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 - April 2015 (pdf 78kb)
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)
Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets exported to a Member State of the European Union (EU) must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785. If a microchip does not comply with ISO standards, the appropriate microchip reader must accompany the pet. Alternately, if a non-ISO compatible microchip was implanted, and the client is unable to travel with a microchip reader, then the accredited veterinarian can implant an ISO-compatible microchip. The location and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the health certificate.
Microchip implantation (whether ISO-compatible or not) must occur prior to or on the same day as rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccination given prior to microchip implantation is considered invalid. If the valid rabies vaccination expires before the booster is given, then the pet must be revaccinated. In both situations, the new vaccination is now considered to be the “primary vaccination.” After a primary vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before being eligible to enter the EU.
Rabies vaccination is not required for pet dogs, cats and ferrets under 12 weeks (3 months) of age. Note that some EU Member States do not allow import of unvaccinated pets. Import of unvaccinated pets under 12 weeks of age must be authorized by the EU Member State. The exporter should contact the animal health authorities in the Member State for authorization, and documentation of authorization should be attached to the export certificate. All dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of 12 weeks must be vaccinated for rabies.
Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to the EU after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. If a pet requires echinococcus treatment for travel to the UK, Ireland, Finland, Malta or Norway, the treatment may be entered in the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. An EU health certificate issued in the United States 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 U.S. accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.
Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Non-Fillable Health Certificate - Non-commercial movement of five or less animals - December 2014
Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Fillable Health Certificate - Non-commercial movement of five or less animals - June 2015
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 - Commercial movement or more than five non-commercial animals - December 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
Live Annelids - Only a commercial document is required (no health certificate)