With a new terminal that will cover an area of 19,400 square meters, and more international connections to be launched at the end of the year and the beginning of the next, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) announced big plans for the next year at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR).

The company indicated that the airport extension work is part of its Master Development Plan for the 2015-2019 five-year period, which is being completed with an investment of more than $360 million pesos only in at the Puerto Vallarta Airport.

“We are planning a completely new terminal building, with more space, excellent services and commercial areas so that passengers enjoy their travel experience,” said Raúl Revuelta, general director of GAP, in a statement.

Although they did not indicate when the work will be completed, among the improvements mentioned, the installation of five new airscrews and six lines of passenger review to expedite the entry of users to their flights.

Additionally, some other user service initiatives have already been implemented, such as the free Wi-Fi network throughout the terminal and the recently inaugurated International VIP Room.

Airport administrator, Saul Sanabria, announced that before the end of the year the connection with Panama could be inaugurated, and for next January, new routes to Hamilton and Ontario.

Currently, PVR deals with 51 destinations, including Helsinki, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. And GAP forecasts that by the end of 2018 it will mobilize five million passengers, a sustained growth of half a million passengers per year.

“Through the International Airport of Puerto Vallarta we seek to contribute to the economic and tourist development of the States of Jalisco and Nayarit, giving a better service and image to Mexicans and foreigners who visit them,” concluded Revuelta.

Thank you to Puerto Vallarta Daily News for this article.

Here is a partial list of specific stretches of highways that the tolls were announced increased on September 7, 2018. Some of these increases are indicated here and others only show the new rates:

Mexico-Puebla, increased from $141 to $165; Mexico-Querétaro, the increase is $18, to $166; Tehuacán to Oaxaca, went from $200 to $233; Durango-Mazatlan, increased by $65 and now motorists will pay $601, and Lagos de Moreno-San Luis Potosi, which is the one that connects Jalisco, from $95 to $107.

Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo increased to $253; the Cordoba-Veracruz, $ 206; La Tinaja-Cosoleacaque, $410; Cadereyta-Reynosa, $264; La Carbonera-Puerto Mexico, $62; of Reynosa- Mayamoros, $ 77; Champoton-Campeche, $72; Chamapa-Lechería, $52; Don-Nogales Station, $398; Gómez Palacio-Corralitos-Autopista Unión, $253; Torreón-Saltillo, $202; Agua Dulce-Cárdenas, $76; Bridge of Ixtla-Iguala, $82; La Pera-Cuautla, $64; Zacapalco-Rancho Viejo, $33; Tihuatlán-Gutiérrez Zamora, $43; Las Choapas-Ocozoautla, $229; Querétaro-Irapuato, $156; Puebla-Acatzingo, $67.

Acatzingo-Ciudad Mendoza, $130; Mendoza City-Córdoba, $30; Tijuana-Ensenada, $112; Rancho Viejo-Taxco, $15; La Rumorosa-Tecate, $78; Salina Cruz-The suction cup, $108 and the Libramiento sur II of Reynosa, $66.

There are a few toll roads where the prices remained the same.

¡Qué tenga un buen viaje, amigos!

It is the most important cave found so far in Yucatan: it has figures of birds, mammals, a cross, geometric figures, human forms, a warrior and hands.

In the middle of the jungle , about 12 meters deep , the archaeologist Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi and his team found a cave with cave paintings, the cavern seems the most important in Yucatan because of the richness of the images, which show “the high degree of the evolution of the Mayan culture “.

The paintings are printed on a rock about 15 meters long and five meters high in that cave found in the eastern part of the state of Yucatan, in southeastern Mexico, which also houses a small cenote of blue waters.

“It is not the only cave with cave paintings in Yucatan, but it is the most important because it has many elements: birds, mammals, a cross, geometric figures, human forms and among them that of a warrior, as well as hands in negative and positive “Said the researcher and documentary advisor of National Geographic , Discovery Channel and BBC , as well as Japanese and Spanish firms.

In other communities of Yucatan, such as Homún, Kaua and Akil , petro-engravings have been discovered , sometimes difficult to decipher, “but they show the high degree of evolution of the Mayan culture and in this new discovery is no exception, ” Director of the Mexican Institute of Ecology, Science and Culture, civil association founded to conduct environmental and cultural research.

The paintings in the new site “have colors derived from a wide range of pigments and materials derived from the Earth such as k’ankab (red or yellow earth),” he said.

The researcher and diver said that his team is motivated since the new discovery will allow to know more about the customs of the Mayans, “although we still do not know its meaning or to what time these cave paintings belong , but they are the most important we have seen ,

As a matter of principle, he informed that they have contacted researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) such as Luis Alberto Martos and other specialists with whom they will meet in the next few days on the site to identify the elements.

“Now we can not reveal the exact location , because unfortunately in Yucatan the looters and vandals take us a step forward,” he lamented.

Grosjean said that in order to study the meaning of the paintings, the researchers will take images and photographs and then, “if the authorities allow it,” they will carry out a sustainable project so that visitors have access to the site and thereby “generate sources of employment for the inhabitants of the place. ”

The inhabitants already want to open the place for the public to enjoy the paintings. “They are proud of the forms that seem to show extinct animalsand daily practices of the warriors, as well as rituals of their Mayan ancestors,” he said.

The archaeologist, author of the book Secrets of the Cenotes of Yucatan , considers that the art of the ancient Maya “can not remain hidden for a few; it must be exposed with all the security rules that a place with such acultural value must have “.

” Yucatan is culturally rich , but unfortunately there is no interest from the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal). They do not value or respect the sacred Mayan sites, as some have turned them into spas,“says the diver, who was part of the logistics team of Xibalbá , a film filmed in cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula that shows the Mayan underworld.

Grosjean, who has dedicated himself to environmental care for more than 20 years , said that in Yucatán there are more than three thousand cenotes that have Mayan treasures and bones, and “many have been plundered.”

