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 not been vaccinated after it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted. 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.
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.
Are you traveling with your pet?
If you or your representative are traveling to France on the same flight or at least within 5 days of your pet's transport it will be considered non-commercial and the following regulations will apply:
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the bi-lingual 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 or CFIA office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
- Your or representative must declare that the transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
- If you are entering France from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet.
Is your pet traveling alone?
If you or your representative are not traveling to France on the same flight or within 5 days of your pet's transport, it is considered a commercial transport and the following regulations apply:
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the bi-lingual Annex I form for France 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 or CFIA office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
- If your pet is entering France from another EU country, your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the Governing Authority responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must update an EU Pet Passport for your pet and provide 24 hours notice to the local Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency office serving the destination in the UK. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade certificate and registered in the TRACES system.
- If your pet is entering France from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. Pets are not permitted to enter France commercially from a high-rabies country without their owner or representative.
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, Lyon and Toulouse.
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.
France restricts the import of the following breeds: Boerboel, Pitt Bull, Rottweiler, and Staff Terriers. The following breeds must be a Registered Pedigree. Crossbreeds are not permitted: Mastiff and Japanese Tose Inu.
Exporting Pets Living in France
Effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving France 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
Birds, 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. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
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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