Bringing your dog or cat to Mexico 

Take care of your best friend!

Although the Mexican government has lifted some of the requirements for relocating your dog to Mexico, it is imperative to ensure your pet's health to prevent diseases. The good news is domestic dogs and cats entering Mexico do not need to be quarantined. The regulations may change regarding bringing pets into Mexico, but the best advice is to obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian at home. Ensure your pet is fully vaccinated, including rabies and treated for external and internal parasites. In México, there are parvo and distemper, these two infectious fatal diseases are on the rise due to dogs born in poor conditions and living in the street. As well mosquitoes may infect your dog with heartworm, and tick-borne diseases are prevalent in Mexico.

Before you book your flight, consult your airline for any crate specifications, breed, or heat embargos before you travel.

The current requirements from the government website are;

  • Present a Health Certificate issued within 15 days of travel include an original and a simple copy.
  • A licensed veterinarian's Health Certificate on letterhead, including their professional identification number printed or a photocopy.
  • Your name and address in your country of origin and of the destination address in Mexico.
  • Date of the rabies vaccine and its validity (animals under three months of age are exempt). We suggest you affix the rabies label to your health certificate.
  • Confirming the animal is in good health.
  • The animal has been treated for internal and external parasites within the previous six months.

Upon arrival, you and your pet will meet with the official of SAGARPA-SENASICA to make a Certificate of importation of your pet. They will do a physical inspection of your pet and verify your documents.

If you do not provide the certificate, you must contact a Veterinarian in Mexico to come to the airport, issue the health certificate, and apply the corresponding treatment.
Your pet must travel in a regulated transporter or crate (contact your airline for size regulations) without bedding or accessories. The crate will receive preventive spray treatment from the personnel at SAGARPA-SENASICA. You will be allowed to bring a collar with an ID tag, a leash and one ration of food.

If you travel frequently between countries with your pet, check out the link below to find out how to avoid unnecessary vaccines and reduce wait times at the airport.

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Unfortunately, these regulations only apply to dogs and cats; if you wish to travel with other animals such as rabbits, rats or birds, send an email to it may not be easy to import these types of pets.

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