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Rules For Taking Pets To Mexico: Dogs, Cats, Birds

Pet To Mexico - No Problem

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Taking your dogs or cats to Mexico is no problem. Taking your pet birds to Mexico is extremely difficult, but not impossible. Some great customers who consulted with me about moving to Mexico gave me the contact person with the USDA and contacts with Mexico that will help you import your birds if it is possible. Some species are still prohibited.

Reptiles are prohibited (though someone read this and said he takes his pet turtle, but that is the official stand). 

Dog and cat health requirements

After getting a puppy from the shelter who had Parvo, I can't emphasize enough for you to vaccinate your young dogs against this killer. Nero Wuff is a Parvo survivor, but it was touch and go and expensive. 

 The all-in-one vaccination is DHLP-P for dogs. For cats, you should have both FVRCP-P as well as feline leukemia shots.

Regulations for Dogs and cats changed in 2021. You used to need a heath certificate from a US veterinarian stating that your pet was healthy and proof of vaccinations. Now a Mexican agriculture department official (SENASICA) will  will examine your pet and pronounce him/her healthy enough to visit Mexico with you. Animals must be in carriers with NO bedding. They will be rejected for open sores or any signs of illness. The inspector checks for ticks and worms. If they are found, the animal will be detained or refused entry. Customers have note of these officials, unlike the old days when they were just a myth. rs has. So when you get your immigration papers, as where the by SENASICA  office is por los mascotas and follow the yellow brick road to try to hunt him or her down. Let me know if you have an encounter of the by USDA-APHIS SENASICA kind. If it's no trouble, go ahead and get a letter frpm your vet, but don't make a special trip. But you DO have to have proof of vaccinations. Here is a link to their site with details  .SENASICA

Nice soft sided carriers https://amzn.to/3tYFeTT
 

Pet Birds

All birds will be quarantined for two weeks. Some species, native to Mexico (even if they were born in New Jersey) cannot be imported. No way. No how. You will encounter agricultural inspectors at each state line. I don't recommend driving your bird to Mexico. You should both fly, preferably in an airplane. See below for details.

Flying's A Different Ballgame

There is a legal limit of three pets per person. More you can bring by paying a fee of over 2,000 pesos. Is it enforced? Although I know a woman who was in animal rescue and brought 32 dogs and cats, a number of goats and a few horses with her when she moved back to Guadalajara, I suspect she was lucky. I also know a gringa in Pto. Vallarta who spent $2,000 and a lot of heartache trying to get her 3 cats (originally from Mexico) back with her when she flew back from Canada. Some customs officers say you can only have one pet per person. What do you do? You pay a fee for a permit. Choose which story you want to believe.

Bringing Pet Birds Into Mexico

Taking some birds to Mexico is, doable, but I personally don't recommend it. I met my wife because of this issue. (No, that's not the reason I don't recommend it). You have to have patience. This changes now and again.

Birds that are native to Mexico (parrotlets, Amazons, some macaws [military, scarlet for sure] some parakeets, toucans, and maybe some others) are not allowed.

Things have been more difficult since Oct. 14, 2008, when a law was passed so that no birds native to Mexico may be imported. Period. If you want to know more, read on. A source for the Mexico official info is: The Secretary of the Interior's Office: 011-52-555-905-1013 or 011-52-555-905-1020.

A Success Story About Importing Birds to Mexico

Bringing Pet Birds Into Mexico Taking some birds to Mexico is, doable, you just have to have patience. This changes now and again. Birds that are native to Mexico (parrotlets, Amazons, some macaws [military, scarlet for sure] some parakeets, toucans, and maybe some others) are not allowed. Things have been more difficult since Oct. 14, 2008, when a law was passed so that no birds native to Mexico may be imported. Period. If you want to know more, read on.

A source for the Mexico official info is: The Secretary of the Interior's Office: 011-52-555-905-1013 or 011-52-555-905-1020.

Here is the story of my clients who brought their African Grey to Barra de Navidad: Contact person: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Inspector Jose Blanco 220 W.Hillside Laredo, TX 1-956-401-5133

Bringing our bird to Mexico was a complete success. Our papers were in order & checked 3 times, everything was good. Jose Blanco was a very nice man with US Fish & Wildlife in Laredo,1-956-286-9961 or 1-956-726-2234. He knows the protocol. Good Luck, Paula Greve.

The first step to bringing a bird to Mexico is to obtain the cites permit from fish & wildlife us side. This can take up to 90 days. It took us about 45 days, but the Xmas holidays were in progress. Jose Blanco can fill you in on that, I think that comes from Washington. The title is Cites Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. I'm not sure if this is any help to you. Thanks, Paula

We used the web site for the bird www.aphis.usda.gov. We got his [their bird's] cita from aphis, which took about 45 days & then had testing for influenza etc. Then I took that to Austin. You should get the cita first & USDA approval 10 days prior to leaving the country. You also have to have the bird & paper work inspected in Laredo. I think it's this side with fish & wildlife. You need to make an appointment 3 days before traveling with Jose Blanco. We are relying on his instructions as well as aphis & USDA We have triple checked everything but will do another check to be sure. 

The one thing that bothers me about taking our birds to Mexico is getting them back into the USA. If you got your birds into Mexico, find out the current regulations about bringing them back to the USA.

If you really want to bring your bird to Mexico, flying seems to be the best option. Driving just gives you more opportunities for someone to notice a "T" not crossed or an "i" not dotted.

It is because my wife and I did not want to subject our birds to quarantine or to be at the whim of two governments that might change their laws at any moment, that we chose not to move to Mexico with them.

To get your dog or cat back into the USA, you need for their vaccinations to be up-to-date. If they are not, most border crossings have the names of local vets you can call to come and make a 'house call.' In reality, I have never had a tag checked. You can get rabies and other vaccinations in Mexico for practically nothing.

Transporting reptiles within Mexico is quite illegal, so even if your pet serpent is from the USA, you cannot take snakes south of the border. However, the turtle man wrote me and said turtles were okay. Who knows? Maybe the deal is: tortugas, Sí, culebras, ¡No!