Requirements for travelling with Dogs
Accommodation in the French Alps where dogs are allowed
Since 1st October 2004, dogs have to be accompanied by a passport to move between EU member states. Please note if you have a Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) certificate issued prior to October 2004 this can still be used for dogs to enter the UK until its ‘Valid until’ date. After this time the owner should obtain an EU pet passport.
To travel from the UK to France with your dog and then return back to the UK there are some requirements that you must meet to avoid quarantine. The dog must be micro chipped, vaccinated and blood tests taken and it must be in this order.
1. Dog needs to be micro chipped and it is recommended to meet ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785 or a reader needs to taken with you to read any other type. Identification by tattoo is not accepted.
2. A valid vaccination against rabies (whether first or a booster). Dogs must be at least 3 months old.
3. Then a blood test will be taken to ensure the vaccine has given sufficient protection. Once a satisfactory blood test has been given there then is a 6 month wait before the dog will be able to enter the UK. It’s therefore advised to leave at least 9 months before travel to start the PETS travel scheme process (chip & vaccinate).
4. Dog needs to be issued with an EU pet passport.
5. Treatment for parasites between 24 and 48 hours before your pet is checked-in to travel back to UK. These details will be recorded on an official certificate or in the pet passport which you will need to show before travelling back on your crossing. This means finding a vet in France – see the French Yellow Pages http://www.pagesjaunes.fr (type ‘Vétérinaire’ in Quoi or Qui box and your destination in France e.g Chamonix in Ou box. If you tick the box saying ‘a coté de’ it will find all vets near to your destination as not every resort will have a vet. You may need to travel to another resort or area). You will need to book early to make sure you have an appointment ready for your return trip.
6. Check that your dog is not a banned breed in France.
If your dog is due a booster make sure you organise it on time. One day late and you have to start the process all over again (including the 6 month wait).
See full information on http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/index.htm where you can also download fact sheets.
PETS Helpline – 0870 241 1710 (Mon-Fri 08.30-5.30)
*Registered Guide Dogs are free
1 Except Hull-Rotterdam/Zeebrugge routes where check in is 90 mins before return. Dogs remain inside air-conditioned kennels on vehicle decks.
Grand Massif/Flaine region
Mont Blanc region
3 Valleys & Tarentaise region
£30 return per dog* (direction from France to UK)
Stay in car during crossing. You will need to visit the Pet Control booth in Calais before check-in lanes so they can carry out checks |
£15 each way per dog*
Stay in car 1. Check in at least 60 mins before return. |
£16.50 (UK to France) £24.75 (France to UK) per dog*
Stay in car during crossing on car deck |