The archaeologist Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi, regrets that the findings are not valued (Special)

“The work of an expedition is expensive and difficult , but fortunately we have the support of some foundations that provide resources to clean cenotes, ” he says, but he regrets that the authorities do not value his work. “It’s difficult because you can suffer snake bites in the caves, or have an accident on the road or down rappel,” he says.

He also regrets that there is more interest from foreign entities such as National Geographic in promoting this type of findings . “Sometimes there is no interest or the media; they do not realize that these places are the heritage of humanity, “he adds.

Sergio Grosjean says he believes “one hundred percent that Yucatan has the potential to become the global mecca of the underground world and thereby generate thousands of jobs and at the same time prevent water contamination.”

“I hope that the new authorities (emanating from the July 1 elections) have that same vision and take advantage of the potential and cultural richness of Yucatan, which is disappearing by leaps and bounds because of vandals and looters,” he warned.

This article is courtesy of Milenio.

The jade mask of Calakmul, one of the main symbols of the ancient Mayan civilization, returns to Campeche after 8 years touring the world as cultural and historical ambassador of Mexico and Campeche.

“I think it’s the most beautiful of all, so being the most beautiful of all was the one that was taken to be an icon of Campeche and the one that has allowed us, the one that has been an ambassador of Campeche to the world,” said Claudia Escalante Díaz, director of INAH Campeche museums.

The mask was found in 1984 and was part of a mortuary offering that was found in one of the main buildings in the city of Calakmul that the Mayans built about 2,000 years ago in what is now the southeastern state of Campeche.

Also found were 9 other jade masks and the skeletal remains of Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk who was the K’uhul Kaan Ajaw or sovereign of the snake kingdom, known as Jaguar’s Claw, the last warrior king of the Maya.

“Archaeologists find their remains and their companions their grave goods. In addition to the jadeite masks that are very important pieces because it also tells us about the commercial relationships that there were, “said Antonio Benavides Castillo, delegate of INAH in Campeche.

The mask, made in jade and applications of seashells and gray obsidian, has traveled several countries as an important piece of exhibition in museums in Paris, London, New York and Beijing, among others:

“This mask had been on loan for 14 years and in many places around the world and when we finally brought it to Campeche,” said Claudia Escalante Díaz, INAH Campeche Museum Director.

The jade masks represented the face that the Mayan dignitaries wanted to show when appearing before the gods of the underworld or kingdom of the dead and will be permanently exhibited in the Museum of Maya Architecture, located in the Baluarte de la Soledad.

Thanks to TelevisaNews for this article.

Will it be raining tequila in Mexico this rainy season?

Mexico is stepping up their game to guarantee if a border wall is ever built, there is only one side you will want to be on, the side where it rains tequila!

The Mexico Tourism Board rolled out a new machine that creates tasty tequila rain, one rainy season we can all get behind.

The creation was invented by the tourism board along with LAPIZ creative agency to try to appeal to German tourists and convince them to vacation in Mexico. The creation was rolled out and rained down tequila at a gallery in Berlin.

Probably people all over the world wouldn’t mind Mexico reaching out to them with a tequila raining machine either.

The tequila mist is created using ultrasonic humidifiers and contained in a plastic capsule, so that it keeps its shape.

When the vapor condenses, it then forms into little droplets of tequila heaven.

Anyone who is ready for a shot can hold their glass underneath and collect some of Mexico’s most famous drink.

Cheers to rainy days in Mexico!

Thank you to Puerto Vallarta Daily News for this article.  Publicity Stunt??? We will have to wait and see.

As of May 1st, Alaska Airlines is imposing some new rules governing your taking your support animals with you in the cabin. These new policies are being initiated worldwide as a result of numerous incidents of airline employees and some customers being bitten, both on-board the aircraft and in the terminals.

Starting May 1, customers flying with psychiatric service animals must provide animal health and behavioral documents and a signed document from a medical professional at least 48 hours prior to departure.

The airline also will stop allowing amphibians, goats and animals with hooves, tusks or horns. Miniature horses will still be allowed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Certified Service Animals, which are typically dogs helping owners with physical disabilities, are not affected by these changes. The new rules only apply to Emotional Support Animals.

Alaska Airlines typically transports about 150 support animals every day.

Obtaining a Mexican resident card is not a simple one day task; rather, it is a multi-step process that begins at a Mexican Consulate in your home country and ends (sometimes months later) when you finally pick up your resident card at an immigration office in Mexico.

Once you finally get your resident card (temporary or permanent), life in Mexico gets much easier. You can open a bank account, register a car, and obtain government services and that are not available to non-residents (e.g. INAPAM discount card). In other words, life is good.

But then one day it happens — you make a simple mistake and the resident card that you worked so hard to obtain is suddenly cancelled.

The worst part is that the only way to get it back is to leave Mexico and start the process all over again from scratch.

The Mistake

The fastest way to lose your resident card is to enter Mexico under as a tourist because Mexican immigration law prohibits a person from holding two immigration classifications simultaneously (Artículo 61 de La Ley de Migración).

Immigration (known as INM for short) rectifies the situation by cancelling the first one (i.e. your resident card).

Normally, this is only a problem for people who are entering or leaving Mexico by air because all non-citizens are required to complete an immigration form called an FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple). If this paperwork is completed incorrectly, it can result in the resident being incorrectly classified as a tourist.

If you’re entering or leaving by land with a resident card, no one will ask you for this form.

The Procedure You Should Follow

Before leaving the country by air, report to INM with your resident card and passport in hand. There should be an INM desk or kiosk near the ticket counter (international airports):

1. Pick up an FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple) 

This is actually the same form that you would use if you were coming into the country as a tourist, but this time, you’ll be submitting the sections in the reverse order.

2. Fill out boxes 1-8 of Section One and 1-10 of Section Two

Section One is for your return to Mexico and Section Two is for your departure.

