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Traveling from the USA to Mexico with your pet(s)

October 2012

Please check the APHIS website for your information (this info is in English and Spanish):

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/mx_pts_dgs_cts_pro.pdf

We recommend doing your home work, so your pet(s) have smooth travel plans.

You need:

an APHIS Form 7001 health certificate (HC) issued and signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian within 10 days prior to export. The certification statements (#2 and 3 below) need to be included on or with the 7001. The two statements should be in English and Spanish. The 7001 must be signed and sealed by a Veterinary Services veterinarian

OR 

the HC issued and signed by an accredited veterinarian on their letterhead certificate that includes the accreditation number of the signing veterinarian. The certificate must be issued within 10 days of export.

The HC must contain the following information:

Animal/s has been vaccinated against rabies. Indicate the vaccination and expiration dates of the rabies vaccine. Animals younger than three months are exempted from this requirement.

Animals were inspected and found clinically healthy prior to export. Mexico, Pet dogs and cats Protocol

Special requirements for dogs and cats residing in the border zone: States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Pets traveling between the United States and Mexico will be allowed with a HC endorsed by Veterinary Services or a HC issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian residing at the border zone of the U.S. or Mexico. In this case the licensed veterinarian must use his letterhead and must write his license number in the certificate.

The health certificate will be valid for 6 months.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS 

Personnel from the Office of Animal Health, Aquaculture, and Fishery will inspect the animals and documents. Pets with external parasites will be treated by a private veterinarian chosen by the pet owner who will pay for the cost of the treatment. At inspection, animal cages must be clean. After inspection, the attending official will disinfect animal cages without cost.

To comply with dispositions established in Article 24, 32 and 89 of the Federal Law of Animal Health, the importer must present the health certificate at the port of entry. 

The health certificate must meet the requirements of this Zoosanitary Requirement Sheet (HRZ) and must contain the identification of the pets and destination of the shipment.

Compliance with the sanitary requirements indicated in this document does not exempt the importer of presenting documents required by other authorities.

Here's a great website for general info

http://www.petfriendlytravel.com/?page=intl_travel

We followed their advice, like writing notes to the flight crew and pilot and bribing them with chocolate. It also includes info on size of crate required and suggested stuff to put on the crate.

The letter from your vet must say that your pet is free of internal and external parasites, and is being treated with preventative medication for them. It must be dated no more than 3 days prior to your entry into Mexico. I also had the vet get the letter translated. She used Google translate and that worked.

That is it for traveling from the USA to Mexico, Safe travels for you and your pet (s).

We recommend checking with APHIS prior to travel as the laws can change often!!!

This information was provided by Kelly who made her dream come true and moved in 2013 from the USA to Mexico with her 3 dogs.

Traveling from Canada to Mexico with your pet(s)

The requirements for the export of dogs and cats to Mexico are available on theServicio Nacional de Sanidad,

Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA) website.

As specified on SENASICA's website, you must present the border authorities with an original and a copy of a veterinary health certificate that has been issued within the last 10 days.

You have two options for this document:

1. Have your veterinarian issue the certificate. It must be printed with the clinic letterhead, and contain the licence number of the certifying veterinarian as proof of that veterinarian's right to exercise his/her profession. No official endorsement (signature by a CFIA veterinarian) is required, if this option is chosen.

OR

2. Use the General Health Certificate for Cats and Dogs to facilitate your pet's export process. This document should be completed by your veterinarian and brought to your local CFIA District Office for official endorsement. There is a fee for this service.

The General Health Certificate for Cats and Dogs meets Mexico's import conditions. Please note that Mexico may change these requirements without notification to the CFIA. As a result, it is strongly advised to review this certificate to ensure that all requirements are addressed.

Please consult the requirements when traveling to Mexico with your pets.  In our country, only cats and dogs are considered pets.  The documentation required will be checked by the Inspection Offices for Agricultural Safety (OISA is its Spanish cronym) located in the international airports, border crossings and international sea ports.

If your pet will be traveling unaccompanied in cargo to Mexico, it is important to verify the requirements established by the airline of your choice as well as to consider the need to utilize the services of a customs broker to assist you.  Once your pet has cleared the established requirements set in place by SAGARPA, the OISA official will issue the Animal Health Import Certificate for Customs without charging a fee.  

You are exempt from paying customs import fees if you are transporting up to 3 pets.  If you are transporting four or more pets, you must pay a fee of $1,817 pesos for the certificate via internet or bank deposit.  

Observance of regulations established by SAGARPA does not exempt you from complying with regulations established by other authorities at your point of entry to Mexico.

