New Requirements for Bringing Pets to Mexico

July 2014 Author’s Note: Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question below.


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Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means many of you are likely getting ready to head south to spend the winter in Jaltemba Bay or other parts of Mexico. If you are traveling with pets, we want you to be aware that the document requirements have recently changed.

Regardless of whether you will travel by land, air or sea, you are required to follow the same basic guidelines when bringing pets into Mexico. However, the regulations differ slightly for each country. We have contacted SAGARPA officials and our local USDA-APHIS office for clarification, and have done our best to include the updated regulations for Mexico, the United States and Canada on our Pet Travel Tips page to ensure that you and your four-legged friends have a hassle-free experience while crossing the border.

Update: Traveling with Pets of Mexican Origin

Added September 26, 2012

Thanks to Michael’s comment below, I emailed my contact at SAGARPA. He informed me that if your pet is of Mexican origin and you are traveling from the US or Canada, you can present the zoosanitary health certificate you received from your veterinarian before you departed from Mexico as long as a) it states the date of current rabies vaccine and b) you are traveling within 6 months from the date it was issued.

As I state on our Pet Travel Tips page, it is worth noting that while this information is posted on the SAGARPA website, we called our local USDA-APHIS office for confirmation. The USDA officials we spoke with were not aware of this regulation, nor do we know anyone who has traveled from the US/Canada to Mexico with a Mexican health certificate as their only form of documentation.

I have updated our Pet Travel Tips page to include this new information, and we will update it further as more information becomes available.

Update: New Non-Official Bilingual Letterhead Health Certificate

Added September 29, 2012

Our local USDA-APHIS office just informed me that there is an updated Non-Official Bilingual Letterhead Health Certificate. This recent change was due to the fact that Mexico now accepts the 3-year Rabies vaccine. I have added a copy of this new document to our Pet Travel Tips page.

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112 Reviews on “New Requirements for Bringing Pets to Mexico”

  1. :

    Hi Allyson We are currently in Rincon and are interested in adopting a great local dog. How do we visit the shelter? We leave Feb 26 Thanks so much Alisa

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      Hi Alisa, please contact Lin Chimes at Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue... http://explorenayarit.com/jaltemba-bay-animal-rescue. I will also pass along your email address.

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    So i am moving to Cozumel Mexico the 1st of the year and i am taking my animals with me. What exact paperwork do i need to get them in the country?

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      Jacob, You will find all the latest requirements on our Pet Travel Tips page. Simply follow the link from this page to get there.

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    I left Vancouver and drove to California with my Dacshund, she has all her vaccinations up to date June2014, I have all the papers, and when I crossed into the USA on Nov 12 they asked a few question and sent me on my way, didn't even ask to see her papers. We are now planning on travelling to Mexico for at least a month, not sure if by air or car and now I'm reading I need to take her to a vet for a special health certificate. I called a vet in Indio and he says he's happy to take my $100;) is this necessary and is the form only good for 10 days, also am I allowed to bring her dog food? Thanks

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      Pamela, You can find the answers to all your questions on our Pet Travel Tips page. http://explorenayarit.com/pet-travel

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    Hi we are moving to Mexico in the summer 2015. We have just booked our tickets and are moving from Europe with our Golden Retriever. We have purchased her a crate according to regulations. Just wondering is there anything else we need to take care of and what might we expect upon arrival? As far as picking her up how quickly do we get her? We will fly into Cancun Thank You for any tips help and info

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      Wendy, We only update the requirements for Mexico, the US and Canada, which you can view here... http://explorenayarit.com/pet-travel / I recommend that you contact both your local vet and your airline to see what paperwork they require where you live in Europe.

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    Just in case anyone needs to fill out a Rabies Vaccine Certificate, I found a blank form here http://goo.gl/bwgj7Y. This site PDFfiller also has some tutorials how to fill it out and a few related tax forms that you might find useful.

