How to bring your dog to France

Before you visit…bring your dog to France

Bring your dog to France and let them enjoy beautiful vineyards, medieval towns, and chic cafes in Paris. France is a wonderful place to visit with your pet. The whole country is dog crazy and you should not have a problem finding a hotel or villa to stay with your favorite pooch.

Having dogs visit, is subject to rules that comply with those of the EU and the EEA. In all cases, the owner, or the owner’s appointed representative, must accompany the pet(s) upon import.
Import from EU countries and from low-rabies-risk countries* outside the EU is permitted provided you adhere to five rules:

  1.  Identification: Your dog must be identified by a microchip (transponder) to ISO Standards 11784 Annex A or 11785 (if it is to another standard, you must supply a reader for it).
  2. Vaccination against rabies: Your dog must have been vaccinated against rabies according to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, and a blood sample for confirmation of antibody litre must have been taken not earlier than 120 days and not later than 365 days after the last vaccination.
  3. Enchinococcus treatment: dogs must have had a tapeworm (enchinococcus) treatment no more than 10 days before being imported.
  4. Pet passport or Veterinary Certificate: a pet coming from an EU/EEA country must be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued by a vet in the country of origin (the EU does not issue the passports). A pet coming from another country* must be accompanied by a Veterinary Certificate in English or French, certified by the country’s Health Authority.
  5. Customs control: upon clearing customs with your dog, go through the red zone with the animal and its documentation.


From The USA and Canada

From the UK

Check your local French Embassy for guidelines in your country.

Chien: The French word for dog is CHIEN. The pronunciation is, more or less, The CH sounds like the English “sh” (as in shoe shine, etc.)