In order to travel with your pet (dog or cat) to Mexico, you must present a Health Certificate issued by a medical veterinarian, in original and copy, at the Office of Agriculture Health Inspection (OISA) at your port of entry.  This document can be in the form of a letter issued by your private medical veterinarian, on the medical center’s letterhead, including the license number and the information required below:

You are exempt from paying customs import fees if you are transporting up to 3 pets.  If you are traveling with 4 or more pets, you will pay a fee of $1,817.00 pesos per certificate via internet or bank deposit*.
*FORM (Hoja de Ayuda) or the SAT 05 de SHCP, with the code 400055 and the concept:  Expediting an Animal Import Certificate (expedición del Certificado Zoosanitario para Importación). 

*FORM (Hoja de Ayuda) or the SAT 05 de SHCP, with the code 400055 and the concept:  Expediting an Animal Import Certificate (expedición del Certificado Zoosanitario para Importación). This information is only provided in Spanish.  Do not hesitate to call our office if you need assistance.
When traveling with more than 4 pets, the Customs officials will direct you to the cargo area, where you will complete your process of regulation via the commercial import procedure. 
You will be permitted to bring a single day’s ration of pet-food and treats, in an unmarked bag, accompanying your pet while he travels.  You can also bring with you dry or canned food and treats as long as they do NOT have ingredients of ruminant animal origin (beef, mutton, lamb, etc.).  The bags must be sealed in their original packaging, labeled in Spanish or English with a seal from the sanitation authority.  Remember, you can obtain healthy pet-food stamped with approval by SAGARPA (Mexican Dept. of Agriculture) when you arrive to Mexico. 

When traveling with more than 4 pets, the Customs officials will direct you to the cargo area, where you will complete your process of regulation via the commercial import procedure. 
You will be permitted to bring a single day’s ration of pet-food and treats, in an unmarked bag, accompanying your pet while he travels.  You can also bring with you dry or canned food and treats as long as they do NOT have ingredients of ruminant animal origin (beef, mutton, lamb, etc.).  The bags must be sealed in their original packaging, labeled in Spanish or English with a seal from the sanitation authority.  Remember, you can obtain healthy pet-food stamped with approval by SAGARPA (Mexican Dept. of Agriculture) when you arrive to Mexico. 


For more information on offices locations click on: Directory
 If for some reason you DO NOT know the requirements for traveling with your pet to the country you are planning on visiting, we suggest you to contact the country´s embassy in Mexico (if there is one) or the Mexico´s delegations or embassies at the Ministry of Foreign Relations´s web page:http://www.sre.gob.mx/


1.    Name and address of exporter and importer.

2.    That the animal has been vaccinated against rabies, indicating the date of application of the vaccine and its valid expiration date.  Animals under 3 months of age are exempt of this requirement.

3.    Certify that the animal has been inspected and found clinically healthy prior to export. 

 

Expedition of a Zoosanitary Import Certificate (Certificado Zoosanitario para Importación) by the OISA

Once you have complied with the established requirements, the OISA official will issue the Animal Health Import Certificate.

Important:  Your pet may be transported in a clean carrier, kennel or other bag suitable for travel, without bedding or material accessories, or these will be removed and a prophylactic treatment will be performed if the SENASICA OISA official considers it necessary to do so.

GOING BACK HOME-------

The requirements you need to fulfill will depend on the country you are visiting. So it is important for you to check out the following link Pets of mexican origin. Here you may be able to check for the requirements, you can also get in touch by email at contacto@senasica.gob.mx or call (55) 59 05 10 00, extension 53229.

In case you need an Animal Health Certificate for Export, you may ask for one at the Information Window located at Av. Cuauhtémoc 1230, Col. Santa Cruz Atoyac, Del. Benito Juárez, C.P. 03310 from 09:00 AM to 2:00 PM, or at the Office of Animal and Plant Health Inspection (OISAS) located at any International Airport.

Process for the issuance of Animal Health Certificate for Export

You can start the process for the issuance of the Animal Health Certificate for Export days before your trip. The certificate will be valid for eight natural days from the date of issuance in the case of animals. We suggest that you begin the process a few days before so you can plan in advance in case of a delay or for the need to conduct lab exams, treatments or vaccinations for your pet.

Cost of the Animal Health Certificate for Export

This certificate has no cost if you are traveling with up to three pets. If you are traveling with four or more pets, you must cover the cost of the Animal Health Certificate for Export which currently is ($421.00 Mexican Pesos).

other helpful links---

Here's a great website for general infohttp://www.petfriendlytravel.com/?page=intl_travel We followed advice there, like writing notes to the flight crew and pilot and bribing them with chocolate It also includes info on size of crate required and suggested stuff to put on the crate.

The letter from your vet must say that your pet is free of internal and external parasites, and is being treated with preventative medication for them. It must be dated no more than 3 days prior to your entry into MX. I also had the vet get the letter translated. She used Google translate and that worked.