France Pet Entry Regulations
When it comes to traveling with pets, there is perhaps no better country to visit than France, which rolls out the red carpet for little people and does not quarantine. Most hotels, restaurants and shops welcome pets and it’s not unusual to see a dog occupying a seat at a fancy restaurant. Combine that with all France has to offer in terms of museums, gastronomy, fashion and history and you can’t go wrong taking Fido to France. For pet-friendly hotels, we’ve always enjoyed our stays at Byblos in St. Tropez, the Mandarin Oriental in Paris and Le Negresco in Nice. Bon voyage!
I. Dogs, cats and ferrets
The European Union adopted new measures for the importation of pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) into the EU member states.
In order to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets from the United States into France, travelers must abide by the following conditions:
each family is limited to 5 animals.
every animal must be identified by a microchip (standard ISO 11784 or annex A ISO standard 11785) or a tatoo. If the microchip’s standard is different, you must bring your own scanner in order to read the microchip. In the United States, you may acquire the microchip standard ISO 11784 on the web at : http://pettravelstore.com. It should be implanted only by a veterinarian.
every animal must have a valid rabies vaccination, even if less than 3 months old. If it is the first rabies vaccination for the pet, you must wait 21 days between the last shot of the vaccination protocol and departure.
the official health certificate will be valid for 4 months after signature by a veterinarian and endorsement by the competent authority (USDA). The list of USDA Area Offices of Veterinary Services may be consulted at the following URL address: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/
the blood test is not required for animals coming from Canada and the United States.
Pets travelling to France/Europe from Puerto Rico must be subjected to the rabies serological test mentioned in paragraph V. of the veterinary certificate. This comes in addition of the identification and rabies vaccination requirements. The blood sample for the test must not be taken sooner than 30 days after the vaccination. The test must be performed by the laboratory at least 3 months before the pets travel to France/Europe.
The list of laboratories approved for this test by the European Union is athttp://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm
II. Domestic pet rodents (rabbits, hamsters, mice…
You may bring into France a maximum of 5 domestic rodents. A health certificate (in French), executed not more than ten days prior to arrival into France by a national licensed veterinarian of the country of export must accompany the rodent.
- Pets bilingual
III. Pets reptiles not intended for sale
You may bring into France a maximum of 5 pet reptiles (by family), provided:
they are not sold under any circumstances;
they are accompanied by a health certificate executed not more than ten days prior to arrival and bearing the signature of a licensed veterinarian of the country of export;
they must be free of evidence of disease (in particular, of lesions of the skin).
- Pets bilingual
IV. Pet birds
WARNING: The EC regulations regarding the movements of pet birds have been modified in response to the avian influenza alert (bird flu). The regulations below remain applicable until further instructions.
Pet birds may be brought to France solely at the following conditions:
1. Each family is limited to 5 birds;
2. ONE of the following conditions must be undergone:
a. Each bird must have undergone a 30 days pre-export isolation in the place of departure (both the US and Canada are concerned);
b. Each bird must undergo quarantine for 30 days after import in France on approved premises;
c. Each bird must have been vaccinated, and at least on one occasion re-vaccinated, against avian influenza using an H5 vaccine approved for the species concerned in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions; the bird must have been vaccinated within the last six months and not later than 60 days prior to dispatch from the third country;
d. Each bird must have been in isolation for at least 10 days before departure and must have undergone a test to detect the H5N1 antigen or genome carried out on a sample taken not earlier than the third day of isolation.
3. Compliance with the above conditions must be certified by an official veterinarian in accordance with the approved model certificate. The document linked below provides an English and a French version of the same approved model certificate. Both versions must be completed and signed by the competent authorities in the US. The French version will be requested by the French authorities upon arrival in France.
- CERTIFICATE TO PRINT
Please note that until further instructions are given, commercial movements into the EC of live birds are strictly forbidden.
[*Many birds are registered as “Endangered Species” according to the Washington Convention. In such case, a specific permit is required in the country of departure and in the country of arrival. Please check our page “Endangered Species”.*]
V. Other species
For other pets than those mentioned in I to IV above or pets listed in I to IV above but intended to be exported to France in greater quantities than those allowed for under the standards regulation, please call our office: 1 202 944 6375.
[*France is party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. International trade in species listed by the Convention is unlawful unless authorized by permit. This includes, for example, wild birds, reptiles, crustaceans, fish as well as any part or product (such as skins, feathers, eggs) and products and articles manufactured from wildlife and fish. Permits to export from Canada or re-export certificates are issued by Environment Canada (Convention Administrator – Canadian Wildlife Service – Ottawa – ON K1A 0H3). Permits to export from the US or re-export certificates are issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Office of Management Authority – Department of the Interior – Washington, DC 20240). Permits to import into France are issued by the Ministère de l’aménagement du territoire et de l’environnement (direction de la nature et des paysages – sous-direction de la chasse, de la faune et de la flore sauvages – bureau des échanges internationaux d’espèces protégées – 20, avenue de Ségur 75302 Paris 07 SP – France).*]