be able to take them?
Posted on 2013-10-18 05:12:06.0
what do I need to take my dog from Mexico to Germany? anyone can help me??
Posted on 2013-10-23 17:43:38.0
There is no reason why your pitties cannot accompany you to Mexico as long as they are vaccinated for rabies. They will need a veterinary health certificate and a ticks and tapeworm test. There is a link on this page to instructions and forms if you need them.
Posted on 2013-10-25 12:40:52.0
You will need to microchip your dog with a 15 digit microchip, then vaccinate for rabies (in that order) at least 21 days prior to entering Germany. If your dog had a current rabies vaccination prior to the revaccination, the 21 day wait does not apply. Within 10 days of travel, a licensed vet will need to fill out an Annex II form for Germany which should be endorsed by your country veterinarian. If you are not traveling with your pet, the airlines will require a health certificate within 10 days of travel. If you need complete instructions and forms for taking a pet to Germany, you can find them here:
Posted on 2013-11-13 02:29:41.0
How much does this even cost i cant seem to get a clear answer and does it matter what lind of dog becauae i have a Rottweiler and i want to send her to my brother. Hes the one that got her originally and now we just want her in mexico with him. She has all her shots & everything i just dont know how to do it and also the cost
Posted on 2013-11-30 18:32:26.0
Claudia - first you need to find an airline that flies the most direct route from where you are to Mexico. Find an airline that serves the entire route. Airlines do not interline pets. If your Rittweiler is traveling unaccompanied, you need to contact the cargo department of that airline for the cost. Also, ask them if they require an agent to clear your pet in Mexico. If you are traveling with your pet, then it should be able to travel as checked baggage which will be less expensive. You can find the requirements for bringing a pet to Mexico here:
Posted on 2013-12-03 02:49:31.0
Your puppy needs to be fully vaccinated to enter Mexico. That age is normally 3 months.
Posted on 2013-12-03 02:50:25.0
Make sure the airlines allows you to take two live animals. They should but make sure you make a reservation for both animals.
Posted on 2013-12-03 18:54:41.0
In Mexico City, it is unlikely your dog will be welcome in many places. In the smaller towns, the dogs are more welcomed.
Posted on 2013-12-03 18:55:37.0
PetTravel The airline will tell you the cost but usually it is $100-150 per dog.
Posted on 2013-12-03 18:56:43.0
I am trying to bring my dog to Mexico from the US. I heard from United that we would be required to hire a pet broker (for $500 or more) to bring him into Mexico. I think it's because they classify dogs as cargo, not as baggage. I called Delta and the woman said the dog would be "baggage" and that I wouldn't need a pet broker. She seemed to be reading from a script, though, so I'm still a bit worried. Do you know anything about pet brokers and Mexico? Is it an airline thing or an unavoidable thing with Mexican law?
Posted on 2013-12-10 00:32:09.0
A requirement for an agent is strictly an airline decision. United requires agents to handle many Central and South America countries. It is not a requirement of the country.
Posted on 2013-12-10 04:01:18.0
PetTravel: Awesome. Thanks so much for your help!
Posted on 2013-12-10 14:43:28.0
I am thinking about travelling to Merida Mexico with my Rottweiller, 2 years of age. Unfortunately there is no direct route. Is it better to have a layover in the U.S., like Houston, or Mexico City? Who will take great care to see that he is well taken care of?
Posted on 2013-12-16 17:15:30.0
Also, I looked into what airlines have the best Track-Record of safest pet travel and United is the best, with minor incidents.
Posted on 2013-12-16 17:16:57.0
Better to layover in the United States if possible. Keep the layover around 2 hours if possible and the airline will transfer your pet to the next plane. (Stay on the same airline.) If the layover is more than 2 hours and your pet is traveling with you as checked baggage, you need to confirm that the airline will hold them, otherwise you have to claim and recheck your pet.
