New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Monday, November 04, 2019, 17:32 (1058 days ago)

These new regulations went into affect October 17, 2019

For years, bringing your pets along with you on vacation to Mexico meant gathering a bunch of paperwork like health certificates, vaccination records and proof that your furry friend was treated for parasites within the last six months. Fortunately, many of those requirements were eliminated earlier this year for pets originating from ether the United States or Canada.

The procedures discussed in this post only apply to dogs and cats.

The government agency in Mexico tasked with overseeing the importation of animals is el Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad, Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA).

You are no longer required to bring a health certificate, rabies vaccination record or proof of treatment for parasites.

Upon entering Mexico, you must report to la Oficina de Inspección de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OISA) where your pet will be visually examined by an employee of SENASICA to determine if your pet has any open or healing wounds, rashes, external parasites or infectious diseases. If a problem is detected, you’ll will be required to contact a veterinarian of your choice to have the animal evaluated/treated at your expense.

If ticks are found during the inspection, they will be collected and sent to the lab for analysis to determine if they are an invasive species. The animal will be kept at the examination center until the results come back. Any analysis or tests will be at your expense.

If your pet is being treated for lesions and/or infections of the skin like mange, dermatomicosis, dermatofilosis, alopecia or similar condition, you should present SENASICA with a letter from a licensed veterinarian with the diagnosis and treatment. The letter should be on official letterhead with the license number, or equivalent, of the veterinarian.

If the pet’s transport carrier is dirty and/or has disposable bedding (diaper, newspaper, sawdust, rags) toys or food, it will be disinfected and those items will be removed and destroyed.

You are only permitted to bring enough pet food for the day of arrival.

NOTE: All of the information in the article was verified by employees of SENASICA.

Whether or not your pet will actually be inspected in accordance with these procedures will depend a lot on how you enter the country. If you drive across the border, it’s unlikely that any officials will even ask you about your pet; however if you fly in, you can rest assured that SENASICA will be giving Lil’ Fluffy the once over.

Speaking of flying, keep in mind that the airline may require additional documentation such as a health certificate (some do and some don’t). Always do your homework.

Whenever procedure changes at the federal level in Mexico, it seems to take a very long time for the information to reach the line-level folks. That’s why it helps to bring the applicable law, rule of procedure with you. You can print the requirements for the importation of any animal from any country using the SENASICA portal: https://sistemasssl.senasica.gob.mx/mcrz/moduloConsulta.jsf

Thanks to Two Expats Mexico for this information!

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Doozer, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 18:21 (1057 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I will be quite interested to see how this works. This is my journal entry from March 5, 2017 - prior to this we had brought our dog Maxie to Zihu several times.

3/5 We are settled in here in Sunny Zihuatanejo. I am finally able to breathe now. We had an incident at the airport upon arrival. Customs looked at Maxie's paperwork and said we needed proof that she had been given medicine for parasites (fleas and worms). This was not a requirement before, but they said we had to have it and they were very stern and intimidating. Finally they said I could take the dog but they would keep my passport until I came back with the proper paperwork from a vet.

I thank the Lord for our hotel owner Lucy. When we arrived and I told her what happened, she made arrangements and took Maxie and I to her vet this morning, we got the paperwork based on my telling her that we had given Maxie the parasite medicine at home (which we had). Then Lucy took me back to the airport and we got my passport back. The people at the airport told Lucy that this new "rule" had gone into effect in January, but no one was told about it.

- so for the past two years we have left Maxie at home for fear of getting it wrong again or of some other complications. Without bringing Maxie with us we have to limit our time in Zihu to two weeks as I don't want to impose on my (aging) mother is take care of her longer than that.

Thank you Talley Ho for sharing this important information.

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Doozer, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 18:23 (1057 days ago) @ Doozer

We will be coming back again in March, it would be nice to bring our fur baby.

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by victorio, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 19:00 (1057 days ago) @ Doozer

Last year we had the same problem with our mutt. We had all the paperwork from our vet in Canada that had been sufficient in the past , but we didn't have the new required parasite shots documented.
They made us wait at the airport until a vet arrived and gave him the "required shot".
It wasn't that expensive, just a huge inconvenience.
PS. Our dog died two weeks later. Coincidence???

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Doozer, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 19:31 (1057 days ago) @ victorio

Oh my gosh, my heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry. I do not think it was a coincidence. Part of our decision to leave her home besides fear of what customs might do was not wanting to subject her to a bunch of drugs as she has had severe reactions to vaccinations before.


