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

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There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on travel for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period. New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021.

British travellers must have a valid and in-date passport or national identity card to travel to and from France. This applies to daytrips as well as longer stays abroad. Driving licences are not accepted as equivalent of passports. Permission to travel will be refused if you do not have the appropriate documentation for all members of your party.

Please visit the gov.uk website for up-to-date information about passports and travelling abroad.

How to travel to France with your favorite pets ?

Before travelling with your pet, make sure you have :

  • Vaccinations and certificates up-to-date
  • A valid DEFRA Pet Passport (or third country certificate)
  • Water and a bowl as well as any familiar toys or bedding

Travelling with your pet after 29 March 2019

To ensure you have all you need to travel with your pet after 29 March 2019, the UK Government recommends that you contact your vet at least 4 months in advance of travel.

The requirements for travel would include making sure that your pet is effectively vaccinated against rabies. This would require:

  • An up-to-date rabies vaccination.
  • A blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of 3 months before your travel date.
More information can be found on the Government’s website on Pet travel to Europe after Brexit.

When travelling back to the UK, your pet (cats and dogs) :

  • has been microchipped
  • has a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate
  • has been vaccinated against Rabies
  • has a tapeworm treatment. The treatment must have been carried out 24 - 120 hours before arrival in the UK. (No longer required for cats and ferrets)
  • More details by clicking on the following link about carrying with pets back to the UK : www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

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