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Alpine Holidays with Dogs

Taking dogs to France on a temporary basis

Since 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 microchipped, vaccinated and blood tests taken and it must be in this order:

  1. Dog needs to be microchipped 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. The 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 (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.
  7. 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).

Further Information

For further information on taking your dog abroad, see the official UK government advice on taking your pet abroad.
PETS Helpline – 0370 241 1710 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm)


Summer Holiday Accommodation for Dogs

Peak Retreats features a number of dog-friendly chalets or apartments in the French Alps during the summer that accepts dogs. Please see individual summer accommodation pages for pricing.

If you are travelling with one dog :

Aussois Les Flocons d'Argent
Bourg-Saint-Maurice Le Coeur d'Or
Sainte Foy Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy
Champagny Les Alpages de Champagny
Chatel Les Chalets d'Angele
Combloux La Grande Cordee  - Les Fermes du Mont Blanc
La Rosiere Les Cimes Blanches
Le Grand Bornand Le Village de Lessy 
Les Carroz Les Chalets de Jouvence 
Montgenevre Chalets des Dolines - Hameau des Airelles
Samoens La Reine des Pres 
Saint-Martin de Belleville Les Chalets du Gypse 
Tignes Le Lac-Val Claret Le Nevada - Le Telemark
Val Cenis Les Chalets du Flambeau - Les Balcons en Haut

If you are travelling with more than one dog :

Argentiere Le Cristal
Chatel Grand Lodge 
Chamonix Les Balcons du Savoy 
Briancon Aigle Bleu
La Clusaz Les Grandes Alpes
Les Deux Alpes Le Cortina - Alba - Goleon Val Ecrin  
Les Gets Les Fermes Emiguy
Megeve Lune d'Argent
Morillon Le Buet
Saint-Gervais Les Fermes de St Gervais - Le Grand Panorama
Serre-Chevalier Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc
Valloire Les Chalets du Galibier 


Travelling with Dogs - Travel Information

Eurotunnel -  Stay in your car during crossing. You will need to visit the Pet Control booth in Calais before check-in lanes so they can carry out checks

Britanny Ferries - Stay in the car during crossing on the car deck.

P&O - Stay in the car. Check-in at least 60minutes before return.

Please call our team for current pricing.

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