Pet Passport, Immigration & Quarantine Travel Information for Mexico:
Mexico is a pet friendly country and does not quarantine healthy pets arriving from countries, which have a low risk of rabies such as the US & Canada. You are limited to a maximum of two pets. At the present time only cats and dogs are allowed - no birds. At the present time only Cats & Dogs are allowed. Birds are not allowed.
Have your veterinarian issue a health certificate stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites. The pet must be vaccinated against rabies and dogs must be vaccinated against hepatitis and distemper. Since dogs and cats that are not yet 3 months old have not received rabies vaccine they are prohibited from entering Mexico. The veterinary certificate should be signed by your veterinarian not more than 72 hours prior to travel.
At the present time a micro chip is not required, however make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner. Pet Food: Be sure to bring along extra pet food, especially if your pet has specific needs or is particular about a certain brand. Larger cities will have big grocery stores (Gigante, Walmart, Sams Club) that do stock a variety of pet foods, but that may not always be the case in smaller locales. Also, if you expect to travel to more remote regions like Baja California, it's best to have plenty on hand for the trip.
You may order the veterinary certificate and instructions for taking your pet to Mexico online - see the information below.
Order online at: http://www.pettravelstore.com/store-pet-immigration-forms1.html
Or, you may order by mail by sending your name and address and a check for $5.00 to cover postage and handling to:
Pet Travel, Inc.
P.O. Box 1225
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
If ordering by mail BE SURE to indicate which Countries form you need.
RETURNING TO THE US FROM MEXICO
The same Veterinary Certificate will be suffice if the rabies vaccination has not expired (12 months from the time it was administered). Be certain that your pet has not picked up any parasites such as fleas and ticks when in Mexico. Birds and Reptiles: Do not bring birds and reptiles into the US, as they will be confiscated if you do not have the proper paperwork, an expensive and time-consuming process. (Contact the Mexican Consulate in San Diego at 619-231-8414 for details.) Unless you are moving to Mexico permanently, get a bird nanny. Buying Birds or Reptiles in Mexico: Feeling tempted to buy one of those beautiful little lovebirds or parrots sold on street corners? Don't do it!! Most of these birds have been trapped illegally, are highly stressed, near death, and will be impounded when you try to re-enter into the U.S. By purchasing these birds you are helping to support the black market for bird trafficking, in which over half the birds die during transportation.