Moving with your pets to Mexico

pet travel
Updated 2020-05-29 13:42

You may bring your cats and dogs to Mexico provided that you report them to the Agricultural Health Inspection Offices. You no longer need to 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 properly.

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 SENASICA. They have offices in international airports, international marine ports, and border crossings.

For cats and dogs in Mexico

Your pet must be visually examined by a representative of the SENASICA to be checked for rashes, healing wounds, infectious diseases or external parasites. In the case that any of these are detected you'll be asked to contact a veterinarian of your choosing to have the animal in question evaluated, and if need be, treated, at your expense.

In the event that ticks are found during the inspection procedure, they'll be collected and sent to the lab for analysis to determine if they are an invasive species. The pet will be housed in the examination centre until such time that the results come back. All analysis and tests will be charged to you.

If at the time of inspection your pet is being treated for infections and/or lesions of the skin tissue, such as alopecia, dermafilosis, mande or a condition of this nature, you should present SENASICA with a letter from a licensed veterinarian with the license number, or equivalent, that states both the diagnosis and treatment.

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.

Once the pet is permitted to enter, the 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.

You can only bring enough pet food to cover the day of arrival.

For other pets in Mexico

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: [email protected], and for aquatic animals: [email protected]


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 as well as whether they require additional documentation like a health certificate, prior to booking your flight.

In any case, you should check on the government website before going on your trip:

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

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