Importing plants into France

Transport of plants and seeds within the European Union is regulated by Directives 2000/29/EC of 8 May 2000 and 2010/1/EU of 8 January 2010.

Although most plants, plant materials, seeds, bulbs can be carried freely within the European Union, a European phytosanitary passport may be required for certain plants that might carry diseases and parasites. Prior to any movement of plants or seeds, etc., even for private purposes, you are advised to contact the local office of the relevant authorities.

In the UK

The Plant and Seed Health Inspectorate regional office

or head office

The Food and Environment Research Agency
Plant Health
Room 10GA01
Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 465625
Fax: +44 (0) 1904 465628

In France

Services Régionaux de la Protection des Végétaux

or head office

Ministère de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche
Sous Direction de la Qualité et de la Protection des Végétaux
251, rue de Vaugirard
75732 Paris Cedex 15

Tél : +33 (0)1 49 55 81 57

You will need to check if your plant belongs to an endangered species. Please, see specific requirements below.

For further information on CITES, please visit the following website:

The index of species to find out if your animal/plant belongs to a CITES species is available at

Regarding the journey, please contact the appropriate transport companies to check if you are allowed to travel with a plant.

Specific requirements

Endangered species

Some species are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They cannot be exported without a certificate. This certificate must be issued at the time of purchase of the plant/animal.
You need to check if your animal or plant belongs to a CITES species. A specimen of a CITES-listed species may be imported into France only if the appropriate document has been obtained and presented for clearance at the port of entry.
If your animal/plant belongs to a CITES-listed species or if your need more information about the CITES, please contact the Management Authorities of the UK (see address below).

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Global Wildlife Division
1st Floor, Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay

Tel: +44 (117) 372 87 74
Fax: +44 (117) 372 82 06
Email: mailto:

Published on 07/11/2012

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