How to get a French EU pet passport as a British second-home owner

Pet passports issued in France are considerably cheaper than the UK's £100 one-trip pet travel certificates. We asked vets in France if British second-home owners could get an EU passport for their pets while in France

27 August 2021

Vets in France have said that Britons with second home can obtain an EU pet passport Pic: Monika Wisniewska / Shutterstock

By Thomas Brent

It is possible for British pet owners who have second homes in France to get an EU animal passport in France, two French vets at separate practices have told The Connexion

France’s Agriculture Ministry also previously confirmed that it is acceptable for British second-home owners to obtain a French pet passport, as long as an EU vet administers the pet’s rabies jabs.

British EU pet passports ceased to be valid from January 1 this year, due to the UK leaving the EU. Now, UK pet-owners must visit a vet for an animal health certificate (AHC), valid for up to four months for a single trip, onward travel in the EU and re-entry.

These can typically cost around £100 each, plus any treatments and vaccinations the pet may need. 

An EU pet passport issued in France will cost between €15 to €20, and can be used for up to 28 trips.

Vets say Britons can get pet passport in France

A vet in Nice has told The Connexion that he is happy to issue British second-home owners with an EU pet passport for their pets. 

He said that the person would have to bring their pet into the practice where he would verify if the animal has been registered on France’s pet identification database, known as I-CAD.

If the animal is not, the vet can arrange that there and then, and can vaccinate the pet against rabies. 

The person will be issued with a document that will contain an identification number for the pet and a temporary password to register on I-CAD. 

Once done, the person will be able to request an EU pet passport from their vet. 

Another vet in Normandy also told The Connexion that she is happy to issue British second-home owners with a pet passport, costing €15 with a €30 consultation fee.

Some French vets may refuse

Any British second-home owner who wishes to get an EU pet passport in France will have to visit a veterinary practice in person with their animal. The person will then first have to get to France from the UK, meaning they will require an AHC. 

It should be noted that the I-CAD website specifies that for an animal to be registered on the I-CAD database, the animal’s stay in France must be over three months.

British second-home owners are only allowed to stay in France for 90 days out of 180, without having a longer-term visa.

For this reason, it is possible certain vets will refuse to issue second-home owners’ pets with passports.

EU pet passports issued in France are valid and accepted in the UK. 

See I-CAD’s website here for more information on registering your pet in its database, and here for the rules regarding Brexit. 

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