Mexico Pet Import Rules and Requirements

Arranging pet relocation to Mexico means following specific rules and regulations to ensure your pet is healthy and identifiable.

When bringing a dog to Mexico, ensure they have a microchip implanted before receiving the rabies vaccine. You will also need to supply a rabies certificate and copy of your passport as well as a health certificate filled out by a USDA accredited veterinarian.

Mexican authorities also recommend that dogs coming into the country have up-to-date vaccinations, including Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.

Your PetRelocation Specialists can help you through the process of bringing pets to Mexico, and you can also learn more about the requirements below.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Mexico

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.

Mexico is a pet friendly country and does not quarantine healthy pets arriving from countries that have a low risk of rabies, such as the United States and Canada.


Though a microchip is not required for pets traveling to Mexico, we recommend microchips for all pets traveling internationally.

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. This should be a one year rabies vaccine administered at least 30 days prior to the day of departure.

Additional Vaccines

Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001)

This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited veterinarian and it must be issued within 10 days of the flight. Certification by Mexican consular authorities is not required for the health or vaccination certificate. A permit fee is charged at the time of entry into Mexico.

Additional Details

Health Certificates for live animals traveling to Mexico must not contain any abbreviations. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Dates: “January” is accepted while “Jan” is not
  • States: Must be the entire word and not the two-letter abbreviation
  • Ages: “Months” or “Year” is accepted while “yrs” and “mos” are not

In addition, all health certificates must be typed, not handwritten. The number of the health certificate must be also typewritten. Handwritten documents will be rejected.

In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of pet owner's passport

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