Bring Your Dog to Mexico
For many travelers, it’s not a vacation unless you can bring your dog to Mexico…the complete family journey. Fortunately, it is possible to bring your dog to Mexico and safely return with him/her to the United States. For the latest updates regarding pets, you can visit theof the United States or the Mexican Consulate. There are, however, some stipulations pet owners must keep in mind.
Current law states that pet owners may Drive into Mexico with their pets provided they carry two documents. First, they will need An International Certificate of Good Health. Your licensed veterinarian may issue this certificate (Form 77-043) upon performing an examination of the cat or dog. The Veterinarian’s signature must then be approved by the official state veterinarian. A licensed veterinarian can answer any questions you have about the nature of the exam and the process by which the state veterinarian will approve the issuance of this certificate for your pet.
In addition to the International Certificate of Good Health, pet owners will need a document denoting proof of their pet’s vaccinations. Pets must be vaccinated for rabies as well as distemper. These vaccinations must have been delivered at least fifteen days before the proposed border crossing. The pets will not be quarantined upon arriving in Mexico provided these documents are presented to customs agents. Talk to your veterinarian about ensuring that information is specified clearing so agents can easily note your name and address as well as the dates of the pet’s examination and vaccinations. Also, both cats and dogs must be at least three months of age in order to be admitted in the country.
These documents will, of course, be needed to return your pets to the U.S. It is always a good idea to keep multiple copies of these important items. The U.S. requires that your pet must have been vaccinated between a year and one month prior to your crossing back into the country. If time has elapsed so that your pet is not up-to-date with its vaccinations it will be quarantined for a period of thirty days. Pet owners may select a quarantine site for their pet. Upon re-entering, the pet owner must have their pet vaccinated within four days; however, the pet must still remain in quarantine for a full thirty days.
Many travelers enjoy bringing their pets to Mexico and it may be safe to say that the pets enjoy the experience too! In fact, many tourist-friendly cities like Rosarito Beach and Ensenada feature hotels that admit pets. If you are riding in an RV, a pet can be a great companion and will enjoy the beaches of Mexico just as you do. Depending on the nature of your vacation, bringing your pet along can certainly enhance the experience. For anyone flying into Mexico, it’s additionally important to check with your airline for their advice regarding the transport of your pets. Though there are pet-friendly accommodations in Mexico, many hotels and resorts will not accept pets as guests; it’s vital to make your reservations, therefore, in advance with a hotel that accepts feline or canine guests.