  6. :

    Allyson, on your pet travel tips page you talk about the health certificate. You also posted an answer "Jesica, the travel health certificate for each pet must be filled out by your vet and dated 10 days prior to crossing the border." Can I get a health certificate and successfully cross 30 days later? Aren't you glad this isn't a rabies question? lol.... Thanks for such a great website and your answers. I have tried to talk to someone at the Mexican consulate as well as the USDA and I can't even seem to be able to speak to a human. All of the Internet information seems to vary so much. I will write in after we cross the border and let you know how it goes.

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      Paula, I have contacted SAGARPA directly to ask your question. I hope to have an answer for you in a few days.

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        Thank you! It is quite a relief to have found someone like you, on the ground in Mexico, to help with getting our furry family member safely, hassle free, across the border.

  7. :

    hi I am traveling with my 2 maltipoos and I read that the health certificate has to be at least 3 days old. please help me

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      Jesica, the travel health certificate for each pet must be filled out by your vet and dated 10 days prior to crossing the borer.

  8. :

    Hi there I took my dog to Mexico in April from Canada and I'm planning on going back in November just wondering if there were regulations on how many times you can take your dog to Mexico in one calendar year?

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      Hi Jeff, there are no rules that I have come across that dictate the number of times you can travel with a pet to/from Mexico. I travel back and forth at least 2-3 times each year and have never had an issue.

      1. :

        Awesome Allyson thanks so much!

  9. :

    what shots and others do I need to bring my dog on a flight to and from Mexico?

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      Pam, you will find a list of everything you need to do to travel with your pet to Mexico in the Pet Travel Tips link on this page. Feel free to contact us if you have questions after you read through it.

  10. :

    Allyson, thanks, but my pet will require revaccination just before traveling and that is the reason I need to understand if he must get the revaccination 30 days prior?

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      There is no rule that states anything about any vaccines (or other treatment) being given so many days before you travel. Your pet's rabies vaccine expires when it expires and you need to have your pet re-vaccinated then, whether you are traveling or not. I hope this makes sense.

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        Thanks for all the terrific, up to date and clear info on pets coming to Mexico!!! My question is similar to David's and may answer his as well. I believe if your pet has never been vaccinated it must be 30 days before travel, if it is a "booster" then simply kept current-as the dog/cat would technically already be vaccinated-but ready to 'expire" . This is the point I am trying to clarify to avoid 2 vet visits with 3 dogs within a one month period. I have read the rabies vaccine must be 15 days prior, within 30 days prior and with no specified time period prior to arrival other than the vaccine being "current". On the other hand the Health certificate must be acquired 10 days - at most- before arrival . I am trying to factually determine if I can have my dogs vaccinated and get the Health Certificate on the same day -10 days before arrival. I did email SARGAPA/SENASICA but have not yet heard back on this. I may as well also ask if it is possible to have a 14 year old exempt from vaccination- or if any one knows acceptable health conditions for exemptions. Thanks so much for this fabulous resource!!

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          Jo, the only time requirements (i.e. 10 or 15 days prior) are from the airlines. I believe they simply want to make sure that you visit your vet just before you travel to ensure that your pet(s) are healthy enough to travel. As far as rabies vaccinations go, we have added an FAQ section on our Pet Travel Tips page that spells out what is really needed... http://explorenayarit.com/pet-travel Hope this helps!

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          Sorry to be nit picker..replying to this again after a bit more research..and this is why things get confusing. The CFIA website for pets leaving Canada states >>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.<< Well SENASICA, according to their website, their pet travel docx, and your information, does not in fact, specify such a thing at all. No wonder this drives people crazy. Of course the safe and simple solution is just to get the certificate 10 days before travel whether it is in fact required.

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          Hi Jo, no apology needed and your conclusion is exactly what I would have suggested (i.e. the 10 days). And yes, this is just one of the oversights on the three government websites, which is why we've tried to compile everything on one nice, neat little page for all to find.

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          Thanks so much Allyson..it is a joy to find one source of up to date a accurate information!! I had read through your pages at least 3 times before asking my question (and like others many other sources with misinformation)because there is so much information I am cautious that something is left out or incorrect -sorry it is my nature :-) or that consular info is not accurate. I am flying from Canada with WJ and there is no date requirement that I see. I had a quick look through the others and noted a mix of none to 15 days.

