May 25, 2011, 12:03 PM
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Thanks, Neil, for suggesting she contact me. I have answered her as well as I could.
Re: [chicois8] Help with moving to Mexico with 4 pets
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A couple of points for others who read this thread in the future.
- What the rules were in 2007 has no bearing on what the rules are today. In fact, what the rules are has little bearing on what REALLY happens when you hit the airport.
- It is always easier to drive over the border with pets than bring them by airplane.
- The 2 per per person including minors has been verified to me, via email, from a SENASICA officer. That said, it isn't clearly stated in their website.
- What the OP is dealing with is actually two separate issues. One is the "rules" that Mexico has established for importation of pets. The other is what the policy of the airline is - and these will change with each airline, season of year, airport stops along the way even if you and the pets don't get off the plane, and who the gate agent it and their mood on that particular day.
- I have heard of brokers getting involved and demanding payment for someone who was bringing in only one pet. She did not have all the necessary information on the health certificate, which is why they brought the broker in. The cat was held overnight and examined by a vet, at her expense. And they didn't take credit cards - cash only.
- Brachycephalic breeds, or so-called flat nose breeds, have been banned from many airlines in the cargo hold. This includes breeds like pugs, Boston terriers, Persian cats, bulldogs, shih tzu, and boxers.
Sad to say, but if you must bring your pets in to Mexico by plane, be prepared to pay. Arm yourself with the documentation and use it. Unfortunately, the airlines do charge rather excessively for pets in cargo.
On further note: Vets in the AZ area are now charging between $30-$80 per pet to complete and sign the health certificate. The cost of tests for parasites, vaccinations and health exams (which are required prior to completing the health certificate) are in addition to those fees.
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(This post was edited by jkgourmet on May 25, 2011, 12:06 PM)