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Best way to bring pets into Mexico- this is a repost

This is Jan2017, again. Thought I would repost my question about bringing pets into Mexico in hopes someone with experience will see it and have some insight.  Many thanks! Here it is, from December 2017...

Jan2017 :

Hi,  everyone,
Does anyone have experience bringing their pets into Mexico? We have read up on the medical requirements,  etc., but are in need of advice on best way you get them here. It would be quite a long drive from Texas to the Cancun area and we've heard stories about best routes for safety,  etc. Our animals are older so we hesitate to try to fly them in. We appreciate any advice!

I also would like some suggestions.  We are not moving for another year but do have a Condo south of Cancun.  If my older dogs are still around would need to transport them and the cat.  I agree flying them is not a good idea so we have been assuming will need to drive them in.   Be glad to hear any other ideas.   JG

Janalea, I'll be entering info on our experiences worth the dogs once we have some 😀. That should be sometime later this Spring 😊

Hi,
We brought our two dogs from Colorado to San Miguel in August and we had to drive them in, our younger dog is too big to fit under an airline seat and we were not about to put him in a cargo area in the height of summer. We drove a rental van to Laredo and had a woman meet us there and drive us from Laredo to San Miguel, we could not drive our car in because we are permanent residents.  All went very well and we all arrived safe and sound. If you are worried about driving in Mexico and don't want to fly, hiring a Mexican national who is bilingual and knows the routes and is savvy about the routes, may be your best alternative. Good luck.

apicasso :

Hi,
We brought our two dogs from Colorado to San Miguel in August and we had to drive them in, our younger dog is too big to fit under an airline seat and we were not about to put him in a cargo area in the height of summer. We drove a rental van to Laredo and had a woman meet us there and drive us from Laredo to San Miguel, we could not drive our car in because we are permanent residents.  All went very well and we all arrived safe and sound. If you are worried about driving in Mexico and don't want to fly, hiring a Mexican national who is bilingual and knows the routes and is savvy about the routes, may be your best alternative. Good luck.

Yes! Our dogs are elderly and large and we wouldn't want to fly them down for many reasons.

Thank you for this idea! I have wondered about this as a possibility but have no idea how to find someone to do this!  We will be going to Akumal area,  quite a long drive.  Because of the car/truck rules I have also wondered if we could hire someone to do something similar with any belongings we might need to bring. Did you rent the van in the states and your hired driver then drove it into Mexico for you? Or did you have to unload the rental van and transfer contents (people, dogs, household) to the driver's vehicle?  And I wonder if that is even allowed at the border crossing area....(meaning the more involved household contents thing). We want to buy a car in Mexico and would like to avoid bringing one in with a trailer of stuff then having to drive it back to the states.

Do you think the woman you hired would be interested in driving for us all the way to Akumal?

I appreciate your insight very much!

HI Jan,
We rented our van and drove to Laredo and rented a van for our driver, since we could not drop the van in San Miguel. You can check with other car rental agencies to see if they have agreements in Mexico. We then rented a van for our driver to pick up in Leon, which is where she is based and she met us at the hotel in Laredo where we transferred our dogs and belongings to her van. She drove us to San Miguel and then dropped her rental van off back in Leon.  She drives people from all over the States to all over Mexico. We had our furniture brought in by a separate mover and the mover put us in touch with her. If you are interested in using her, she is a great lady and very careful driver, if you give me your email, I can forward it to her and she can reply to you, personally. I also know a lady in Lake Chapala area who my friend used for the same service. I don't know if she has a limit on how far she transports, but I can forward your email to her, as well.  She uses her own vehicle, so you would not have to pay for a rental in Mexico. I do not know her personally, but she got my friend and her two dogs from Laredo to Lake Chapala safely and without incident. Also, we had all the documented proof of vaccinations and fea/tick treatment with us, but this was not asked for at the border. I would still make sure you have this, just in case. Also, you do have to stop at immigration in Nuevo Laredo to receive a stamped FMM, if you don't, you will have to travel back there and get it before you can get or risk getting deported:). A friend of mine failed to do this and it was a major pain!
Saludos,
Arlene

apicasso :

HI Jan,
We rented our van and drove to Laredo and rented a van for our driver, since we could not drop the van in San Miguel. You can check with other car rental agencies to see if they have agreements in Mexico. We then rented a van for our driver to pick up in Leon, which is where she is based and she met us at the hotel in Laredo where we transferred our dogs and belongings to her van. She drove us to San Miguel and then dropped her rental van off back in Leon.  She drives people from all over the States to all over Mexico. We had our furniture brought in by a separate mover and the mover put us in touch with her. If you are interested in using her, she is a great lady and very careful driver, if you give me your email, I can forward it to her and she can reply to you, personally. I also know a lady in Lake Chapala area who my friend used for the same service. I don't know if she has a limit on how far she transports, but I can forward your email to her, as well.  She uses her own vehicle, so you would not have to pay for a rental in Mexico. I do not know her personally, but she got my friend and her two dogs from Laredo to Lake Chapala safely and without incident. Also, we had all the documented proof of vaccinations and fea/tick treatment with us, but this was not asked for at the border. I would still make sure you have this, just in case. Also, you do have to stop at immigration in Nuevo Laredo to receive a stamped FMM, if you don't, you will have to travel back there and get it before you can get or risk getting deported:). A friend of mine failed to do this and it was a major pain!
Saludos,
Arlene

Thank you so much Arlene, what a help! That is what I thought you meant but wanted to be sure...I am feeling much relieved thinking we might have a knowledgeable driver to take us through all that unfamiliar territory. We plan to bring as little personal property/household stuff as possible but it will be more than a car could hold. Using a mover is a possibility to bring "more" but we've been told it costs more than the things we might move :).
Yes,  I would very much appreciate it if you would send my information to birth ladies.  I will send you my details in a message. We will be getting the dog's paperwork together. Our vet told us at least one is old enough that here in US he doesn't need vaccinations anymore and they can issue paperwork accepted in other states to that effect.....I'm thinking Mexico won't like that so I'll need to do some research.  Thanks for the reminder about the FMM, it would be the pits to be deported....
Thanks again for all your help!

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