Updated 7 months ago

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:, and for aquatic animals:


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

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