Bringing Your Pet to San Felipe

Brining your pet to San Felipe

Can I travel with my pet to San Felipe, Mexico?  This is a common question pet owners have.  After all, we all know how connected we are to our furry friends and having to leave them behind when going on vacation is not always possible.  Traveling with your pet to San Felipe and Mexico in general is permitted. Below I cover what you need to know before embarking on  your trip.  

In Mexico, dogs and cats are considered pets and have one set of rules.   A separate set of rules guides traveling with animals other than dogs and cats.

Mexico has a unified set of rules for traveling with your dog and/or cat into Mexico.  The law does not make a distinction whether you are bringing your pet in your car and driving across the border, or you are flying in to Mexico.   However, driving across the border with your pet is easier because you have less agencies to deal with.  Flying in will at a minimum have the extra step of checking with your airline on requirements to bring a pet onboard.

Almost all visitors to San Felipe will be driving down...except for the few that have a private plan or chattered planes.  This usually means crossing the border in Calexico or Tijuana or Tecate.  Of course, there are other border crossings you could use. 

Because dogs and cats are the most common pets brought on vacation to San Felipe, this article is primarily geared towards questions concerned with traveling with dogs and cats to San Felipe, but I will include a section covering traveling with animals other than dogs and cats.  

If you would like to help dog Pets in San Felipe, there's an amazing organization in San Felipe, San Felipe Dog Rescue wholly dedicated to helping dogs in need, any support is very much appreciated!


1. What are the laws regarding bringing pets to San Felipe?

Answer: Pets must have a Certificate of Good Health.  This is documentation from your local veterinarian or competent authority indicating they are free of contagious diseases and are generally in good health.  This certificate should be issued with 15 days of embarking on your journey.  Acceptable Certificate of Good Health would including the following:
  • Issued on letter head of veterinarian 
  • Certificate Number
  • Name and address of exporter in country of origin 
  • importer (address of destination in Mexico
  • Date of application of the vaccine against rabies and its validity
  • State that at the pre-trip inspection, the animal or animals were clinically healthy.
  • That the animal or animals have been dewormed internally and externally within the previous six months and are free of ectoparasites.
If you do not comply with the above requirements, on arrival at the border crossing, you may be required to contact a Veterinarian (of
your choice and on your expense in Mexico), who will issue the health certificate and apply the corresponding treatment.

Your pet must be placed in a carrier, cage or container which is clean without bedding, without accessories (toys, sweets, or other objects, made with ingredients of ruminant origin), otherwise they will be removed for destruction. The carrier or container will receive preventive treatment by sprinkling by the official staff of SAGARPA-SENASICA; your pet can enter on leash strap, etc.

2. Do owners need to show proof of vaccination?

Answer: It is required that all animals have documentation from their local veterinarian that all shots and vaccinations are current. They may not ask for the documentation at the border but it's better to be safe than sorry. Your local veterinarian will know what is required.  Generally, pets under 3 months are exempt. 

3. Any quarantine laws?

Answer: For traditional pets such as dogs and cats there are currently no quarantine regulations or requirement. For more exotic type animals such as parrots, cockatoos etc. there may be. It is best to check before crossing any international border with exotic animals.  Below you will find some information on this.

4. When taking pets back into the US, any special declarations that need to be made?

Answer: Again, a copy of an up to date record from your local veterinarian should suffice. Many times these records or documents are referred to as the animals "passport".

5. Any other things owner's should know? 

Answer: Just like human beings, when you bring your pet to a new environment it is an adjustment and a new experience for your pet. Try not to change their diet. Bring adequate food that your pet is used to eating. Also, we always recommend treating your dog with Bravecto to keep them tick and flea free. This is available here in San Felipe as well as at your local veterinarian supply.

So now you have figured out you can travel with your pet to San Felipe, next you are wondering about where to find pet friendly rentals in San Felipe. For this you will be glad to know that we have a host of pet friendly vacation rentals in San Felipe to meet your need.   Of course, not all our homes are pet friendly.  But above link will show you a good number of homes to chose from.

One option to consider when brining your pet to San Felipe is to give your pets an opportunity to spend quality time with other dogs.  This can be done by have your dog check-in to Baja Bed and Biscuit, San Felipe's award wining pet care service.  Baja Bed and Biscuit is run by Darryl and Vicky. 

Dogs without proper health documentation or are not flea and tick free are not allowed to vacation at Baja Bed and Biscuit. We take the safety and security of your furry baby very seriously.



Pets other than dogs and cat are considered exotic and have a different set of rules.  The rules for bringing exotic animals into Mexico are more stringent.  If you want to enter Mexico with an animal, other than a dog or cat, you must comply with what is indicated in the Import Health Requirements listed below.  

If the animal species is not lon the list or is in medical treatment, send an email to:
•       [email protected]
•       [email protected] (sólo especies acuáticas)

With the following data:
  • Full name, RFC, Single Population Identification Code and address
  • Telephone number with area code
  • Email address
  • Animal species and zoo technical function
  • Country of origin
  • Destination
  • Additional information that you consider may provide technical and
  • Documentary support at your request
  • Customs to enter
SAGARPA-SENASICA will carry out a risk analysis and, if appropriate, establish the requirements in a Zoosanitary Requirements Sheet (HRZ).

You must pay the cost of the Zoosanitary Importation Certificate ($2,156.22 Pesos) for terrestrial species and ($ 2,175.88 Pesos) for aquatic species, in accordance with the current Federal Law on Rights. The format for payment you can download in e5cinco

If you send a documented animal as a cargo, it is important that you check the requirements on the airline of your choice and consider the need to use the services of a customs agent for release, following compliance with non-tariff regulations by SAGARPA-SENASICA .