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Information for private individuals - Pets

Publié le December 19, 2013
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I. Dogs, cats and ferrets

The European Union adopted new measures for the importation of pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) into the EU member states.

In order to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets from the United States into France, travelers must abide by the following conditions:

- Every animal must be identified by a microchip (standard ISO 11784 or annex A ISO standard 11785) or a tatoo. In case of identification with a tattoo, the tattoo must be clearly readable and applied before July 2011.

If the microchip standard is different from standard ISO 11784 or annex A ISO standard 11785, you must bring your own scanner in order to read the microchip. In the United States, you may acquire the microchip standard ISO 11784 on the web at : http://pettravelstore.com. It should be implanted by a veterinarian only.

- Every animal must have a valid rabies vaccination, even if less than 3 months old. If it is the first rabies vaccination for the pet, you must wait 21 days between the last shot of the vaccination protocol and departure.

- Any rabies vaccination prior to the microchipping is considered as non valid. If your dog, cat or ferret has been vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is inserted. You must wait at least 21 days between the completion of the vaccination protocol (the same as for a primary vaccination) and the departure date, even if the dog had been vaccinated before the microchipping.

- The blood test is not required for animals coming from Canada and the United States (including Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, US Virgin Island, and Mariana Island).

- IF YOU ARE BRINGING 5 ANIMALS OR LESS, please use the following certificate (Annex II of EU decision 2011/874/CE):

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- The official health certificate will be valid for 10 days, from the date of issue by an official veterinarian until the date of arrival at the EU point of entry.

The certificate is also valid for the purpose of further movements within the EU for a total of 4 months from its date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

USDA endorsement is required for all certificates except those issued by military veterinarians for dogs, cats and ferrets. The list of USDA Area Offices of Veterinary Services may be consulted at the following URL address: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/

- IF YOU ARE BRINGING MORE THAN 5 ANIMALS (for private purpose and not for commercial purpose), please use both following certificates (Annex I of EU decision 2011/874/CE) :

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Both certificates must be completed in block letters in French or in English

- The official health certificate will be valid for 10 days, from the date of issue by an official veterinarian until the date of arrival at the EU point of entry.

The certificate is also valid for the purpose of further movements within the EU for a total of 4 months from its date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

USDA endorsement is required for all certificates except those issued by military veterinarians for dogs, cats and ferrets. The list of USDA Area Offices of Veterinary Services may be consulted at the following URL address: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/

These requirements also apply for the transit in France of pets accompanying travelers.

Specific cases:

- Dogs considered as dangerous:

  • The importation into any French territory of any dog resembling the following breeds, based on their morphology: Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier (pitbulls), Mastiff (boerbulls) and Tosa, is absolutely forbidden.
  • However the importation into any French territory of any dog of the following breeds: Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier (pitbulls), Mastiff (boerbulls) and Tosa, registered by the American Kennel Club, as well as dogs related to Rottweilers, is possible, under special rules.

- Assistance dogs : assistance dogs - even accompanied by their owner - are subject to the same requirements as regular pet dogs.

II. Domestic pet rodents (rabbits, hamsters, mice...)

You may bring into France a maximum of 5 domestic rodents. A health certificate (in French), executed no longer than ten days prior to arrival into France by a national licensed veterinarian of the country of export must accompany the rodent. Please use the following certificate.

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Pet rodents and reptiles

III. Pets reptiles not intended for sale

You may bring into France a maximum of 5 pet reptiles (by family), provided:

- they are not sold under any circumstances;

- they are accompanied by a health certificate executed not more than ten days prior to arrival and bearing the signature of a licensed veterinarian of the country of export;

- they must be free of evidence of disease (in particular, of lesions of the skin).

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Pet rodents and reptiles

IV. Pet birds

WARNING: The EC regulations regarding the movements of pet birds have been modified in response to the avian influenza alert (bird flu). The regulations below remain applicable until further instructions.

Pet birds may be brought to France solely at the following conditions:

1. Each family is limited to 5 birds;

2. ONE of the following conditions must be undergone:

a. Each bird must have undergone a 30 days pre-export isolation in the place of departure (both the US and Canada are concerned);

OR

b. Each bird must undergo quarantine for 30 days after import in 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 approved for the species concerned in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions; the bird must have been vaccinated within the last six months and not later than 60 days prior to dispatch from the third country;

OR

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.

3. Compliance with the above conditions must be certified by an official veterinarian in accordance with the approved model certificates. USDA endorsement is required for all certificates.

The list of USDA Area Offices of Veterinary Services may be consulted at the following URL address: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/

The documents linked below provide an English and a French versions of the same approved model certificate. Both versions must be completed and signed by the competent authorities in the US. The French version will be requested by the French authorities upon arrival in France.

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English version
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French version

WARNING:

[*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".*]

Please note that until further instructions are given, commercial movements into the EC of live birds are strictly forbidden.

V. Other species

For other pets than those mentioned in I to IV above or pets listed in I to IV above but intended to be exported to France in greater quantities than those allowed for under the standards regulation, please call our office: 1 202 944 6375.

WARNING:

[*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. This includes, for example, wild birds, reptiles, crustaceans, fish as well as any part or product (such as skins, feathers, eggs) and products and articles manufactured from wildlife and fish. Permits to export from Canada or re-export certificates are issued by Environment Canada (Convention Administrator - Canadian Wildlife Service - Ottawa - ON K1A 0H3). Permits to export from the US or re-export certificates are issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Office of Management Authority - Department of the Interior - Washington, DC 20240). Permits to import into France are issued by the Ministère de l’aménagement du territoire et de l’environnement (direction de la nature et des paysages - sous-direction de la chasse, de la faune et de la flore sauvages - bureau des échanges internationaux d’espèces protégées - 20, avenue de Ségur 75302 Paris 07 SP - France).*]

Fore more info : http://www.ambafrance-us.org/spip.p...

http://agriculture.gouv.fr/importation

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