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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
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).
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 2019. You used to need a heath certificate from a US veterinarian stating that your pet was healthy and proof of vaccinations. Now a
agriculture department official (SENASICA) is supposed to examine your pet and pronounce him/her healthy enough to visit Mexico with you. Animals must be in carriers with clean bedding. They will be rejected for open
sores or any signs of illness. I've not seen one of these officials, and only one of my customers 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
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
recommend driving your bird to Mexico. You should both fly, preferably in an airplane. See below for details.
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
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, 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.
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.
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!