That means that your departing flight information will be in Section Two only. You don’t have to worry about filling in the flight information in Section One — at least for now.

3. Present the completed form along with your passport and resident card to the INM agent

He or she will process it and write either temporary or permanent resident on the top of Sections One and Two (in the white margin). If they don’t write it in, I recommend you do it yourself.

The agent will hand you back both sections of the form. Give Section Two to the airline representative when they ask for it. This is normally done at the ticket counter.

4. Store Section One in a safe place 

Seriously, don’t lose it. You’re going to need it in the future.

5. Upon returning to Mexico, complete the remaining boxes on the form (Section One) and give it to INM

Piece of cake!

Let’s Wrap This Up

If you fly in and out of Mexico on a regular basis, it pays to pick up a stack of these forms and fill them out ahead of time.

Tips from a Professional

1. If you get to the airport and you realize that you’ve forgotten your resident card at home, cancel or reschedule the flight and go get it. Of course this only applies to international flights, not domestic.

2. If you lose your resident card while abroad, go to a Mexican Consulate for assistance.

3. If you arrive in Mexico and you cannot find your card, tell the INM agent what happened and request a “regularización de situación migratoria”. Do not enter as a tourist!

If you enter as a tourist and INM cancels your resident card, you only have two choices:

1. Return to your country of origin and start the process over at a Mexican Consulate.

2. Stay in Mexico and apply for a new visa as a financial dependent of a family member who has a resident card (e.g. spouse).

Exchange Rates and Capital Gains on Your Mexican Home

With the shifts in the currency exchange rate between the US dollar and the Mexican peso, one of the ‘hidden’ costs of selling your Mexican home might lay in the US dollar amount used to calculate the property’s value.

In many towns and cities across Mexico, house prices are quoted in Mexican pesos when they are offered to the market for sale. However, in a few places — and most notably in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, Ajijic/Chapala, and Cancun/Riviera Maya — home prices can be seen quoted in US dollars.

Even though the sales transaction may be marketed (and agreed between the parties) in dollars, the amount to pay will be calculated in Mexican pesos and the title deed will show that amount at the exchange rate prevalent on the date of the closing. When you sell the property, any capital gains are calculated only in Mexican pesos and therefore shifts in the exchange rate can influence your tax liability.

The best way to understand the ‘exchange rate effect’ is through an example.

Suppose you agreed to purchase a home in Mexico for a peso-equivalent value of US$500,000 dollars years ago, when there were $10 pesos to the dollar.  Your title deed shows a sale value of $5 million pesos.  If you agree to sell the home today for the same US$500,000 dollars (with nearly 20 Mexican pesos to the US dollar), the peso value sales equivalent is close to $10 million – an effective $5 million pesos ‘capital gain’ on the property.  So in this situation, even though you have realized zero gain in US dollar terms, you have realized a capital gain in Mexican peso terms, and you’re liable to pay capital gains tax on that peso gain when you sell.

If your home’s market value has doubled over that time, and you agree to sell for one million dollars, your sale price would be calculated at about $20 million pesos with a capital gain of around $15 million pesos.  In this situation, your gain in US dollar terms is US$500,000 (10 million pesos, at $20 pesos to US$1) but your capital gain is calculated in pesos, on around $15 million pesos —US$750,000— which means your capital gain is calculated on a sum that’s about 50% higher than your capital gain in US dollar terms.

If you’re resident in Mexico and have a tax ID here, you may be able to avail yourself of some worthwhile tax exemptions and deductions that may reduce or eliminate any capital gain tax liabilities, but you cannot avoid the effect of the ‘capital gain’ expressed in pesos brought about through the exchange rate effect when the sales value was based in US dollars.

Keep this in mind when you are ready to sell if you purchased a home in Mexico negotiated using a US dollar value, because your tax liabilities are always calculated in Mexican pesos, not dollars.

Thank you to Mexperience for this article.

México has just recently introduced a new “Frequent Traveler Program for Pets” called Programa Mascota Viajero Frecuente.  The aim of the program is to speed up the entry process into México for frequent visitors with pets. For now, it appears as though that only dogs and cats are eligible for the program and it is only for air travel to a select number of airports (see below).


When your pets are registered in the program, you will be issued an official document (called “Registro de Ingreso”) by SENASICA which contains all the pertinent data about your pets, i.e., personal info, vaccination records, etc. Additionally, the document certifies your pet’s health every time you enter the country.

As a reminder, the Mexican government agency tasked with overseeing the importation of pets and other animals is el Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA) which falls under the Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (SAGARPA). It’s often hyphenated as SAGARPA-SENASICA.


  • During a period of 6 months, you will no longer have to present a new health certificate with each entry since the SENASICA staff will verify your Registro de Ingreso and ensure the rabies vaccination and treatment of endoparasites and ectoparasites are still in effect.
  • Minimize vaccinations and treatments of your pets.
  • Decrease your waiting time upon entry into the country.
  • It will not be necessary to register any new data into SENASICA’s computer systems since this information will already exist in their system.
  • You will not have to wait until the Import Certificate is prepared since it will be sent electronically to your e-mail


At the current time, the Registro de Ingreso document is only being issued at the following Oficinas de Inspección de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OISA) locations:

  • Cancun airport (CUN)
  • Guadalajara airport (GDL)
  • Queretaro airport (QRO)
  • Zihuatanejo airport (ZIH)
  • Toluca airport (TLC)
  • Mazatlan airport (MZT)
  • Ciudad de México airport (AICM) – Terminals 1 & 2
  • SENASICA’s central offices in Ciudad de México


1) Fill out an application.

2) Attach your health certificate issued by a veterinarian authorized by SENASICA.

3) Have a record of your current rabies vaccination.

4) Have record of your treatment against ectoparasites and endoparasites (less than 6 months).

