Pet travel from the U.S. to Mexico

Pet travel from the U.S. to Mexico

The Health Certificate must...

  • be type written, or completed using a word processor or computer.
    • Documents with handwritten information will be rejected.
  • not contain abbreviations. Example:
    • Dates: "January" is accepted while "Jan" is not. 
    • States: Must be the entire word and not the two-letter abbreviation.
    • Ages: "Months" or "Years" is accepted while "mos" or "yrs" is not.
  • Mexico will reject VS Form 7001 health certificates if they are not signed and sealed by a Veterinary Services veterinarian.

View the Requirements for Dogs and Cats

The options listed below must be issued within 10 days of travel.

  • Option AInternational Health Certificate (APHIS Form 7001)
    • This option has a fee for endorsement.
    • Pre-filled Certificate must include appropriate rabies vaccination information

  • Option B: Accredited veterinarian certificate (certificate template):
    • This certificate must be printed on the Accredited Veterinarian’s letterhead
    • No changes should be made to the wording in this document
    • The USDA does not endorse this certificate
    • This certificate must be completed and signed by a USDA-Accredited veterinarian
    • This certificate is not negotiated, it is a template containing the information Mexico requires
  1. The OISA (Official Mexican) veterinarian will review the documents and conduct the physical inspection of the animals upon arrival; he will inspect the mucous membrane (oral, nasal and conjunctive), natural orifices, ears, temperature, skinfold, skin and fur to rule out ectoparasites, infections, tumors or wounds in the skin of the animals.
    El Médico Veterinario Oficial de Sanidad Agropecuaria, Acuícola y Pesquera realizará la verificación documental e inspección física detallada, misma que deberá incluir la revisión de las mucosas (oral, nasal y conjuntival), orificios naturales, orejas, temperatura, pliegues, piel y pelaje, para descartar la presencia de ectoparásitos e infecciones, tumoraciones o heridas de la piel.
  2. Animal with skin infections such as scabies, dermatomycosis, dermatophylosis, alopecia or similar lesions will be rejected.
    En caso de que el animal presente infecciones en la piel como sarna, dermatomicosis, dermatofilosis, alopecias o similares, el animal será rechazado.
  3. The OISA veterinarian will disinfect the vehicles that transport the animals. Clean vehicles must be used.
    El Médico Veterinario de OISA realizará una desinfección mediante aspersión a los transportadores del o los animales, mismas que deberán presentarse limpias.
  4. Bedding and similar materials accompanying the animals are not allowed. Only feed for the arrival day will be allowed.
    No se permite el ingreso de cama y materiales similares que acompañen al o los animales. Únicamente se permite el ingreso de la ración de alimento balanceado considerada para el día de arribo.

View the Requirements for Dogs and Cats

  • Option AInternational Health Certificate (APHIS Form 7001)
    • This option has a fee for endorsement.
    • Pre-filled Certificate must include appropriate rabies vaccination information

  • Option B:  Accredited veterinarian certificate (certificate template):
    • This certificate must be printed on the Accredited Veterinarian’s letterhead
    • No changes should be made to the wording in this document
    • The USDA does not endorse this certificate
    • This certificate must be completed and signed by a USDA-Accredited veterinarian
    • This certificate is not negotiated, it is a template containing the information Mexico requires

NOTE: AS OF MARCH 7, 2017, MEXICO HAS BANNED THE IMPORTATION OF ALL BIRDS FROM LINCOLN COUNTY, TENNESSEE.

The birds must be accompanied by both a U.S. Origin Health Certificate for Poultry and Hatching Eggs (VS Form 17-6) and a bilingual Addendum Health Certificate for Ornamental and Songbirds issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by a Veterinary Services (VS) veterinarian.          

The certificate must contain the name and address of both the consignor and consignee and complete identification of the birds to be exported. See model bilingual addendum for certification statements and testing.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  1. Each owner is allowed to carry up to three pets 
  2. In case one animal becomes sick or dies, clinical tests must be performed to determine the source of the problem. The expenses incurred for these operations are to be paid by the importer. 
  3. The importation of food or any bedding material is prohibited.
  4. Regarding avian influenza, the importer shall request of DINESA (telephone number:  01 (800) 7-51-21-00, an official letter in order to transport the birds through the Mexican Republic if the transit of the product is:
    1. Through an area where avian influenza is in the process of eradication with vaccination and the final destination of the birds is a free area, eradicated or in a process of eradication.
    2. Through an area in the process of eradication and the final destination of the birds is a free area or in the process of eradication, or another area in the process of eradication, but in transit through areas in the process of eradication with vaccination.
    3. Through an area free of AI or an area in the process of eradication and the final destination of the birds is a free area or an area under eradication and the transit is through areas in the process of eradication that use vaccination. This also applies when arrival of the birds is by plane and the birds are transferred from one plane to another.

 

For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.

Country of destination contact information:  


Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any. 

Additional information about APHIS’ role in international health certificate endorsement.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet


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