Pets and other animals [fr]

The information below refers to non commercial importation of pets and animals into the EU. If more than 5 animals, the requirements and controls are those applicable to commercial movements.

► Dogs, cats, ferrets
Pet animals brought into the UE from a third country other than Andorra, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and The Vatican are subject to documentary and identity checks by the competent authorities at travellers’ points of entry.

Customs requirements for any pet (cats, dogs, ferrets), accompanied by its owner, imported into or in transit through mainland France or the overseas departments, are the following;

  • Every animal must be at least 3 months old (or otherwise travel with the mother).
  • Every animal must be fitted with an electronic microchip (transponder) or have a clearly readable tattoo, applied before 3 July 2011.
  • A health certificate filled out and signed by an official veterinarian must accompany the animal. The health certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the checks at the travellers’ points of entry designated by Member Statesand for the purpose of further movements within the Union for a total of four months from the date of issue of this certificate or until the date of expiry of the anti-rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.
  • A valid anti-rabies vaccination. Please note that the blood test (rabies neutralizing antibody titration test or RNATT) is no longer required for animals coming from Australia and New-Zealand.

a) Importation into France of class 1 dogs (attack dogs) -Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Mastiff or Tosa-, is forbidden.
b) Importation into France of class 2 dogs(guard dogs and watchdogs) -Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler or Tosa- is allowed but owners must comply with a range of housing and ownership requirements (must be leashed by a person aged 18 and over and muzzled on public places, roads and transport and common areas of housing buildings).

► Other animals

  • Domestic rodents, reptiles, ornamental tropical fishes, lagomorphs, amphibians.

A health certificate filled out and signed by a veterinarian must accompany the animal. Mammals must undergo a treatment against pests.

  • Birds

A health certificate filled out and signed by an official veterinarian and the owner’s declaration must accompany the animal. In addition, ONE of the following conditions must be complied with:
a. Each bird must have undergone a 30 days pre-export isolation in one of the countries listed OR
b. Each bird must undergo quarantine for 30 days after import into France on approved premises OR
c. Each bird must have been vaccinated, and at least on one occasion re-vaccinated, against avian influenza using an H5 vaccine at least within the last six months and not later than 60 days prior to dispatch from the third country;
d. Each bird must have been in isolation for at least 10 days before departure and must have undergone a test to detect the H5N1 antigen or genome carried out on a sample taken not earlier than the third day of isolation.


Many birds are registered as "Endangered Species" according to the Washington Convention. In such case, a specific permit is required in the country of departure and in the country of arrival. Please check our page "Endangered Species”.

France is party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. International trade in species listed by the Convention is unlawful unless authorized by permit. For more information, please consult

Last updated 02/05/2013

Dernière modification : 21/05/2013

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