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    My question was really whether my pet will need to be revaccinated 30 days prior to travel.?

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      David, Your pet only needs to be re-vaccinated when his rabies vaccine expires.

  12. :

    Hi Allyson, Thanks but by subsequent rabies shot, I mean the ones that are given annually or 3-yearly. What I meant does my dog now have to be given the annual shot 30 days prior to travel? Checked with his vet, they did not know!

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      Thanks for clarifying David. Just like with any vaccine, your pet will be to be re-vaccinated for rabies when the vaccine expires, in other words, 3 years after the date it was given (if it is a 3-year vaccine). When you travel, your vet will need to include this date on the Health Certificate, along with the other items listed on our Pet Travel Tips page. Hope this helps.

  13. :

    For her first rabies shot, we were told to get it 30 days prior to travel from Mexico. Do any subsequent rabies shots also be given 30 days prior to departure - in this case from Canada to Mex?

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      David, I don't know why your vet mentioned anything about giving the vaccine 30 before traveling, and there aren't "subsequent" shots needed for rabies, so I guess I can only suggest that you ask your vet to confirm.

  14. :

    Elaine, thank you for sharing your experience. It is really helpful and makes sense why all my inquires to Mexico have come back indicating they have a one-year vaccination in place in Mexico.

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    Folks, you are talking about two very different issues. For anyone who has had their pets vaccinated in Mexico, you will need to find out if your specific vaccine is a 1-year or 3-year vaccine. You will obviously need to have your pets re-vaccinated accordingly. This particular issue has nothing to do with the fact that Mexico currently accepts the 3-year vaccine for the travel health certificate. This regulation change basically makes it possible for those of us who have had our pets vaccinated using the 3-year vaccine to not have to re-vaccinate our pets unnecessarily. I hope this helps clarify. If not, please feel free to email me directly at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

  16. :

    Not to muddy the waters, but here in the Baja, I have been told by two vets that they don't do 3 year rabies. I just asked again in March and my dog was given a one year rabies. Here they give you a booklet with the tag from the vaccine bottle stuck onto the rabies page. As an aside, coming from Canada, I have only used the vets Health Certificate (in English) entering Mexico. Obviously the more documentation you have the better.

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      Here is a list of the rabies vaccines licensed for use in Canada. You can determine if it is a 1 or a 3 year by checking your label. http://active.inspection.gc.ca/scripts/database/vetbio_submit.asp?lang=e&manufacturer=all&species=11 To my knowledge this is pretty much it for Rabies vaccines.

  17. :

    Hi, I am having the same concerns as Roger. My dog was given her rabies shot in Mexico in December last year. When I wrote to the vet in Mexico, they confirmed Mexico has a one-year rabies policy. I then wrote Senastica and they wrote back saying the same thing. I turned around and wrote to the manufacturer of the vaccine - same responses all this week! How can I find out in writing that a 3 - year rabies shot given in Mexico will be accepted when I travel back this year? Is there an official website that states this? Thanks for the help.

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      Shel, unfortunately there is not. I have corresponded with the head of SARGAPA/SENASICA on several occasions and he confirmed that this is the case. I have also confirmed with both my vets in Mexico and to top it off, we travel with our pups back and forth from the US/Mexico at least twice a year. Can you tell me where you go in Mexico? Please email me directly at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

  18. :

    Allyson and Lisa, thank you for your comments. Lisa, when you said in an earlier post your dog had the 3 year vaccination which is current, how did you determine it was current? Is it from the expiry date of the vaccine itself? I am still confused, please help me understand. Thanks.

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      Three years from the date given. It expires after three years. It should have an expiration date on your vet's paperwork. If that date has passed it is expired.

    2. :

      Roger, When we say that the 3-year vaccine is current, we mean that Mexico now accepts the 3-year vaccine from the US/Canada (before they wanted it given every year). Your vet will need to indicate when your pet when given his last rabies shot on the health certificate. That date is what's important to note.

