So you have decided to take the exciting step of buy real estate in Mexico. But you don’t want to leave your furry friend behind. Well, don’t worry you don’t have to leave them behind. You can bring you pets to Mexico with you. Here are some helpful tips and recommendations on how to bring your pet to Mexico.
It is important to tell you that only dogs and cats three months or older may legally enter Mexico. When you traveling with your pet to Mexico, you’ll be asked to show all the required documents at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Office (OISAS) located in all international airports, border crossing points and seaports. At the OISAS your pet will undergo a physical examine to rule out the presence of parasites, infections, tumors or skin cuts.
To keep in mind:
- If a parasite is found during the exam the veterinarian will give your pet the appropriate treatment. You will also be responsible for all the expenses generated during the treatment.
- Your pet will be rejected and denied entry into the country if it has any form of a skin infection such as scabies, fungus and alopecia.
- The kennels must be clean and it will be disinfected upon arrival to OISAS.
- Pet beds, food, treats or meat are not allowed into Mexico.
- You are only allowed to bring one balanced food portion in its original package, with the USDA/CFIA seal per pet on the day of arrival into Mexico.
Prior to Traveling:
Prior traveling to Mexico, make sure your pet has all the current vaccinations, Quintuple or sextuple, Rabies, and Kennel cough/bordatella is recommended. Also, your dog should get heart worm protection and a flea and tick preventive protection before entering Mexico.
You need to present a Health Certificate (original and a copy) issued by an approved official veterinarian from the country of origin. The certificate must come on letterhead with the veterinarian license number printed on it. You will need to present this certificate at the Office of Animal and Plant Health Inspection located at the port of entry. If you choose to use the USDA Health Certificate official format, make sure it is signed and sealed by an official USDA personnel to make it valid.
Make sure the certificate contains:
- The importer/exporter name and address.
- That the animal has been immunized for rabies (date and expiration of vaccination).
- That a previous checkup showed no signs of disease.
Once all the requirements have been met, the Health Certificate for Import will be issued. You are exempt of any fees if you are traveling with three or less pets. If you are traveling with four or more pets, you will need to pay the fee either online or at the bank for the issuance of the certificate.
Traveling with your pet is an amazing experience! And here at Top Mexico Real Estate we want to make sure that both you and your furry friend have a smooth transition moving to Mexico. (Related, read about a doggy park that you and your furry friend can enjoy in Playa del Carmen.)
Now if you have any questions about how to move your pet to Mexico or any of the TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE properties we have listed in Playa Del Carmen, the Riviera Maya or anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our Top Buyers’ Representatives and we will be glad to help you find your very own piece of paradise.
And remember, here at TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE…
We make it happen!