Los Cabos | San Jose del Cabo International Airport
If you’re considering bringing your pet on your journey, it’s important to confirm with your airline ahead of time to ensure pets are allowed on your flight and that you have the appropriate crate for your pet’s safety and comfort.
Pets that are properly prepared and authorized for travel are welcomed at SJD Cabo Airport. It’s important to note that pets are not permitted to roam freely within the airport terminal, and failure to comply with this regulation could result in a citation and fine.
For information about bringing pets into Mexico, you may wish to contact the nearest Mexican Consulate, or the “Dirección General de Inspección Fitozoosanitaria” in Mexico City: Tel. 011-52-55-5571-3124.
When planning to fly to Mexico with a pet other than a cat or dog, it is crucial to thoroughly check with your airline regarding their specific regulations and fees for pet transportation. Airlines may have varied rules about the types of animals allowed, the size and type of carriers accepted, and whether pets can be carried on board or must be checked in. Additionally, fees for transporting pets can differ between airlines and may depend on the size and weight of the pet and its carrier. It’s also important to inquire about any health and vaccination requirements your pet must meet to travel. Early communication with the airline will help ensure a smooth and stress-free journey for both you and your pet.
Service animals, particularly service dogs, are trained to perform specific tasks for individuals with disabilities, and they are generally allowed to accompany their owners on flights under various regulations. In contrast, emotional support animals, which include emotional support dogs, do not have the same legal standing on airlines. While service animals are almost universally accepted on flights due to their essential role in assisting their owners, airlines are not obligated to allow emotional support animals. This distinction is significant as emotional support animals are not trained for specific tasks related to a disability. Although not required, some airlines may choose to permit emotional support animals on their flights, but their policies can vary widely. It is always recommended to check with the airline for their specific rules regarding emotional support animals before planning your travel.
Read information from United State on processes for exportation of animals to Mexico and other countries. In order to bring your pet into Mexico, you will need to present the following upon arrival at SJD San Jose del´Cabo International Airport / Los Cabos Airport.
To ensure a smooth and compliant entry for your pet into Mexico, please adhere to the following guidelines:
Carrier Requirements: Your pet’s carrier must be clean. Upon inspection, it will undergo a preventive treatment, including spraying by official personnel.
Prohibited Items: Bedding, implements, accessories, toys, treats, or prizes made with ruminant-origin ingredients are not allowed. If found, they will be removed and destroyed.
Collar and Leash: Pets may enter with their collar and leash.
Pet Food and Medical Treatment: If you wish to bring food or if your pet is under medical treatment, refer to the specific regulations [here].
Pets as Cargo: When sending pets as cargo, check airline requirements and consider a Foreign Trade Agent for customs clearance.
Pets will undergo a physical inspection upon arrival in Mexico. A Certificate of Good Health and vaccination card are not required for pets arriving from the USA or Canada, including entry through border strips or cruise ships for the ship’s trip duration.
Entry from Other Countries: At the entry point, present a Certificate of Good Health (valid for 15 days from issuance) to official Senasica personnel. This certificate must include:
Lack of Documentation: Without a Certificate of Good Health or vaccination card, arrange for a private Mexican veterinarian to provide necessary treatments and issue the certificate.
Non-Dog/Cat Animals: For traveling with animals other than dogs or cats, consult specific information [here].
Adhering to these protocols will help ensure a safe and compliant journey for your pet into Mexico.
In order to bring a pet (dogs and cats) into Mexico, the following documents must be presented at the Office of Animal Health Inspection (OISA) at international airports and ports of entry into Mexico :
At the OISA your pet will be physically checked and that office will determine if the animal is allowed immediate entry or must remain in custody for an additional inspection. In the first case, it will be issued a zoo-sanitary importation certificate, which must be carry when leaving Mexico. In the second case, If the above said authorities retain the animal, they should also give you a voucher.
If your pet is coming from a country where foot-and-month disease or risk of that disease exists, it must receive a prophylactic treatment.
Nota Bene “Not Well”
When you intend to introduce into Mexico three or more pets or any other animal species , you must fulfill the requirements established on the Zoo-sanitary Requirements Page (Hoja de Requisitos Zoosanitarios).
Animals, plants and their products may enter Mexico depending on their country of origin and country’s sanitary conditions. These procedures are to be strictly adhered to in order to prevent plagues and high risk diseases from spreading in Mexico.
Further information can be obtained on SENASICA.
Those seeking permission for the import of other animals/birds/reptiles should contact your local Mexican Consulate.
Mexico City (Principal Office)
Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuahtemoc, Mexico D.F.
Telephone: +52 55 5080-2000
If you’re flying to Mexico it is advised to contact your airline to ask about its policies for transportation of animals that are not cats or dogs.
Every terminal at Cabo Airport is equipped with plastic bags and designated containers for the disposal of solid waste. Should you need help, please reach out to your airline to organize escort assistance to the pet relief stations.
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he maps of Los Cabos Airport are crafted to provide clear guidance for guests. They display the unique terminals, each dedicated to different types of flights—domestic, international, or charter. Additionally, the maps illustrate the airport's structure, encompassing everything from the arrival gates to the luggage collection zones, aiding travelers in smoothly moving through the facility.
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