Posted on 2013-12-17 03:52:21.0
United flies a lot of animals very efficiently even though they, as all airlines, have had their trip ups. You will need to verify that you will not need an agent to handle the transport as United oftentimes requires that on Central and South America routes.
Posted on 2013-12-17 03:54:10.0
I'm going to be shipping my two cats down to Mexico alone and they will be picked up by someone else there. What do my relatives need in order to claim the cats?
Posted on 2014-01-03 17:57:19.0
Power of Attorney (notarized) and proof of identity. Make sure that they are listed on the airway bill. Also, keep a $20 in a back pocket just in case. ;o)
Posted on 2014-01-04 21:23:41.0
How did u send them? I need to send my dog and I have no idea where to start
Posted on 2014-02-19 00:44:45.0
I'm in Maryland and want to travel to Mexico City to get get a puppy bull terri ,where could i call to get specific answers about my questions
Posted on 2014-02-24 12:32:23.0
You can call us toll-free at 877-241-0184 M-F 9-6EST
Posted on 2014-02-25 03:08:12.0
What do i need.. because im goin to buy a mini Chihuahua in mexico he has 2 months what do i need to bring him to the usa.. please help im livin next week
Posted on 2014-03-23 18:21:33.0
Zulema - your puppy will need a health certificate to enter the US. You will need to sign a home quarantine form and have your puppy vaccinated for rabies at 3 months. You can find details and links to instructions and forms here:
Posted on 2014-03-24 03:27:00.0
Contact the cargo department of the airline that serves the entire route. They will need a health/veterinary certificate.
Posted on 2014-03-24 03:28:02.0
We plan to go to puerta vallerta. Hotel approved pet and airline good to go. So to take her to mexico we need a health certificate and vaccine records including rabies and free of worms. Do we need the 7001 form too? And when coming back to us we just need all that same info? We don't need another vet check in mexico and another letter from vet in mexico saying she's ok to return? Thank you!
Posted on 2014-03-26 21:37:16.0
Hi Katie - you will need the 7001 form and it should be endorsed by your state USDA office veterinarian. We also have a Spanish version as customs officials appreciate it, but the USDA does not endorse it. As long as you are not in Mexico for over 30 days, your papers should be fine for returning to the states.
Posted on 2014-03-27 01:40:56.0
USDA office vet- can that be our pets vet or is that someone else I need to contact? Thank you!
Posted on 2014-03-27 02:20:56.0
Ask your vet if they are USDA accredited. It costs money and some vets are not. Unfortunately, there is no list published of accredited vets. The USDA will not endorse the forms unless the vet lists their accreditation number on the form.
Posted on 2014-03-27 03:37:51.0
My friend wants to send her puppy to me its under 3 months old she's in Mexico now and change ownership what do we have to do?
Posted on 2014-04-30 00:50:21.0
Hi Alena - the puppy will need a health certificate to enter the US. If the puppy is traveling alone, you will be listed as the Consignee on the airway bill. You will need to sign a confinement agreement to quarantine your pet at home until it reaches 3 months when it will be vaccinated and one month after that. Change of ownership can be discussed with your vet. US customs will not clear the puppy any differently.
Posted on 2014-05-02 03:08:30.0
Hello, I'm a Mexican citizen who has bought a dog while in the USA. What do I need to take her back to Mexico with me? Do I need a special kind of permit if I plan on keeping her over there? She is around 2 years old. Thank you in advance!
Posted on 2014-05-09 07:51:27.0
Andrea - you can find regulations for taking your dog to Mexico here: Once you get to Mexico, you will register your dogs with the local authorities.
Posted on 2014-05-11 14:42:50.0
I want to go in 48 hrs. Is there a time frame for rabies shot.
Posted on 2014-05-22 02:15:44.0
If your pet does not have a current rabies vaccination, it should be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry.