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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 19:12 (1057 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Two of our neighbors from La Cascada, from the US, arrived on Saturday. They didn't know about the new regulations.

When we finally had an opportunity to talk to them about their arrival (this morning) they said it was so different. Last December they adopted a good sized dog from the street here, and went back and forth with her several times.

Saturday, they arrived, their luggage didn't, hopefully today, and they approached the "man" with Cali's health certificate in hand. He petted Cali, said, "She sure looks great, welcome back" That was it. They were in shock and ran to the taxi stand.

Looks like the word has already spread to our airport here!!!

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Doozer, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 19:32 (1057 days ago) @ Talley Ho

That's wonderful!

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Karen, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 20:31 (1056 days ago) @ Doozer

Now I arrived today with all the typical paperwork and they took it as usual,typed up the usual import form and gave it to me. The only difference I noticed was that it was faster! If we don’t need a health certificate that’d be great and a huge cost savings!


New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 21:25 (1056 days ago) @ Karen

That is very true, and part of what we are trying to do is to pass the information to make visitors save money and stay longer!!!

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by gemini67, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 21:39 (1056 days ago) @ Karen

Those health certicates can be a real deal breaker.


New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 21:41 (1056 days ago) @ gemini67

The old ones could be tough. The new ones, easy!

Remember, we live here, and travel with two large dogs and an elderly cat. It is a great improvement!

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Lilyana @, Thursday, November 07, 2019, 17:43 (1055 days ago) @ Karen

I checked with a friend who lives in Zihuatenejo and she asked her friend who is an agent at the Ixtapa airport and the agent said that the pet import regulations have not changed recently. I'm going to go ahead and have the proper paperwork with me for my arrival next week just to be safe.


New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Thursday, November 07, 2019, 19:22 (1055 days ago) @ Lilyana

Have you considered printing out the new regulations from the link and saving yourself loads of money?

Seriously, it works!

We live here with three pets and provide all of the information for the RV crowd. It works and is great!

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Lilyana @, Friday, November 08, 2019, 17:36 (1054 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Yes I did consider doing that Talley Ho but decided that I would feel more comfortable having the proper documentation on hand just in case someone asked for it. Less to worry about during a long day of travel. It's done now and really wasn't that costly. Thank you for your suggestions by the way!


New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Friday, November 08, 2019, 19:12 (1054 days ago) @ Lilyana

Anything that eases the stress of travel is good. If you feel better getting all of the paper work for your furbaby, more power to you!

We absolutely love our three and have always done what makes us feel best about their safety!

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by Karen, Saturday, November 09, 2019, 20:45 (1053 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Coming in by air with your animals is a very different process than coming by ground... it used to be by ground, they wouldn’t even ask for any paperwork, but the airport in Zihua was very particular as people have noted.


New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Saturday, November 09, 2019, 20:56 (1053 days ago) @ Karen

IF you read our post, it's all about air arrival.

Welcome back to Zihuatanejo!

New Easier Pet Importation Regulations

by Beachbum @, Sunday, November 10, 2019, 07:58 (1053 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We just arrived yesterday. They did want the paperwork- - which they recorded in their computer, as usual. They also inspect your pet to make sure they are not bringing in any fleas, ticks, etc........which is new.. Everyone at the airport friendly and helpful.


by zihuadreamer @, Monday, November 11, 2019, 18:11 (1051 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I think this sounds like a big desmadre...

Getting a health certificate is easy...it takes a trip to the vet. My dog is on a special diet and needs special food which they do not sell in the area.

This checking out of dogs sounds like a mess, what will they do when a dog bites them?? What about if they don’t like the look of your dog? I have a rescue that beautiful to us but people think she looks a odd!

I for one will be bringing my vet certificate for the airlines and the inspector. 3 years ago when they enacted the new parasite vaccine I was the first person to bring a dog. They actually told me I could leave my dog at the airport for the 2 months I was in Zihua. After a phone call, we compromised and I left my passport, went to a vet, paid 350 pesos, no vaccine, went back and got my passport.

I would think the government would have more important things to do than full around with tourism which they desperately need.



by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Monday, November 11, 2019, 18:52 (1051 days ago) @ zihuadreamer

Sorry you have had issues, if we ever meet in person we'll tell you about some of our experiences, they have been "interesting!"

Our 16 year old cat boy has developed very, what do you say, picky eating habits.

We have found that between Claro shop, Amazon.mx and Mercado Libre, we can get pretty much any food that is available anywhere. And yes, he is starting to change his mind frequently. Or is that lose his mind regularly?

Good luck, happy travels, welcome back.