AEROMEXICO-Flying with Pets to Mexico in 2022

Mexico does not require Quarantine for healthy, vaccinated (with Rabies Vaccination) and who also have a health certificate. Aeromexico allows Pets to fly In Cabin and in checked baggage. The following outlines the requirements for flying with your pet on Aeromexico and their Frequent Flyer Program.

Pets IN CABIN from US to Mexico:

1. PETS ALLOWED: Cats and Dogs. 1 per passenger

2. ALLOWANCES: Up to 9kg/20lbs including carrier. (exception for Service Animals including Emotional Support Dogs and Cats). Carrier is not counted as your carry-on.

3. RESTRICTIONS: Maximum Flight Duration is 6 hours. You may not feed your pet during the flight.

4. AGE: Pet must be 8 week or older

5. CARRIER REQUIREMENTS: Must be made of Flexible or soft plastic, adequate ventilation, sufficient space to turn and lie down.  16”/40cm x 12”/30cm x 8”/20cm.  Carrier must fit under the seat in front of you.  Passenger will be booked a window seat where available.


CARRIER IMAGE: PROPERTY OF AEROMEXICO


Remember, just because there is a seat for you, does not mean there is a spot for your pet. Each flight allows between 2 and 6 pets per aircraft.

6.      Pet Health Certificate, Vaccinations, DOCUMENTS, DOMESTIC:

  • Vaccination Card
  •  Valid Rabies Vaccine
  • Including: Date and Duration of Application, Product Information.  Pets under 3 months are exempt.
  • Certificate of Good Health. Issued by Veterinarian (original and copy) on letterhead with license number, name and address of owner, breed, gender, age, and color. Must be valid up to 5 days after the issue date.

INTERNATIONAL Pet FLIGHTS from Outside US to Mexico:

  • You will need a Vaccination Card
  • Valid Rabies Vaccine. Including: Date and Duration of Application, Product Information. First Rabies vaccine must be no later than 28 days before entry. Pets under 3 months are exempt
  • Pet Health Certificate (Pet Passport). Issued by Veterinarian (original and copy) on letterhead with license number, name and address of owner, breed, gender, age, and color. Must be valid up to 5 days after the issue date. See Our Guides for Health Certificates for Mexico.
  • A short form stating your Origin (address of departure) and Destination (this can be your hotel, Airbnb or friend’s address)
  • Export Certificate issued by SAGARPA-SENASICA (Except for flights to the US and Canada).
  • Cost:  Domestic: $55usd to $70usd
  • International: $135usd to $145usd

Checking your Pet -Cargo and Checked Baggage to Mexico:

  1. PETS ALLOWED: Cats, Dogs and Cocks
  2.  ALLOWANCES: Up to 99lbs/45kg including Carrier.
  3. RESTRICTIONS: At least 8 weeks old. Flights from Mexico to London Pets must fly in Cargo. Pet must travel on same flight as owner. Snub-Nosed Cats and Dogs may not fly in checked baggage.  Temperature may hinder your travel.

4. Pet DOCUMENTATION for DOMESTIC FLIGHTS:

  • A. Vaccination Card
  • B. Valid Rabies Vaccine. Including: Date and Duration of Application, Product Information.  Pets under 3 months are exempt
  • C. Certificate of Good Health. Issued by Veterinarian (original and copy) on letterhead with license number, name and address of owner, breed, gender, age, and color. Must be valid up to 5 days after the issue date.

5. Pet DOCUMENTATION for INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:

  • A. Vaccination Card
  • B. Valid Rabies Vaccine. Including: Date and Duration of Application, Product Information. First Rabies vaccine must be no later than 28 days before entry. Pets under 3 months are exempt.
  • C. Certificate of Good Health. Issued by Veterinarian (original and copy) on letterhead with license number, name and address of owner, breed, gender, age, and color. Must be valid up to 5 days after the issue date.
  • Address of Origin and Destination. Include your hotel or AirBnb or friend’s address.
  • Export Certificate issued by SAGARPA-SENASICA  when required. (Except for flights to the US and Canada).

6. CHOOSING A CARRIER:  For In-Cabin, a soft carrier is best as it allows you to compress the top or sides a bit to allow it fit under the seat in front of you. For Checked Baggage or Cargo, a hard plastic carrier is best.

See 4 Best Pet Carriers for Airlines 2021-In Cabin

For a hard-plastic carrier, be sure to look for:

  • One-piece base of absorbent material with additional covering of absorbent or waterproof material.
  • Enough space to turn and lie down naturally,
  • Ventilation on at least 3 sides (top and 2 sides)
  • Check Handle strength. They should be strong enough for the weight including your pet.
  • At least 1 lock to ensure the carrier seals the upper and lower sections of the container door.
  • Look for carriers that are IATA compliant. “Airline Approved means very little.

7. CONTAINER DIMENSIONS:  For Aircraft: E-170, E-190=40”/100cm x 36”/90cm x 32”/80cm.  For Aircraft: B 737-700, B 737-800, B 787-8, B 787-9=48”/120cm x 44”110cm x 36”/90cm.

