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Old 12-15-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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Question Pets into Mexico & Tourist Cards

We have Rv'd into Mexico a couple of times (Baja and to San Carlos) but this is the first time with our dog. (West Highland White Terrier). Have read that we should have an animal health certificate issued no later than 72 hours before we enter Mexico. Do we need to do this.....????? If so, can I obtain one from a local veterinarian in Yuma or Gila Bend???? Also will be going into Mexico via Lukeville and eventually going as far south as Mazatlan. Can we pick up our Tourist Cards at the border, Puerto Panesco or ????????. Thanks for your help.

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Old 12-15-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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Jaffy- you will likely not face any issues taking the dog into Mexico. You may when returning, so info on current shots, etc. is recommended.
I recommend getting your FMT (tourist card) at the border for the least hassle. I've tried it every way there is, and there is always some discomfiting discussion if you don't pay and get stamps when you crossed.

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Old 12-16-2009, 08:11 AM   #3
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Jaffy when are you going?
Friends just got back from PP and said the Border Guards asked more questions then any other time going into Mexico. They been going 2 times per year for last 25+ years.
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Lukeville Crossing

Not going into Mexico until the middle of February. We have also been across into Puerto Penasco a number of times without any problems. Our dog has had all his shots so I'll bring the paper work with me and hope we don't have any trouble. Thanks guys for your input. Jaffy
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If you are crossing at Lukeville, get your FM-T and your Temporary import permit (TIP) for your rig and toad at KM 17 east of Sonoyta. If crossing at Nogales, at KM 21 south on MX 15. You need the TIP, as they are required for most of mainland Mexico south of San Carlos. They are a hologram that is put on your windshield, and for MHs and trailers are issued as 10 year permits (@ $50), and for cars and pick ups, 6 months (@ $20). You supposedly need a rabies certificate that is less than 30 days old to bring dogs back into the US, but I've not heard of anyone being checked.
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