For more information, you can go in-person to one of the above mentioned locations or you can call 59051000 ext. 53611, 54326 and 51020, (0155) 43130154; 43130155 and 43130152


By having the Registro de Ingreso document, you can enter the country as frequently as you want with your pets for a period of 6 months as long as all the vaccinations & treatments are still in effect and your pets are healthy


The program is free of charge.


Given the relative newness of this program, information available online at is very scarce. As information continues to become available, we will update this post with any new pertinent information.

Among the most prominent differences between traveling in Mexico and the USA and Canada are the military checkpoints set up throughout the country.

For a first time traveler, the sight of freshly graduated soldiers with military rifles can be quite unnerving.

Military Checkpoints have been built and manned as an effort to stem the tide of drugs free-flowing from Mexico to the United States. Like the TSA airport screeners, they serve mainly as window dressing. The big difference is that the Mexican Military won’t be putting their hands down your pants to feel you up.

First things, first. What are the Military Checkpoints looking for?  They are looking for drugs, illegal weapons, and federal criminals. Some checkpoints have drug-sniffing dogs; others don’t. In most cases, they merely ask only a few questions. Expect to hear, “A donde va?”, “De donde eres?”, and “Por que estas aqui?” These questions translate to, “Where are you going?”, “Where are you coming from?”, and “Why are you here?”

Before each day of travel, know the answers to these questions. Sometimes the accents of the soldiers are quite thick so that a hand gesture can help.

Point your thumb back behind you and tell them what city you left this morning. Then motion ahead to the city you plan to stop in tonight and say that city’s name. Lastly, say, “Turismo” as to your purpose.

Now, in most cases, they will probably say, “Pasale” and wave you through. If it’s an exceptionally desolate checkpoint, a dull day, you are driving an RV or luxury car, or are traveling with exceptionally lovely passengers, they may ask you to pull aside for a more thorough inspection, however they will rarely ask for your Mexican Insurance Store policy.

Do not be alarmed or worried by this. Despite whatever motivation, the soldiers are not there to ruin your day. Play along casually, and you’ll be on your way in no time.

A couple of things that will help speed your passage through the checkpoint is to be calm and respectful. Open up and show them whatever luggage they wish to inspect. Smile and nod in respect to them and the job they are doing. In most cases, nobody will speak English, but if you happen upon someone who does, be kind and even engage in some small talk.

If you have a cold drink in a cooler, offer one to them and their compatriots. It’s a great way to indicate that you are a good person and respect their roles.

Unless you are a complete jerk or like being arrested, don’t do any the following:

  • Don’t joke about having drugs or being part of the Narcos, Cartels, or Corridos.
  • Don’t belittle, berate, or become abusive to them.
  • Don’t act like you’re too special or in a big hurry.
  • Don’t tell them how to do their job.
  • Don’t ignore them and keep driving on when asked to stop.

Doing any of these things will guarantee you an extra thorough search and possible detainment. They will probably also call ahead and make sure you are hassled again at the next checkpoint, too.

The Mexican soldiers are human, just like you. The universal rule is to treat others the way you wish to be treated.

During disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and fires, it’s the military that does the bulk of the heavy work to restore life to normal.

Traveling in Mexico is easy. It’s especially true when you begin to understand the subtleties and differences from what you’re accustomed to back home. Military checkpoints are a part of life in Mexico and no big deal. After passing through a couple, it becomes quite simple and even fun conversing in a little Spanish.

To drive in Mexico, you must have a Passport and should have Mexican Auto Insurance. If you are planning to stay longer than a weekend or travel outside the Hassle-Free-Zones, stop and get your tourist visa and Temporary Vehicle Import Permit (TVIP). Then the whole of Mexico is yours to enjoy.

Before you leave home for any trip, whether it’s a short hop across the border or the trip of a lifetime, it’s important to take two things along with you; your passport and your travel insurance. Your passport must be current and your travel insurance should pay for your care upfront. We found out that if you don’t have the right kind of travel insurance, you will be out of pocket for a lot of money for at least six months. This is what happened to us.

We are regular visitors to a small town to the north of Puerto Vallarta called Rincón de Guayabitos and we have never had any problems. But last year there was an outbreak of Dengue Fever in the region and when I came down with similar symptoms, the doctor, who was already treating three Canadians with the illness, initially thought I had contracted Dengue Fever as well.

However after I had been on IV antibiotics for a few hours in the doctor’s clinic, I began to feel better and the doctor felt he could rule out Dengue Fever but he wanted me to remain overnight for observation just in case. If I continued to improve, in the morning I could go back to our hotel and resume our vacation. But later in the day, I was struggling to breathe and having chest pains. The good doctor feared a heart attack was imminent and he wanted to send me to an American type hospital in Puerto Vallarta. He asked if we had travel insurance and my husband said yes so he called for an ambulance and prepared me for the trip.

Much of the ambulance ride was a blur but I do remember thinking, ‘thank God we have travel insurance’. By the time we arrived at the Hospital it was almost midnight. While I was being stabilized, Topher, my husband. was in the hospital’s finance department making payment arrangements. It came as a shock to learn that our insurance carrier was not one in which the hospital had a partnership agreement. A stressful situation was becoming even more so. “Who can you call and where can you get money right now Señor?” asked the Financial Manager. We would need to pay for my care upfront and seek reimbursement once we returned to Canada. Because it was 1:00 a.m., Topher explained that we did have money and he would make payment arrangements in the morning.

Amerimed Hospital in Puerto Vallarta is very upscale and our room resembled a suite in a five star hotel, and the care I received was extraordinary. Early the next morning, test results came back that ruled out Dengue Fever but because of the cardiac issue, a stress test to rule out any cardiac damage was ordered. Providentially, that test came back normal as well. It was concluded that I had an infection that had gotten out of control, but now my condition was much improved and I could be discharged.

Before we could leave, however, we needed to settle our bill which turned out to be almost $10,000. This was truly American style medicine and the five page itemized invoice in Spanish included every test, every drug, every nurse visit to my room and everything else in between. The armed security guards at the front of the hospital indicated that no one left without paying for their stay. We contacted our bank and money from our credit line was transferred onto our credit card and we paid up.

