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Can I bring my pet with me to Mexico?

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In Mexico, only cats and dogs are considered pets!

If your pet is older than three months of age, a health certificate is required. If your pet is older than three months of age, it will need a Health Certificate and anti-rabies vaccination record dated within the previous year. It is very important to take the necessary precautions to have all the documentation needed, and that the information it contains fits the pet’s characteristics i.e. age, breed, color, sex, etc. If inconsistencies are detected you might face drawbacks or even the rejection of your application.

  • When arriving to Mexico, you must present your pet and all the documentation in one of the Inspection de Sanidad Aropecuaria offices (Sanitary Inspection Office), located in every airport, port and border-crossing.

  • Your pet will be inspected physically by a government officer of Mexico to check for parasites or other infectious health issues.

  • If your pet complies with all the requirements mentioned above, a Zoo Sanitary Import Certificate will be issued, allowing your pet to enter the country.

The cost of issuing the Import Certificate (a little over $120 USD) will have to be paid by the owner at a bank counter, (usually this counter is right next to the inspection office). The rate changes every six months, on January 1st and July 1st, so check for up-to-date rates.



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