New Rules for Bringing Personal Pets into Mexico

Here’s the latest information from Mexico Airports:
June 12, 2020

Dogs and cats may be taken to the border without health certificate documentation, they will be inspected by SENASICA upon arrival. Jun 12, 2020.

March 29, 2021
“I brought my cat through a week ago. Only needed rabies paperwork, there was no inspection and no need for wellness letter/certificate of health. “

Addtl. Information from the USDA:

“Effective 12/16/2019: A health certificate for dogs and cats is no longer needed to enter Mexico. Dogs and cats may be taken to the border without health certificate documentation, they will be inspected by SENASICA upon arrival. Please follow the guidance on this page.

Notice that Mexico has different requirements for Birds, Ferrets, and Other Pets.  Please see this USDA website for details:

Requirements for dogs and cats originating in, and proceeding from, the United States of America to Mexico:
(Combinacion numbers 007-35-61-USA-USA and 013-08-504-USA-USA)

  1. Upon arrival to Mexico with the pet dog(s) and/or cat(s) in a clean cage(s)/carrier(s), travelers must visit the Mexican Animal and Plant Health Inspection Office (OISA), to contact the official personnel working with SENASICA. The official personnel will verify the following:
  1. That the dog(s) and/or cat(s) does/do not present signs of infectious and contagious diseases.
  2. The animal(s) is/are free of ectoparasites*
  3. The animal(s) does/do not present fresh wounds or wounds in a healing process.

*If at the physical inspection parasites are detected, the owner/user should contact a Veterinarian (anyone) in order he/she applies an appropriate treatment. If ticks are detected, the SENASICA personnel will take a sample of the ectoparasite(s) for its diagnostic at the official laboratory, and will verify that all parasites are removed from the pet(s). The animal(s) will remain at the OISA [Mexican official office] until confirmation that the parasites are not exotic/foreign to Mexico, or are not under an Animal Health Program (Campaign) in Mexico. Otherwise, SENASICA, through the Animal Health General Direction, will determine the measures to be applied. Expenses derived from such actions, should be paid by the importer.

Other requirements/information about inspection at the OISA, upon presentation of the shipment in Mexico:

B. If your pet(s) is/are under treatment due to lesions and/or infections on the skin due to mites, dermatomycosis, dermatophylosis, hairless or similar lesions, you should present to the official personnel of SADER/SENASICA the diagnostic and treatment instructed by the Veterinarian. Such information should be presented in a letterhead, including the professional registration number (or equivalent). Enclosed to the letterhead, it can be accepted a copy of the professional registration number (or equivalent).

C. Compliance of what is indicated in this document, does not exempt the importer of presenting documents, complying with applications and/or procedures requested by other authorities.

D. When the cage/carrier is dirty and/or contains bed disposable (newspaper wood – other materials) toys or edible products, a disinfection will be applied, removing all that is inside of the carrier/cage, for a proper destruction.

E. Only the portion of food used to feed the animal during the day of arrival, will be allowed.

This HRZ only applies to domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), and domestic cats (felis catus).

NOTE: If you travel regularly between the U.S. and Mexico with your dog, you can request to register in the “Pet Program – Frequent Traveler”. For further information please contact the following phone numbers: 59051000 ext. 53611, 54326 and 51020, (0155) 43130154; 43130155 and 43130152.

Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any.

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet

Happy Trails, Steve

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9 Responses to New Rules for Bringing Personal Pets into Mexico

  1. Pingback: Updated News on Antiparasitic Treatment Rules for Pets Entering Mexico | Surviving Yucatan

  2. Are there changes for Canada?

  3. Pat says:

    I think they should submit verification from a vet of the DATE of the Rabies vaccination ! and Distemper and that those bringing in a pet should pay a fee of $ 250 pesos for the people that are supposed to examine the incoming animals. We don’t want to bring our pets to Mexico if they could be exposed to UNvaccinated animals ! this is nuts.

  4. ph1tx says:

    Also, the vets exam should INCLUDE the actual WEIGHT of the animal. Many condos have a weight limit for dogs and cats of 20 lbs. and there is no proof. So, the weight should be included verified by the vet and the immunization record. When we were taking our 26 lb. CAT Maine Coon cat, back to USA, we asked the vet in P.V. if he could do a home visit for the exam to go to USA, because our cat is so big. He replied, “Do you have $200 pesos? ” ( the cost of exam) Then he promptly filled out the paperwork for our CAT to return to USA But he had never seen our cat at all and said our cat was in perfect health. This is horrible.
    What are the qualifications of these people who look at the animals? Duh !

    • yucalandia says:

      It sounds like the USA’s anti-Coronavirus efforts in US airports.

      In just the last 4 days, flights full of unscreened unchecked untested passengers from South Korea … deplane in USA’s biggest busiest airport (Atlanta) … with no questions asked, no tests … just

      WELCOME TO THE USA Walk around wherever you want … Go wherever you want.

      … even though South Korea has the worst Coronavirus problems & most deaths (except for China). 😦

      So … We may decide to take reasonable efforts ourselves … to keep us (and out pets safe)

      … and not expect either the Mex. Gob. or the US Govt to do anything.

      Take care of yourself … and your loved ones …

      Do your best … and don’t stress too much. 😉

  5. edcotton433900203 says:

    Things are going well here. Just waiting for the corona virus to drop here as undoubtedly it will. Did you get a lot accomplished in Bacalar?

    Ed Cotton


  6. ph1tx says:

    Actually, I think Mexico should charge $50 USA $1000 pesos for entry of a service, domestic pet. The pet owner should be enrcouraged to be responsible for taking any living being into Mexico. If staying for 30 days or 6 months, the fee should be $100.usd $2000 pesos.

  7. ph1tx says:

    Probably not. Check immigrstion regulations for Canada.

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