Are you flying from Europe to Mexico with a dog? People who wanted to fly with their dog were asking us questions at the airport about many different things. We read a lot of scary information on the Internet; such as it could take hours before your dog would be released to you. Our experience was the contrary; a friendly Mexican with a big mustache greeted us with a big smile towards Lewis.
Please read our post about flying with a dog within Europe first, the following tips are just an addition when flying intercontinental.
- Make sure you arrive on time, at least two hours before your departure. Every airline and airport has a different approach on how to handle your pet. Sometimes the crew takes care of the transport to the plane for you, but sometimes you have to follow them all the way to the drop-off point, which can take a while. After which you have to go through the normal luggage check, which again can take a while.
- 48 hours before flying your dog has to get his de-worming pills, so you should schedule a visit to your vet two days before departure.
- Ask your vet to fill in the health certificate page of the passport, there is no need for a separate document, it is integrated in the European passport. When flying intercontinental the health check should be dated maximum five days before your departure.
- Make sure you get proof of the necessary vaccinations in his passport; rabies, triple canina, parvovirus and distemper have to have been administered at least 15 days before departure.
- The cost of Lewis’ flight was in our case for free; he was regarded as a part of our luggage. Our backpacks weigh 30 kilos and Lewis plus his cage was also 30 kilos, seeing as we could each bring 40 kilos this meant a free ride for Lewis. They tried to charge us at the check-in counter but after we clearly told them we had called the office it was ok.
- The Internet says nothing is allowed in his cage and that everything will be destroyed, this is not true, we were allowed to leave Lewis’ mat in his cage, which gave him a sense of home.
- When you arrive in Mexico you have to pass through customs, they always ask for an address where you are going to stay, so be sure to have that on you. In worse case get an address of a hostel nearby, even if you are not going to stay there…
- If you have done all of the above, you dog will not be placed into quarantine but if your dog has to get vaccines on the spot he will probably have to stay for two weeks with customs.
- The customs’ check regarding Lewis was fairly easy; they checked his passport and copied most of the pages concerning health and vaccinations. Once everything is in order, you get a certificate for your pet and are allowed to enter the country.
Happy traveling with your dog!
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