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

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British travellers are entitled to travel to France simply by presenting their passport.

Every traveller must have 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.

To France you need either:

  • a valid passport, or
  • a national identity card for all travellers (adults, children, babies)

British citizens do not need a visa to enter France. Driving licences are not accepted as equivalent of passports.

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

After 29 March 2019, you will still be able to travel with your pet to Europe whether a deal is reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the terms of exit, or not. In the event of there being “No Deal”, you may need to take some additional steps and what follows is the best advice we’ve been able to secure for you and your pet to continue enjoying travel to France and Spain.

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 :

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