      1. :

        Thank you both for the clarification. However, the vaccination was given to my pup in Mexico. Does that factor in for the 3 year rule, or does the vaccine be given in Canada for it to apply?

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          Roger, Let's back up. Where are you now and when/where are you traveling? When did your dog get his last rabies shot?

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          Roger, Email me directly at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

  19. :

    Hello! I have read the information you have on your blog regarding traveling to Mexico with a dog, however, I am not able to identify the answer to my question. Your website states: 'Animal/s has been vaccinated against rabies. Indicate the date of vaccination and the date through which the vaccination is valid. Animals younger than three months are exempted from this requirement.' My Questions: 1. What is the meaning of vaccination validation date? 2. What does rabies vaccine be current mean - is it one year/3 years from the date of vaccination? Sorry, I am totally confused and need to know if my dog has to be re-vaccinated prior to traveling back to Mexico. I have read Mexico is now on a 3 year rule to conform with US and Canada. Trying to avoid excessive vaccination. thanks for any info you can provide.

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      Just came here to Mexico with my dog, three year rabies is accepted

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        Amazing! Is that the only required vaccine? My dog is obviously up to date on all vaccines but did they specifically chec for dates on others?

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          Sway, I'm not sure which vaccine you are referring to, but you can find all up-to-date requirements by clicking the link provided in the article.

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      Hi Roger. If you haven't already done so, click the link to read our updated Pet Travel Tips. There, it states that Mexico accepts the 3-year rabies vaccine from the US/Canada. Not sure where you see "vaccination validation date." I hope this answers your question. If not, post again.

      1. :

        Hi Allyson, Thank you for your response. I found the 'vaccination validation date' on your website under US Regulations for Exporting Pets to Mexico (HC must contain....).I have read the updated info regarding 3-year acceptance by Mexico but am unsure whether that means 3 years from the time the vaccine was given or the expiry date of the vaccine? Would you be kind enough to clarify this point? Thanks, again.

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          Roger, The rabies vaccination is currently given every 3 years in both the US and Canada. Not long ago, Mexico only accepted that it be given yearly. There was a recent change, and it is good for us and our pets... so we don't have to over-vaccinate them.

  20. :

    It is one of the hardest parts of travelling with your pets. You have ot make sure you are following all the right rules and regulations and each country has differing ones. They often change, as your example above illustrates. It is always best to get in contact directly and find out what you need. The same goes for places you have previously visited because regulations are updated often.

  21. :

    I am so concerned right now. I just read where (on a different site) that rabies must be within one year and not after thirty days before entering Mexico? My dog has a three year rabies shot that is current but was given two years ago. And we leave in eight days so I cant just go get one because it is shorter than thirty days before leaving. Anyone tried to get into mexico with a three year vaccination that was given longer than a year ago? I am going to be in Mexico for three months so I cant just not take my girl! Any input? Thanks

    1. :

      Hi Lisa, I just emailed you as well. Mexico now accepts the 3-year rabies vaccine. Just make sure you bring the original (and a copy) of her Rabies Certificate and Travel Health Certificate, preferably bi-lingual. If you are flying, double check with the airline to make sure they don't require additional documentation.

  22. :

    Dear Allyson We have been going to Nayarit for the past 20 years. We have also spent time in your area as well. The best. We leave this year in Dec. for 3 months. we are driving and bringing our dog. 1st time. We will cross the border at Loredo. Am I correct in that all I need is the following; FORM 7001 ( does this have to be in Spanish?) Health certificate with my name, rabies info, all shots info as well as general health of dog. ( Does this have to be in Spanish?) What is an International health exam form? Do I need it? A travel certificate. What is that? All ID tags on dog. Will this give me the right to bring my dog into mexico? Thank you nin advance. Marty Abramson marty6691@att.net

    1. :

      Marty, Sorry for the delay. The 7001 Form is now obsolete. Your vet "should" be aware of that, but if not you can pull up the information here...http://explorenayarit.com/pet-travel. So... yes to the bilingual health certificate and a copy of the rabies certificate. I have never heard of an International Health Exam Form or Travel Certificate. Feel free to post if you have additional questions.

