Letter from a Reader: Importing Pets


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Renata writes:

“I appreciate your website and may be moving to Mexico someday with my soon-to-be husband. We have many animals but only 3 are dogs. Do you have any tips for bringing guinea pigs or parakeets into Mexico?”

Carl responds:

“I think my only tip is to be sure you have the proper health certificates — the biggest hassle is usually getting birds back into the U.S.”

Editor’s note: International health certificates for the export of animals from the United States must be endorsed by a Veterinary Services area office in order to be valid. The new 14th edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico has the latest updates, but in the meantime, check out The USDA APHIS page, which has a lot of information on the subject, including information specific to traveling with birds. Check out this page for information specific to Mexico. It sounds like the regulations for importing certain types of birds can be pretty stiff.

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