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Driving to Mexico With Pets

Driving to Mexico With Pets

Do we need any special documentation to take our dog and cat to Mexico?

As of December 16th, 2019, dogs and cats from the USA and Canada no longer need a health certificate to enter Mexico. Upon arrival they may be inspected by SENASICA, an acronym for the Mexican government's Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad, Calidad Agroalimentaria where the inspector will verify:

  1. There are no 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 the healing process.
For more detailed information, please refer to the USDA's website.
Will my pets have to be quarantined when entering Mexico?

Your pets will NOT be placed in quarantine when entering Mexico, as long as they do not present signs of ectoparasites or ticks.

My family is planning to stay in Mexico for a long time. What happens if my pet's vaccinations run out while we're there?

According to the CDC: Adult dogs older than 15 months of age that have previously received a rabies vaccination given no earlier than 3 months of age and that has since expired may be imported immediately following booster vaccination, without the need to wait for 30 days.

Dogs that have never received a rabies vaccination before must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival in the US.

Importation of dogs and cats into the US is regulated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). According to the CDC, all domestic cats and dogs must show no evidence of disease that can be communicable to humans at the port of entry.

Even if all of your paperwork is in order, if your dog or cat does not look like it is in good health, further examination by a licensed vet (at your expense!) will be necessary before your dog or cat is allowed to re-enter the US!

Can I bring my birds and ferret to Mexico?

Yes. Information can be found on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website.

Sources:
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
SENASICA
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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