Taking Your Animals and Pets to France

It is now easier to take your pets away with you on holiday or when you move to another country thanks to the European Pet Passport which allows dogs, cats and ferrets to move freely around Europe.

The European Pet Passport

The European pet passport is a little booklet which acts as a passport for your animals and issued by a licenced vet. Before issuing the passport the vet has to confirm that the animal;

is identified by a micro chip in the neck or tattoo in the ear
has valid vaccines against rabies
has had a blood test to confirm the vaccine is in the system

The booklet contains information such as animal identification number and proof of a recent rabies vaccine. It is valid for the life of your pet as long as the appropriate vaccinations are kept up to date.

Please note that if your pet has not been vaccinated against rabies before then a blood test will be needed 21 days after the vaccination and then your pet will have to wait for 6 months before being allowed to travel.

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Bringing cats, dogs or ferrets to France on holiday

If you want to bring your pets to France with you on holiday then each pet must have a full and valid EU Pets Passport in order to return to the UK without being quarantined for 6 months.

Before returning to the UK you will need to visit a French veterinary surgeon in order to carry out flea and tick treatment this must be carried out between 24 and 48 hours before your pet is due to travel back to the UK. After your pet has been treated the vet will stamp and sign your pets passport to prove they have been treated, without this your pet will not be allowed entry to the UK.

Your pet must be at least 3 months old to travel.

Bringing cats, dogs or ferrets to France permanently

If you are moving to France permanently with dogs, cats or Ferrets and do not plan to return with them to the UK then you need to make sure that each animal has a valid pet passport.

Although not compulsory it is advisable to get your pet treated for ticks, worms and other parasites as these can be common in France and your pet may not have had the chance to build up resistance in the UK.

Your pet must be at least 3 months old to travel.

Bringing birds to France

The EU rules concerning the moving of birds around Europe have been tightened in response to the recent bird flu alert. However it is thought that these rules may be relaxed in 2011.

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