Posted on 2014-05-24 17:17:11.0
This was posted on the US-Mexico Consulate website: You will need a certificate of health for the pet issued by a certified veterinarian issued within fifteen days of departure. You also need a valid certificate of vaccination showing that your pet has had all its vaccinations within fifteen days of departure. It would be best to call Mexican government offices directly for complete information. Contact the nearest Mexican Consulate in the United States, or the "Dirección General de Inspeccion Fitozoosanitaria" in Mexico City, Tel. 011-52-55-5571-3124 Fax 011-52-55-5784-3231. You can also get useful information from several U.S. agencies, including: U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service U.S.Customs Service Center for Disease Control
Posted on 2014-06-01 21:35:56.0
Does anybody know the closest airport to Monterrey Mexico that pets can be shipped to (in the summer time) and by which airlines?
Posted on 2014-06-03 16:08:34.0
Delta may still service Guadalajara in the summertime. It was on their list of participating airports several years ago. The only other airline with a summer heat program is United. You will need to contact them to find a participating airport nearby.
Posted on 2014-06-05 04:12:05.0
What if we are driving to go visit family.
Posted on 2014-06-16 02:53:51.0
Melissa - You will need to meet the same requirements as flying into Mexico such as proof of rabies vaccination. Dogs must also be vaccinated against distemper and hepititus. You will need 2 copies of the veterinary certificate, and have one translated into Spanish if possible. Ticks and tapeworm treatment just prior to entry. Details here:
Posted on 2014-06-17 03:49:21.0
I will be traveling with my dog to Mexico from the US, but I will be coming back to the US! What other documents do I need to come back to the US with my dog?
Posted on 2014-07-06 18:42:38.0
What if I'm coming back from Mexico and bringing a dog with me? My nephews have been having the dog for a long time and wish to bring him back into the US.
Posted on 2014-07-08 06:04:39.0
Bring him the paw
Posted on 2014-07-08 06:06:27.0
I have another question, do I have to pay to bring the dog? Do I have to get another ticket?!
Posted on 2014-07-08 06:06:40.0
In order to enter the US from Mexico, you need to have proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entry. Your airline may require a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. We recommend traveling with it.
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:45:17.0
Raqueel - in order to travel with your pet, you need to notify the airline and there will be a cost. It would depend on whether your pet can travel in the cabin or in the hold as checked baggage.
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:46:25.0
Janet - you should be able to re-enter the US with the documentation you had for Mexico as long as you are staying 30 days or less. The airline may require an updated health certificate. Always travel with proof of rabies vaccination.
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:49:06.0

What do I need to bring to the USA by bus two mexican kittens ages 1/2 month and 2 months?
Posted on 2014-07-21 05:52:13.0

My mistake, the oldest cat is 2months. Hope to hear a fast reply since we will be traveling soon. Thank you in advance.
Posted on 2014-07-21 23:22:03.0
Do you need a pet broker to ship three dogs to Mexico. I can no longer take care of them and my dad whose the original owner wants them with him. I made phone calls and pretty much got everything I need to know down except for the pet broker ?! So if I ship them to someone there are they going to need one?!
Posted on 2014-07-24 09:53:36.0
Unless the airlines require that you use a pet broker, it is not required. Your Father will be listed as the Consignee on the Airway Bill and you will give him the authority to pick up your pets. Contact the cargo department of an airline that flies the entire route as the airlines do not interline pets.
Posted on 2014-07-26 22:09:12.0
Selene - you should have a health certificate issued for your cats. As they are too young to be vaccinated, they will need a home quarantine form. After August 9, home quarantine will require advance permission from the Center for Disease Control.
Posted on 2014-07-26 22:11:25.0
Selene - US customs does not require that cats be vaccinated for rabies, but many US states do. You will need a health certificate to enter the US. Once you are settled (if the kitties are going to stay), they will need to be vaccinated for rabies at 3 months to get them licensed.
Posted on 2014-07-31 02:35:42.0

Do I need the same things if I'm going by car with my dog? Or is it different?
Posted on 2014-08-02 21:48:16.0
Darlene - should be the same requirements to enter Mexico as those for entering at an airport.
