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:

  1. Name 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 pet must be given.
  2. Confirmation that the animal has been immunized against rabies, indicating the date of application of the vaccine and its validity period. Animals under 3 months of age are exempt from this requirement.
  3. Confirmation that animal has been treated against ectoparasites and endoparasites within six months of departure.
  4. Confirmation that animal has been found clinically healthy and free of ectoparasites during the clinical examination prior to departure.

Licensed veterinarians are free to use any template as long as it contains the required information. For your convenience, a health certificate template – PDF (43 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.

The General Health Certificate for Cats and Dogs meets Mexico's import conditions. Confirmation that animal has been treated against ectoparasites and endoparasites within six months of departure should be entered under Section VI. Other Vaccinations/Treatments of the certificate. Please note that the certificate will be rejected by Mexican authorities if it is not signed by a licensed veterinarian and endorsed by an official CFIA veterinarian.

For pets from Mexico, the requirement of the health certificate is exempted if the Mexican Export Zoosanitary Certificate has been issued within past six months and complies with 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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