  23. :

    Hi Allyson. Thanks for all of the information on this site! Almost everything that I've read says that only two animals are allowed per person entering Mexico, but then I also read somewhere that a duty could be paid to bring more than two pets. I tried contacting SENASICA, but they just redirected me to a link that didn't provide much information. At this point, I'm planning on leaving my extra 2 pets in Laredo and shuttling them in multiple trips, but I'd rather bring them all at once and pay a duty. Any info you could give is greatly appreciated! Chelsea

    1. :

      Chelsea, Before I can answer... Are you relocating to Mexico? How many animals are you traveling with? Are you driving or flying?

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        Hi Allyson. I am driving. I plan on living in Mexico indefinitely but I'm coming in on a tourist visa. Almost everyone I know in Mexico says that they've never been inspected for pets at the border -- even when they've traveled with more than 2 pets -- but I don't want to take the chance. I'd rather just pay a duty if that's available. Thanks! Chelsea

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          Chelsea, Sorry for the delay. I cannot find anything in my paperwork saying that you need to pay duty if you are crossing the border via car with more than 2 animals. I would encourage you to use the bilingual health certificates and have copies of your rabies certificates, and I'm guessing that should do the trick. If the border agents ask you to pay duty, you can deal with it then. In my personal experience, the agents are more interested in asking you personal questions about your dogs than they are in their paperwork. Safe travels... and bienvenidos a Mexico!

        2. :

          Hi Allyson. I just thought I'd give an update on my trip into Mexico with all 5 of my pets. I entered Mexico at Nuevo Laredo, bridge 2, on a Saturday morning and I had absolutely no problems. I wasn't checked at the initial customs checkpoint or at the second checkpoint at the outskirts of the "free zone." On the night that I arrived in Laredo, I drove over to Nuevo Laredo to get my import permission for my car, and I drove through the lane with the customs agents by mistake. They did search my car -- I had my dog with me at the time, but my cats were in my hotel in Laredo. They didn't ask for any papers for my dog and only looked in my trunk area. And they were super, duper nice and totally helpful. Coming back into the US was another story -- if you're going to bring pets back to the US, make sure you have absolutely everything in order. US custom agents are not nice or helpful. I have read all over the place that Mexico only allows 2 pets into the country at a time, but everyone I spoke to who has actually driven into Mexico with pets has told me that they were never searched. They also didn't need to see my Mexican car insurance or proof from my finance company that I could bring my financed vehicle into Mexico when I applied for permission to bring my car into the country. One piece of advice -- if you're driving through Nuevo Laredo, go really slow until you get out of the city. The police patrol the initial section of road leading to the highway, and I totally got hit for a ticket that I didn't deserve. With all of my animals in the car and a 10 hour car ride ahead of us, I opted to pay a mordida rather than go to the police station and deal with paying for the ticket there.

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          Thanks for the update Chelsea. Glad you made it across both borders safely. Oh, and I hope you time in Mexico was a fabulous adventure!

  24. :

    Can a puppy of 8 week go to Mexico without rabies shots?

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      Veronica, pets need to be at least 8 weeks of age. As far as rabies goes, you should ask you personal vet to be sure.

  25. :

    Thank you for your answer. Just to be sure, the only document I would need is the bilingual form you talked about on your other comments?

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      Carmen, I would need to know exactly where you are traveling to/from to be sure. But yes, the bilingual Health Certificate filled out by your vet should comply with all the regulations. You should always check with your airline to make sure they don't need anything else.

  26. :

    Hello. I am interested in purchasing a puppy in Austin, Texas and take it with me into Mexico City since I live there. I heard that I CANNOT bring a puppy younger than three months into Mexico; that I have to wait until the dog is at least three months old. Is that correct? And what is the process to follow once the dog is ready to travel? Just fill in the bilingual form? Thank you!

