Crossing Mexican/Central American borders with a dog?


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simplyput · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 0

My partner and I are planning a climbing focused road trip through Mexico and possibly down to Costa Rica. We will have our dog with us and we were wondering if anyone here has experience crossing any of these borders with a pet?
From what I can gather (and have experienced in other parts of the world), regardless of what official policy is, most borders follow their own rules and you're pretty safe with a certificate of health and proof of vaccinations in both English and Spanish.
Any other accounts would be appreciated.

ClimbBaja · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 0

Mexico requires a rabies certificate of vaccination within the past year.
It doesn't matter that your home state in the USA might provide a certificate good for 2 or 3 years. Mexican Aduana (Customs agency) has been demanding papers more frequently in recent months when crossing from California into Mexico.

Josh Janes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2001 · Points: 7,953

I have documentations of rabies vaccinations and all other vaccinations as well as proof of ownership and microchip number. How often are people finding that they actually are asked to furnish a "certificate of health" when crossing to Mexico?

simplyput · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 0
Josh Janes wrote:I have documentations of rabies vaccinations and all other vaccinations as well as proof of ownership and microchip number. How often are people finding that they actually are asked to furnish a "certificate of health"?
I read about the certificate of health on some web page somewhere in regards to Central American countries like Honduras and Nicaragua. Exactly what it is was vague, but it needing to be in Spanish was mentioned.
Possibly it's just the internet playing tricks...
ClimbBaja · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 0

US and International Certificate of Health (Form 7001)

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/pdf/APHIS7001.pdf

This must be the longest URL that I've copied, but the info is to be found here:

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa_export_from_us/!ut/p/a1/rZFLc4IwFIV_i4suMZFHgCW-eKi1U8eq2TAhBqEFgiE62l_fYLvpdLR2ptndzLl3zvkOwGANcEWO-Y7InFekaGeM4mge6L0-1EN_4Y5g-PgynjlT25gHphJslGDge4FpTyGEpqPDcNgPhrY7gzBE9-3DK8-Dv-2vAAaYVrKWGdiQOsubmPJKskrGRZ4IIs4PsCExP4g45fTQXCZS5SUp4oyRQmaXH3aquZBxKngZH5r2Zk3zLdgkqcPMxEAaI1uqmT1KNeISpqUIIWhZyHKd3qeHbzb9UV_ZHE-f7Emkw4n1JbiF6SK4wSECeFfwRHWyGgCMnqh_9lp6XpUYzg5gwVImmOhmvJFgTZo3mTGVignZVbHVUNRdykuwUcDtq0RdEyz-mD66o2JdzAYzZbImMtPyKuVg_RO60uWv-z32VKFthac2x381WpfLZekY6Dl4D6UDDas4Tj2v0_kAK-_weg!!/?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_import_export%2Fsa_animals%2Fsa_pet_travel

Dylan B. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 613

My experience with Honduran border control is that they are both inefficient and corrupt. Be prepared to get solicited for a bribe for anything out of the ordinary.

simplyput · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 0
Dylan B. wrote:My experience with Honduran border control is that they are both inefficient and corrupt. Be prepared to get solicited for a bribe for anything out of the ordinary.
As is par for the course, hence trying to get ducks in a row. Border officials are almost always corrupt (sometimes the corruption can he quite efficient,though) and in my experience this can be mitigated with an understanding of what to expect.
Nick Jackson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 0

Friends have told me that having a dog with you during the routine check points on the highway is helpful. They said that guards will often ask "Perro bravo?" (dangerous dog - in question of their dachshaund) to which they reply "Si, muy bravo" - and they're waved through quickly.

Dylan B. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 613
Nick Jackson wrote:Friends have told me that having a dog with you during the routine check points on the highway is helpful. They said that guards will often ask "Perro bravo?" (dangerous dog - in question of their dachshaund) to which they reply "Si, muy bravo" - and they're waved through quickly.
I like it. It's worth a shot.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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