If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.
France - Summary of Requirements
France is a Member State of the European Union. Bilingual health certificates are available for some commodities/species (see below). If the bilingual certificate for that species or commodity is not listed below, please refer to the English version on the link to the European Union. It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain a bilingual certificate if it is not listed below.
SPECIES - MOST RECENT UPDATE
- Bovine semen, Model 1 - Health certificate for imports and transits of bovine semen collected, processed, and stored in accordance with Council Directive 88/407/EEC, as amended by Directive 2003/43/EC, dispatched from a collection center where the semen was collected - January 2013 (pdf 65kb)
- Bovine semen, Model 2 - Bilingual health certificate for bovine semen collected, processed and stored before 31 December 2004 and dispatched from a collection center where the semen was collected. - November 2011 (pdf 73kb)
- Bovine semen, Model 3 - Bilingual health certificate for bovine semen dispatched from a semen storage center. - November 2011 (pdf 61kb)
- Bovine embryos, Annex II - Health certificate for in vivo-derived embryos collected in accordance with Council Directive 89/556/EEC - August 2013 (pdf 62kb)
- Bovine Embryos: Annex III - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen complying with Council Directive 88/407/EEC (eligible for intra-Community trade). Bilingual English-French - August 2013 (pdf 53kb)
- Bovine Embryos: Annex IV - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen coming from an approved semen collection/storage center (excluded from intra-Community trade). Bilingual English-French - August 2013 (pdf 51kb)
Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.
Pet Passports – Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to France after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EUPet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport.
If an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.
- Pets Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Bilingual Health Certificate (Non-commercial movement of five or less animals) - February 2012 (pdf 56kb)
- Pets Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Bilingual Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than five non-commercial animals) - August 2012 (pdf 82kb)
Pet Birds- Bilingual health certificate May 2014(pdf 53kb)
DOMESTIC PET RODENTS (rabbits, hamsters, mice...)
Travelers may bring their domestic pet rodents from the United States to France under the following conditions:
- Each family is limited to 3 animals;
- A bilingual health certificate must be presented at the French port of entry that was issued by accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS, not more than five days prior departure.
- Health Certificate: Pets Only-Rodents, Lagamorphs, Insectivores (Solendontidae, Soricidae, Nesophontidae, Tenrecidae, Chrysochloridae), Dermoptera (lemurs), Fish, Reptiles, and Amphibians ( bilingual ) (pdf 22kb)
- The animals must have resided in the U.S. for at least 21 consecutive days immediately prior to the issuance of the health certificate. The animal must be free of any clinical signs of a contagious disease affecting their species.
PET REPTILES NOT INTENDED FOR SALE
Travelers may bring their pet reptiles from the United States of America into France under the following conditions:
- Each family is limited to 2 reptiles;
- The animals are not to be sold under any circumstances
- Pet reptiles are admitted upon presentation, at the port of entry into France of a bilingual health certificate issued not more than five days prior departure and signed by an official veterinarian (3)
- PETS ONLY - Pet Rodents, Lagamorphs, Insectivores (Solendontidae, Soricidae, Nesophontidae, Tenrecidae, Chrysochloridae), Dermoptera (lemurs), Fish, Reptiles, and Amphibians (English and French) (pdf 22kb)
- The reptiles must be free of any clinical sign of disease, in particular lesion of the skin