Relocating your pets to France

Travelling to France – and indeed anywhere in Europe – with your pet has become cheaper and easier in recent times. The old quarantine laws no longer apply due to vastly improved rabies vaccines and other treatments.


In order to travel to France, your pet must first be micro-chipped, and then vaccinated against rabies. There is then a wait of 21 days before the pet can travel to France, but the changes mean that there is no longer a need to wait for the results of any blood test. Your vet in the UK will organise your EU Pet Passport and once this is to hand you are free to travel.

When returning to the UK with your pet, you will need to have them treated for tick and tapeworm (this only applies to dogs), which is usually done simply with a pill, but MUST be carried out 24 hours before you travel but not more than 48 hours before you travel. The best way to do this is to book your ferry/shuttle and then work backwards in order to find the optimal time for this treatment.

You will find that every vet in France knows the rules and will ask you when you have booked your ferry. The vet will mark the treatment in your EU Pet Passport and sign and date it for possible inspection at the port. Coming back to France, there is no need for any treatment and your pet is free to come and go as often as you please, bearing in mind that to return to the UK the tick and tapeworm treatment must be carried out each time.

Dogs in particular are very popular in France and are allowed in most restaurants and cafes, unlike in the UK. Many towns have more than one “pet parlour” and the French tend to treat their dogs as very much a part of the family. You will also find good supplies of “doggie bags” supplied in urban areas so that you can clean up after your pet. The French in general love their animals and it is not difficult to find decent kennels as well as “dog nannies” in many parts. Your pet will undoubtedly flourish as much as you do in this beautiful country!