VOLARIS-Flying With Pets to Mexico

Pets are allowed to fly in cabin and in checked baggage.

Requirements for Flying with Your Pet on Volaris Airlines.

IN CABIN

  • A. PETS ALLOWED:  Dogs and Cats
  • B. ALLOWANCES: 1 pet per passenger. 2 pets per cabin.
  • C. RESTRICTIONS: No checked pets allowed on flights operated by Frontier Airlines (direct or codeshare). Passengers traveling in cabin with Dogs must choose any window seat except Premium or an Emergency Exit. 

Passengers traveling with Cats must choose a window seat in the last row only. No Brachycephalic Breeds.

  • D. CARRIER REQUIREMENTS: For Dogs, the material must be made of fabric or sturdy plastic.  For Cats, it must be made of sturdy plastic. 

Volaris requires a clamp for the carrier which they will provide at the airport, adequate ventilation, sufficient space to turn and lie down.  17.5”/440cm x 12”/30cm x 7.5”/19cm.  Carrier must fit under the seat in front of you. 

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.  Booking the flight directly with the airline is best to reserve a spot for your pet.  If you book through a 3rd party consolidator, call the airline to ensure they booked a spot.

  • E.       DOCUMENTS, DOMESTIC:
  1. Vaccination Card
  2. Valid Rabies Vaccine

Including: Date and Duration of Application, Product Information.  Pets under 3 months are exempt.

          3) Certificate of Good Health. Mexico does not require a Pet Health Certificate BUT, most airlines do and you will need the Pet Health Certificate to return to the US or travel on to Central and South America.

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.

  • F.       INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
  • 1) Vaccination Card
  • 2) 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.

          3) 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.

4) Address of Origin and Destination

5) Export Certificate issued by SAGARPA-SENASICA (Except for flights to the US and Canada).

 CHECKING YOUR PET

  1. PETS ALLOWED: Cats, Dogs.
  •  ALLOWANCES: Pets must be 4 months or older. Nursing or Pregnant Pets are not allowed. 
  •  RESTRICTIONS: Temperature may hinder your travel. 4 checked pets allowed on each flight as checked baggage.  One pet per container.  No checked pets allowed on flights operated by Frontier Airlines (direct or codeshare). No Brachycephalic Breeds.

D. CARRIER REQUIREMENTS: Up to 100lbs/45kg combined weight including Carrier. The total dimension must not exceed 62”/157.5cm.  Extra charge will apply if the carrier exceeds 62”/157.5cm.

The carrier must have a sturdy structure, be waterproof, well-ventilated, wheel-free, anti-escape closure and handles for carrying.   


IMAGE PROPERTY OF:  VOLARIS AIRLINES


See also, Pet Friendly San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Flying with Pets to Mexico from the US is Easier than Many Countries.

E. DOCUMENTATION DOMESTIC FLIGHTS:

  • 1) Vaccination Card
  • 2) Valid Rabies Vaccine

Including: Date and Duration of Application, Product Information.  Pets under 3 months are exempt.

  1. 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.

See Also, Flying a Large Dog In Cabin 2022

F. DOCUMENTATION INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Export Certificate issued by SAGARPA-SENASICA  when required. (Except for flights to the US and Canada).

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, your airlines may not accept your pet as checked-in luggage.  In cabin is not affected; however, extreme temperatures and flying with pets is determined by the ambient temperature on the tarmac.

Monitor the weather at the airport–not just rain but the heat. I email or use FB messenger to contact the airline about 4 hours before the flight for an update on any temperature restriction for pets.

See More information on Extreme Temperatures and Pets Extreme Temperature Restrictions for Pet on Airlines

Documents Needed for Moving or Flying with Pets Internationally

  • Microchip Certificate
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Health Certificate. For International Pet Travel, you may need more than 1 Health Certificate–Some transit countries require their own Certificates.
  • Rabies Titer Test results
  • Parasite Treatment certificate—Often Deworming
  • This is just a guide on what is required, please check the requirements for your specific airline and destination country at our page: Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates.

