Mexico Pet Entry Regulations

A dog on a Mexican sombrero

A dog relaxes on a Mexican sombrero

Mexico Pet Entry Regulations is extremely pet-friendly and does not quarantine. We particularly love Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood resort, and Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas. If you’re traveling to Punta Mita, opt for the Four Seasons Punta Mita.

To bring your pet into  Mexico, regardless of mode of transportation, you will need a certificate of health for the pet issued by a certified veterinarian issued within 10 days of departure. You also need a valid certificate of vaccination showing that your pet has had all its vaccinations within 10 days of departure.

While some countries are lax about requesting to see the proper documentation when entering Mexico, Mexico has never been in our own experience and each time has asked for Lucy’s health certificate.

Procedure for the import of pets to Mexico carried out at the Inspection [Offices of Agricultural and Livestock Health Offices of Agricultural and Livestock Health or OISA, by its name and initials in Spanish], which are located in international airports, border crossing points, and international sea ports.

1) Document Review at the OISA

You must present to the authority the Zoosanitary Certificate for Export (Health Certificate) in original and copy, issued by the corresponding Federal Authority in the country or issued by a Veterinarian, in both cases from the country of origin of the pet.

Certificates issued by the Veterinarian should count with printed headed note paper; valid license number code that accredits the veterinarian for the exercise of this profession (or equivalent,) which should be presented printed or photocopied, valid within a 10 days period from issued, where the next should be notified:

• Name and address of the exporter and importer, as well as the pet identification data and pet final destination;

• Rabies vaccine, indicating vaccination date and time of its effectiveness. Animals under three months of age are exempt from this requirement.

• It must indicate that the animals have been preventively treated against internal and external parasites within six months prior to their movement, therefore, stating that they are free from external parasites.

• It must state that prior to exportation, the pet was found clinically healthy at examination.

If during the procedure of document review and verification, the Medical/Health Certificate does not indicate any of the above mentioned requirements, you may present the vaccination card or immunization record (original and copy,) which should include those requirements that need to be fulfilled; or you may contact a reliable private Veterinarian of your choice for the administering of the corresponding treatments, with charge to the importer.

2) Physical inspection of the pet at the OISA

Here, it is verified that the physical description on the Medical/Health Certificate corresponds to the pet (sex, breed, color,) as well as its health status and that the pet is free from external parasites.

If the pet is detected as not free from external parasites during the physical inspection, the services of a private veterinarian will be needed in order to apply the corresponding treatments, with charge to the importer.

3) Issuing of the Import Zoosanitary Certificate at the OISA

Once the established requirements are fulfilled (Medical/Health Certificate and Physical Inspection,) the official personnel at the OISA will proceed with the issuing the Import Zoosanitary Certificate [Certificado Zoosanitario para Importación, by its name in Spanish.]

When one to three pets are transported, there is no charge for these procedures. If you are transporting four or more animals, you should cover a payment of $1,817.00 pesos on-line or at a bank corresponding to the Importation Zoosanitary Certificate [Certificado Zoosanitario para Importación, by its name in Spanish.] For three or more pets, the Customs authority will order its movement to the cargo area, where the national legislation on commercial importation should be fulfilled and perform the procedure at the OISA.

Explanatory Notes
Compliance of the zoosanitary requirements stated here, do not exempt the importer to comply with procedures and submission of documents required by other authorities.

Introduction to Mexico of litter materials or any other bedding material accompanying the animals is not permitted. Only ration of balanced food for the day of arrival is permitted to enter with the animal.

For further information, at your arrival to the country, OISA official personnel will guide you through the procedures.

Arrival to Mexico without zoosanitary documents

Your pet should stay in our office until a veterinarian proceeds with its examination, certification of its health status, application of anti-rabies vaccine and preventive deparasitized treatment in order to continue with the import procedure. This may cause you delays and payments that are to be covered by the owner of the pet.

Importing pets other than dogs and cats (a reptile, bird, ferret, or turtle)

You need to comply with especial requirements that are stated in the Zoosanitary Requirements Sheet, which is issued at the SAGARPA Branch Offices or at the Attention Service Desk located in the General Head Office of Animal Health [Dirección General de Salud Animal] located on Av. Cuauhtemoc No. 1230, Col. Santa Cruz Atoyac, Del. Benito Juarez, C.P. 03310, Mexico, D.F. at office hours Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 13:00 hrs, Tel.: 01 (55) 5905-1066 and 01 (55) 5905-1072; or 01800 98 79 879.

This information is also available in the following website

For further information, setting a complaint or a report on any area of the Phytozoosanitary Inspection Service, please contact
Av. Insurgentes Sur No. 489, PH1,
Col. Hipodromo Condesa, C.P. 06100,
Tel. 01 (55) 3871-8349 or 3871-8300, Ext. 20349, email:

Should you require more information, it would be best to call Mexican government offices directly for complete information.  Contact the nearest Mexican Consulate in the United States, or the “Dirección General de Inspeccion Fitozoosanitaria” in Mexico City, +52 55-5571-3124, or via fax at +52-55-5784-3231.

Also, please read this post on taking a pet to Mexico, published on our website on July 1, 2014

For changes made in 2012 in regards to pets in cabin entering Mexico, see here

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