If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).
France - Summary of Requirements for Animals
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 into and transits through the EU of bovine semen dispatched from a semen collection center where the semen was collected
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: Health certificate for imports into and transits through the EU of bovine semen dispatched from a semen storage center
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 II: Invitro-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)
For animals older than 16 weeks of age, 21 days must elapse from the date of the primary rabies vaccination before a pet is eligible to travel to the EU. A rabies vaccine is considered primary if either:
(1) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.
(2) the animal was vaccinated for the first time after a microchip was implanted, or
(3) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination
Dogs, Cats and Ferrets- Health Certificate (Non-commercial movement of five or less animals) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014
Declaration: Use only if animals are either less than 12 weeks of age and not vaccinated for rabies, or between 12-16 weeks of age and vaccinated but 21 days has not elapsed since the date of vaccination.
Declaration: Use only if animals are transiting an unlisted country (the US is listed). Not relevant if animals are exported directly from the United States.
Dogs, Cats and Ferrets- Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than five non-commercial animals) - NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014
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