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Nov 6, 2017, 10:24 AM

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Traveling with small service dog

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I will be traveling in Mexico for one month with my small designated service dog.
Does anyone have any experience with this who can share some insights as to how Mexico regards this ?
Especially as it relates to smaller airlines within Mexico , busses, taxis, collectivos, and tourist shuttles?
Thank you in advance for your response!


Nov 6, 2017, 1:38 PM

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Re: [indianajulia] Traveling with small service dog

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Don‘t be surprised if it is treated as any other special privileges. I don‘t recall seeing a service dog in Mexico in my 13+ years there; never on an airplane either. Buses and colectivos will not permit dogs, and you would have to ask an individual taxi driver, etc.
In Mexico, it is best to use your own car if you wish to travel with a pet, as it is not common practice. Some no-tell motels will be your only options, with a small number of other motels allowing pets. Hotels generally do not allow them, and it is against the law to take a pet into a restaurant, etc.

(This post was edited by rvgringo on Nov 6, 2017, 1:41 PM)


Nov 7, 2017, 11:42 AM

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Re: [indianajulia] Traveling with small service dog

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Things are loosening up a bit regarding dogs in restaurants and other public places (in Yucatan, at least), but it's at the discretion of the restaurant owner, and is still officially (city ordinances, in this case) not permitted. You'd need to check the rules for the cities your planning to travel through. Likewise, bus lines (intercity buses) don't permit dogs inside the bus -- they can travel in transporters provided by the owner in the luggage compartment, and restrictions apply regarding number of animals on the trip, temperatures, etc. In-city public transport also does not allow pets (in most cases -- again, there may be recent changes). People do circumvent these rules, with small dogs that can be carried/concealed in a bag or backpack.
An exception to the bus transport restriction is certified guide dogs for the blind -- these dogs are allowed inside the bus with the owner.
Also, lots of people are uncomfortable around dogs, so ifyour dog has any propensity for barking, snapping, etc., you may have additional problems. Also, many people are not fans of pets inside restaurants, even if it's allowed.
In other words, if you must travel with your dog, be prepared to be flexible, patient, and polite. And do as much checking regarding the specific places you plan to travel, in advance. Good luck!


Nov 8, 2017, 9:16 AM

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Re: [mcm] Traveling with small service dog

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Federal Law prohibits dogs in restaurants. Perhaps service dogs are exempted.


Nov 10, 2017, 8:05 AM

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Re: [DavidHF] Traveling with small service dog

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A legitimate, trained service dog will not bark or cause a fuss. Usually, they are allowed in places that don't allow dogs in general

However: people being people, a number of "entitled" expats are recently getting little outfits for their pets alleging that they are "service dogs" and going where they shouldn't. These people are creating a problem for those who have the real service dogs.


Feb 15, 2018, 10:45 PM

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Re: [rvgringo] Traveling with small service dog

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The Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration has universal guidelines

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