When you make the decision to move abroad,it is very important that you are able to take beloved pets along. Any devoted pet owner understands the importance of this piece of the puzzle,and it’s fortunately one of the many things that Mexico understands as well.
In fact,the authorities have made it very easy to travel and move to Mexico with pets,with straightforward requirements and no unnecessary red tape. First,you will need to get an interstate health certificate that is signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that your pet is in good health and is current on all vaccinations.
Your pet’s current U.S. or Canadian vaccinations should be all you will need in order to enter Mexico,including rabies and distemper shots. Also,keep in mind that your pet needs to have been inoculated for these diseases at least 15 days prior to arrival. You will need one certificate for each pet that is traveling with you into Mexico,and for air travel it must be no more than five days old. If traveling by car,it can be up to ten days old,but there is also a chance that your pet’s papers may not even be checked at all! When traveling by air,an official will definitely check the paperwork before you leave the Customs area with your pet,so make sure you have everything ready and in good order.
When flying to Mexico real estate with your pet(s) it is also important to meet all airline requirements in addition to Mexican custom requirements. Most major airlines will accepts pets for travel,but many have placed restrictions on how,when and where they can go. Also,the service is not cheap,so be sure to budget accordingly.
For starters,all pets traveling by air must be contained in a pet carrier. Airlines will let you know the size limits for these carriers and what they need to be made of. For example,if your pet(s) are traveling in the cargo hold,they must be contained in hard-sided carriers,with enough food and water inside for the trip. If your pet is allowed to travel in the cabin,the carrier is typically required to be soft-sided and small enough to fit under the seat. The exact dimensions will be provided by the airline.
Pets that weigh less than 10 to 15 pounds can generally travel in-cabin with you on most U.S. airlines that fly to Mexico,but most Mexican airlines will only allow pets to travel in the cargo hold. All medium to large pets will be required to travel in the cargo hold and will not be allowed in the cabin.
Most major international airlines have climate-controlled cargo holds,including most flights coming into Mexico City,Guadalajara and Cancun. However,if you are on a regional route with a smaller plane,the cargo hold may not be climate-controlled,which also means that it is off limits to pets. For this reason it is important to make sure that your pets will be accepted on each leg of the trip if you have connecting flights. In addition,if you switch carriers along the way,remember that it may be necessary to pick up and re-check your pet(s).
Many airlines will also have blackout dates for pet travel during times of the year when it is very hot or very cold,so if your pet is required to travel in the cargo area,be sure to check this prior to booking a flight. The cost is going to be at least $100 one-way,but could be as much as $150 or higher,depending on the airline. Some airlines will even give pets their own frequent flier card,so if it’s something you plan on doing with regularity,be sure to ask about this option as well.
It is also important to note that these rules apply only to dogs and cats. For exotic pets such as rabbits,ferrets,birds,or snakes,be sure to check with a Mexican consulate to obtain the latest guidelines.