Traveling with pets

European regulations framed the movements of domestic carnivores (cats, dogs and ferrets) to reduce the risk of introduction of animal diseases, including rabies.

European regulations framed the movements of domestic carnivores (cats, dogs and ferrets) to reduce the risk of introduction of animal diseases, including rabies.

Upon arrival on Community territory, you must be able to prove that your pet meets all the cumulative health conditions imposed by Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of 26 May 2003. Customs services verify that all cumulative health conditions imposed by Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of 26 May 2003.

Also, if you want to bring a cat, dog or ferret from a third country (located outside the European Union), consider the following suggestions:
- Your animal must be identified by a microchip. Animals identified by tattoo before July 3, 2011 may continue to travel as long as it is clearly legible;
- Ensure that the rabies vaccination is valid at the time of your trip (think booster shots). If this is the first vaccination of animals against rabies, or if the previous vaccination was not held valid, twenty one days have elapsed after the end of the protocol immunization required by the manufacturer;
- At least 3 months before the trip, do perform a serum titration of rabies antibodies (laboratory test performed on a blood sample and to ensure the effectiveness of vaccination against rabies) in a laboratory approved by the European Union (list of laboratories on the Europa website ).

The result of the serum titration, which should be greater than or equal to 0.5 IU / liter, will be valid throughout the life of the animal, provided that vaccination against rabies is constantly maintained valid (booster shots made in a timely manner).

Do not forget to establish by an official veterinarian of the country of origin a health certificate conforming to the model required in the OGEU 343/65 of 23/12/2011 (http://www.douane.gouv.fr). This certificate contains the elements mentioned above (identification, rabies vaccination and, if necessary, serological assay).

You will have to submit to the Customs carries out audits health certificate that accompanied the documents relating to vaccination and titration.

For reasons of safety, the introduction of dogs and cats under three months, not vaccinated against rabies, is strictly prohibited in France.

In addition, if you want to bring a dog to the second category of race Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Tosa, you will absolutely file a birth or pedigree issued by the Central Canine Society of the country of origin of dogs to prove the customs registration in a stud book recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale. However, this genealogical document is not binding on the 2nd category dogs purebred Rottweiler Rottweiler or similar.

Warning : also note that on the national territory, the dogs first and second categories do not have access to public transport and public places, with the exception of the street, and should be kept on a leash by an adult and be muzzled on public roads

Last update 20/04/2017

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