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.

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, the 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.


Health certificate within five days of your departure date.

Rabies vaccination certificate is required (issued at least 28 days before travel).  AM Pet Policy


Health certificate within five days of your departure date.

Rabies immunization must be older than 30-days but less than a year. Volaris Pet Policy


VivaAir does not require a health certificate. However they do request that the pet has a a current vaccination card from a professional vet. All pet must be up-to-date on their vaccines.

Vivaair pet policy.

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)

Thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation back in 2015, Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) were allowed in the cabin of airplanes.

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

VivaAerobús –  Within Mexico and from Mexico to Miami. Vivaair 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:

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