Export of Dogs and Cats to Mexico
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You must present the Mexican border authorities with an original and a certified copy of a veterinary health certificate that has been issued within 10 days prior to export.
There are two options for obtaining a health certificate for pets export to Mexico:
1. Have your veterinarian issue a health certificate. It must be printed on the veterinary clinic's letterhead, and contain the license number of the certifying veterinarian as proof of that veterinarian's right to exercise his/her profession. The certificate must be printed; hand written documents will be rejected. No official endorsement (signature by a CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) veterinarian) is required if this option is chosen.
The health certificate must contain the following information:
- Animal Health DirectorateName and address of the exporter and importer. When the exporter and importer is the owner, the home address and the destination address of the owner of the animal(s) must be given.
- Identification information of the animal(s) being exported (name and/or microchip number, breed, colour/markings, sex, age, etc.)
- Confirmation that the animal(s) has/have been immunized against rabies, indicating the date of application of the vaccine and its validity period. Animals under three (3) months of age are exempt from this requirement.
- Confirmation that the animal(s) has/have been treated against ectoparasites and endoparasites within the six (6) months immediately preceding export (including the date of application and the name of the active ingredient).
- Confirmation that the animal(s) has/have been found clinically healthy and free of ectoparasites during the clinical examination prior to export.
Licensed veterinarians are free to use any template as long as it contains the required information listed above. For your convenience, a health certificate template – PDF (83 kb) is available here. While this certificate template was not negotiated with the importing country, it meets Mexico's import conditions.
2. Use the General Health Certificate for Cats and Dogs to facilitate your pet's export process. This document should be completed by your veterinarian and brought to your local CFIA District Office for official endorsement. The CFIA will charge a fee for this option.
While the General Health Certificate for Cats and Dogs was not negotiated with the importing country, it meets Mexico's import conditions. Confirmation that the animal(s) has/have been treated against ectoparasites and endoparasites within the six (6) months immediately preceding export (including the date of application and the name of the active ingredient) should be entered under Section VI. Other Vaccinations/Treatments of the certificate. Please note that the certificate will be rejected by the Mexican authorities if it is not signed by a licensed veterinarian and endorsed by an official CFIA veterinarian.
For pets returning to Mexico, a health certificate is not required if the Mexican Export Zoosanitary Certificate was issued within the last six (6) months and the animals comply with the rabies vaccination requirement outlined above.
Please note that Mexico may change these requirements without notification to the CFIA. As a result, it is strongly advised to review this certificate to ensure that all requirements are addressed. If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact your local CFIA District Office.
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