Pet cats, dogs and ferrets - Moving to France on a permanent basis

If you are staying permanently in France with your pet which can be a dog, cat or ferret (mammals carnivorous) or if you are going to transport your animal through France without returning to UK:

You can take only 5 animals to France (all species included) per owner per family with only one owner being allowed per family. If you are taking more than 5 animals, you need the authorization of the French Minister of Agriculture (See address below).

Your pet has to be at least 3 months old and vaccinated against rabies since 21 days to enter into France. This rule cannot be derogated from in any circumstances.

For more informations, please contact: 


Bureau de la protection animale

251 rue Vaugirard - 75732 Paris Cedex 15 France

Tel : 00 33 1 49 55 84 70

Fax : 00 33 1 49 55 81 97

Or visit the Website of the french ministry of agriculture:

You will need to obtain certificates issued by a Local Veterinary Inspector (a private veterinary surgeon who is allowed to issue certificates for the import/export of pets) to travel with your animal :

I. A certificate of Good Health (in both languages) to testify that your pet has no signs of disease, above all any signs of a contagious disease of the species. This certificate should be issued between 1 and 5 days before the entry of the animal into France.

II. A certificate from a Local Veterinary Inspector showing that the pet has stayed at least 6 months before the departure to France or has been in the U.K. since its birth.

You can find a registered veterinary surgeon if you consult the website :

More generally, a rabies vaccination and treatments for tapeworms and ticks are nott compulsory but they are advisable.

For any trip overseas we would recommend you bring updated vaccination record of the pet and that your animal is treated against diseases widespread in Europe such as:

-  Heartworm (Dirofilaria)
-  Leishmaniasis
-  Babesiosis
-  Ehrlichiosis
-  Tapeworm
-  Distemper
-  Hepatitis, etc.

Please talk to your veterinary surgeon about these.

Regarding the journey, please contact the appropriate transport companies to check if your are allowed to travel with your pet.

Published on 24/10/2013

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