New Rules for Fido!
Just when we think we have all our ducks in a row, they change them to chipmunks! We now have new rules for pets entering Mexico, which apply to Puerto Vallarta. It’s very important to have your veterinarian certificates in order and not just the rabies verification but also treatment for ticks, fleas and heartworm.
Some people have felt scammed when arriving at the airport in Puerto Vallarta, thinking they did everything correctly for their beloved mascot, only to find that a vet needs to be called in to assure everything is proper. This incurs a charge of $100 US, causing upset though they are immediately and appropriately informed that a law is being enforced for the sake of everyone. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to do their own research when traveling with their animal family members. It pains us to hear comments from travelers that mock Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. Any country one visits has rules to follow and some countries quarantine animals for lengthy periods of time and we don’t have to deal with that in Puerto Vallarta.
Most travelers don’t bring their pets to Puerto Vallarta; they either don’t have them or don’t bring them. When you have your fur-child with you, chances are quite high that you are going to be more visible to customs agents, so there is really no getting around that green/red light. It’s vitally important to do your due diligence from your starting point and plan in advance. It also will behoove you to call your airline and see what they have to say about specific rules and regulations. Some are adamant about animals that travel in cabin not be let out of their small crates during flights. Others are relaxed on this, so we recommend you inform yourself before booking your ticket. Also note that papers must be current; the date has to be within five days of arrival.
According to the information from the USDA site on agriculture the Health Certificate must be type written or completed using a word processor or computer. Documents with handwritten information will be rejected. They cannot contain abbreviations such as Jan for January. States must be the entire word, not the two-letter abbreviation. Ages in months and years, not mos and yrs. Mexico will reject VS Form 7001 health certificates if they are not signed and sealed by a Veterinary Services veterinarian.
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Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article! (Opinions expressed are his own…)
About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole
The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.