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Moving with your pets to Mexico

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You may bring your cats and dogs to Mexico provided that you bring a health certificate and satisfy other requirements. Other pets are allowed as well, but you must contact the proper authorities for details on how to do so.

The government organization in Mexico that manages the importation of pets is the Oficinas de Inspección de Sanidad Agropecuarias (OISA), in English the Agricultural Health Inspection Offices. The relevant sub-organization is called SAGARPA-SENASICA. They have offices in international airports, international marine ports, and border crossings.

For cats and dogs

It is necessary to bring the original and a copy of a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian dated no more than 15 days before. It must indicate that a comprehensive health inspection was done on the cat or dog and that the animal is generally healthy and free from parasites, tumours, or any diseases or injuries. It must state that a rabies vaccination was performed, on which date, and how long it is good for. The rabies vaccination is not necessary for pets under three months old.

The certificate must also include the address of the importer/exporter of the pet, as well as the address of the pet’s final destination in Mexico. Finally, it must be accompanied by a copy of the veterinarian’s official credentials.

Upon arrival in Mexico, the pet will be physically inspected to make sure that it matches the description of the animal on the health certificate. If parasites or other health problems are found, it will be sent to a certified Mexican veterinarian for treatment at the expense of the owner. Once the pet is permitted to enter, the SAGARPA-SENASICA will issue a certificate of importation.

There is no fee for one or two pets. For three or more, there is a one-time payment of 1,620 pesos.

For other pets

Only cats and dogs are officially considered pets in Mexico. For other animals (such as reptiles, birds, and ferrets), you must use this webpage to ask for permission. If the animal is not listed on the webpage, you can contact the office: reqzoosan.dgsa@senasica.gob.mx, and for aquatic animals: redacuicola@senasica.gob.mx

 Important:

The travel requirements for your pets are determined by the airline you use. So it’s important to check the airline’s website for information about how to transport the animal, prior to booking your flight.

 Useful links:

Information about importing pets to Mexico
Information about importing pets to Mexico on the webpage of the Mexican Consulate in the Netherlands
Web page for importing pets that are not cats or dogs

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
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Afabulouslife
Afabulouslife
last month

How much is the fee for two cats? Do they quarantine cats with healthy documents.

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CaribeGal
CaribeGal
2 years ago

There is no cost when arriving in Mexico. The costs are in your home country for any needed vaccines and the international health certificate. In the US, there is no set cost for the certificate -- it is entirely up to your vet's discretion how much they charge. We have paid as little as $40 and as much as $175 (!!!).

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CaribeGal
CaribeGal
3 years ago

This is correct information except you might want to note that "proof that the cat or dog has received treatment against internal and external parasites not more than six months before traveling". is NOT a requirement for pets entering Mexico from the USA or Canada. See the Word document on this official site: http://www.senasica.gob.mx/?Idioma=2&id=623. We just brought our dog into Mexico from the USA and found this to be the case. We had everything else required on the certificate and "no problema". Thanks!

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nikolas4squid
nikolas4squid
2 years ago

how much were the fees, if any, for a pet coming in from the US? I am thinking cat.

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CaribeGal
CaribeGal
last month

At least the last time we entered Mexico with a small dog, there were no fees in Mexico. If your paperwork is not complete or your pet hasn't received all the required medications, there will be a charge, as they will call in a vet to examine your pet and administer any required vaccines or medications. Please also note that my comment above about pets from US and Canada not needing to be treated for internal or external parasites is NO LONGER ACCURATE. I have read that recently they have started enforcing that requirement when entering Mexico even from the US or Canada. I haven't taken my dog to Mexico since this change was made, but I have read about it on several web sites/blogs, so I believe it to be true. Check the official Mexican website for current requirements and make sure to follow them to the "t"! Good luck!

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