SAGARPA (Agriculture, Stockbreeding, Rural Development, Fishing and Food Ministry)
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of AICM (Mexico City International Airport).
The National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality (SENASICA) is a decentralized administrative body of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food of Mexico (SAGARPA), which among its attributions is to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases to the country that affect our agro-alimentary sector, which is performed by the sanitary control of imports, exports, re-exports and merchandise transit, all of this supported by legal systems.
That being said, it is clear that the objective of our activities must be carried out at the entry points to the country, in order to prevent and avoid the entry of pests and/or diseases that the merchandise regulated by SAGARPA could bring with them, intending to be entered to territory for commercial purposes or those brought by the passengers as part of their baggage arriving at the ports, airports and border crossings.
SENASICA protects the agricultural, aquaculture and livestock resources of pests and diseases of quarantine and economic importance. In addition, it regulates and promotes the application and certification of contamination risk reduction systems for food and its agro-alimentary quality, to facilitate the national and international trade of goods from animal or plant origin.
Mission: Regulate, manage and promote health, safety and agro-alimentary quality activities, reducing the inherent risks in agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and fisheries, for the benefit of producers, consumers and the industry.
Vision: A transformed, modern SENASICA with a legal framework that seeks health security and trade facilitation, with a consolidated technical-scientific platform that gives certainty with national and international recognition.
Dear user, remember that entering into Mexico you must register any animal, animal or plant origin merchandise that you bring as part of your baggage, this way, the inspection performed by the official staff of this unit will be expedited, in order to mitigate the risk for introduction of pests and diseases such as: Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Avian Influenza, Screwworm Fly, Khapra Beetle, Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Oriental Fruit Fly, Caribbean Fly, among others.
Considerations for entering agro-alimentary merchandise.
- Meat (fresh, frozen, refrigerated), fresh cheese, and homemade or artisanal products, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers and foliage, propagating material (bulbs, cuttings, seedlings), dirt, shrimp or raw lobster among other crustaceans are not allowed to be entered.
- Only products and by-products of plant origin are allowed to be entered, such as dehydrated vegetables and fruits without stones; dried spices (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, mace, cardamoms, anise, coriander, fennel, ginger, saffron, turmeric, thyme, laurel, curry, etc.), almonds, hazelnut, walnut, shelled walnut, roasted and ground coffee, grain flours and cereals, Yerba mate, processed tobacco, ikins for personal use (40 pieces maximum, prior rigorous inspection and disinfection).
Note: All products must be presented in full packaging, otherwise, no entry will be allowed.
- Only animal-origin food products can be entered touristically, such as: dairy, hams and sausages, food preparations, allowed in volumes for consumption or personal use, meeting the minimum requirements. They must be with an integral packing, labeled in Spanish, English or some other understandable language (Italian, Portuguese, French, etc.) and with seal from the relevant healthy authority. They must come from with a combination of zoosanitary requirements in the Query Module Zoosanitary Requirements for Import (MCRZI). For countries affected by foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), they will be acceptable only if they come from authorized plants found in the Authorized Plant Consultation System (SICPA) https://sistemasssl.senasica.gob.mx/PlantaAcreditada/
- Some products and by-products of aquatic origin can be entered if they come in their packaging, labeled, frozen/refrigerated, with no signs of decomposition or presence of pests.
You can find the complete list in this link: https://www.gob.mx/senasica/documentos/conoce-los-productos-agroalimentarios-que-puedes-o-no-ingresar-a-mexico-en-tu-equipaje-de-mano?idiom=en
- Compliance with the regulations with SAGARPA-SENASICA, does not exempt you from complying with the regulations of other dependencies.
If you travel with your dog or cat
In Mexico only dogs and cats are considered pets!
When entering Mexico …
You must contact the official staff from SAGARPA-SENASICA to make an Import Animal Health Certificate of your pet, for this aim, the officer will perform a physical and documentary inspection, to verify the compliance of the following requirements:
- To present the original certificate of good health (validity of 15 days from the date of submission, or the validity indicated by the health authority from the country of origin/provenance if it is an official format) with the following elements:
- Issued by an official veterinarian of the relevant authority, or in letterhead paper if it is particular, that indicates the number of professional certificate, not of accreditation or equivalent, and to present autograph signature (with ink, not electronic)
- Name and address from the exporter (in country of origin or provenance) and importer (destination address in Mexico).
- Date of rabies vaccine application and its validity (animals under 3 months old are exempted).
- That in inspection prior to the trip, the animal (or animals) was/were clinically healthy.
- The animals have been internally and externally dewormed within previous six months and free of ectoparasites.
- If you do not comply with the above, you must contact a veterinarian (by yourself and of your choice in Mexico), who will issue the health certificate and apply the appropriate treatment.
- The official or intervening personnel will carry out the documentary verification and physical inspection, which must include the revision of mucous membranes (oral, nasal and conjunctival), natural orifices, ears, temperature, folds, skin and fur, to discard the presence of ectoparasites and infections, tumors or wounds in the skin.
In the event that the animal presents ectoparasites, injuries and/or skin infections such as scabies, dermatomycosis, dermatophilosis, alopecia or similar, the entry will be allowed provided that the condition diagnosis and treatment is submitted, issued by a Veterinary Doctor from the entry point, in letterhead paper, with of professional card number printed or its photocopy (or equivalent). The costs implied will be covered by the importer.
