Many people travel with their pets to Mexico. Whether you are driving or flying into Mexico the same rules apply. There is no quarantine period for pets entering Mexico and you may keep your pets with you when you cross. You can bring two large pets (dogs or cats) with you. It is possible to bring more, but you must obtain permission from the Mexican consulate. You'll need to contact the one nearest you.
If you'd like to take your dog or cat with you to Mexico, there are a few steps you should take in advance. You should have your pet examined by a veterinarian and your pet's immunizations should be up to date.
You may need to present the following documents when entering Mexico with your pet:
- A certificate of good health issued by a veterinarian within ten days of travel.
- Proof of vaccines against rabies and distemper administered at least 15 days before the pet's arrival in Mexico.
Make sure to check with the airlines if you're flying into Mexico. Often airlines have restrictions on size, weight, type of carrier, etc. Be sure to contact your airline and plan ahead.
Also, make sure to bring along extra pet food especially if your pet has specific needs or is particular about a certain brand. Most large cities in Mexico have big grocery stores like Wal-Mart, Costco and Smart and Final, that do have a variety of pet foods.
Another good idea is to make sure that your pet is wearing an ID tag with all of your necessary information at all times.