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      Carmen, that is correct. You cannot fly with a pet less than 3 months old... so yes, you will have to wait until the puppy is old enough. You will need to go to a local vet to have them fill out the necessary paperwork. Safe travels.

  27. :

    I'll be bringing my little dachshund to Morelia for six months. She takes medication. Will this present any problem with the health inspector and do I need documentation from my vet? Thank you! Doreen

    1. :

      If you are bringing her medication with you, I might suggest bringing a letter from your vet explaining what it is and why it is needed.

  28. :

    On the above post you indicate Mexico accepts a 3 year vaccine however, when I contacted the authorities there, they said it was valid for only one year. I have also heard the 3 year rule and am now confused and would like to know where I can confirm this info. Thank you Allyson.

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      Al, Mexico uses a 1-year rabies vaccine, however they do accept the 3-year US/Canada vaccine for health certificates. I have not found this information in writing, but I have received confirmation of this from the SAGARPA office as well as my local Mexican vets.

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        Thanks again. So from the info you have provided, it seems the expiry of the vaccine is the crucial point regardless of when it was given?

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          Al, what is important is that your pet's Health Certificate states all the necessary information including when the vaccine was given.

  29. :

    Hello! And thank you for the great info here. We just arrived back to Canada after adopting our first- a Chihuahua. The Rabies vaccine was given to him on Dec 6. If we return to Mexico on Dec 5, 2014, would our dog need another Rabies vaccine or is he good to go without it? From what the vet told us, we need to have that in place every year and this would be just a day short of one year. Please let me know if we will be okay? Thank you very much.

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      Troy, I can't tell by your post where your pup was vaccinated, but Mexico does accept a 3-year vaccine so you shouldn't have any issue as long as your vet indicates all the necessary information on the Health Certificate.

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        Hi Allyson, thank you for the invaluable info you provide. Would you say that if my pup's certificate for rabies which he got in Mex on Dec 1 expires on Jan 11,2015, and if I travel back on Dec 25, 2014 which is a just over a year later, I am good since the expiry is still a couple of weeks away?

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          Based on the information you shared, you should be just fine.

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          Thanks again. So from the info you have provided, it seems the expiry of the vaccine is the crucial point regardless of when it was given?

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        Thank you Allyson. My pup was vaccinated in Mexico, however, the vet I went to told me I needed him to be vaccinated against Rabies every year, although his papers say the rabies vaccine expires in 2015.

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          Troy, Mexico uses a 1-year rabies vaccine, which is likely why it says it expires in 2015. I would double check your health certificate.

  30. :

    Hi, just a note - thank you for all of the valuable information. I did encounter a bit of confusion from my vet's office. I would recommend that, if your vet is accustomed to using the vs 7001 form, that you give them time to call the local APHIS office. It sounds like each APHIS office has its own version of the unofficial bilingual form, and the vet was more perceptive to getting all of the info from them than from me (even though all of the information I had from this website and the USDA and CDC websites was accurate and up-to-date). Thanks again.

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      We just arrived in puerto Vallarta today, January 9, 2014. Just as you said it was a quick and easy process. My vet called the pa state vet and they insisted I needed the 7001 form. I took your advise and urged my vet to just fill out the unofficial bilingual form. She was nervous to do that fearing my dog would be quarantined I appreciated her concern but I am happy to report a very smooth process. Thank you so much for your help. One question though. When I return in two months back to the USA will I need anything special to enter back into the states?

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        Thanks for the update Patti! You will need to visit a vet in PV to get a new health certificate. You can find a list of vets on JaltembaBayLife.com under the "General Information" tab. If you need more information, you can email me directly... Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com Have a fabulous time here in sunny Mexico! Since you're here for 2 months, I might suggest you take a daytrip to our area. The Tianguis (open-air market) on Thursday in La Penita makes for a very fun day. You can find more info under "shopping."

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    I would also like to know if the three year vaccine is accepted. I would hate to over medicate my dog. Also, aren't all vets in the US that are licensed Veterinary Service Veterinarians? If not what is the difference? Thanks

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      Yes, Mexico now accepts the 3-year rabies vaccine.

