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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 02:55 AM
New rules for entering Mexico with pets


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New pet regulations: Mexico has informed the US Public Health Service that the Mexican border officials will no longer honor “incomplete” health certificates. How vigorously this will be enforced remains to be seen, as most people that have been bringing pets into Mexico for some time can testify – most of the time no one even asks for papers. However, that being said, if you do get checked at the border and no not have the proper paperwork, you have a big problem. The website for the most accurate info is: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/by-country/pettr...




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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 07:46 AM


This seems to come up periodically. If we start to see enforcement, its my understanding the Health Cert is good for 30 days. To comply with that would be aggravating. I just crossed the border about 10 days ago, nothing was mentioned, other that "Nice looking dog".
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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 08:58 AM


I just drove down to CA from AK. A current health certificate and shot records are required, and I have them, but neither border crossing wanted to see them!

When both countries ignored the 90 pound mutt in the front seat with me, I offered to show them the papers, but they did not want to see them.


The thirty day period will be expired (or close to it) when I cross into Baja, but I think I will gamble that they will accept them or not even ask again.

I have a veterinarian in La Paz, does anyone know if a health certificate acceptable to the US border agents can be written in Mexico?




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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 09:42 AM


I thought that the change was in enforcement of existing requirements, but what is an acceptable document has indeed changed.

It appears that my recent health certificate is not acceptable, because the information is hand written on a standard form. What is required is a document with typed, or word processed entries, with no abbreviations!

What to do now? Two certificates in two months, or roll the dice?




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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 10:13 AM


I just crossed on Sunday ..Had all my papers ready, eg. registration,insurance,FMM,passport, records of health for my dog.. She didn't want to see anything other than the registration of the truck and compared the vin number . And of course asked me where my husband was?..How to say widow?
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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 10:16 AM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  

What to do now? Two certificates in two months, or roll the dice?


At some point, get creative. Photo shop or whatever is out there.

Doubt anyone is going to be looking at crossed T's and dotted I's.

At least I'm not worried about it.




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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 10:23 AM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaKeela  
I just crossed on Sunday ..Had all my papers ready, eg. registration,insurance,FMM,passport, records of health for my dog.. She didn't want to see anything other than the registration of the truck and compared the vin number . And of course asked me where my husband was?..How to say widow?


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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 10:42 AM


Just go online and get a form and fill it out yourself.

Same as making up invoices for goods you are taking across.



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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 01:10 PM


That is because she is Aduna (Customs), not Immigration or Agriculture

Quote: Originally posted by BajaKeela  
I just crossed on Sunday ..Had all my papers ready, eg. registration,insurance,FMM,passport, records of health for my dog.. She didn't want to see anything other than the registration of the truck and compared the vin number . And of course asked me where my husband was?..How to say widow?
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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 01:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Just go online and get a form and fill it out yourself.

Same has making up invoices for goods you are taking across.


Not a bad idea, have you tried it with the health certificate? Those forms are available online?
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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 01:35 PM


The certificate I have includes the veterinarian's name, business address, license and certification info, phone number and signature. Are you going to forge that and hope for the best?

I think I would rather take a chance at being turned back until I get the right document. That is, if they even ask for one!




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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 01:43 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
The certificate I have includes the veterinarian's name, business address, license and certification info, phone number and signature. Are you going to forge that and hope for the best?

I think I would rather take a chance at being turned back until I get the right document. That is, if they even ask for one!


You think they are gonna call your vet and ask about Fido?

Put your cell number as the contact and give him a clean bill of health if they phone up.






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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 01:50 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Lee  


At some point, get creative. Photo shop or whatever is out there.

Doubt anyone is going to be looking at crossed T's and dotted I's.

At least I'm not worried about it.


Finally some great out-of-the-box thinking on "Baja Nomad!"

With all those fake "service dog" certificates out there, I'm sure there are ways to bypass the rules, and come up with a fake dog health certificate, if you don't have time to to go to the vet and update your dogs records.

Of course if you're caught both you and your dog will be in the dog house.

Of course there will be some that say, "you must follow the RULES!"








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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 07:12 PM


Thanks for the heads up, I will pass this on to dog toting fellow travelers :light:
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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 07:39 PM


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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 08:14 PM


Two trips back (late September), coming back to our home in Socorro from San Diego we were asked for our dog's rabies certificate on the USDA form at the border, which I habitually carry in my briefcase and was able to produce. That is the only thing they even looked at, skipped the ham in the full trunk. Dog is a mini-dachshund and pretty mellow.
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[*] posted on 10-31-2018 at 12:40 PM
Official Form


https://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/down...

Your vets license # should be on any invoice you have from them.
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[*] posted on 10-31-2018 at 01:39 PM


Quote: Originally posted by philodog  
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/down...

Your vets license # should be on any invoice you have from them.


There we go! I was looking for it yesterday to post, but didn't locate it.




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[*] posted on 10-31-2018 at 02:49 PM


As a corollary question I was going to have Vetzoo here in Card##as do our next rabies shot since we are residents, clearly I won't have a USDA form after this year from him. Is this going to be a possible problem? Trying to anticipate hoop jumping for future.
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[*] posted on 10-31-2018 at 02:54 PM


this info gets filed in my folder marked "things someone read on the internet" along with the files marked "you must turn in your FMN even though there is no physical way of getting to the Immigration office without going back into the US", "gringos with Permanent Residency need to drive mexican plated vehicles in baja", and "Make sure you have on clean underwear cuz you are going to get strip searched at the San Ignacio Military checkpoint"
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