Brexit: should I change UK pet passport to a French version?

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24 August 2020
Old man with dog in a train station.Reader question from Connexion's Brexit helpguide: will my dog need a French passport instead of a UK one?
By Connexion Journalist

I live in France and my dog has a UK pet passport as we got it before moving across. Should I change this to a French version due to Brexit and if so how?

On moving to France with a UK pet passport there is currently no obligation to change it for a French version, as it is still a recognised EU document due to the Brexit transition period, however you are entitled to change if you so wish and this is likely to be a useful precaution to avoid complications after the transition period if you regularly travel with your dog. 

After the transition period (unless there is a specific agreement on this) a UK EU pet passport will not be considered valid by EU countries. Britain would still recognise it for entry to the UK but it would cause complications on return to France.

A veterinary nurse at FamilyVets in Paris said: “At the moment a British pet passport is considered to be a European pet passport but this is going to change. If a British person living in France wants to change for a French pet passport they need to present the pet’s papers including vaccinations – it’s obligatory for the pet to have been vaccinated against rabies and to be chipped. We can log all this information in a French passport with no problem. It would just cost the price of a consultation plus €19 for the passport.”

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