Check the temperatures and forecasts surrounding the origin, transit, and destination of the airports you will fly.  If the temperature is higher than 30 °C and lower than 7 °C, we will not accept your pet as checked-in luggage. 

For details and to ensure your furry friend their space on a flight Contact the Call Center before you book the flight at 1-800-237-6639 and visit Aeromexico HERE.

Visa and Permit to Enter (Tourist Card)

Visitors with Pets also need their own documents to enter. If you enter Mexico for leisure or business visits lasting 180 days or less, and are passport holders of one of the many countries which don’t require a visa to enter Mexico can complete a visitors permit, known as Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM), at their port of entry, often when you land at the airport.

If you drive to Mexico, you will need to get a visitors permit at the port of entry;

If you fly to Mexico, flight attendants on international flights might hand-out the visitor permit forms before the flight lands, and they are also available at Mexican airports, near the immigration desks

You can get your FMM online and print this out to take with you; the official at the port of entry will stamp the printed form.

If you are visiting a Mexican port(s) as part of a cruise ship, you’ll need to get a visitors permit at your first Mexican port of call.

(If the country that issued your passport appears on this list of countries which do require a visa for Mexico, read this.)

Fee for Mexico’s Visitor Visa (FMM)

If you arrive by land and leave Mexico within 7 days of your arrival date, there is no fee for the permit.  If you fly into Mexico from overseas, the fee is usually included within your air ticket’s “fees and surcharges.”  The fee is approximately $25usd.

Keep Your Visitors Permit (FMM) Safe

Once completed, the immigration official at the port of entry will stamp both halves of the form and hand you the smaller half, stamped with the date you entered the country.  It’s important to keep this document safe, as you will need to surrender it when you leave Mexico.

If you are departing Mexico on a flight, your airline will insist you surrender your stamped half of the Visitors Permit to them before they allow you to board.

If you have a Visitors Permit and are leaving the country by land you should voluntarily surrender your form to an immigration official before your departure.  Failure to do so might cause delays the next time you try and enter Mexico.

Your Mexico Visitor Permit: FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Mexico’s visitor permit

How long can I stay in Mexico with a Visitors Permit (FMM)?

Your visitor permit is valid for the number of days granted by the immigration official and written on the permit —that will never exceed 180 days, but may be less than 180 days— starting from the date of your arrival.  The arrival date is always stamped on the permit.

Every time you exit and re-enter Mexico on another date the allowance ‘resets.’ (You surrender your current FMM when you leave and get a new FMM when you return.)

If you enter Mexico as a tourist or visitor, to volunteer, or as a business visitor, then the immigration official at the port of entry will grant you a maximum 180 days to stay in Mexico.

The number of days you are allowed to stay will be written on the part of the form that’s handed to you for safe-keeping.

The date stamped on your permit is your arrival date.

To determine the latest date you must leave Mexico, count the number days (some months are longer than others) from the arrival date stamped on your form.

Frequent Pet Travel Program For Mexico

Simplify and Speed up flying with your Pets to Mexico! It’s now easier than ever to travel often to Mexico with your pets using the Frequent Flyer Pet Program.

IF traveling from US or Canada, Mexico No Longer Requires Health Certificates or a Rabies Vaccination; however, Airlines still require this documentation to board a flight with your pet.
For those who frequently travelling to Mexico from other Countries, you get priority in clearing customs with this program.

Benefits And Requirements of the Frequent Pet Travel Program:

  1. You get priority when entering through Airports.
  2. The Entry Record is valid for 6 months.
  3. You will no longer have to present another Health Certificate, since the staff will do the physical inspection upon admission to verify it.
  4. Users who have this document will have priority of attention to enter the country.
  5. No data record will be necessary anymore, only the validity of the vaccine and deworming will be verified.
  6. The Import Record will be sent electronically to your email.
  7. It is free to join.
  8. Fill out the application form including:
  9. Official identification, your Email, your Pet’s photograph.
  10. Your Pet’s Vaccination Card with current rabies (showing date of application, product name, laboratory, batch number and validity), recent internal and external deworming. (no more than 15 days).Recent Health Certificate within 5 days of issue
  11. A Microchip can be included, but not required.
  12. The Frequent Pet Travel Program only applies to Dogs and Cats.

Click Here, to go to Mexico’s Frequent Pet Travel Program page. See “Registro de Ingreso”.

Application can also be made at both terminals of the Mexico City International Airport and at SENASICA’s Central Offices in Mexico City.

National Service of Health, Food Safety and Quality Mexico (SENASICA)
Telephone 59051000 ext. 51146,
Email: dgif.iica82@senasica.gob.mx
Email: mascotasaicm.dgif@senasica.gob.mx

See all information on Companion Pet Travel: Flying with Pets

Aeromexico is the largest Mexican airline, next take a look at the requirements for the second largest, Volaris.

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