Pet Travel to Mexico
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Pet Travel to Mexico

Travelling with pets is not something I ever pictured myself doing. But we really love our two cats, Garfield and Babylonia, so this year, we decided to take them on an epic trip to Mexico. And you know what? It wasn’t that complicated.

We entered Mexico from San Diego, California with our first stop in Tijuana. The customs agent didn’t give Garfield or Babs a second glance and no one really cared much about the fact that we were importing two American cats into the country. I’m sure that experiences at the border vary, but ours was pretty laid-back.

Below are the basic requirements for traveling overland with pets to Mexico.


All cats and dogs should have:

  • Vaccinations


Pets should have a current rabies vaccination. Get the shot done at least 15 days before you enter Mexico and have the veterinarian note it on the Health Certificate (see below).

  • Tick and Tapeworm Treatment

Dogs and cats need to be treated for internal and external parasites by a licensed veterinarian. Again, have the veterinarian note the treatment on the Health Certificate (see below).

Veterinarians need to use one of two different types of forms for the health certificate for travel to Mexico. Check in with your veterinarian to make sure that they’re using the right form. Our small town veterinarian wasn’t familiar with these health certificate forms for pet travel so we had to make it clear that it was important that they use one of these specific forms:

  • APHIS form 7001


USDA-accredited vets can use this form.

  • Letterhead with USDA-accredited signature


Veterinarians can also use a special template on their own business letterhead. The form must be signed by a USDA-accredited veterinarian.

You can only bring up to 3 pets into Mexico, although there are a few exceptions. Pets other than cats and dogs have other, special rules they have to follow.

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