Mexicana Lilianna Fuller

We returned to Canada and I began the process to recover the funds. This proved to be a real eye opener. In hindsight, before we purchased extra travel insurance from a third party, we should have looked into the benefit package that covers retired federal employees. Included in that package is a $500,000 travel insurance policy of which we were unaware. Another mistake we made was that we didn’t read the fine print on our additional policy. In the case of trips under 40 days, the only thing this company was required to do was transfer our phone call to our extended medical carrier who in turn sent our claim over to yet another company that processes these types of claims.

Fortunately I have a clerical background because it took numerous phone calls, a tremendous amount of follow up and six months before we finally recovered our money. It was an exercise that proved the necessity to completely examine any travel insurance policy. I learned that our primary insurer uses a company in which Amerimed Hospital has a partnership agreement. I would have been completely covered. By purchasing additional coverage from a third party, it circumvented our original policy and we had to pay upfront. We have since cancelled our third party coverage but for non-federal retirees it could still be a viable option.

But hospitals around the world have different policies, so it’s a good idea to have your travel agent check in advance for insurance requirements in the location you wish to visit. For example Amerimed Hospital has four locations in Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and San Jose del Cabo. Their website lists the insurance companies with which they have a partnership agreement and the list includes: RBC, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Allianz Global Assistance and CanAssistance.

To find out how these partnership agreements work, I contacted Allianz Global Assistance and this is what they told me. “Frequently when traveling overseas, healthcare providers will require patients to pay first, then they can file a claim with their health insurance company when they get home. With Allianz travel insurance, we provide a payment guarantee to a healthcare provider so that travelers do not have to pay for their care out of their pocket,” said Daniel Durazo, Director of Communications. Each company listed have similar policies regarding coverage.

Our experience showed not only the need to have travel insurance but also to have the right kind of travel insurance. For most people, the last thing they want to think about before heading out the door is what could go wrong. That could be why, according to a survey by the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada, that 35% of Canadian travelers don’t buy health insurance

Insurance companies require that if you have a pre-existing condition, it must be under control for at least three months before you can even purchase travel insurance, and if you have a pre-existing condition and you fail to disclose it, your coverage could be null and void.

Different insurance companies have different policies and practices, so it’s a good idea to shop around. Compare pricing and make sure you speak to a representative to ensure that you will be covered in advance. Prices do vary and the lowest price is not necessarily the best factor to consider.

Traveling is a wonderful experience and we decided not to let what happened to us keep us from visiting Mexico. And this year, we know that we have a travel insurance policy that if necessary, will pay our medical bills upfront.

View two Travel Health Insurance options in our Business Directory:

by Lilianne Fuller
Lilianne is from Langley, BC and visits the Jaltemba Bay area for 5 weeks every year.

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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.


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.

July 2014 Author’s Note: The article below outlines the detailed transition to the new Mexican pet travel and aviation requirements back in 2012. 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.


Many foreigners bring their beloved pets with them to Mexico each winter. Unfortunately, the new “no pets in cabin” policy recently put into place by several airlines could drastically change the way we all travel to and from Mexico.

Taco the Dog (shown above) always hangs out in our suitcase
so we don’t forget to bring him with us when we go “home”
to Rincón de Guayabitos, Mexico!

The airline agents we spoke with say that they are obeying an old Mexican government regulation that is based on laws dating back to 1950, 2004 and 2007. The SAGARPA and SENASICA offices in Mexico City informed us that it was a new international aviation regulation. There is also plenty of speculation by online sources that say that the airlines want to cash in by requiring pets to travel in cargo, which costs more than in-cabin pets. Either way, it seems the blame game is going in circles here.

After searching the net for hours, speaking to several airlines including the International Airport in Mexico City, SAGARPA and SENASICA, our local Mexican consulate, the Humane Society International, as well as emailing back and forth with three Mexican rescue organizations, we could still not find anyone who had (or had seen) a copy of this new policy in writing. Even the SENASICA (Mexico’s National Health Service for Food Safety and Food Quality) website, which was updated in April, states that pets are allowed to travel to Mexico from the US and Canada. This raises the question, who really did decide to implement this rule and why?

Regardless, people need to be aware that the majority of airlines now prohibit pets from flying in-cabin. Here is the breakdown:

Airlines that no longer allow in-cabin pets:

  • Air Canada** (see June 15, 2012 Update below)
  • Alaska
  • American
  • Delta
  • Frontier* (as of June 9, 2012)
  • United
  • US Airways

Airlines that still allow in-cabin pets:
(as of the publication date of this article)

  • WestJet** (see June 15, 2012 Update below)

Airlines that allow pets in cargo:
Keep in mind that many of these airlines enforce embargo dates due to hot weather and have special restrictions based on breed, kennel size, weight, etc., so be sure to check with your airline for specific requirements.

  • Air Canada – $270 CAD/USD per direction
  • Alaska – $100 USD each way
  • American – $175 USD per kennel
  • Delta – $200 USD one-way
  • Frontier – $150 USD each way
  • United – $189-679 USD each way, prices are based on weight
  • US Airways – Not allowed as of March 1, 2012
  • WestJet – $50 CAD/USD each way

So if you are planning to travel to or from Mexico, be sure to contact your airline before you head to the airport. You might also want to consider driving instead of flying so you don’t have to leave Fido, Taco and Panchito behind.

Feel free to share or republish this story, but please give credit to and/or add a link to this page. © 2012

Article Updates:

Because information is changing so quickly, we are adding updates as information becomes available. Please scroll down to view the latest post…

June 8, 2012 Editor’s Note – We have posted a copy of the AICM’s pet policy below in the comments.

June 8, 2012 Update – We called the FAA, US State Department, US Department of Transportation, the TSA and the Aviation Consumer Protection Division, and none of these government agencies know anything about the policy change. However, they have all basically said that each airline can implement their own policies. I will post as we learn more.

