Ski holidays with dogs
Travelling To and From France
- To travel between the UK and France your dog must be microchipped, and have had a rabies vaccination, a blood test, and a tapeworm treatment.
- Dogs must have a passport to travel within the EU, you can get a pet passport from your vet. Pet passports are valid to 31st December 2020.
- Your dog should have a microchip that meets the ISO standards. If it doesn't meet these standards, you must bring your own microchip reader.
- Your dog must have had a valid vaccination against rabies (whether first or a booster) 21 days before traveling.
- 30 days after the vaccination, your dog must have a blood test to ensure the vaccine has given sufficient protection. Once a satisfactory blood test has been taken you must wait 3 months before traveling.
- Your dog must be treated for tapeworm every time you want to travel to the UK, between 1 and 5 days before you're scheduled to arrive. It must be recorded in the pet passport. If you need to find a French vet, visit 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 ‘a coté de’ box you will find the vets near to your destination).
From 1 January 2021 the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change. You should start the process at least 4 months before you travel.
Other things to consider are:
- Whether or not your dog is 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).
For further information on taking your dog abroad, see the guide on taking your pet abroad on gov.uk.
Ski Accommodation for Dogs
Here is our selection of dog-friendly accommodations we feature in the French Alps that permit dogs.
If you are travelling with one dog:
|Aussois||Les Flocons d'Argent|
|Bourg-Saint-Maurice||Le Coeur d'Or|
|Peisey-Vallandry||Oree des Cimes - Oree des Neiges|
|Sainte-Foy Tarentaise||Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy|
|Chamrousse||Ecrin des Neiges|
|Chatel||Les Chalets d'Angele|
|La Norma||Les Balcons d'Anais|
|La Rosiere||Les Cimes Blanches - Lodge Hemara|
|Le Grand Bornand||Le Village de Lessy|
|Les Carroz||Les Chalets de Jouvence|
|Montgenevre||Chalets des Dolines - Le Napoleon|
|Samoens||Chalets de Layssia - La Reine des Pres|
|Saint-Martin de Belleville||Les Chalets du Gypse|
|Tignes 1800||Kalinda Village|
|Val Cenis||Les Chalets du Flambeau - Les Balcons de Val Cenis Village|
|Valmorel||La Grange aux Fees|
If you are travelling with more than one dog:
|Chatel||Les Fermes de Chatel - Grand Lodge|
|La Tania||Le Christiana|
|La Clusaz||Grandes Alpes|
|La Toussuire||Les Hauts de Comborciere - Balcons des Aiguilles - Ecrin des Sybelles|
|Les Deux Alpes||Le Cortina - L'Alba - Goleon Val Ecrin|
|Les Gets||Les Fermes Emiguy|
|Oz-en-Oisans||Chalets des Neiges|
|Saint-Gervais||Le Grand Panorama - Les Fermes de Saint-Gervais|
|Serre-Chevalier||Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc|
|Valloire||Les Chalets du Galibier|
|Vaujany||La Cascade - Le Crystal Blanc|
Travelling with Dogs
If you're traveling with Eurotunnel, Brittany Ferries or P&O please be aware that you must stay in your car during the crossing. You will need to visit the Pet Control booth, in Calais, for checks upon returning.
Lucy Pitts, A Good Life France, recently visited Saint Gervais with her 2 Leonbergers. Here are her top tips for taking a dog on a ski holiday in France.