Travelling to France: visa, passport, pets...?

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Travelling to France after Brexit

British nationals are now subject to more extensive checks. Travellers from the United Kingdom should carry a valid passport and arrive in good time at border posts for onward travel to the European Union. At border control they will have to take a separate lane from EU, EEA or Swiss citizens.

Everything you need to know about travelling to France : British citizen travelling to France

Travelling with your pet

You can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.

Dogs, cats and ferrets

When travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet needs :

  • a microchip
  • a valid rabies vaccination
  • an animal health certificate unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.

These requirements also apply to assistance dogs.

Other pets (e.g. turtles or parrots)

For other pets, rules have changed. You may need an EU Health or CITES certificate. For more information about travel requirements, check France’s official website.

Should you have a specific question regarding your pet travel following EU exit, you can directly e-mail Brittany Ferries at

Check the rules of the country you are travelling to for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel.

More information can be found on the Government’s website on Pet travel to Europe after Brexit.

Travelling to France during the covid-19 pandemy

Every traveller requires a valid passport. It is the passenger's responsibility to establish his or her own individual requirements with the country of entry and re-entry.

Requirements differ whether you are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Make sure you check Brittany Ferries webpage « Essential information to enter France » for the latest covid-19 updates, advice and travel requirements. For the latest government advice visit France Diplomacy - Advice for Foreign Nationals in France.

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