- Your pet must enter in a conveyor or container, clean, without a bed, implements or accessories (toys, treats, prizes or other objects, made with ingredients of ruminant origin), otherwise, they will be removed for destruction. The conveyor or container will receive a preventive treatment with a spray system by SAGARPA-SENASICA official staff; your pet can enter with collar, leash, etc.
- You can enter the daily ration of bulk balanced feed. We remind you that in Mexico we have this type of food with SAGARPA-SENASICA registration and authorization.
- If you send your pet registered as a cargo, check the requirements from your airline of choice and consider the need to use a customs broker services for its release in Customs.
- The issuance of the Import Animal Health Certificate of pet dogs and cats is free of charge.
If you want to enter Mexico with a pet animal, other than a dog or cat, you must comply with the indications from the Query Module Zoosanitary Requirements for Import (MCRZI).
If the animal species is not registered in the MCRZI or is in medical treatment, send an email to:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Only aquatic species)
With the following data:
- Full name, Taxpayer Registration Number (RFC), Personal Identification Code (CURP) and address
- Phone number with LADA code
- Contact email address
- Animal species and zoo-technical function / product and/or by-product of animal origin
- Country of origin
- Country of consignment
- Destination or final use of merchandise
- Additional information that you consider can provide technical and documentary support for your request
- Customs for entry
SAGARPA-SENASICA will perform a risk analysis and, if applicable, will establish requirements in a Zoosanitary Requirements Sheet (HRZ).
You must cover the cost of the Import Animal Health Certificate ($ 2,156.22) for terrestrial species and ($ 2,175.88) for aquatic species, in accordance with the current Federal Tax Act. You can download the payment form in https://sistemasssl.senasica.gob.mx/mcrz/moduloConsulta.jsf
If you send any animal registered as cargo, it is important that you verify the requirements from your airline of choice and consider the need to use a customs broker services for its release in Customs, with prior compliance to non-tariff regulations from SAGARPA-SENASICA.
Compliance with regulations established by SAGARPA/SENASICA, does not exempt you from complying with the requirements of other authorities or airlines at entry point to Mexico.
Enter your hunting trophies to Mexico, learn more and avoid problems, check the requirements before traveling!
The entry of this type of merchandise to Mexico, is carried out by Cargo Customs that is the commercial entry point.
Import Animal Health Certificate for (CZE) pets (cats and dogs)
If you are interested in exporting any pet dog or cat to other countries, it is necessary to check the requirements established by the country of destination, once these requirements are complied you must apply for the Import Animal Health Certificate.
- Animal(s) health certificate (s), with the pet’s review, issued by a veterinarian, in letterhead paper (with address, veterinary clinic telephone number) issued on no more than five calendar days or according to the established validity requested by the country of destination, attaching a veterinary surgeon’s professional certificate photocopy.
- Official, approved or authorized laboratory test results (particular case for dogs and cats antibodies to rabies), when requested by the importing country (Original and copy).
- Treatment certificate against internal and external parasites, when requested by the importing country (Original and copy).
- Prior entry authorization when requested by the country of destination. (Original and copy).
- Microchip implantation when requested by the country of destination. (Original and copy).
- Other special requirements required by the country of destination. (Original and copy).
It is recommended that the documentation process has to be performed at least 24 hours before its departure flight, in order to avoid any eventuality in the process (it is not necessary to present the pet)
Physical inspection of the pet for identification and certification of good health condition; performed on the date of departure.
The issuance of the Import Animal Health Certificate (CZE) (pet dogs and cats only) is free of charge
For more information, you can consult the following link:
Options for the ZSE process
Terminal 1 AICM – Mexico City International Airport.
Eng. Héctor López Dávalos
Av. Capitán Carlos León s/n, Sala Internacional “E”, Terminal 1, Mexico City International Airport, Col. Peñón de los Baños, Del. Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City, Zipcode 15620
Main phone num. 52 (55) 59051000 Ext. 52170 a 52174, Phone num. 35443075 a 77,
Terminal 2 AICM – Mexico City International Airport.
Eng. Leticia Rentería López
Av. Fuerza Aérea Mexicana, Esq. Alberto Santos Dumont s/n
Col. Aviación Civil, Zona Federal, Del. Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City, Zipcode 15740
Phone num. (55) 43130154; 43130155 and 43130152
AICM opening hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you come from any other state of the Mexican Republic, the procedure can be done at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) office, located at international airports.
Opening hours: Indicated by each APHIS office
SENASICA headquarters located in: Boulevard Adolfo Ruiz Cortines No. 5010 P.B. módulo 4 Col.Insurgentes Cuicuilco, Delegación Coyoacán, Zipcode 04530, Mexico City.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 14:00pm.
Telephone number (information): 01 55 59051000 ext. 53229, 54605 y 51026
Pets’ National Mobilization (cats and dogs)
Pets’ national mobilization (cats and dogs) do not require Zoosanitary Certificate for National Mobilization, it must comply only with conditions established by the airline, as well as travelling in suitable and comfortable conveyors for the trip.
If you mobilize other animal species as pets within the national territory, please check the special requirements.
Doubts about the agro-alimentary products and pets mobilization.
Phone num. 01 800 987 9879
Revised/Last Update: September 22, 2017 11:18 am