Taking Gilbert to Mexico
August 27th, 2009 by David

Google has now declared that Les and I are the official experts on the subjec t of importing birds into Mexico! And Google is never wrong. We really want to find a way to bring our favorite Cockatiel, Gilbert, with us.


The Great Gilbert, ruler of all he sees

With many emails, phone calls (I’m waiting  to see my bill this month), and faxes, I finally received this authoritative letter from someone at Senasica – The Department of the Mexican government that handles such things as importing animals.

Here goes, all you need to know:

According to laws and regulations in animal health subject, for import purposes in Mexico only dogs and cats are considered as pet.

If you bring another species as a pet like reptile, songbird, ornament bird, ferret, turtle, rabbits, etc. You have to comply with special requirements, established in the Animal Health Requirements Sheet.

In your case, according with the special requirements, established in the Animal Health Requirements Sheet (, If you want to trade songbird. you have to submit the following documents:

To find the requirements you have to look for the following way in the web page (Especie-avícola; Función zootécnica-canoras y de ornato (mascotas); País de origen- Estados Unidos de América; País de procedencia- Estados Unidos de América)

ü First, you have to ask for the original Requirements Sheet, this Requirements Sheet has to contain your name and the address where you will be in Mexico; to get this Sheet, you have to contact with Importation Department in General Office Animal Health. In this Department, you will receive the instructions to get it.

E-mail address and Phone numbers to contact Importation Department are the following: and

(55) 59051071; (55) 59051072 and (55) 59051077

ü Certificated health, which must be issued by a Veterinarian belonging to Agricultural Ministry of the origin country. This certificated has to indicate:

1) Songbird was in quarantine in official control for minimum 30 days, and it is healthy and free from infectious diseases and ecto-parasites.

2) In origin region weren’t cases of the following diseases (avian mycoplasmosis, Infectious Bursal Disease (Gumboro), marek, psittacosis, avian encephalomyelitis) for minimum 60 days before the trade.

3) Songbird must come from poultry farm, under monitoring system (in 35 songbirds),this monitoring must start by 18 weeks after birds had born, it must employ viral isolation and identifications of velogenic strains through brain pathogenicity rate (in 1 day chicks), those identifications were applied every  3 or 4 months with negative results. At least, must have been 10 samples from trachea, lung or brain spleen, and the rest (25) could have been cotton swabs from trachea or cloacae; subsequent samplings could have been 35 cotton swabs from trachea or cloacae or songbird has to come from a country free of velogenic strain Newcastle (NOM-013-ZOO-1994).

4) Songbird must come from a Country, state, region, poultry farm or incubator plant; that is free of salmonella (Salmonella pullorum y S. gallinarum) (NOM-005-ZOO-1993)

5) Songbird come from a poultry farm where 59 chicks were analyzed to serologic sampling, for maximum 21 days before the trade, by mean of ELISA test or agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID) with negative results to Avian Influenza from official lab recognized by Agricultural Ministry from origin country and during these period songbirds were in quarantine in origin region, if the trade were lower than 59 birds, all birds have to be analyzed (NOM-044-ZOO-1995).

6) Bird had to be tested individually in a period for minimum 30 days before trade by mean of serologic samplings or cotton swabs from cloacae with negative results on avian influenza through agar gel immunodiffusion test or viral isolation in a lab recognized by Agricultural Ministry from origin country and during these period songbirds were in quarantine in origin region.

7) This bird has to be in free trading in USA.

8) Containers and vehicles where birds are transported must have been washing and disinfected before the trade.

9) Bird moving has to be direct from poultry farm to entry inspection entry in Mexico.

10) Containers and vehicles where birds are transported has to have hoops until its arrive to Mexico.


11) When the birds arrives to Mexico, they will be transported in vehicles or containers with hoops, and  they will be in quarantine for 30 days in facilities recognized by SAGARPA in the destination State, under veterinarian supervision recognized by SAGARPA Delegation. Hoops has to be removed by official staff from SAGARPA; in case of bird would get sick or die, it will be analyzed to determine causes. The expenses derived from the test are in charge of the owner.

12) Feed or material used as bed aren’t allowed.

13) Documents and bird have to fit with established regulations in section 24, 32 and 89, articule I. II. III and IV of Animal Healthy Federal Act.

Finally, when you fit all the requirements, you have to pay for Importation Certificated, it costs $1,620.00 MXN


If you need further information, please contact with the attention module from the General Office Animal Health located in:

Calle San Lorenzo No. 1151, Planta Baja
Col. Santa Cruz Atoyac, Del.
Benito Juárez
CP. 03310, México, DF.
From Monday to Friday on 09:00 – 13:00 hrs.

Phone number:
(55) 59051071
; (55) 59051072 and (55) 59051077


Subdirección de Aeropuertos

Dirección de Inspección en Puertos y Aeropuertos


Tel: 59051000 exts: 51135, 51136, 51133, 51016

Tel-fax: 59051080 ext:51135

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I hope you understood that, because neither Les nor I did.

2 Responses  
  • David writes:
    September 2nd, 20095:01 pmat

    Hi Chrissy–

    After a day on the phone to Mexico, & hours reading blogs, we came to the conclusion that whatever that said (and we’re really not sure WHAT it says, the safest thing will be just to leave Gilbert with some friends. I’ll really miss him, but if we took him south, he’d most likely die in ‘quarantine’

    So sad. Les and I really love the little guy. He’s got so much personality

  • Chrissy writes:
    September 2nd, 20094:28 pmat

    So, are you saying that you submitted all that junk or just had a vet send a letter saying the bird is healthy?

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