France Pet Passport & Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10.
If your pet is entering France from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted and wait 21 days before travel. Once you have entered France, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
Dogs must also be vaccinated against distemper.
Blood Titer Test
If your pet is entering France from a high-rabies country, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test must be administered (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter France no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering France from a high-rabies country.
Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not you or a legal representative of yours is traveling within 5 days of your pet's transport.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of your pet. If this is correct, then the following rules apply:
Traveling to France from a country outside of the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering France from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex IV form for France within 10 days of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex IV form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)
Traveling to France from another EU Member State:
- - Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An Annex IV form is not required for pets traveling to France from another EU Member State with an EU Pet Passport unless a rabies booster was received by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.
No matter what country you are entering France from, you or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of your pet OR your pet will be re-homed or ownership of your pet will change. If either of these is correct, then the following rules apply:
Traveling to France from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
- - Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the the bi-lingual version of the Annex I form within 48 hours of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex I form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
- Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in Paris, Reunion, Marseille, Nice, Lyon and Toulouse. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
- If your pet is traveling unaccompanied and entering France from a high-rabies country, it must have a titer test according to step #3 above.
Traveling to France from another EU Member State:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply,.
- If your pet is traveling to France alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are traveling to France from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system. If you are entering France from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.
Entering France by Air
Pets entering by air from non-EU countries must do so at Border Inspection Posts at international airports in Paris, Reunion, Marseille, Nice, Lyon and Toulouse.
Pets should enter France directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to France. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Pets can enter France in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo.
Puppies and Kittens
Non-vaccinated puppies, kittens and ferrets are not permitted to enter France from any country or EU Member State. Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age and there is a 21 day wait for puppies and kittens arriving from EU Member States or rabies-controlled countries. The minimum age for entering France from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age.
France restricts the import of the following breeds without pedigree certification: Pitt Bull Terriers, Rottweiler, and Staff Terriers. These breeds must be a registered pedigree. Crossbreeds are not permitted: Mastiff and Japanese Tose Inu. Staffordshire, AmericanStaffordshire, Rottweiler and Japanese Tosa can be imported to France as guard dogs with pedrigee papers. Owners must conform to regulations above. Owners must have insurance to protect against liability. Your dog must be registered with the local town council and leashed and muzzled when in public.Mastiffs and Boerboels are not permitted.
Exporting Pets Living in France
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving France for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving France. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave France if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
All birds entering France from other EU countries and rabies-controlled countries need a health certificate. Birds entering France from rabies-controlled countries need to meet the following additional requirements: your bird must be quarantined in an approved facility for 30 days prior to transport. You must enter France with 5 birds or less with no intention to sell, rehome or transfer ownership in any way. Your bird must be vaccinated against avian influenza H5 at least 60 days before importation. Tests must be done for H5N1 PCR with negative results.
Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter France. Mammals will need parasite treatment prior to entering France.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .
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