Here is a breakdown of how to take your pet to France.

As of January 1st 2021 there have been some changes to the requirement for European pet travel, read more about these here.

Step 1: Make sure your pet is microchipped with an ISO compliant microchip.

Step 2: Your pet will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted. This will need to be given more than 21 days before entry to France but not after the vaccination has expired so make sure you know when this is! When your pet has entered either of these countries for the first time, it will not need a 21-day waiting period for future visits – you just need to keep rabies boosters up-to-date and make sure other entry requirements are met.

Step 3: If you are taking your pet to France by plane, then they will need to be checked within 10 days of the flight to ensure they are free of disease and in good health.

The following breeds of dog are recognised as dangerous dogs and cannot be imported into France:

  • Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and Staffordshire Terriers (without a pedigree certification)
  • Any type of Mastiff or Boerboel
  • Japanese Tosa Inu (without a pedigree certification)


PetAir UK have ample experience in flying dogs and cats to France. We can organise everything and help you plan all the steps required for your pet’s journey.

Our main aim to get pets to their destination safely and comfortably, while taking care of the owner’s stresses and needs also. So, if you’re planning to take your dog to France give us a call and have a chat with one of our friendly staff members today!

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