For Fees on Volaris Airlines with a Pet CLICK HERE


MAJOR AIRLINES IN-CABIN PET CARRIER SIZES:


AIRLINE, IN CABINMaximum Pet Carrier Size
LxWxH
DELTA
Small Dogs, Cats,
Domestic Birds
Carrier Counts as
your Carry-On

22″/56cmX14″
SOUTHWEST
Dog and Cats
1 Carrier per passenger.
Carrier may hold 2 animals:
Same Size/Same Breed.
Allows carrier and carry-on
18.5″x13.5″x10″
UNITED
Dogs and Cats
Pit-Bull Breeds prohibited
Allows carrier and a carry-on.
1 pet per carrier
Hard-Sided=
17.5″x12″x7.5″
Soft-Sided=
18″x11″x11″
AMERICAN
Dogs and Cats
Carrier counts as your carry-on.
1 carrier per parent
19″x13″x9″
FRONTIER
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Dogs,
Cats, Birds,
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs,
Hamsters
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
Dogs and Cats.
18″x14″x8″
JET BLUE
Dogs and Cats
1 Pet per carrier. 1 carrier
per parent.
Counts as 1 personal item
17″x12.5″x8.5″
TURKISH Airlines
Dogs, Cats, Singing Birds.
Total Weight 18lb (carrier +pet).
Carrier is not counted
as your carry on
15.7″x11.8×9″
KLM Airlines
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight 18lbs
(carrier +pet).
Carrier is not counted
as your carry on
18″x11″x9.4″
LUFTHANSA
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight 18lbs
(carrier +pet).
Soft-sided carriers only
Carrier not counted
as carry on
22″x16″x9″x
VOLARIS
Dogs and Cats
Total Weight: 22lbs/10kg (carrier+pet)
17.5×12″x7.5″
ALASKA AIRLINES

Hard-Sided=
17″x11″x7.5″
Soft-Sided=
17″x11″x9.5″
CANADA AIR
Dog or Cat
1 pet per passenger
Hard-Sided=
22″x16″x9″
Soft-Sided=
21.5×16″x10.5
AEROMEXICO
Soft carriers only
12″x16″x8″
KOREAN AIR
Total lineal dimensions=45″/115cm
Hard=8″ Height
Soft=10″ Height
FlyBondi Airlines (South American Routes)14″Lx13″Wx9″H
CompanionPetTravel.com: Chart of 14 Airlines for Pet Carrier Sizes for Pets In Cabin

For details and to ensure your Pet their space on a flight Contact Volaris before you book the flight HERE.

See Also, AEROMEXICO-Flying with Pets to Mexico in 2022

Visitors to Mexico with or without Pets for leisure or business visits lasting 180 days or less, and who 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.)


How to Get Through TSA Security Check Point with Your Pet

Your pet must go through TSA Security. Some airports allow a private screening in a separate room so you can remove and replace your pet in a secure room.


You can either have your pet on a leash and walk them into the screener or carry your pet through.


Place your Bags, shoes first. Separate your pet food items and electronics in another bin.


Keep your lease/harness on the outside of the carrier. When you put your bags on the conveyor belt, you don’t want to scramble to get your leash.


TSA may ask you to remove their collar. Collars with metal such clasps or Rabies Tags will be detected, and you may be subject to additional pat-down or inspection.
A Velcro-type harness works well instead of a collar with metal.


Put the carrier on the x-ray conveyor belt first so, it is ready when you get through security, and you don’t have to wait to put your pet back in its carrier.


Even for Cats that you intend to carry through, have a harness/leash on them. If you are picked for screening, often TSA Agents may not easily let you place your pet back in the carrier before your pat-down.


Working Canines are regularly at Security Check Points. Keep a leash handy even if you intend to carry your pet through x-ray. Often, the presence of a working dog can scare or spook your pet.

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.


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