*June 9, 2012 Update (1:30pm) – Frontier no longer allows pets to fly in the cabin. My husband was suppose to fly from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to the US today on Frontier. Even though he had all the proper paperwork for Taco the Dog and we called yesterday to confirm that he could fly with him, he was turned away at the airport. The agent booked him on next week’s flight and told him that the only way he could fly then is if he presents a) a letter from his doctor saying that Taco is an “emotional support animal” and b) a copy of the Frontier “Therapeutic / Emotional Support Animal Medical Authorization Form” (to view the form, scroll down to “Traveling with a Service Animal”). Two counter agents, a desk clerk and a Frontier supervisor at the PV airport all informed him that there was a new US law that was implemented on Monday. I spoke with a Frontier agent in the US to confirm this, and he told me that the policy change is due to a Mexican embargo.

June 9, 2012 (4:40pm) – I just received a call back from a Frontier supervisor in the US. She informed me that this new policy was put into place by the DGAC and is effective as of June 7, 2012. The DGAC offices are closed until Monday, but I will call back then and post an update as I learn more.

June 12, 2012 Update – I have been corresponding with MVZ. Joel Antonio Arrioja Pérez, Jefe de Departamento de Operación de Inspección Fitozoosanitaria (Head of the Department of Plant and Animal Health Inspection Operations). Here is his response to my emails…

Dear Allyson Williams,
In relation to your questions I can tell the following:

Q: Who actually put this new policy into place? The DGAC or the individual airlines?  A: Is the DGAC which performs the indication to the airlines by the airlines of the Obligatory Circular knowledge.

Q: Do you know why it was put into place?  A: Is for the improvement of the conditions of safety for users.

Q: Do you have a copy of the new policy? And if so, can you email it to me?  A: The Obligatory Circular CO AV-07.8/07 may consult her on the link:

Q: Do you know if the Canadian airlines will implement this policy as well?  A: Could not confirm if airlines implemented the Obligatory Circular will have to check with them.

Again confirm you that: from the health point of view, there are no restrictions for the trip, for the entry or exit of dogs and cats and they can enter the country complying with the relevant requirements.

Then I give the SENASICA website, as well as the direct link detailing information for travelers, with the purpose of informing users about our activities.

MVZ. Joel Antonio Arrioja Pérez

Jefe de Departamento de Operación
de Inspección Fitozoosanitaria

Subdirección de Inspección en Puertos y Aeropuertos
Dirección General de Inspección Fitozoosanitaria
Municipio Libre 377 piso 8-A, Col. Sta. Cruz Atoyac,
Delegación Benito Juárez, México, D. F. C.P. 03310
Tel. 01 (55) 59051000 ext. 51126

Email #2:
Q: I just want to clarify one more thing… is the DGAC enforcing the regulation now after 5 years and the airlines are now required to implement it? Or are the airlines implementing it on their own?  A: Is correct is the DGAC which gave the instruction and did knowledge to the airlines that they give it to inform its customers and implement such disposal. An apology don’t know because so far it is applying this policy and not when it was established. I am referring to the fact that pets can not travel in the cabin or baggage, is not a health by the SENASICA disposition as they have publicized it airlines.

The DGAC Circular Obligatoria mentioned above dates back to June 1, 2007. Policy 2.1.2 is outlined on page 3. It states:

2.1.2. La combinación de pasajeros y animales vivos en la cabina de pasajeros no se debe permitir, excepto en el caso de perros lazarillos y otros “animales de servicio” que acompañen a una persona discapacitada, quien deberá respetar los lineamientos del numeral 4.3 de la presente Circular.

This translates to: The combination of passengers and live animals in the cabin should not be allowed, except guide dogs and other “service animals” accompanying a disabled person, who must comply with the guidelines of section 4.3 of this Circular.

June 13, 2012 Update – In response to the new comments below… yes, both WestJet and Air Canada are still allowing pets to fly in cabin and neither have heard about the new policy. In speaking with the FAA again today, they reminded me that individual airlines “can decide what type of passengers they are carrying”.

June 15, 2012 Update (7am) – Finally Some Answers – Okay folks, we finally have some answers. I corresponded with MVZ. Joel Antonio Arrioja Pérez again yesterday and he confirmed that the DGAC did indeed implemented this policy, not the airlines.

I also received an email from an airline passenger (who wishes to remain anonymous) who provided me with a copy of the “unofficial translated version” of the circular which I quote below. Thanks to a little internet sleuthing, I was able to get my hands on the original DGAC Circular dated May 10, 2012 (in Spanish). The sections that pertain to pets are outlined here in English…

