Help Me Move My Pet


Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


1. Microchip:  Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. France currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

2. Rabies Vaccination and Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The Rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old at the time of the final health exam.

3. It is suggested that all animals have full vaccinations, as well:

Dogs:  Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordatella.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

4. EU Health Certificate (Form Annex II): This will be provided by your PetRelocation Specialist. This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian and must be signed in a different color than that of the certificate's printing (usually blue ink).  This certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the checks at the EU point of entry.  For the purpose of further movements within the EU, this certificate will be valid for a total of 4 months from the date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

5. USDA Endorsements for the below referenced forms:

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vet Letter
  • EU Vet Health Certificate

These must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about best way of handling this.

6. International Health Certificate: Your vet should have these in stock. It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask.  This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure. Depending on the logistics of your particular pet relocation and the specific health certificate being used (APHIS Form 7001) an additional USDA Endorsement maybe required on this health certificate. Speak to your PetRelocation Specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.

7. All original documentation listed above must travel with the pets.

8. In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of pet owner's passport

Local Pet Resources

Want to be added to our listings? Contact us!


Animals Vet-A-Paw: 5869 Johnny Lane Nice, France 58946,
Ph. 58-68-74-26-78

Flachaire Catherine: 20, Rue Ferdinand Duval, Paris PH: +33 1 48 87 85 96

Clinique Vétérinaire du Docteur Gachet: 32, Rue Etienne Marcel, Paris – PH:  +33 1 42 33 90 33

Animal Organizations

ESVCE (European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology)

GECAF (Groupe belge d'Etude et de Recherche en Comportement des animaux de compagnie - SAVAB)

GERC (Groupe français d'Etude du Comportement des Animaux Familiers - CNVSPA)

SCC (Sociétés Centrales Canines) information for France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco and Switzerland

Refuge Sites

SPA [Société Protectrice des Animaux]

Hotels for Pets


Holiday Inn: 28 30 Rue de Tauzia

Holiday Inn Garden Court: 33000 Bordeaux Cedex

Quality Hotel St. Catherine:  27 rue du Parlement


Comfort Hotel: Boreal 9 Rue De Roulede

Comfort Hotel: Roosevelt 16 Rue Marechal Joffce

Holiday Inn: 20 Blvd. Victor Hugo


Clarion Hotel: Saint James & d'Albany 202, rue de Rivoli

Comfort Hotel Bercy: Gare De Lyon  209/211 Rue De Charenton

Comfort Hotel: Losserand  76 rue Raymond Losserand

Comfort Hotel: Opera Comique  4 rue d'Amboise

Comfort Hotel: Porte de Versailles  37 rue du Hameau



France is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and that also comprises various overseas islands and territories located in other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. French people often refer to Metropolitan France as L'Hexagone (The "Hexagon") because of the geometric shape of its territory.

Capital: Paris

Language: French

Currency: Euro, Franc

Metropolitan France covers 551,695 square kilometres (213,010 sq mi) and possesses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal plains in the north and west to mountain ranges of the Alps in the south-east, the Massif Central in the south-central and Pyrenees in the south-west. At 4,807 metres (15,770 ft) above sea-level, the highest point in western Europe, Mont Blanc, is situated in the Alps on the border between France and Italy. Metropolitan France also has extensive river systems such as the Loire, the Garonne, the Seine and the Rhône, which divides the Massif Central from the Alps and flows into the Mediterranean sea at the Camargue, the lowest point in France (2 m / 6.5 ft below sea level).[16] Corsica lies off the Mediterranean coast.


France has a predominantly temperate climate, with mild winters, except in mountain areas and the northeast. The Atlantic has a profound impact on the northwest, where the weather is characterised by high humidity, often violent westerly winds and lots of rain. France's northeast has a classic continental climate, with fairly hot summers and cold winters. Midway between the two, the Paris basin boasts the nation's lowest annual precipitation, but rainfall patterns are erratic. The southern coastal plains are subject to a pleasant Mediterranean climate: frost is rare, spring and autumn downpours are sudden but brief and summer is virtually without rain. The south is also the region of the mistral, a cold, dry wind that blows down the Rhône Valley for about 100 days a year. Relentless and unforgiving in spring, it is blamed for sending people into fits of pique.



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