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Nov 23, 2015
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.
simplyput
Joined Nov 30, 2013
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Nov 24, 2015
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.
ClimbBaja
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Nov 24, 2015
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? Josh Janes
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Nov 24, 2015
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...
simplyput
Joined Nov 30, 2013
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Nov 24, 2015
US and International Certificate of Health (Form 7001)

aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/p...

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

aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphi...
ClimbBaja
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Nov 24, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: My first belay certification.
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. Dylan B.
Joined Mar 31, 2006
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Nov 24, 2015
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.
simplyput
Joined Nov 30, 2013
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Nov 24, 2015
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. Nick Jackson
Joined Jun 16, 2011
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Nov 24, 2015
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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.
Dylan B.
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