2.1.2. The combination of passengers and live animals in the passenger cabin must not be permitted except in the case of guide dogs or other “service animals” accompanying disabled persons, who must abide by the guidelines of sub-item 4.3 of this Circular.
?4. Transport of animals in passenger aircraft.?
4.1. Animals must be transported in cages or appropriate containers, which, in turn, must be placed in pressurized and air-conditioned compartments. The pilot in command must be informed when live animals are transported and of the cargo hold in which they are located.
4.2. If the aircraft is not equipped with pressurized and air-conditioned cargo holds, animals may be transported in a cabin next to the passenger cabin but separated therefrom by a bulkhead, provided the other guidelines of this Circular are followed.
4.3. Guide dogs and service animals.?
Notwithstanding the provisions of this Mandatory Circular, a guide dog or seeing eye dog and other service animals may be transported in the passenger cabin accompanied by a disabled person provided that the following requirements are complied with:
4.3.1. The guide dog or seeing eye dog must have been trained and the disabled person must have been instructed in dog handling and care. According to such considerations, the dog must remain at the side of its owner during the flight. The disabled person must be seated in the front row, preferably in a window seat in a section next to the cabin dividing wall. If assistance is necessary, the personnel of the licensee or permit holder must provide such assistance in a calm manner. The cabin crew must request any passenger they find trying to stroke the dog to refrain from doing so, so as to prevent the animal from becoming distracted.
4.3.2. Service animals may be allowed in the passenger cabin in accordance with the policies and procedures approved by the Aviation Authority, stipulated for such purpose for permit holders and licensees, provided that such animals do not represent a risk to the health and safety of passengers or crew, such as snakes or other reptiles, rodents, spiders, ferrets, among others, or animals such as ponies, pigs and monkeys which, given their size, dimensions or health restrictions of the competent Mexican authorities or the authorities of the States where permit holders and licensees operate, are not allowed in the passenger cabin.
4.3.3. The same requirements set forth in sub-item 4.3.1. of this Mandatory Circular apply to service animals.
4.3.4. During the boarding of disabled persons assisted by a guide dog or seeing eye dog, the cabin crew must direct the passenger to his/her seat in order for such person to provide instructions to the animal.
Appendix “A” states these definitions:
4. Service Animal: Any animal individually trained or capable of assisting a disabled person or any animal where it is demonstrated by documentation that such animal is necessary for the emotional well-being of a passenger.
14. Permit holder: Corporate entity or individual, in the case of the national or foreign, private commercial air service to whom the Ministry of Communications and Transport grants a permit to carry out its activities, including the provision of scheduled international air carrier services, and national and international non-scheduled and private commercial air carrier services.

**June 15, 2012 Update (9am) – I just called both WestJet and Air Canada. The Air Canada agent said that pets are no longer allowed in the cabin effective as of June 13, 2012. The WestJet agent I spoke with said they are aware of the new law, and while they have not implemented it yet, he expected that they would be soon.

June 16, 2012 Update – Before I go any further, I just want people to understand that I am just one gal who adores her Mexican rescue pups who wanted to share information about this new policy with neighbors and friends who live in Rincon de Guayabitos, La Penita and Los Ayala (Jaltemba Bay), Nayarit, Mexico and who happens to own a community website with a means to do just that. At no point could I have ever imagined that this article would be read by so many people. With every passing day it becomes more and more apparent how much this new policy is impacting those of us who travel to/from Mexico.

I am willing to continue to work on this effort, but I’d like to ask for your help. If any of you have made contact with Mexican government officials who seem willing to listen and to help, please email their contact information to me at

My plan is to contact the US and Canadian corporate airline offices on Monday to see if the airlines would be willing to allow pets back in the cabin “if” we can get this law changed. If not, there is no reason to pursue this any further.

In the meantime, for anyone who is scheduled to travel out of Mexico in the next few weeks, I highly recommend that you post on your local community forums to see if you can find someone who might be willing to drive your pet across the border. For anyone traveling to Mexico, I suggest that you research pet boarding facilities near you and/or find someone who can care for your pets while you travel. Here are the requirements for traveling with pets to Mexico if you plan on driving… Pet Travel Tips

June 19, 2012 Update (11am) – I finally got through to the Mexico Tourism Board. The gentleman I spoke with said that they have not yet received an official statement, and as far as they are concerned, the bulletin only affects pets flying within Mexico. They are very concerned and hope to resolve this as quickly as possible. He suggested that everyone contact the following offices:

Mexico Tourism Board
Call Center: 1-800-44-MEXICO (1-800-446-3942)*
*You can call this number direct from the US. Their office is collecting names, phone numbers and email addresses.

SCT (Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes)
Contact Form:

I am also in communication with the Deputy Director General at the DGAC. I have emailed the SCT, SECTUR and Sra. Gloria Guevara, the Secretary of Tourism. I will post as soon as I have more information.

June 19, 2012 Update (1:30pm)  For anyone traveling with pets in the next few months, Charlene Angelo has kindly taken the time to put together a chart with options and restrictions for pets in baggage vs. cargo, as well as handy airline links. You can access it here… Traveling with Pets by Air.

June 21, 2012 Update – Policy Change – I am absolutely thrilled to share an email I just received from Lic. José Armando Garcia Nuño, Dirección de Política Intersectorial, Dirección General de Planeación Estratégica y Política Sectorial, Secretaria de Turismo (SECTUR). It reads…

Mrs Allyson,

I send an apology for to answer your call and email a little late, however, I am here for talking with you about the animals in the aircraft passenger cabins.

Yesterday, we had a meeting with the Aeronautic Authority on this case for talking about the concern of you visitors by the prohibition of get pets on airplanes.

At the meeting we were able to obtain good news, which I inform you:

• They going to change of the article one hundred seven (107) of the regulations of the law, where the regulation is established on the transportation of animals allowed in the passenger cabins. Today, the Aeronautic Authority has already a proposal for a reform to the article of the rules of which shared and will be analysed.

The Aeronautic Authority published an official circular where inform about of the current authority decision and where they report the possibility that in the month of September is already counted with this reform allowing, in some way, raise animals to the passenger cabins.

In this moments The law should be applied without exception. But we hope that the reform to law going to ready on September.

Finally, I say today I tried to talk to you by phone but it was not possible.
Best regards.

After receiving this email, I called and spoke with Sr. Garcia directly. He informed me that the document is currently be reviewed and that it should be finalized by next week. He confirmed that the revised policy will allow pets to fly in the cabin on both national and international flights, and that it should be in place by September 2012. He agreed to email a copy to me, which I will post at soon as I receive it.

This is really good news Folks!

June 22, 2012 Update – No more news as of today, but I just want to remind everyone to please continue to register your complaints with the Mexican Tourism Board, SCT and SECTUR (listed below) just to make sure we continue to be heard. I will keep you posted as more information comes to light.