Posted on 2014-08-04 12:58:41.0
Hello I have rented a home on the beach in Ensanada Mexico for 10 days in sept, I have 2 pit terriers 1&3 yrs old they both have been fixed and have current lic and rabies shot with proof I will be driving there! what all will I need to take them with me?
Posted on 2014-08-12 18:31:10.0
Is there a fee to taking my german shepard to mexico ? but by traveling by car ?
Posted on 2014-08-17 08:35:50.0
We went through this in May. We bought a toy poodle from a friend of ours in Mexico. We had all her shots, de-worming, etc. Then, according to the Vet, EXACTLY 3 days prior to departure, they would issue the required document, and the tag for the collar showing she had been vaccinated for rabies. They checked the papers at both Guadalajara and Chicago, with not problems.
Posted on 2014-08-18 16:10:53.0
In our experience, the airline, Volaris, required our puppy to be in a soft carrier that will fit beneath the seat. The pet can weigh up to 22 pounds, but still must be confined to the soft carrier. The cost was $99 in the cabin, and $89 in the cargo hold.
Posted on 2014-08-18 16:15:00.0
Here is my problem. We purchased a puppy in Mexico, had all the shots & documents to bring her to the US in May of this year at 4 months. We are returning to Mexico August 31st, and all of her documents are still current. My question for the US vet, which the receptionist did not have an answer for, was is it necessary that we have the vet fill out any papers for our return, or are the current documents sufficient.
Posted on 2014-08-18 16:19:28.0
Just to clarify, I called one vet, the receptionist knew nothing about it, and never offered to find out. I emailed Volaris Airlines and was told to check with her vet, so I called another vet, and was told that within 7 days before flying, I have to bring her in for a check up and new documents stating that information.
Posted on 2014-08-18 19:30:52.0
Hi Jim - your pup will need to have a health checkup within 72 hours of entering Mexico. The certificate can be in English but should be translated to Spanish as well. Your vet should also complete an APHIS 7001 form. Your pet should also have a ticks and tapeworm treatment. Details here and links to instructions and forms required (including Spanish translations) if you need them:
Posted on 2014-08-19 02:22:43.0
Daysi - it has been a while, but don't believe so. Carry a 20 in your back pocket in case...
Posted on 2014-08-20 02:19:54.0
Jewell - if you are crossing the border from the US, you will need proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entry and a health cetificate. Helps if it is bi-lingual (English/Spanish) or translated to Spanish. You can find details and a link to the form here:
Posted on 2014-08-20 02:22:39.0
No special regulations for entering Mexico from a high-rabies country. Just the normal regulations. Proof of rabies vaccination, health certificate and ticks and tapeworm test. No titer test is required.
Posted on 2014-08-20 02:25:18.0

Im going to mexico in december 2014, my pit bull will be 7 months old by then, he had his rabies shot in august, and all his puppy booster shots, his taking flea and heartwork pills, what else do i have to do in order to bring him back from mexico? ill be in mexico for about a week.
Posted on 2014-08-23 16:11:16.0
Hi quick question. I would like to take my pets to Mexico and I plan on driving down from San Diego in March and staying for 6 weeks. If I do everything that is required to go to Mexico what will I have to do to bring them back home to the US? I hope that they do not have to have a full set of shots again because my vet said that that is dangerous for them. What Can you tell me about my return drive from Mexico to CA?
Posted on 2014-08-30 01:04:56.0
Moving down to Totos Santos MX for a 6 month stay around xmas time, Hoping to bring my 2 senior aged pitmixes with me.. I will get all the vet visits and shots needed along with documentation before I drive across the boarder, I've read where ya said have a "$20.00" sitting aside "just in case".. What about coming back north to the states? I want this to be a option to travel back n forth...
Posted on 2014-08-30 01:05:33.0
take the underground tunnel... ;)
Posted on 2014-08-30 01:21:21.0