Driving To Mexico With Dogs
Mérida, Yucatán Mexico

Driving To Mexico With Dogs

Spring 2021

Driving to Mexico with a dog is less stressful now that Mexico has new pet requirements for entering Mexico from the U.S. and Canada by car.

In November 2019, Mexico relaxed the regulations about bringing pets to Mexico.

Bringing Pets to Mexico – US/Canadians only

Note: Only dogs and cats are considered pets by Mexico’s definition.

What changed for driving to Mexico with  pets?

As of November 2019, driving to Mexico with your dog or cat, you do not need to spend the money to go to a veterinarian and get a health certificate.

You do not need to have a veterinarian provide proof that the pet has had parasite prevention.

You do not need to provide a rabies certificate for your dog or cat.

What has not changed

  • Only a small amount of dog food is allowed to be brought into the country

Here is a link from the USDA confirming the new requirements for bringing pets to Mexico.

Will my dog be inspected at the border?

Mexico border agents are not OISA officers. Therefore they are not part of the SAGARPA-SENASICA which oversees the importation of animals.

There is not an OISA office at the border. No one is there to inspect your pet.

Documents to have while traveling

Although Mexico does not require a health certificate to enter with your dog, it is always a good idea to have following documentation with you:

  • An up=to-date rabies certificate. You may be asked to present it when entering back into the U.S.
  • Vaccination record of vaccines and due dates
  • Record of medications for flea/ticks/mites and lice. Plus, heart worm prevention.

Crossing the border back into the U.S.

Here is a good link from the CDC about bringing your pet to U.S.

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Hi. I will be traveling with my dog and will be traveling by car. How do we get the SAGARPA-SENASICA to do a physical check? Do we have to go to them ? Is there a sign ?


Hi. Once we cross the border do the dogs need to remain in kennels or can they ride in the back seat of the car? We are planning on driving about 900 miles through Baja with them. Thank you

Gabriela Perez

What about on the way back? Will they let my pup back into the US without any documentation?