Bringing Pets To: Mexico

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What to Know Before Moving Dogs and Cats to Mexico

Mexico Import Requirements and Timeline

Henry: United States to Mexico

Microchip and Vaccinations

Time frame: we recommend starting at least 30 days ahead

Pets entering Mexico must comply with certain requirements. Specifically:

  • Rabies vaccination is mandatory; the vaccine must be less than one year old.
  • While microchips are not mandatory, PetRelocation strongly recommends microchipping any pets traveling internationally for identification and safety purposes.

How to start the process of moving your pet to Mexico

To ensure your pet's entry into Mexico, it's important to ensure they're vaccinated against rabies and that their rabies vaccine is less than one year old. Additionally, other veterinary requirements and recommended vaccines include:

  • Your pet should carry an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet during transportation.
  • We highly recommend microchipping your pet before they enter Mexico.
  • Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHLPP), and Bordetella.
  • Cats should be vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
  • Dogs and cats must be treated for endo and ectoparasites within 180 days before departing for Mexico.
  • All vaccinations and treatments should be administered no less than two weeks before the export date to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Mylo: US to Mexico

Import Documentation

Time frame: within 10 days of travel

At this stage, we offer comprehensive templates to your veterinarian and answer any queries regarding the correct completion of all necessary forms. Our experts ensure that your pet's relocation process goes smoothly, and we make sure that all required paperwork is completed accurately and efficiently.

Proper paperwork prevents hangups at customs

Ensure your pet obtains a health certificate for travel from a veterinarian within ten days of transportation. If you're traveling from the United States, an APHIS-7001 health certificate is accepted, and if your veterinarian is USDA accredited, it does not need to be endorsed by the USDA.

Your pet should be transported with the following documents:

  • Original health certificate signed in ink by your veterinarian
  • Original vaccine certificates for rabies and any relevant general vaccines, signed in ink by your veterinarian
  • Proof of parasite treatment

Chilli: The UK to Mexico

Ground transportation (and why you may need it)

Long drives across country

Once in Mexico, your pets may need to be transported by ground transportation.  This would depend on several factors, including destination, current weather conditions, breed, and size of your pet. 

Flight restrictions for certain pets

Traveling with pets within Mexico may have certain restrictions, including flight limitations. Most airlines restrict travel to certain airports within Mexico and may not offer transit flights for pets. Ground transportation may be the best option for transporting pets in such cases. Airlines may also impose restrictions on flights within Mexico based on the following factors:

  • Breed: Certain breeds of pets, particularly "snub-nosed" breeds, may not be allowed on flights within Mexico.
  • Size: Not all airlines allow large pets on flights.
  • Weather: Weather embargoes, particularly in summer months, may further restrict flights available for pet travel. 

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