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    There still seems to be confusion about the rabies vaccine. I know your source at SAGARPA said that the three year vaccine is now accepted. My vet here in PV thinks it is still required yearly, and others are saying the same. Is this lack of sharing information, or have they changed back to the yearly requirement?

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      Kolleen, Can you please email me at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com with the name of your vet in PV and I will double check with them?

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    I live in the us and am flying to Mexico in December. Heartbroken that I have to put my 14lb dog in cargo being she is too long for cabin soft carrier. I was going to the vet to get her a cert of health but do I need a bilingual certificate?

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      Yes Cathy you do. But you should check with your airline and your vet to see what else they require.

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    I will be traveling to San Felipe, Baja Mexico in February from Arizona. I will be staying there for 30 days exactly. If I get my pet's health certificate a couple of days prior to leaving will I be covered for my stay? If I understand this the health certificate is only good for 30 days and starts from the day you receive it from the vet. Please advise.

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      Nana, I would ask a local vet in San Felipe for his advice. Personally, I would get a Mexican Health Certificate before you leave just in case.

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    I am leaving for Mazatlan on Nov 2 and would like to know which shots I need for my 2 dogs. They are going to be traveling under the plan. What happens if the certificate is not in Spanish. I think that might be hard to get. So I would have to get my bags and the dogs first before I go stand in line right. Thank you

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      Shelley, You will find everything you need on our Pet Travel Tips page, including a link to a Bilingual Health Certificate... http://explorenayarit.com/pet-travel

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    My experience entering Mexico by air last October was this. I flew into San Jose del Cabo via Air Canada arriving at Terminal 1. After all the worry last year about pets in cabin and bilingual forms etc. I just used the same updated health certificate form from my vet that I have used for the past 9 years. It shows her age, sex, color, and breed along with her record of vaccinations from my Canadian vet. It is not bilingual. She is vaccinated in Mexico for rabies so I had my booklet from Mexico with her rabies stamps and dates in it. No hay problema!! She is due again in March for a rabies shot and will check about the 3 year vaccine. Was told no in March 2013. I am going back on Oct 13 and will post how things went at arrival.

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      UPDATE: Arrived back in San Jose Del Cabo on October 13, 2013 with just my usual health certificate from my vet in Canada. It is on his letterhead and not bilingual. Made a copy and the Inspector took the original and I kept the copy. Showed my rabies booklet from Mexico and entered with no problem.

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    Hi just reviewing your informational site on traveling to Mexico from the USA. We will be leaving January 7, 2014 for three months and are taking our Yorkie with us. This is a first time travel with a pet experience for us. My husband said it was him or the dog. Well he is in agreement to take the dog along but I am nervous that this is going to be a difficult experience. We are traveling to Puerto Vallarta as we do every winter so it is usually a quick in and on our way experience. I understand that I need to stop by a special area with the dog before moving on to get our bags. So I need to get my vet to fill out these special health forms along with the APHIS 7001 form and making sure it is in English and translated into Spanish as well. That might be a problem with translation. I am wondering when my vet sends it off to get the official stamp from the agency that it may not come back translated. Does this agency know it should be translated? If you have 10 days to get it all going sending originals back and forth I am worried if you would get it all back in time. I did make copies of the Bilingual form you posted. With the holidays mixed into the time we are leaving, I am worried about papers being delivered in time. Any input when I should be sure to get started on all of this? We leave January 7, 2014. Appreciate your help very much. Thank you.

    1. :

      Hi Patti. You will find all updated requirements here... You now ONLY need a copy of the bilingual Letter Health Certificate (the 7001 form is basically obsolete). You'll find a example on the link. I should note that it has gotten much easier to travel since the regulation changes last summer, so don't worry. In PV, you will see the SAGARPA office on the left side of the hallway before you get to baggage claim. There, you'll present your form, they will take a quick look at your pet, you'll sign your name and be on your way. Feel free to post if you have additional questions!

