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Mexico – Importing a Pet

If you are planning to move to Mexico with your furry friends, you need to know the rules and regulations for importing pets. Here’s a guide to help you understand the process of importing your pet to Mexico.

Mexico’s Pet Importation Rules

Mexico allows the import of pets, but there are certain rules and regulations that must be followed.

Restrictions on which types of pets you can bring into Mexico

Mexico allows the import of dogs and cats without any restriction on the breed. However, there are certain restrictions on the import of other types of pets, such as birds, rodents, reptiles, and other exotic animals. The import of these types of animals requires a special permit from the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

Pet Vaccination Requirements in Mexico

Mexico requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination must have been done at least 15 days before the date of arrival in Mexico. It is recommended to also have your pets vaccinated against other diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus.

Importation Application Procedure in Mexico

To import your pet to Mexico, you need to follow the below steps:


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  1. Visit a veterinarian and obtain a certificate of good health for your pet. This certificate should be written in Spanish and include the following information:
  • Identification of the pet (breed, age, sex, color)
  • Current rabies vaccination
  • Statement of good health
  1. Obtain an International Health Certificate for your pet from a licensed veterinarian in your country of origin. This certificate should also be written in Spanish and include the same information as the certificate of good health.

  2. Contact the Mexican embassy or consulate in your country of origin to obtain information about any additional requirements or regulations for importing pets.

  3. Arrange for a carrier to transport your pet to Mexico.

  4. Upon arrival in Mexico, you will need to present the following documents to the Mexican authorities:

  • The certificate of good health
  • The International Health Certificate
  • A copy of your pet’s vaccination record

Period of quarantine needed to import a pet to Mexico

Mexico does not require a period of quarantine for pets that meet the above requirements.

International Travel Scheme for Pets in Mexico

Mexico is part of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), which is a system that allows pets to travel to certain countries without the need for quarantine.

License for your pet in Mexico

There is no need to obtain a license for your pet in Mexico.

Relevant Government Websites

For more information on importing your pet to Mexico, you can visit the website of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development: https://www.gob.mx/senasica/acciones-y-programas/veterinaria-9065.


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