You are currently viewing Facts about flying WITHIN Mexico with your pet

Facts about flying WITHIN Mexico with your pet

What you need to know

In Mexico “pets” are defined as either a dog or cat, nothing else.

Airlines will charge a fee for bringing your pets onboard the airplane unless it is an ESA or Service Animal.

Yes, airlines flying within Mexico accept ESAs.

Here is a list of airlines that still allow ESAs – August 2021

“Pets” must be small enough to fit in an approved airline pet carrier.

They are usually soft-sided carriers that fit under the seat in front of you.

Some airlines will limit the number of pets per flight.

Do I need a health certificate?

The answer is YES!

Although the Mexican government does not require a health certificate for your pet traveling from the U.S. or Canada, some airlines do.

If you are driving into and throughout Mexico, you do not need a health certificate.

Read about the updated 2020 rules for bringing pets to Mexico.

How close to the departure date do I need a health certificate and Rabies immunization?

The airlines are the ones that dictate how close to the departure date you need to get the new health certificate.

Aeroméxico

Within five days of departure get a Health Certificate with a list of current vaccines. Include the date of the last deworming   Bring one original and a copy.

Rabies vaccination certificate is required. The rabies vaccine must be issued more than 30 days before travel. 

AM Pet Policy

Aeroméxico Emotional Support Animals Policy

Volaris

Within five days of departure get a Health Certificate with a list of current vaccines. Include the date of the last deworming  (you must return within 5 days otherwise you will need another health certificate)

Rabies certificate. The rabies immunization must be older than 30-days.

Volaris Health Certificate Pet Policy

Flying on Volaris with an Emotional Support Animal

VIVA

A vaccination card or health certificate with vaccine information.

VIVA Pet Policy

Emotional Support Animal Policy for VIVA

To find a veterinarian in Mexico, start by asking the locals who they recommend.

I have personally gone to the veterinarian’s office ahead of time to check out their facilities and find out the price for a health certificate.

Some veterinarians will charge $100 USD or more while others will charge as little as $25 USD. This does not mean their service is any less.

Flying with a Service Animal (SA) or an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

Beginning in January 2021 U.S. airlines were allowed to reclassify ESAs as “pets” – essentially banning all Emotional Support Animals from the airline cabins.

The good news is, if you are flying within Mexico, many Mexican airlines still allow ESAs to travel in the airline’s cabin with their owner.

Popular Airlines

VIVA –  Within Mexico and from Mexico to Miami. VIVA info

Volaris – ESAs can travel on flights within Mexico and from/to Central America only. Volaris ESA link

Aeroméxico – accepts emotional-support pets onboard their flights, in compliance with Air Carrier Access Act. Aeroméxico ESA link:

You may also like…

Mexico City – 5 Pet-Friendly places to visit in CDMX

Analysis on just how pet friendly some Airbnbs really are! Review on 10 Pet Friendly Airbnbs in Mexico

Suggested itinerary for a Pet Friendly road-trip and places to visit with your dog

The most Pet Friendly town in Mexico – TAXCO

Thinking of moving to Mexico? Check out the new 2021 Immigration Guide from  Mexperience.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
5 Comments
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Kate

Do you know the ADA (Mexican legal equiv) for certified service animals. In regards to buses and Uber etc. ? l

Kate

Thanks for the confirmation. That is the gist of what I’d arrived at as well. Jalisco does have some laws for ADA service animals for rentals etc – but it’s hard as finding chicken with teeth to find data for other states. 🙂 I’ve advised the person that asked, to consider a personal driver. Their service animal is a seizure sensitive so not a baby that can be left home.
Thanks so very much again!
Kate

Kate Reust

Friends sent me this
So there are Ada type protections
http://www.aldf.gob.mx/archivo-57e8dbac40b8903bb842d27a0854466d.pdf