      1. :

        Hi I have received information from you as to what I will need when i take my Yorkie to Puerto Vallarta Mexico January 2014. I felt confident with the information you forwarded to me. My vet now tells me that she has phoned the agency here in Pennsylvania and they tell her that I need a special form from them first. I told my vet the information I have received from your site and she tells me that if I do not have this form as she was instructed by the state vet in Pennsylvania, that they could keep him and quarantine him for three weeks. I feel the state is just trying to make money. Please advise. I do not think it is necessary and I don't want to spend all the extra money when I don't feel it is going to be needed. Please advise asap as I see my vet this Thursday the 20th of November and would love to have some additional firm response to her.

        1. :

          Patty, please email me directly at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

      2. :

        Thank you. Will I need to have my vet send this off to get a seal from the agency here in pa or is the letterhead and license of my vet all that is necessary on the bilingual form? I appreciate your time very much.

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          Having the bilingual form on your vet's letterhead with his signature and license number is all you need.

  38. :

    Wonder if you can confirm something. I understood that the good health certificate was acceptable if done with in 10 days rather than 5. We travel back and forth with our 3 dogs between Canada and Mexico every year.

    1. :

      Gillian, The certificate must be dated "within 10 days" of travel and is good for 30 days. You can view all the regulations here...

      1. :

        Thanks for the confirmation - 10 days is what we understood, but there was a mention of 5 days on the post which would create a problem for us.

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          Gillian, Keep in mind that airlines have their own rules and regs. Please be sure to call your airline to check to see what they require.

  39. :

    Allyson - I'm so confused...I keep reading your info regarding what papers are needed to take our dog to MX. We leave the 21st of Jan. Do we need both the VS form and a health cert. from our vet. or just one or the other. We are headed to Cancun if that helps any. US Airways said we need to have a health certificate dated within 5 days of flight so we have her appt. for 1/17. I just want to make sure everything is correct and not have a problem or not have the correct forms. Would appreciate any help you can give.....starting to get frantic about this. Thanks

    1. :

      Hi Sharon, you only need one form. I used the bilingual Vet Health Certificate and it worked like a charm. Feel free to email me at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com if you have any additional questions!

  40. :

    Could you confirm that the Canadian 3 year rabies vaccine is accepted in Baja Mexico? It would be nice not to have to get an annual rabies vaccine.....Thank you.....Joan

    1. :

      Joan, I am told by my source at SAGARPA that Mexico now accepts the 3-year rabies vaccine.

  41. :

    Hi Allyson and thanks for all the good work that you have done regarding pets into and out of Mexico. We feel confident that we can now get on to an airline with our pets to and from Mexico. Like most Canadians, we are returning in two weeks to Puerto Vallarta with our two Mexican chihuahuas. Missy is 7 (from Tepic) and Molly is 3 (from Bucerias) We left PV at the end of June with the usual paperwork from our PV Vet certifying that the dogs were in good health, rabies, and parasites etc. Now we are returning with our two pets. Usually we go to the Vet here in Canada and spend $200.00 for their certificates etc. When I was researching the new regulations on the Mexican Gov't website, I found an entry dated April 2012 from SENASICA concerning Pets of Mexican Origin which states basically that if your pet is Mexican and coming back from the US or Canada you can present the health Cert of your private Vet issued before leaving Mexico as long as it was issued within the past 6 months etc etc. This site is: www.senasica.gob.mx/?i/d=3692. The second paragraph deals with Mexican Pets coming back from elsewhere in the world,(except Canada and USA) and depending on which site you use to translate same, it's ambiguous and suggests that these pets do not have to have a health certificate! Confused?? so are we, and so will other Canadians be who are returning with their Mexican born pets. I have to ask you, but can you get a ruling from SENASICA as to what exactly the regulations are for Mexican pets returning to Mexico?? Thanks Allyson, you are a true gem!!

    1. :

      Hi Michael, I have been trying to get in touch with my contact at SAGARPA since you posted your question. He finally emailed me back last night (he was out of the office on vacation). See updated information above.

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