New Pet Travel Rules in Mexico

Just when we think we have all our ducks in a row, they change them to chipmunks! We now have new rules for pets entering Mexico, which apply to Puerto Vallarta. It’s very important to have your veterinarian certificates in order and not just the rabies verification but also treatment for ticks, fleas and heartworm.

Some people have felt scammed when arriving at the airport in Puerto Vallarta, thinking they did everything correctly for their beloved mascot, only to find that a vet needs to be called in to assure everything is proper. This incurs a charge of $100 US, causing upset though they are immediately and appropriately informed that a law is being enforced for the sake of everyone. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to do their own research when traveling with their animal family members. It pains us to hear comments from travelers that mock Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. Any country one visits has rules to follow and some countries quarantine animals for lengthy periods of time and we don’t have to deal with that in Puerto Vallarta.

Most travelers don’t bring their pets to Puerto Vallarta; they either don’t have them or don’t bring them. When you have your fur-child with you, chances are quite high that you are going to be more visible to customs agents, so there is really no getting around that green/red light. It’s vitally important to do your due diligence from your starting point and plan in advance. It also will behoove you to call your airline and see what they have to say about specific rules and regulations. Some are adamant about animals that travel in cabin not be let out of their small crates during flights. Others are relaxed on this, so we recommend you inform yourself before booking your ticket. Also note that papers must be current; the date has to be within five days of arrival.

According to the information from the USDA site on agriculture the Health Certificate must be type written or completed using a word processor or computer. Documents with handwritten information will be rejected. They cannot contain abbreviations such as Jan for January. States must be the entire word, not the two-letter abbreviation. Ages in months and years, not mos and yrs. Mexico will reject VS Form 7001 health certificates if they are not signed and sealed by a Veterinary Services veterinarian.

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Thanks to Boardwalk Realty guest blogger Adam Garcia (opinions expressed are his own)

Here are a few of our guiding principals at Boardwalk Realty:

“First of all, we really want to get to know you,”   When we know you, we can tailor home tours to your tastes.”

Secondly, there’s the legal side of owning in Mexico. “Besides our own experience, we can save you a lot of time and money by offering you complimentary consultations with our partner attorneys.  The nuances of how you buy here can save you a lot of money when you sell. It’s important to know what you’re doing on the purchase so that when you sell you can best use any tax advantages. This service is free to our clients and can be invaluable.”

Both partners agree that the most important element of Boardwalk Realty is our ongoing service and commitment to our clients after the sale.  We are both passionate about protecting the investment and security of our clients.  “Our clients become our friends, we see them socially, and we treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves”, adds Mike.

Boardwalk Realty Puerto Vallarta represents buyers and sellers of real estate in the entire Bay of Banderas area, and will soon add a rental and property management division



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