June 25, 2012 Update (11:30am) – Revised Circular – I received an update from Lic. José Armando Garcia Nuño this morning. The new Circular, CO AV-07.8/07 R2, is dated June 21, 2012 and has been posted on the SCT website. In his email, Sr. Garcia stated that “the Aeronautical Authority has published document (Circular compulsory) that allows airlines to transport pets in the passenger cabins. Airlines must meet the mandatory circular immediately as soon as they are notified. The airlines must allow pets climb into the passenger cabins, immediately.” He also wanted to remind me that “this new document is NOT a new regulation, simply is a document that clarifies the doubts with regard to the Law on Civil Aviation.” He clarified this statement in another email by saying “The document that now lets upload pets to the airlines is a temporary measure. He is currently working on reforming article 107 of the law of Civil Aviation.”

I have been informed by a group in Cozumel who is working closely with the airlines that “this circular was sent to all airlines on Friday.” Obviously, the airlines will need a little time to re-implement this policy, update their websites, etc. I will post as I learn more.

June 26, 2012 Update – Since yesterday, I have been inundated by emails and comments from people who say that the airlines are not aware of this new revised circular. I will do my very best to compile a list of airline contacts in the next few days. In the meantime, please be patient.

In addition, I just learned earlier today that there are new document requirements for pet travel to Mexico. Ironically these changes were implemented in the past few weeks, but have absolutely nothing to do with the DGAC circular. I am in contact with the proper authorities and will post this information as soon as possible.

June 27, 2012 Update (9:20am) – Airline Contacts – Below, you will find an airline contact list for the customer relations/care departments courtesy of Andrea Sekula, Cozumel and Karen Warne, Zihuatanejo. We all ask you to please keep in mind that it is going to take some time for the airlines to translate the new document, run it by their legal departments, re-implement the new policy, inform and retrain their staff and get the information back up on their websites. This is not going to happen over night folks.

Latest Updates:

June 27, 2012 Update (12pm) – NEW Pet Travel Requirements – Please be aware that there are new requirements and documentation needed to travel with pets to Mexico (and no, this had nothing to do with the DGAC Circular). I have contacted SAGARPA and my local USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services offices for clarification, and I have compiled the information here:

Airlines that Now Allow Pets in Cabin!
The re-implementation of this policy has happened very quickly, so please keep in mind that some airline employees may not be aware of this change.

  • WestJet – never changed policy
  • US Airways – announced June 26, 2012, effective immediately
  • American – announced June 27, effective July 1, 2012
  • Frontier – announced June 28, 2012, effective immediately
  • Alaska – announced June 28, 2012, effective July 2, 2012
  • Air Canada – announced June 28, 2012, effective immediately
  • Delta – announced June 29, 2012, effective immediately (only in Economy cabin)
  • United – announced July 3, 2012, effective immediately

Fees for In-Cabin Pets (added June 29, 2012)

*These fees are for one way. Keep in mind that in most cases, your in-cabin pet carrier counts toward your carry-on baggage allowance. Please contact your airline for specific information about how to book your pet, maximum kennel dimensions, kennel weight and other restrictions.

July 3, 2012 Update – United is Now Flying Pets – United Airlines has indeed re-implemented their pets in cabin policy as of today. I called to confirm, and the cost is $125 USD each way.

Thank YOU! – I want to personally thank each and every one of you who called and emailed your complaints and concerns about the policy change. In basically one month, not only did the Mexican government revise their pet policy, but all the airlines re-implemented their policies to allow pets to fly in the cabin to/from Mexico as well. In the scheme of things, this was a really fast turnaround. Together, we made a difference!

For anyone who isn’t aware, there is a slight change in documentation (and verbiage) needed to travel with pets to Mexico. You can find all the details on our Pets Travel Tips (Requirements) page.

I have received hundreds of emails, many of which are simply thank you notes. As I said above, I did not do this alone. There were many others involved as well. For anyone who wants to do a little something to say thank you to all those who worked so hard on this effort, may I suggest that you make a donation to a local pet rescue organization, of which there are hundreds in Mexico. If you are so inclined, you may make a donation to my local group, Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue. You can also learn about my connection with this amazing organization by reading “From a Volunteer’s Perspective“, an article I wrote about my volunteer experience last year.

July 5, 2012 Update – Pet Travel Tips Answered – I have been on the phone all day with three USDA-APHIS offices and emailing back and forth with my contact at SAGARPA to find out more about the new documents needed to travel with pets and about the rabies requirement in order to answer all your questions. Here is what I found out…

VS 7001 Form: The USDA offices have all confirmed that the VS 7001 Form is no longer required to enter Mexico or to leave the US. However, they did mention that some airlines may require it, so you need to call to find out. (Note: An International Health Certificate is required for many countries, so you may want to check with your local USDA-APHIS office for details.)

Letterhead Certificate: I have attached a copy of the Letterhead Certificate I received from the USDA on our Pet Travel Tips page (link below). Based on my correspondence with the Head of the Department of Plant and Animal Health Inspection Operations at SAGARPA, I have added a few very important additions (see my notes on the form). He said that with these additions, the form met Mexico’s import requirements and more, so it should get you into and out of the US, Canada and Mexico, no matter where you are going to or coming from.

Rabies: I have heard that Mexico now accepts and offers a 3-year rabies vaccine, but I cannot get confirmation in writing from anyone I spoke with. While the USDA Letterhead Certificate states that “The animal/s has/have been vaccinated against rabies within 12 months prior to exportation,” the SENASICA website no longer requires that rabies is given in that time frame.

Please visit our Pets Travel Tips page for more information and a complete overview of the new requirements and links to these documents.

Who to Contact:

Here is a list of people, organizations and websites to contact. If you prefer to contact an airline in writing, you can find their mailing address on the links below. Simply explain that you are referring to the revised Circular CO AV-07.8/07 R2 from the Mexican Aviation Authority (DGAC) dated June 21, 2012 in which Article 4.3 now permits pets to travel in cabin to and from Mexico.

Helpful Links:

Helpful and informative links submitted by readers of this blog…

Note: I have broken the comments into several pages because we have received so many of them. Please scroll back so you don’t miss what people are saying.