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 the of 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 as long as they are in good health. Pets must be at least 3 months old, and in good health but since 2020 there is no longer a document or certificate that must be checked in at the border.
It’s a good idea to bring records of your pet’s health record in case they need medical attention. Have the vaccination records handy, and any other allergies or pre-existing condition documents available just in case. Mexico no longer requires the formal documents from the vet, but upon return to the U.S. they will check him/her. The U.S. requires that your pet must have current vaccinations (within 30-365 days). If the 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 pets. 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.
Tip for Bringing Pets to Mexico
Supplies! You would be surprised about the cost of dog food in Mexico. Make sure you bring plenty so that your animal has a chance to adjust to a new diet. Some animals are more sensitive than others, but in general, if you change their home and their diet at the same time it will be miserable for both you and your best buddy. Even though Costco and Wal Mart have broken into the Mexican markets, they don’t have everything you would expect to see in your local stores. Bring lots of supplies and start speaking Spanish to your pet as soon as possible.
More Border Crossing Considerations
For a complete list of border-crossing requirements both north and southbound click here.
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